Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter
 
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Product Description

The Wireless-N USB Network Adapter uses the very latest wireless networking technology, Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N's Multiple In, Multiple Out (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate. Unlike ordinary wireless networking technologies that are confused by signal reflections, MIMO actually uses these reflections to increase the range and reduce Dead Spots in the wireless coverage area. The robust signal travels farther, maintaining wireless connections up to 4 times farther than standard Wireless-G.
With Wireless-N, the farther away you are, the more speed advantage you get. It works great with standard Wireless-G and -B equipment, but when both ends of the wireless link are Wireless-N, the throughput can be increased even more by using twice as much radio band, yielding speeds up to 12 times as fast as standard Wireless G. Your wireless connection is protected by industrial-strength 256-bit encryption. The included Setup Wizard will walk you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step.

The Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter lets you access the fastest and most advanced wireless solutions currently available. With this unit enabling your PC or laptop, you can run media-intensive applications at amazing speeds, without the hassle or expense of stringing a lot of wires.

The Linksys Wireless-N USB Network Adapter uses the very latest in wireless networking technology, Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N's Multiple-In, Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate. Whereas ordinary wireless technologies are confused by signal reflections, MIMO actually makes use of these reflections to increase the range while reducing dead spots in the coverage area. This means the signal travels farther, maintaining wireless connections at up to three times the distance of standard Wireless-G, so the farther away you are, the more speed advantage you get. This Wireless-N adapter is fully backward compatible, so it works great with standard Wireless-G and -B routers, but when both ends of the wireless link are Wireless-N enabled, you can experience increased throughput by using twice as much radio band, which allows speeds up to 15 times that of standard Wireless-G.

To help protect your data and privacy, this wireless adapter can encode all its wireless transmissions with iron-clad, 256-bit Wireless Protected Access (WPA2) encryption. Yet, despite a robust and deep set of features and functionality, configuration is simple and easy with an included web browser-based configuration utility. The incredible speed of Wireless-N networking is ideal for media-centric applications like streaming video, gaming, and voice-over-IP telephony, and gives you plenty of headroom to run multiple media-intense data streams at the same time, without worrying about a degradation in performance.

The Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N network adapter is easy to use, and can be plugged in to any open USB port. To experience the full advantages of Wireless-N technology, it is highly recommended that you use USB 2.0. This unit is FCC, CE, and IC-03 certified, receives power through its USB connection so it doesn't require an external power supply, and is backed by a manufacturer's limited three-year warranty.

Features:
  • Product Type - Wireless Adapter
  • Warranty - 1 year
  • Network adapter is easy to use, and can be plugged in to any open USB port
  • Modulations: 802.11b: CCK, QPSK, BPSK; 802.11g: OFDM; Wireless-N: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
Customer Reviews:
  • I love this product
    I was having trouble receiving and keeping a signal in airports and hotels. My laptop has a built-in mini wireless device that is not very strong unless you are very close to the source. I could receive an excellent signal if I sat in a hotel lobby, but back in my room I had nothing but trouble. Someone suggested this adapter so I gave it a try. I love it. I have had no problems connecting at hotels since I bought this adapter. I am running Vista. I can honestly say I have not had one minute of trouble. I am buying another one for my older laptop at home since I now have wireless at my home. I would recomend this adapter to anyone who needs extra signal strength....more info
  • I hate this product
    I have a desktop with XP on it and a laptop with built-in wireless. Both are my living room and the wireless router is down the hall. The Linksys USB wireless network adapter loses its connection three to five times a day. My laptop never loses a connection, so it obviously isn't the signal strength. To get the USB adapter working again, I have to unplug it and plug it back in to reset it. Also, if I use another USB port on my computer then it kills the wireless connection and I have to unplug it and plug it back in. This makes me crazy b/c I use my desktop computer to stream music while I work and I know right away when the usb adapter drops its connection and I have to reset it. Now I'm looking for a wireless LAN extender that I can plug my desktop into directly and throw this usb adapter in the garbage....more info
  • Crazy little thing ...
    I bought this USB Wireless N adapter to replace a Linksys Wireless-N PCI Adapter WMP300N that didn't work at all on my kids computer (Dell Optiplex GX 110.) That card was good when I tried it with a Dell Dimension 9100, but had an incompatibility issue with the old Optiplex. So, trying to stay with Linksys, I decided to try the USB version.

    I'm glad I did. The installation was a breeze (didn't use the Linksys drivers), and the computer works seamlessly with the adapter. The kids have a blast with their Internet games. I tried the adapter with a laptop and the Dimension 9100 and had the same results.

    Now, the kids want a newer computer; but, that's another story ......more info
  • Excellent product
    I use the Linksys WRT150N Wireless N Router at home with my PS3 and 2 computers. I use the Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter (the item being reviewed) with my desktop since the router is in a different room and I don't want to run cables. I have a wireless G card for my laptop, but I switch to the USB adapter when I'm not using it on my desktop because it gets a much stronger signal and faster downloads than the card. In short, I love it. Being on a USB cable and having a stand, you can either plug it directly into the computer, or set it a little bit away from the computer for better positioning. ...more info
  • Good Way to Get Wireless-N via USB
    Wireless-N much better than Wireless-G. Be able to conveniently plg this device into a USB 2.0 port, is great. You can even tether this device up to 6 feet away from your PC to get better reception....more info
  • Fairly easy to install - works great!
    The only problem I had was in moving the adaptor to a different usb port in which I had to reset up the whole thing, but otherwise have had no problems at all!...more info
  • Network made easy
    The easiest part of setting-up my home wireless network was adding LinkSys WUSB300N adapters to the remote desktops. They plug into a USB port, installation was easy, they just work. If only Vista had remained plug-and-play instead of plug-and-pray!...more info
  • Do not buy this product
    This is a terrible product and the tech support is useless. I spent three days and multiple calls to tech support to get this thing to work and they had me do everything possible under the sun--click this button, change that setting, unplug this wire, bring in another laptop, get a new ethernet cable, touch your nose with your tngue (ok, I made that last one up)--but nothing worked. The Linsys forums are replete with the "bugginess" of this this product. Save your time. Save your money. Buy something else--anything else....more info
  • Worst adapter ever...
    This wireless adapter worked better as a book end in my home than it's intended purposes.

    not recomended...more info
  • As long as you're careful
    I really love this thing. So much so that I actually bought a second one a couple months later. They're fragile but as long as you can keep it safe it's a great buy....more info
  • Great range and speed
    My D-Link wireless-n router (3 antennas) is in the basement and on the other corner of our sprawling house from our office, maybe 60 feet and one floor away, with heating & AC ducting between. The Linksys adapter has no trouble communicating at around 50% signal strength & 108Mbps to 216Mbps speed, while the D-Link wireless adapter on my wife's computer in the same room often limps along at 5-10Mbps & sometimes loses connection entirely.
    I think part of the Linksys advantage is due to its 2 little exterior adjustable antennas which allow you to tune reception for a specific direction, while the D-Link relies on an internal antenna.
    Install was straightforward & easy on my dual-boot box (Win2K & WinXP) and works great with both operating systems. It was a little spendy compared to the D-Link adapter, but well worth it in terms of better overall functionality. Would definitely purchase again....more info
  • Excellent addition
    Since I have a Linksys Wireless N router and now need a little more distance and strength than the built-in wireless G in my computer I decided to try this, despite the cost. My throughput is now twice my nearby wired connection, over 200k bps! Dependable strong signal and it goes further!
    I recommend purchase for those needing higher and stronger connections, especially if you already have the Linksys Wireless-N router....more info
  • USB300N Review
    If you need additional range, you will find that this is an excellent prdouct. I live in a 5 level home, with one of three computers on the top level. When I was using the G adapter the range was limited to two floors. By using the N technology I will able to remove the ethernet cable strung though out the house and receive a strong signal 4 levels from when the wireless modem was transmitting....more info
  • Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter-Online Gaming
    Great product. No problems. Easy to install and use. I am able to play online games (MMOG) without significant lag with this adapter and the Linksys Wireless N gaming router....more info
  • Caution - WUSB300N is not stable under Windows Vista
    Could not get device from dropping link. The only solution was to unplug and replug the USB cable into the PC. Tried all drivers from Linksys, Windows Vista, and 3rd party. Called Linksys support and got nowhere. All they offered was to uninstall and reinstall their driver off their web site....more info
  • Gives Linksys a bad name...what a terrible product!
    I've been using wireless network stuff for years and I've always had a preference to Linksys products in the past because they have a tendancy to be compatible with just about any wireless network I have encountered. This card is the exception to the rule. I bought two of them and I was not able to get either of them running reliably using the N standard. In case you're wondering, I'm not trying to get it to work with a Belkin or Buffalo or other off-brand router; I'm using a Linksys WRT300N router. It was only when I switched my router to B+G only that I was able to get these to connect and stay connected reliably..using wireless G. I talked with tech support, they even replaced the adapters to see if new adapters would work. I upgraded my firware on the router and even in clear line of site situations, well within the rated specs, this would not work reliably. I kept the card and now run in in G mode and it runs fine, it's a great wireless G card, but if you are looking to take advantage of wireless N features, keep looking because this is not the card for you. Also, beware of hardware incompatibilities. Linksys told me that this is not compat...more info
  • Very disappointing adapter
    I researched a couple of wireless devices prior to purchasing the Linksys router and adapter. I figured, "Both from the same company. This should be no problem." This adapter is terrible. Dropped connection, poor signal, freezes the USB port. I read several forums and followed the suggestions. I called Linksys tech support. That call turned out to be the longest 2 hours of my life. I downloaded the most recent drivers for the adapter and for my USB. Nothing seemed to help. The last straw was when the adapter lost my control panel. Don't ask me how, but it did. I disconnected the adaptor for the last time and did a system restore. I wired my network then returned this little headache. Problem solved. By the way, all the paperwork recommends this device for Windows Vista....more info
  • Works with World of Warcraft for Me
    I see some folks mentioned that they can't play World of Warcraft (WoW) with this adapter. I'm playing WoW with this at a great speed.

    Things to try if you have trouble: Download the newest drivers. The ones in the box are old (at least the CD i got was a few versions old). Try changing the Radio Band to Normal. Try different Channels (like 11). Stop & Disable the "Wireless Zero Configuration" in the "Adminstrative Tools -> Services ..." section. There other things to try on various forums if you search around.

    I have the Linksys 330N Gaming Router and things work great for me playing Warcraft....more info
  • WUSB300N - is N for nightmare
    Have wasted an entire day trying to get this to work. Linksys technical support is terrible. No solutions. Seems like there are a lot of reported problems with this product. Thought it would be great to have N network but my Netgear g wireless network never caused a problem and was super easy set-up. Linksys is a nightmare. ...more info
  • Watch Out for Tech Support!!!
    I have had my Linksys router for 3 years. I also had to get a bridge to extend the range because it couldn't go through walls very well. I had to call them a lot because sometimes the bridge or router somehow lost the address.

    They used to have free support until just very recently. My beef is with the cost of support. 3.99 a minute. ( I don't know if that includes listening for many minutes to bad music.) You can get 3 months support for $199, 6 months for $299 or 1 year for $499!!! I can tell you I spent many hours talking to tech support before this recent change of events. You will need tech support now and again when you change ISPs, go elsewhere....more info
  • Still won't work well with Vista
    Got this device for Christmas along with a new N router from LinkSys. I experienced hangs and drops in the network connection repeatedly on my HP Vista machine. Linksys Community Forums are full of complaints about this, and while the Linksys Vista download site lists a Vista driver, the link is defective and downloads the driver for a different product. Linksys support hasn't been able to resolve the issue with multiple contacts. ...more info
  • I hate the little antennaed p.o.s.
    This little piece of junk has caused me more headaches than any other piece of networking equipment I've ever owned. It drops its signal at least twice every hour and often completely loses functionality until I restart my computer. Worthless....more info
  • Love / Hate Relationship With This Thing
    I have two machines, each one with its own WUSB300N Wireless N USB Network Adapter.

    On my Windows XP desktop, it's wonderful. The speed and stability are great. I am very gratified by this purchase. However, ...

    Like other reviewers, I had a heck of a time getting things stabilized on my AMD-64 bit desktop running a 32-bit version of Vista. I had no luck trying to manually download "special" drivers from Linksys specifically for 64-bit machines, etc. They made Vista completely crash.

    THE REAL ODD THING ABOUT THIS ADAPTER IS THAT IT DOES NOT WORK WITH WORLD OF WARCRAFT. THIS IS NOT JUST A ROUTER ISSUE. *THIS* ADAPTER IS THE PROBLEM. THIS WIRELESS ADAPTER SHUTS DOWN WHEN YOU PLAY WORLD OF WARCRAFT!!!

    It doesn't just make the game disconnect for me. For me I have to REBOOT my machine to get it working again as a network adapter.

    You can search the internet with "WUSB300N WoW" and find many posts about this peculiar phenomenah.

    There is some VERY BAD mojo between World of Warcraft and this PARTICULAR adapter.

    SO, if you are a big WoW player (9 million folks out there are), AVOID THIS adapter as your wireless solution.

    I'm able to play WoW well wirelessly on a builtin 802.11G adapter in my laptop. I just can't play it now on my desktops if I want Wireless-N speeds for everything else.

    Connecting the WUSB300N to a G router does not help. This adapter just refuses to work for me any longer once I start World of Warcraft.

    WoW players beware....more info
  • Super Fast (for the 1/2 hour it works before stalling)
    I bought this over a week ago and it has been nothing but trouble. The connection frequently gets dropped requiring the user to reset the card and/or reset the router. I also have the Linksys-N router so it's not an issue of incompatable products. The included "monitoring" software is of no help because it reports the connection is active and strong when there is no connection!

    I thought Cisco was a good brand, but this new draft N technology is obviously too new and has not been tested enough.

    I'm hoping Linksys comes out with driver and firmware updates to improve the connection.

    Last, while writing this review the connection dropped, requiring a "repair" It's like returning to the days of dial up modems hoping the connection will work.


    ...more info
  • Linksys has lost my business forever after this adapter
    I bought the WUSB300N for my Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit system, only to find that it didn't work after spending hours of trying different drivers and searching for a solution. I finally called Linksys support who told me that they have not released the drivers for this adapter for Windows Vista 64 bit machines. When I asked him when and if they would plan on releasing these drivers, he told me that they possibly would release them in late 2008. He was not helpful either. The thing that really stinks is that Linksys advertises that this adapter works with Windows Vista. But it apparently doesn't. I think I'm gonna try D-Link or Netgear in the future....more info
  • Likes Vista Premium 32
    Good stuff. I bought this after fighting with two D-Link PCI adapters. This product did what it claimed and ran under Vista.No calls to customer support were needed.

    I am wondering now whether I should have sent back the D-Link router also and gone all Linksys....more info
  • Works great
    I know Linksys 80211.n routers are supposed to be backward-compatible, but that's true only if you want to spend money to have a weaker connection to the router. Basically, if you want to get what you're paying for with the router, you need to get the adapter. With it, the difference in my network is breathtaking, and the days of pulling my hair out about slow/poor network speeds are over!

    For laptop users: Before you get a notebook adapter, make sure it'll work with yours. I got the notebook adapter first at Best Buy, but ended up exchanging it immediately for the USB adapter after getting home and seeing it doesn't snap in to my notebook's slot. To be on the safe side, if you're buying online, either get the USB adapter and deal with it jutting out of your laptop (or using the usb cord or stand), or find out for sure that it'll work with yours. (I've got a Dell E1505--not an uncommon model!)...more info
  • I have Vista... not a problem after several day's use
    I have a Gateway MT6451 Laptop with Windows Vista.

    A seperate "Vista Installation" pamphlet was included within the box and the outside of the box had a sticker "Certified for Windows Vista", so I may have an adapter from a recently manufactured lot (although the box does say copyright 2006, if that even matters).

    Nonetheless, after following the install instructions provided for Windows Vista users, I was able to receive "excellent" signal ratings where before I had "weak" and "very low" signal ratings, and can now detect wi-fi transmitters that had been nonexistent to the interal antenna.

    You can either plug the cell phone-size unit directly into a USB slot or plug it into the top of the included 6-ft extension cord and base (which then allows you to move the antenna around within a 6-ft radius of the laptop to find a "sweetspot", kind of like we used to do with our dog-ear TV antennas).

    Thanks...more info
  • Great Wireless N spec
    This item works as advertised!

    I use one in the Garage Desktop and one in my Lap Top that already had built in Wireless "G" spec. I wanted faster through put for the Web and D/L items faster and the Linksys system works great!...more info
  • Works great - increased speed
    I bought this adapter to pair with the Linksys WRT300N Wireless-N router I bought recently and notice a significant improvement in throughput. I was getting 54Mbps, now I'm getting 270Mbps. I can't really comment on range -- I pretty much keep the laptop in one place in the house and it's in the room directly below where the router is located. I've never had a problem with signal strength, regardless of the router/adapter combo I've used....more info
  • hard to manage
    I have HP dv6000 series. I had had trouble getting these adapter to work with my laptop. It crushes many times. I hope to find the correct way to install it or I will back to the intern wi-fi adapter....more info
  • THias thing works great
    This works great I plug it in and I am picking up 13+ signals. It is truly amazing. I have it pugged in to my desk top due to were my router is I did not want to knock holes in the walls to run cable. THis works great and I have no problems. Works like promises. I am using it on a XP box and using windows wireless config.to run it trough so no comment on the software. ...more info
  • Don't buy this if you have Vista
    Wow, I'm taken aback as to how poor this product is, and how poor Linksys tech support is. I had multiple problems with this device. The good news is that when it works, the signal is strong (with a Linksys WRT300N router) and fast (270mbps). However, the PC won't even BOOT with this device plugged in. Once you turn the machine off, the only way to get it to boot is to unplug the WUSB300N. Linksys tech support's only suggestion was to reinstall the driver, which I did several times. No luck. In addition, if the PC goes into sleep mode, when it wakes up, the WUSB300N does not wake up. Only recourse is to unplug and replug it in. The tech support was absolutely horrible. Don't buy this thing unless you have several hours to waste for no reason or benefit.

    I bought ANOTHER one of these after Linksys told me mine was defective. Gues what? I tested the new one on 3 different machines (2 desktops, 1 laptop) and ALL of them did the exact same thing. 1) They wouldn't boot with this adapter plugged in, 2) When the PC goes to sleep mode the adapter goes to sleep FOREVER (the only way to recover is to reboot), and 3) if you play music or movies, this adapter causes the playback to stutter for several seconds each minute. These issues are posted all over Linksys' forums, but tech support denies any of them exist, and actually suggested that I had purchased TWO separate defective units. Yeah right....more info
  • Great Speed
    First of all, there are Vista and XP drivers for this particular product on the Linksys site. I always download the latest drivers when I get a new piece of hardware for my computer.

    I've used Linksys for all my wireless networks for years, and I always go through the stupidity of following the directions to set it up, then uninstalling their firmware and just using the drivers. This time was no different.

    With their firmware, the monitor would show me connected with a good signal, but I wouldn't actually be able to open a web page because I didn't have a connection. After chucking the firmware and just using the driver and letting Windows configure it, everything worked perfectly. The speed is amazing.

    You'd think I'd learn by now....more info
  • Vista-64 Support?
    I bought the WUSB300N for an XP-32-bit notebook but first decided to test it on my Vista-64-bit desktop, but I couldn't locate a driver, either included or at Linksys site. This irritated me because I didn't see any 64-bit restrictions listed on the box or marketing material from Linksys. I then tried testing on an XP-32 bit system. Linksys seems desperate for us to run their monitor, so I followed their instructions and installed it first, before connecting the adapter. Their monitor runs in a small window which could not be maximized and had a number of other user interface deficiencies, at this point I forget them all, but I was turned off enough to remove their monitor, which unfortunately also removed the driver. I also was concerned because I couldn't see any means of keeping the monitor current (with software updates). I then connected the adapter and let XP install the driver from the Linksys CD. That worked fine and the adapter then functioned flawlessly using "G" on the desktop, and then on the notebook. I haven't tried "N". I am leaving the low rating because of Linksys's dishonesty in not mentioning their lack of support for 64-bit systems, and their lousy monitor, which they really try to push on you. (I wonder why?) ...more info
  • Adapter is great, but the included software network monitor can really suck
    Here's my story:

    i bought it on ebay for $60. To save money on monthly bills, my neighbors and i planned to share their DSL router/line. When it came in the mail, my neighbors weren't home, but I went ahead and installed the program (says "install before plugging it in") and plugged it in. After about 30 seconds, it showed me a beautiful list of 10 live wireless networks in the building. Their signal strengths ranged from 30% to 80% (my next door neighbors), but keep in mind that all of these are Wireless-G or Wireless-B routers (it says in the program what they are), so I am impressed with my adapter's signal-receiving capacity. Then, since my neighbor's weren't home I connected to some random network that wasn't secured (only for temporary purposes, of course!), and voila! I was online less than 5 minutes after opening the box.

    Then, my neighbors came home, and I decided to be the good citizen and stop riding on free internet but connect to my friends. Strangely enough, after typing in the network password, the network monitor (a little notification icon in the windows xp system tray) popped up and said "connected". Woohoo!, right? NOPE! apparently, the network adapter was working fine and connected, but the router was not giving me an IP address. I went over to my friend computer, logged into their gateway, and saw that about ten other computers were getting IP addresses but NOT MINE! Why?, Why?! I quickly came back to my own computer and fiddled around with the connection options. After setting DHCP options to both my computer and the router, I still got "no or limited connection - router is not giving you an IP address". After going through all the advanced settings for my adapter, my firewall, the router, and the router's firewall, still I got that message. After forcing the same IP address to my computer and to the router, still no connection.

    Eight hours of poisonous, mind-wretching agony later, I got so sick of the stupid Linksys wireless network Monitor (the program) that I closed it altogether, prepared to delete it off my computer, and switched to using the basic windows xp wireless connector. I typed in the password for the hundredth time today, and watched as it connected perfectly.

    stupid Linksys Wireless Network Monitor.
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    Anyway, the adapter's great, but you should consider if the network adapter speed is your limiting factor. The DSL line that i'm sharing has a max down speed of 1.5 Mb/s, so my connection speed has never even remotely touched the blazing 150 Mb/s as advertised.

    Other notes: the included usb extension cables are pretty long. Mine goes from the front of my computer (under the desk), around the back of the desk, and up to the top of a nearby shelf. Must be around 6 feet long.

    IT's about the flat-size of a modern cellphone, and about as thick as a plastic cd case (jewel box, or whatever they're called). With its two antennae up and the small blue notification lights, it looks pretty sweet but at 3 am a little like a mini demon.

    compatibility with wireless-G was not an issue at all....more info
  • Linksys Wireless Monitor
    To fix all the speed and connection issues, simply use a wireless 300N router and connect this to your computer. Then, make sure you use the wireless networking software pre-installed on your computer rather than the wireless network monitor that comes with this product. Your issues should be resolved. Also, for further improvement, setup a secure network from your main router and then add the computer(s) on your wireless network using the main router to the secure network. This will block unwanted users from piggy-backing on your network space thus allowing for faster and less congested access to your own network ...more info
  • Poor Indoor Range
    Others have reviewed this product for speed and reliability and it does seem like a good choice but I bought this product for 1 main purpose which is to be able to connect over a wider range... 54Mbps (for wireless-G) is not bad at all if you compare it to 2-base-T or 10-base-T networks or the early wireless technology of 2 Mbps.
    Unfortunately, the indoor range for this adaptor is not at all four times as much as for wireless-G. It's barely 10% better! Plus, the Linksys driver/utility is too simple yet not intuitive! I didn't get the "profiles" idea and I would definitely like to see a noise indicator as well as a graph that records network signal power, quality and noise.
    What I read in other reviews like not having to unplug/replug and its amazing speed are true. And the manufacturing quality is good as well.

    Although I'm not using this adapter because it doesn't cover the range I need it to cover, I didn't return it back to Amazon because I think it's worth keeping...more info
  • Not what you would expect
    I purchased this product thinking that the newer Wireless-N technology would allow me to have better wireless access to my upstairs computer. Such is not the case. The wireless signal still has issues with distance and wall interference.

    I have better luck with my Linksys Wireless G network adapter. I suggest saving money and buy the G adapter or wait until more advanced technology is developed....more info
  • Avoid this one
    This is one to avoid. I've tried it on two computers, using it with the companion WRT300N router, and it glitches badly on both computers. The speed is an improvement over Wireless-G, but not much; and the stability is much worse. If anyone in the area turns on a microwave oven, or even if there is other wireless traffic, it goes into instability and has to be reset. Also, about every 30-60 seconds, it grabs the CPU for a couple seconds, causing harsh noise from audio and a second or two total halt of any game being played. In Windows XP it shows the 270 Mbps speed, but doing SiSandara benchmarks the actual throughput is a fraction of that, barely better than the 56 or so Mbps of Wireless-G. In Vista, it simply does not recognize the Wireless-N protocol, and works as a very slow Wireless-G; again confirmed with SiSandra benchmarks. Tech support from Linksys these days is a joke. It is offshore support by very nice, very polite people who don't know anything that doesn't pop up in their menus - and more important, who don't have recourse to someone who can answer the tough questions. I tried chat, phone and email support and got tripe each time. In the past I've experienced excellent performance from Linksys products, but it's like a different company now that Cisco has bought them out, a company to be avoided. ...more info
  • It works!
    I'd been using a G-class Wi-Fi card with my N-class router which was fine except for periodic loss of connectivity requiring me to reboot the router. Finally frustrated and sure it was my network and not the ISP, I dropped the cash on the USB adapter so I could switch it between my desktop and laptop when necessary. The setup was effortless but I did run into a minimal amount of trouble before I realized I should disable my G-class adapter (d'oh!). It also looks cool and has bright Bluetooth-esque lights on the top so you can quickly tell if it's connected and sending/receiving data. I don't give it 5 stars only because I have only had it for a couple of weeks but unless something unexpectedly disastrous occurs I recommend this adapter without reservation....more info
  • It's a strong & solid connection, when paired with an N router.
    Using the Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter (paired with their new 4400N router) enabled me to get a true improvement over my previous Wireless-B and Wireless-G pairing of devices. Keeping an N / N set-up in place yielded an 80 - 100% increase in signal strength. Also, the typical new connection's speed went from 11.0 MBPS to 160.0 MBPS (and above); I haven't lost any connections due to the Linksys N hardware, it's there whenever I want it. I haven't yet ventured into setting up the VPN features so I can't comment on it. If you have signal strength and/or connection speed issues with your old hardware, the utilization of the new draft-N devices (at both ends) should get you what you want. As expected, Vonage works perfectly on the 4400N router's ethernet type cable connection ports...so no worries there. COMMENT: I did have to play with the set-up of the WUSB300N; if I recall correctly, I had to let Windows set up the device first, then go and get the driver on the furnished software disk. Linksys' recommended set-up procedure didn't seem to go in a direction that made me feel at ease...so I abandoned that approach and resorted to a more typical set-up approach within Windows....more info
  • Stable and fast
    I have had three different USB network adapter in the last one year. Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter is the most stable and fastest one.

    Prior to this one, I had a similar product from Belkins. Everytime I restarted my machine, somehow the device couldn't start by itself and I often had to unplug it and plug it back in to get it recognized. With Linksys WUSB300N, nothing like that happens. As soon as the computer starts, the device starts to work correctly.

    For additional information, I use Netgear WNR854T RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition as my router, and Linksys WUSB300N works perfectly fine.

    ...more info
  • Lots of trouble for me
    On a 3Ghz standard Windows XP machine the tech support could not get the adapter to work....

    I would connect to my wireless net for under 1 min and then the packet transmit/receive count would no longer update but it would still display that I had excellent signal strength and quality.... The same results happened when connecting to another network within range. (also they had me uninstall their wireless network management software and use the built in XP Wireless-Zero instead.... their software was eating up to 51% of the CPU)

    After hours of working with them they suggest I update the driver....
    After updating the driver I now can connect to a nearby Wireless G net and stay connected but still no luck with the wireless N.

    What I want to know is why didn't they tell me to update the driver in the first place.

    I now plan to go and return the WRT300N and get one of the WRT54G series routers.


    1/30/2007 - I installed the WRT54GL V1.1 and right out of the box it works perfectly..... I now have my XBox and my PC working flawlessly....more info
  • Sexy wireless adapter
    This adapter really works. Easy to install. Just stick in the installation CD then follow the instruction on screen. No hassle to crack open your PC. In 15 minutes you're browsing the internet with high speed. Why don't I get it long time ago.
    Did I mention it is wall mountable too. Neat....more info
  • Excellent wireless adapter for wireless-n networks
    I got this with my new linksys wireless-n router and this little thing works great. In a part of the house where I barely got a signal from my old dlink w-g router I know get a 70-80% strong signal with speeds between 250-350mbps!

    I highly recommend this adapter to anyone. That stand, although it comes with the adapter, is not needed. The retail comes with an extra ~1ft long usb extension cord.

    Remember: All Linksys wireless-n adapters and routers are backwards compatible to w-b/g.

    I hope this helped anyone. The price may seem high but for the speed and reliability you get, you'd wonder why you didn't hear/get it sooner....more info