Review: Belkin AC Wifi Dual-Band USB Adapter

Review: Belkin AC Wifi Dual-Band USB Adapter
August 14 11:38 2013 Print This Article

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Recently I had the amazing chance to review the Belkin AC Wifi Dual-Band USB Adapter. The AC adapter gives you a whopping data transfer rate of 867 Mbps providing steady and fast access to your network. The only downside, it isn’t plug-and-play enabled, you still have to install your drivers to get it up and running, so yes, it packs a CD. Why wasn’t Belkin able to include the drivers into the firmware? Who knows? The cool thing about the AC adapter is that it’s USB 3.0 ready, but another downside is, it doesn’t support Mac.

However, it does have the following:

– Fast AC Wi-Fi speeds up to 867 Mbps or N Wi-Fi speeds up to 300 Mbps
– USB 3.0 for high-performance wireless
– Works with G, N, and new AC Wi-Fi routers
– Perfect for upgrading laptops and ultrabooks for faster gaming and movie streaming

At CES, Belkin stated regarding their new AC products: “With the launch of our latest AC Wi-Fi products, Belkin becomes the leading provider of state- of-the-art, next-gen Wi-Fi devices, and delivers the ultimate in speed, coverage and performance for today’s connected home networks,” said Mike Chen, senior director of product management for Belkin’s networking group. “With upgraded features like Simple Start browser based set-up and a smart MediaPlay app, our AC routers deliver the promise of the connected home, where all of your devices work together seamlessly, from home entertainment to home automation.”

It’s design is well, iffy. At the USB connection part, it’s sealed by two pieces of connecting plastic which seem to break apart a bit. In my opinion, it should be just one solid piece of plastic that you can’t wedge open so easily. You can pry it open with your fingernail, and that’s a disadvantage. It’s also quite thick and long. It’s not a nano/micro adapter, which is kinda a downside as you don’t want to be walking out with a huge thing sticking out of the side of your laptop. Belkin and my readers know this, I am no fan of glossy devices that are prone to fingerprints. I think Belkin should have created an adapter with a brushed nickel finish, give it a bit of sexyness, but unfortunately, it’s a glossy finish.

In terms of speed, it does what you can expect it to do, it’s fast, really fast, I mean super fast. Quite honestly, for the such low mid-50 dollar price range, how can you beat that? Go grab one today from your local retailer.

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Jonathan Yaniv
Jonathan Yaniv

Jonathan is the founder and editor-in-chief of TrustedNerd.com. Covering major tech shows such as CES, Jonathan is always there for the latest tech news. Want your gadget to be reviewed or have a release you’d like to be considered for publishing? Send Jonathan an email, jonathan [at] trustednerd.com

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