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Windows 7: Wireless Adapters for Windows 7/64-bit


13 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 
Wireless Adapters for Windows 7/64-bit

What brand of Wireless Adapters are Windows 7/64-bit users having the 'most' success with?

My migration from XPPro to Windows 7/64-bit, has the 'curse' of the Linksys WMP54G.

I've installed the (Windows Update/driver) and (Ralink/drivers) 'without' being able to establish a connection to the router/internet.

I know this subject has been beaten to death, but as many of us know, although a certain brand may work, some brands work more often and with more varied configurations. I'd like to make this new adapter purchase as painless as possible.

Thanks-

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13 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

With your particular wireless network adaptor Linksys WMP54G no compatiblity at all with Win 7 so upgrading is a good idea.

It depends on what your router can do. If your router supports wireless N then go that route for the adaptor also. Wireless G is also fine and your router most likely will support that. Any on this list will work but the limitation may be with your router as far as signal strength goes. You need to choose pci-e or usb also. The Compatiblity list shows some that have gone through the testing process for Windows 7.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...net%20Adapters


As far as Linksys goes this list looks pretty good for having Win 7 support, I would go with one of the WPA-2 security versions and wireless N if your router supports it.
Newegg.com - Linksys,wireless adaptors
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13 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bugs1 View Post
What brand of Wireless Adapters are Windows 7/64-bit users having the 'most' success with?
Hi Bugs1, welcome to SevenForums!

The Windows 7 Compatibility Center has information about thousands of software and hardware products - you might want to start your search there. For example, this list shows only those wireless network adapters that have been tested and certified 'Compatible with Windows 7' (see the logo) by Microsoft.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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13 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

I'm actually looking for recommendations for specific make and model adapters that users have actual 'good' experience with.
The lists are a starting point, but I read on the 'net about numerous adapters that ARE 'supposedly' certified and tested, that don't have windows 7 or 64-bit drivers, and reviewers say don't work, or don't work well.
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13 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bugs1 View Post
I'm actually looking for recommendations for specific make and model adapters that users have actual 'good' experience with.
The lists are a starting point, but I read on the 'net about numerous adapters that ARE 'supposedly' certified and tested, that don't have windows 7 or 64-bit drivers, and reviewers say don't work, or don't work well.
I understand, but being an MS rep I can't give specific product endorsements... just thought that list might help narrow your search a bit.

Here's a quote from a Windows Team blog post about the Windows 7 Logo Program:
Quote:
We focused on robust testing requirements to ensure optimal Windows 7 experience. Products that receive the Logo are checked for common issues to minimize the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user
It's not a perfect system of course, and the Windows 7 Compatibility Center has testing information on thousands of products that don't have the logo. But it's important to understand the rigor and extent of the testing required in this program. Companies don't just pay Microsoft to slap the logo on their box - the product has to work really, really well. And as the blog post says, the program's fundamental purpose is "to help customers make better purchase decisions," which is all I'm trying to do here

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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13 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

In case you weren't aware of this Bugs, newegg has a review posted for all of those adaptors. You just need to click on one you like then check out the reviews that will tell you if they work well or not with Windows 7.

Newegg.com - Linksys,wireless adaptors
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13 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Thanks WalkerAWinTeam and Chev65, I guess it's back to the 'egg.... -Bugs
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13 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bugs1 View Post
Thanks WalkerAWinTeam and Chev65, I guess it's back to the 'egg.... -Bugs
I forgot to mention, Bugs- if you do encounter any compatibility issues when you're configuring your new wireless network adapter, please don't hesitate to do two things:

1. Report the issue here
2. Come back to SevenForums to say "I told you so," and we'll do our best to get it sorted out for ya

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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14 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

I 'can' understand moderators, and MS Rep's not endorsing specific products, but with this thread having over 83 views, and not one person taking the time to reply with an adapter that they can recommend, says a lot...maybe they all have adapter problems and/or use Windows 7 32-bit....that would be really weird, huh? -Bugs
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14 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

  • Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
  • Edimax 802.11n wireless PCI card (that's how it is designated)
  • Netgear DG834G router

Has worked without a glitch from day 1
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