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 Post subject: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:04 am 
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Here are a few round-ups to get started on. I don't know if MAXIMUMPC has done a round-up recently, but I do know that they do not have a Best of the Kick-Butt's Choice selection for wireless USB adapters and probably never will, because the current Best of the Best Netgear Rangemax WNDR4500 wireless router would trump any of the adapters in the roundups, as it can probably be used as a WAP. The Cisco line of adapters (AE600, AE1000, AE2500) seem to be favored in the round-ups, but I'll probably end up going with whatever is cheapest on eBay and is mentioned in at least one of the reviews.
http://www.bestcovery.com/best-usb-wireless-n-adapter
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless ... er-roundup
http://wireless-adapter-review.toptenreviews.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:51 pm 
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I have this and it works surprisingly well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833139023


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:50 pm 
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This probably isn't going to be much help but if you have a dual band router, and you game I have to recommend this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833320089 It is simply amazing, I got it for $25 on sale so you might want to look out for another sale it is definitely worth the price though. If you aren't gaming though get whatever, cisco/linksys make good stuff. http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/produc ... iewcat.htm Here is a good place to look I would probably get the ae2500 for $23 since it is a bit future proof with dual band support.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:11 pm 
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Out of the ones listed in this thread, I went with an $18 AE-2500 refurbished from Newegg. Pretty much met my original projection, that I would buy whatever was cheapest on eBay. I'll let you know how it works out eventually.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:53 am 
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I used cisco ae2500, and within range I got tremendously good speeds. I am surprised by how cheap this is now, since I paid like $40 for mine. I had trouble getting it to work on some linux flavors, but on win xp and 7 worked fine.


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 Post subject: A typical Cisco tech-support chat
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 3:36 pm 
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The AE2500 lasted just shy of a year. I'm now on the lookout for the BotB wireless USB adapter, probably a 802.11ac one, but the best 802.11n will probably be about half the price.

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[2013-05-05 19:04:48] Please wait... Your number in the queue: 1
[2013-05-05 19:04:48] A representative will be joining you shortly.
[2013-05-05 19:04:48] A representative will be with you in 1 minute(s)
[2013-05-05 19:05:12] joel96 : The USB header has completely broken off of the PCB. I need it RMA'd.
[2013-05-05 19:08:09] {PILLS}Louis (9001) has joined this session.
[2013-05-05 19:08:41] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Hello joel96! Welcome to Linksys Live Chat. This is Liz with Badge ID 9001. How may I help you today?
[2013-05-05 19:08:44] joel96 : The USB header has completely broken off of the PCB. I need it RMA'd.
[2013-05-05 19:08:54] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Before we continue, I just need to gather some information so that I can create a case for you in our system.
[2013-05-05 19:09:04] joel96 : k
[2013-05-05 19:09:04] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Is this your first time to contact Linksys regarding this issue?
[2013-05-05 19:09:08] joel96 : yes
[2013-05-05 19:10:34] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Please confirm if the information I have here is correct: Country: United States Product: AE2500
[2013-05-05 19:10:44] joel96 : correct.
[2013-05-05 19:10:57] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Where did you purchase the Linksys device? (Name of the Store).
[2013-05-05 19:11:15] joel96 : amazon
[2013-05-05 19:11:42] {PILLS}Louis (9001): I also need the serial number of your product so that I can validate your entitlement status. It can be found on the sticker underneath the device.
[2013-05-05 19:12:03] joel96 : 1210607105116
[2013-05-05 19:14:03] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Let me first check the entitlement status of your device for record purposes. The entitlement status is the Hardware and the Complimentary Assisted Support warranty of your device. Please give me 3 to 5 minutes.
[2013-05-05 19:15:56] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Please double check the Serial number. It seems to be incorrect.
[2013-05-05 19:16:10] joel96 : 11210607105116
[2013-05-05 19:16:20] joel96 : forgot the first "1"
[2013-05-05 19:18:10] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Thank you for being patient.
[2013-05-05 19:18:23] {PILLS}Louis (9001): Was this adapter working fine before in your computer?
[2013-05-05 19:18:58] joel96 : yes
[2013-05-05 19:19:10] joel96 : The USB header has completely broken off of the PCB. I need it RMA'd.
[2013-05-05 19:19:21] joel96 : It got bumped lightly
[2013-05-05 19:19:37] joel96 : and gradually got weaker the more times it was lightly brushed up against. Until one day
[2013-05-05 19:19:42] joel96 : it fell off completely.
[2013-05-05 19:19:52] joel96 : That day...was today, {PILLS}Louis.
[2013-05-05 19:20:37] {PILLS}Louis (9001): I see.
[2013-05-05 19:21:16] {PILLS}Louis (9001): According to the system, your product is already out of warranty which means that we cannot replace the device anymore. You just have to purchase a new one.
[2013-05-05 19:21:32] joel96 : you can't repair it?
[2013-05-05 19:25:25] {PILLS}Louis (9001): We can only replace defective devices that is still wihtin its hardware warranty.
[2013-05-05 19:26:01] joel96 : I'd say making a dongle flimsy enough to break if you so much as breathe on it might qualify as defective.
[2013-05-05 19:26:23] joel96 : can i buy a warranty or pay for the rma?
[2013-05-05 19:27:37] {PILLS}Louis (9001): You can purchase a new wireless adapter from us.
[2013-05-05 19:27:59] {PILLS}Louis (9001): If you are interested, we can process your order through our Shopping Cart right now, to ensure that it will arrive on time.
[2013-05-05 19:28:11] joel96 : like no.
[2013-05-05 19:28:22] joel96 : your products break in two seconds.
[2013-05-05 19:29:28] {PILLS}Louis (9001): That will be noted. Do you have other concerns or questions that I can assist you?
[2013-05-05 19:31:43] {PILLS}Louis (9001): You may not be aware that you have been idle for three minutes now. As much as I’d like to remain connected to this session, there are other customers waiting to be assisted. I will be waiting for you to respond within the next two minutes and if I do not hear from you, I will leave this session so that I can attend to them.
[2013-05-05 19:31:58] {PILLS}Louis (9001): It seems that you were disonnected from our chat session. Should you feel the need to contact us, please feel free to log back in to Live Chat via support.linsys.com


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:45 pm 
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This is my bet http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless ... er-roundup I've been using the same one. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:50 am 
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Looks like the best router would be this one:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless ... r-reviewed
It's no FDR InfiniBand by any means, but it's the best 802.11ac router available, assuming it can connect from my laptop to another of the same router (or the modem I'm using that has wireless built in) attached to my desktop.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:10 pm 
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If 802.11ac then D-Link Wireless AC 1200 Dual Band Adapter. Only issue is the USB 2.0 interface. There are other USB 3.0 ones as well.

My original recommendation still stands. Otherwise probably the ASUS USB-N66.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me buy the best ~$15 USB Wi-N adapter
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:22 pm 
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I think I might buy this one, just because it's the second cheapest one tigerdirect has: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... S1-3570984


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