D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter - DWA-160

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Value
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Ease of Use
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Performance

This product claims to have speeds up to "14x faster than wireless G" and buyers should be forewarned that you aren't going to get that kind of performance improvement. You will, however, see about a 5-6x performance improvement with the right supporting hardware which is nothing to shake a stick at! To complement the adapter, I have a D-Link DIR-655 "Extreme N" router and connect at 270 Mbps in mixed G/N mode vs. only 54Mbps with an older wireless G adapter! Transfering large media files over the wireless network is measurably faster by order of magnitude, and the unit even comes with a cool little USB stand to plug the adapter in for situations where you don't want this thick USB device sticking directly out of a USB port. The big negatives are D-Link support who didn't seem to understand my email and gave me inaccurate information about the availability of a 64-bit driver (there is one that both ships with the product and one downloadable from the D-Link website, FYI) and the fact that the USB adapter doesn't seem to always start properly when you restart Windows (you have to unplug it, then plug it back in). All in all this is a great adapter. I can't wait to get a dual-band gateway set up so I can take advantage of the 5ghz signal for some HD streaming!

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by Colin on 5/18/2008

This product claims to have speeds up to "14x faster than wireless G" and buyers should be forewarned that you aren't going to get that kind of performance improvement. You will, however, see about a 5-6x performance improvement with the right supporting hardware which is nothing to shake a stick at! To complement the adapter, I have a D-Link DIR-655 "Extreme N" router and connect at 270 Mbps in mixed G/N mode vs. only 54Mbps with an older wireless G adapter! Transfering large media files over the wireless network is measurably faster by order of magnitude, and the unit even comes with a cool little USB stand to plug the adapter in for situations where you don't want this thick USB device sticking directly out of a USB port. The big negatives are D-Link support who didn't seem to understand my email and gave me inaccurate information about the availability of a 64-bit driver (there is one that both ships with the product and one downloadable from the D-Link website, FYI) and the fact that the USB adapter doesn't seem to always start properly when you restart Windows (you have to unplug it, then plug it back in). All in all this is a great adapter. I can't wait to get a dual-band gateway set up so I can take advantage of the 5ghz signal for some HD streaming! Read More

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Product Overview

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter (DWA-160) is the latest addition to the award-winning Xtreme N product family. The DWA-160 is designed for users looking to get a reliable wireless connection that can handle High-Definition (HD) video streams throughout the house. This is achieved by using the DWA-160 together with a draft 802.11n dualband router (D-Link DIR-855 or DGL-4500 recommended).

BENEFITS OF DUO
The Duo technology in the DWA-160 supports selectable dualband (2.4GHz or 5GHz) wireless signals. This allows you to check e-mail and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band or stream HD movies and other media on the 5GHz band. The DWA-160 is also backward compatible, which means it can be used in existing 802.11g networks.

MEDIABAND TECHNOLOGY
The DWA-160 utilizes MediaBand (5GHz), which is the best technology available for wirelessly streaming HD videos across your network. It achieves this by operating in a clear wireless band to avoid interference that may slow down and limit the range of current wireless technologies like 802.11g.

EASY TO SET UP, EASY TO USE
D-Link’s Quick Adapter Setup Wizard guides you step-by-step through the installation process. Configure this USB adapter without having to call a networking expert to help you. The D-Link Wireless Manager is also included with this product to keep track of your most frequently accessed networks so that you can join them quickly and easily.

With unmatched wireless performance, reception, and security, the D-Link Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter (DWA-160) is the best choice for easily adding or upgrading wireless connectivity to your PC.

Specifications

Manufacturer D-Link
Mfg Part# DWA-160
SKU 206740368
UPC 790069312144
UPC 14 00790069312144
Sales Rank 40730
Features
Delivers up to 14x faster speeds1 and 6x farther range than 802.11g
Xtreme N Duo technology enables HD video streaming, file sharing, enhanced Internet phone calling (VoIP), and Web surfing
Access a secure wireless network using advanced WPA or WPA2 encryption
Easy to install and use with the D-Link Quick Adapter Setup Wizard or using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Backward compatible with 802.11g devices including game consoles and digital media players
Tech Specs
Standards:
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
Interface:
USB 2.0/1.1
Security:
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA™ & WPA2™)
802.1x
LED/Button:
Link/Activity
WPS/PBC
Certifications:
FCC Class B
IC
Wi-Fi®
Operating Temperature:
32° - 104° F (0° - 40° C)
Operating Humidity:
10-90% (Non-condensing)
Dimensions:
Item (WxDxH): 1.1” x 3.5” x 0.5”
Packaging (WxDxH): 6.6” x 9.5” x 1.5”
Weight:
Item: 0.1 lbs
Packaging: 0.5 lbs
Recommended System Requirements:
For Optimal Wireless Performance:
Use with Xtreme N Duo Media Router (DIR-855), Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825), or Xtreme N Gaming Router(DGL-4500)
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows Vista® (32 & 64-bit), Windows® XP SP2 or Windows 2000 SP4
Internet Explorer® v6 or Mozilla Firefox® v2.0
CD-ROM Drive
20MB Hard Disk Space
USB Port
Cable or DSL Modem
Wireless Router
Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)

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