I bought this to replace the wireless card on my wife's one year old Gateway (just outside the warranty). This laptop is running Windows 7. It was easy to install and I had it up and running quick and now the wife is pleased. :) and I am pretty pleased with the $7 price.
I purchased three of these bad boys to put into old Dell Latitude D630s in order to get more WiFi throughput. I definitely got more throughput, 135Mbs vs 55Mbs, however the Dell D630 Motherboard fits a full-sized Mini PCI-E card and these are now cut in half so it does not lock into place. I'm sure it's shorter now to accommdate the newer laptops & many reviews requesting it but from the picture & reviews, I was expecting the full-sized version. I still installed it so hopefully it doesn't slide out of place. If it does, it's going back!
PROS: Price No drivers needed for Windows 7
CONS: No longer a full-sized Mini PCI-E card as pictured Not 5GHz
I ordered 10 of these as a test to replace 802.11g wireless cards in several laptops and installation was a snap on Windows 7 based laptops. The driver is already present, or Windows update finds it fast.
In Windows XP it took forever to find the driver using Windows Update, so I had to do a websearch to find the driver and download it, which took awhile. It would be nice if Monoprice would add a link to the driver.
On a few laptops I had to cut the card to half height, which was a little tricky, scoring or perforations would be nice.
If not for those minor issues, I'd rate it a 10.
I do plan on ordering 70 more.
PROS: Low cost Easy install in Windows 7
CONS: No perforation or scoring to make cutting it to half height easier Drivers for Windows XP were a bit difficult to find
Purchased specifically to use in dual boot machine with Win 7 and Mac Lion OS. Detected and works perfectly in Win7 but can not get de3vice to show up in Mac Lion using driver software from adapter Mfgr site. Still performance with Win7 has been flawless.
PROS: Cost, Compatibility.
CONS: Unable to get device to show up in driver software in Mac Lion. Works perfectly in Windows 7.
$7 wireless N card!?! Are you kidding me, AND it works like a champ!?! Man I love Monoprice...I ordered two, one for my Toshiba laptop and one for my son's Acer. Both work flawlessly. My only complaint may be that they didn't come with a cd for drivers but I ordered them with a wireless PCI card that came with drivers for both so if only the mini-PCI was ordered, it's possible that it would come with a CD. Keep in mind that this card only has two antenna connections so it is a direct replacement for an old wireless G card but probably won't work if you are trying to replace an existing wireless N card (which may have three antenna connections)
I haven't been able to benchmark the card to see if it's truly running at N speeds or not. It's functioning pretty daily now. Another note: You can install this card with a PCIe 1x adapter on a PCI 16x slot as long as your motherboard is not SLI. This is useful with you have a mITX or mATX form factor MOBO with only 1 16x PCI slot but you're using integrated graphics not a dedicated video card.
PROS: The device worked on my hackintosh! For a such a low price of ~$7 who wouldn't buy this? For more information visit my post on Tony's site:http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=42271
CONS: The device was indeed missing one of two antenna connections. It seem like it wasn't soldered on, but the soldering points are still on the board. You can easily solder an antenna on if you're using a mPCIe to PCIe 1x adapter, not a biggie.
The worst part was figuring out how to get this thing to work! The drivers included did not detect the device attached into my hackintosh. Turns out you need different drivers if you're running 10.6 or 10.7. The drivers are included on RALink's website and on th slink provided above along with instructions. This enabled me to use Airdrop (with a simple modification of terminal of course)! :-D! Another con is that the Wireless Utility provided by RALink didn't work properly for me. I had to use the old version of the Utility. NOTE: this card will not be detected as an airport wireless card in your OSX machine (hackintosh or not), but rather an ethernet card, you'll manually configure the settings on RALink's wireless utility to change anything.