Works but not as fast as expected and the speed variance is huge
I look at both this and the cheapest one from Monoprice: https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=105&cp_id=10501&cs_id=1050105&p_id=18524&seq=1&format=2 and I bought this. But when I did some network speed test on my desktop I am disappointed about the number I got. I ran it multiple times and compare it with the buit-in wifi with my macbook pro and the wired network with my desktop. I am using Verizon's network speed test:
macbook pro wifi and wired network with my desktop: download about 100Mbps, upload about 120Mbps And these numbers are very consistent.
This adapter: download: 16Mbps/20Mbps/25Mbps/29Mbps/7Mbps/18Mbps upload: 20Mpbs/36Mpbs/4Mpbs/5Mps (yes this is 4 and 5, not 40 or 50!) / 80 Mbps/32Mbps
The working environment was identical during the tests. Why the variation is so huge?
Also I noticed that after putting it on for a few minutes. I felt a bit warm when I touch it.
Even the price difference is small, I'd probably just buy the cheapest one, which is way smaller.
Not for PC -- software on 3" disc and not available for download online
They sent me exactly what they said they would, however, it is not for a PC. I'm sure it's my fault for not noticing that the offer said "this is not for PCs, as the software disc we're sending with it is a 3" disc and won't work in a PC." My bad.
I bought this because I needed a to replace my laptop's dying network card. It does the job but there are some catches.
It's not always consistent. There are times when the wi-fi icon shows the yellow triangle with the exclamation point in it after starting the laptop up. It will sometimes idle like that for a few minutes before internet packets are sent and received successfully. There are also times I'll have near max bars but no progress gets made while internet browsing or streaming a movie. Lastly, sometimes the USB wi-fi device won't even power on until I unplug and reinsert it., and then one of the other two things will happen before it functions normally.
Having said that, you have to save the driver disc that comes with it, and make sure you choose the correct one among what is stored on there or you'll have to uninstall then install the correct one instead which could get annoying for some. Monoprice's online driver database isn't very reliable as an alternative, so don't lose that disc.
When it's functioning normally, it does a solid job of letting me access the internet for work and leisure. 300Mbps is apparently on the low side of speed, however, so I'll eventually replace it with one that goes at 1200Mbps.
Good for replacing a faulty, internal network card.
I want to lead off first with that every other item that I have ordered from Monoprice has been outstanding and performed well. In regards to the: USB Wireless Lan 802.11N Adapter - 2T2R (300Mbps), I was very disappointed with the performance. Installing the drivers and the device itself was very simple. Compared to the unit I had from a different brand, with the same specs, the connection speed was not good. I ran an internet speed test and received .48 Mbps up and .23 Mbps down. With the unit I initially used the speed was 36 Mbps up and 16 Mbps.