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Windows 7: Do any Wifi adapters for Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit actually work?


20 Oct 2011   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Do any Wifi adapters for Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit actually work?

I've got a Linksys WUSB300N adapter which Linksys admits through tech support, that it will not work with Windows 7 64-bit.

So I ordered a Rosewill RNX-N180UBE because it supposedly has Windows 7 64-bit compatibility, but it doesn't work either.

So I spent a couple of hours on Newegg digging through the feedback of various wifi adapters, and it's starting to look like just about all of them have problems with Windows 7 64-bit.

Does anyone here have any solid recommendation of one that does? I would be particularly interested in one that works with a Gigabyte motherboard with the realtek chipset.

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20 Oct 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Monsoon View Post
I've got a Linksys WUSB300N adapter which Linksys admits through tech support, that it will not work with Windows 7 64-bit.

So I ordered a Rosewill RNX-N180UBE because it supposedly has Windows 7 64-bit compatibility, but it doesn't work either.

So I spent a couple of hours on Newegg digging through the feedback of various wifi adapters, and it's starting to look like just about all of them have problems with Windows 7 64-bit.

Does anyone here have any solid recommendation of one that does? I would be particularly interested in one that works with a Gigabyte motherboard with the realtek chipset.
Failing that you might want to take another look at fixing the original problem. Let us know if we can help
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20 Oct 2011   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The "original problem" is that these two adapters for an absolute fact do not work in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, with this motherboard.

And it certainly appears that others are having the same issues.

Both of my adapters were virtual plug and play in the same computer running on a Windows XP Pro setup on a different hard drive.
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20 Oct 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

My Belkin usb adapters work perfect as long as you download from site drivers and not off provided cd.
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20 Oct 2011   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
My Belkin usb adapters work perfect as long as you download from site drivers and not off provided cd.
Model number?
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20 Oct 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Got a free PCI slot? I just installed one of these recently,

Newegg.com - TP-LINK TL-WN851N Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128/152 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)

in my kids upstairs computer and have had no problems with it at all running on 7 x64. Only thing I had to do was install the driver for it, which I used the latest from TP-Link instead of the one on the disk.
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20 Oct 2011   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That looks good. I'm going to google that to see if anyone mentions realtek chipset problems, and if not i'll have one on it's way shortly.
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20 Oct 2011   #8

win 7 premium 64bit
 
 

Have you tried the Alfa AWUS03h with the RTL8187L chipset. My brother uses it with Windows 7 64bit but I don't know if its the Windows 7 Ultimate.
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20 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at the Windows Compatibility Center for suitable wi-fi adapters for Windows 7.

Windows 7 Compatibility for Networking: Wireless Network Cards Hardware: Download Device Drivers
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20 Oct 2011   #10

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

the compatibility site is a pain to use, because they'll list something as being compatible but it may not work in your system. my gigabyte motherboard is a perfect example. a lot of people are having problems with realtek chipset boards when they use various wireless adapters.
the realtek list of course if of interest, but you have to figure out which manufacturer is using that particular realtek chip, like the Alfa one listed above.

So long story short, i'm going to try the newer version of that Alfa, the AWUS036NHR.
http://www.amazon.com/Alfa-AWUS036NH.../dp/B005F08Q1U

Hopefully by using a realtek adapter with a realtek motherboard, i'll have good results.
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