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Windows 7: Best Wireless USB Adapter for Win 7?

05 Jan 2010   #11
pamelaj

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WalkerA WinTeam View Post
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I appreciate the link Pauly posted for compatible hardware, and will look that over next.
Hi pamelaj,

I've narrowed your search a bit, in case you haven't gotten to it yet:

Compatible with Windows 7 with logo (Microsoft has officially certified these devices)

If it turns out the clerk who helped you didn't know what he was talking about, these devices are your best bet.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
Hi Walker, thanks for the links. My son says I should also consider getting a card as opposed to just looking for USB adapter. Are these items you've suggested listed in any particular order? I.e., is the first one listed (which is also a d-link like my router) considered the BEST, or is the order completely random? Yes, I think the clerk didn't know what he was doing.

Pamela


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05 Jan 2010   #12
pamelaj

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hello Walker,

I'm checking out the list of adapters, and the first is a d-link which sounded fine to me. $49.00 at Best Buy online. However, the 5 reviews posted there are not that great. People report it breaks down, loses power, etc. after about a year.

Another adapter there is a dual band, something my son says I really don't need with the work I do. However, I don't care, I'm just looking for the GOOD one. So, is a dual band overkill?

I also looked for the TEW 624UB, and reviews at NewEgg are pretty mediocre. Another nice person on this board recommended LinkSys . . . I checked them out at Best Buy and again . . . not great reviews!

So IS there one out there that works and is also reliable? I've already wasted so much time trying to get that Belkin to work . . . and it was completely lousy!

Pamela

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05 Jan 2010   #13
WalkerA WinTeam

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pamelaj View Post
My son says I should also consider getting a card as opposed to just looking for USB adapter. Are these items you've suggested listed in any particular order? I.e., is the first one listed (which is also a d-link like my router) considered the BEST, or is the order completely random?
I assumed you wanted this for a laptop, since you started by asking about USB adapters - but reading your 30 foot ethernet cable comment, I understand now! Your son is correct - you should definitely consider a PCI card instead of a USB adapter.

The problem with that is what you have already discovered - there are a million brands out there, none of which is clearly the best. (And no, the Windows 7 Compatibility Center doesn't rank devices). I tend to trust Newegg when it comes to computer hardware, especially internal components like this. Unfortunately I'm not savvy enough to recommend a particular one. Perhaps some of the other contributors can Good luck!

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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06 Jan 2010   #14
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

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I've already wasted so much time trying to get that Belkin to work . . . and it was completely lousy!
Yes, the Belkin client software itself also is quite flaky IME. Best to let Windows Zero Configuration manage your wireless setup.
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20 Apr 2010   #15
smiths22

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Don't buy linksys that's for sure, crappy drivers, crappy tech support.

Which is the best brand right now for windows 7?
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20 Apr 2010   #16
mgmcc

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

I'm using the D-Link DWA-140 Wireless N USB Adapter installed in Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and it connects reliably at 300Mbps to my D-Link router.
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20 Apr 2010   #17
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WalkerA WinTeam View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pamelaj View Post
My son says I should also consider getting a card as opposed to just looking for USB adapter. Are these items you've suggested listed in any particular order? I.e., is the first one listed (which is also a d-link like my router) considered the BEST, or is the order completely random?
you should definitely consider a PCI card instead of a USB adapter.

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
Most definitely install a PCI card. I don't know how far you are away from your router; but with a card you have the added advantage of being able to install a desktop or wall mount antenna. The card will have its own antenna on the back; but sometimes, at any distance, you will not get the strongest signal because the antenna is in back of the computer and the signal can be partially blocked. You simply unscrew that antenna from the card and screw on the cable from a desktop or wall mount antenna.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
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I've already wasted so much time trying to get that Belkin to work . . . and it was completely lousy!
Yes, the Belkin client software itself also is quite flaky IME. Best to let Windows Zero Configuration manage your wireless setup.
Several folks are having trouble with Belkin right now.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by psikofunkster View Post
Don't buy linksys that's for sure, crappy drivers, crappy tech support.

Which is the best brand right now for windows 7?
I have heard these complaints about Linksys also; but I have not experienced them. Some of the Linksys models are very poorly shielded and should be avoided. I have not heard any complaints about D-Link and I am running an older D-Link card on my Windows 7 machine. I have had no driver problems with it. And since your router is a D-Link, that should work well.
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21 Apr 2010   #18
guiLe

win7
 
 

Hi Pamelaj,
Im using Huawei USB E series, almost 1 year and never got any problem.
Before, Im using Xp and after I migrate to 7,it doesn't need new driver.
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