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Belkin F5D8055 Wireless N+300Mbps USB Adapter (Black)

Product Description

Wireless N+ 802.11n USB Adapter

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Amazon.com Product Description When only the fastest wireless connection will do, the Belkin N+ USB adapter has you covered. This adapter lets you connect your desktop or notebook computer to a Wireless-N network, letting you take advantage of the protocol's ultra-fast and reliable wireless connection. With Wireless-N performance, downloading large files, streaming HD video, playing online games, and making clear Internet phone calls without hiccups or slow-ups will never be a problem again.

The Belkin N+ USB Adapter:

  • Supports latest 802.11n Draft 2.0 technology for speed up to 300 Mbps.
  • Uses smart MIMO antenna technology for extended range.
  • Offers Wi-Fi Protected Setup with just a button push.
  • Is backwards compatible with older wireless networks.


Connect your desktop or notebook to a network wirelessly at speeds up to 300 Mbps.View larger.Note: This Wireless-N adapter requires a Wireless-N Router, such as theBelkin N+ Router(sold separately).

Compatible with 802.11n Draft 2.0 for Incredible Performance
Using the latest 802.11n Draft 2.0 technology, the N+ USB adapter will give you outstanding range thanks to the protocol's smart MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) technology. Offering speeds of up to 300 Mbps, Wireless-N will give even the heaviest of Internet users something to smile about as they stream video, make VoIP calls, and download large music files without a hiccup.

Backwards Compatibility for Ultra Convenience
The N+ USB adapter is backwards compatible with all Wireless-G and 802.11b networks and devices, which means that by carrying this adapter with your notebook, you'll be able to get a wireless connection wherever there is a wireless network, regardless of the type. And if you already invested in existing wireless peripherals, you won't need to replace them.

Elegant, Simple Design
The adapter features a slim, sleek, glossy-black design and offers two connection options: you can either plug the adapter directly into your computer -- a useful option for travelers who want to travel light -- or you can use the included stand, which can help optimize your signal by letting you place it for the best reception. The adapter also features two integrated LEDs for "wireless" and "security," letting you know your network status at a glance.

One-Button Security
With Wi-Fi Protected Setup, connecting your computer to a secure network is just a button-push away. The adapter also supports WPA/WPA2 and 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption, so you can be certain you're protected from hackers and snoopers.

What's in the Box
N+ Wireless USB Adapter with desktop stand, installation software CD, quick installation guide, user manual on CD-ROM.


There's enough bandwidth for video and music streaming, gaming, and other network heavy applications.


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BZB
I bought a "Used - Like New" from Amazon Warehouse (it end up to be v2), to replace the laptop's built-in Broadcom 54g and a PCMCIA Linksys 54g, they are both about the same speed, the Linksys is a tad faster than the Broadcom though, by a about 3 Mbps.

My router model & settings are:
* D-Link DIR-655
* Channel Width: Auto 20/40MHz
* Security Mode: WPA-Personal

Cable speed is 12Mbps

LAN test was transferring a 200MB file, speed & time to finish.

The laptop is 8ft away from the router, getting an excellent 5 bar reception & showing connected at 270Mbps.

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1st test with router setting WPA Mode set to: Auto WPA/WPA2

Linksys 54g:
* WAN 19.5Mbps
* LAN 19.5Mbps (approx) or 2 mins 1.79 secs

Belkin
* WAN 23Mbps
* LAN 47Mbps or 42.9 secs

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2nd test with router setting WPA mode set to: WPA2 Only (for better wireless performance)

Belkin
* WAN 23Mbps
* LAN 60Mbps avg, 71Mbps max or 27 secs

NOTE: Speed test with Avast Antivirus 6 Web Shield turned off, it's Web Shield will slow the WAN speed down to about 15Mbps.

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I have my laptop hooked up to a LCD TV, mainly for browsing the net, watching Netlix, loading 12 Megapixel images and HD 720P vids from a desktop. With the 54g, the 12MP images were taking a horribly long time to load and the HD videos were constantly lagging. Now, the images load WAYYYY faster and the vids do not lag at all. I initially bought another brand, a "Rosewill RNX-MiniN2 300Mbps Wireless USB Adapter", even though I was only using Auto WPA/WPA2, it was only getting about 15Mbps via WAN, and the same with LAN and taking 3 mins to transfer the 200MB file, so I returned that real quick.

All these adapters claiming 300Mbps is just BS, that's just not going to happen in the real world. But, being able to get 60Mbps average is pretty damn good, almost as fast as my 10/100 at 77Mbps, heck my 10/100/1000 is at 112Mbps, so for wireless, not bad at all. The dongle is kinda big at 3" long, but since my laptop is stationary, that's not a big deal, as long as it works, I'm happy. The driver and utility were very easy to install, system recognized the hardware right away. I am running XP SP2, had to download the MS update to support WPA2.

BTW, DO NOT use the Belkin utility for your wireless connection, it is not that efficient and may actually be slower, use the Windows wireless support instead.

Ordered the item and it came in within a couple of days. Installed the software from the enclosed CD. Followed all instructions. Plugged it in and it would never recognize the install. Uninstalled and reinstalled, shutdown, rebooted, did all the things you think of trying to make it work.

I finally looked at the actual files that were being installed. The CD included drivers for XP and Vista but none for Windows 7. No wonder it would not work. After doing a Google search I found the drivers, installed the unit and it worked like a champ. 5 Bar signal strength with the router 50 feet away! Great reception!

Here is the website for the drivers in case you run into the same problem.

[...]

Hope this helps. I was disappointed that the Win 7 drivers were not on the disk. Must have come from some old inventory.

Othewise, great unit, once it works!

BZB
the unit is "sleek" looking. it installs easily (win7, 64bit - didn't use disk, let win7 download drivers), picks up signal well at close range. the unit simply did not have the range i thought it would. i'm using a netgear n600 dual band router - it's about 55 yards from my office where the computer is (hp dv7, atheros ar5009 wifi adapter). this belkin adapter got, at best, the same reception as my laptop. often, the laptop would get better. (there is a fairly straight shot between my office and my house - the 55 yard distance. the router is on one side of the house, my office is in a separate building - wooden structure with aluminum window pains - on the opposite side of the house.) i'm returning it to amazon.com only because of the range issue - everything else is fine with it.

p.s. i began with a netgear n150 simple sharing router - it seemed to have the same range as the n600 dual band. the 5Ghz band on the n600 does not reach as far as the 2.4Ghz band. after switching to the n600 and not getting exceptionally better signal strength, I wanted to try this belkin adapter to hopefully boost the reception.

This thing is smokin'! It's fast & it has excellent range (it picks up just about every network in my neighborhood it seems). The installation software sucks & so does the tech support. Don't even bother installing from the CD - it's better just to update the driver with the CD from device manager. Btw I am running Windows 7 64-bit & had an issue with this device dropping connections after a while. I'm not really sure how it was fixed.... All I did was change my power scheme to maximum performance & turned off the option to let windows turn it off to save power (which doesn't make sense to me why it would turn it off if I'm using it to stream Netflix). Great device. All in all, I highly recommend it. Just beware that the software included sucks & Windows 7 64-bit requires some weird work-a-rounds to get it working solidly.

rwh
I just got this today (A day late though.) I opened the box, installed the drivers that I downloaded before hand from the belkin website, went through the usualy setup process and bam! I got internet running at 130 mbps. I'm a couple rooms and walls away from the router so 130 mbps is very good. Only problem that happened was when I was setting up my network I accidentally changed the name of the network for the entire house, so they didn't have internet for a good minute, but that's fixed. Overall very good product and it looks nice too. buy it!

Update

I'm actually getting 270mbps after i did a little router tweaking, it just keeps getting better! I'm also running this on windows 7 home premium 64 bit, so it's definitely compatible with the right driver.

Update #2

almost 2 years later and this old adapter is starting to wear down. It's connection keeps dropping and picking up over and over again. It would go from 270 to 108 to 54 mbps then back up to 270 etc. etc. Unplugging the router and plugging it back in only helps for a couple minutes, same with unplugging and plugging the adapter. Keep in mind it hasn't died completely, it can still pick up wifi, but sometimes it is very slow. It was a good adapter for the year and half i owned it. I thought at the price i paid for it it would last a lot longer. Maybe it was just my adapter, but at this price I would've expected it to last longer.

Belkin Wireless N+ 802.11n Router (Black)
This was purchased to replace internal pc card wireless.
The included software required XP having the Wireless net zero service installed.
As a result, the Belkin utility did not find any wireless connections.
The Belkin utility has no way to recover from an installation error.
After activating the wireless service, I was able to use the adapter, very well using the XP service.
I have an alternate XP disk on my computer on which the Belkin utility works fine.
The adapter show a s strong signal on my network and detects up to14 other wireless networks, some of usable strength.
I have purchased a new computer and will not need to buy another wireless card.

Works so far: but then I've only just installed the thing. We'll see. But my main reason for commenting at this early point is to offer an installation tip or two for folks that are using a Windows 7 operating system: (1) when your model F5D8055 Belkin USB Adapter arrives, look on the back of the USB portion and note whether it is version 1 or 2. If it is v.2 it may say v.2010. Assuming you have a router but are not connected to the Internet, connect one end of an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your PC and connect the other end into the Ethernet port on the back of your router. (Any router should work. Mine is a Linksys WRT160N). Then use Internet Explorer or whichever browser you have and connect to the Internet and type in the address bar [...] and when you arrive at that site, search for the driver for the version of adapter that you received. Once found, download it. (2) Now, you're ready to install the adapter. DO NOT USE THE CD that came with the adapter. It does not contain the Windows 7 driver for the adapter. Rather, click on the driver you've downloaded then click on Vista, to install Vista. The downloaded driver should then automatically install the Windows 7 driver. You may also need to go to the Control Panel then to the Network and Sharing Center and click on Change Adapter Settings. You should see the Belkin Adapter there. Right click it and click Connect. At this point, the product should install. If it does not, don't bother with the Belkin Chat support. It's as bad as HP's. Rather, call Belkin support at 1-800-223-5546. Hope this helps.

Belkin Wireless N+ USB adapter is easy to install and works. I got both adapters to work in 10 minutes and there were no further adjustments needed. My kids need the Internet to work at all hours and I did not want to run network cables to the second story. I really enjoy the 6' cable that comes connected to the USB stand so I can place the adapter closer to my AT&T U-Verse unit. Signal strength is really strong and no dropped connections when going to MySpace type sites. There are less expensive USB adapters units out there but they do not deliver the quality that this has. This is money well spent.

After viewing a plethora of wireless adapters on Amazon and dozens of reviews I settled with the Belkin F5D8055 adapter. I decided it was time to upgrade from my old 54Mbps Belkin g wireless adapter. The old adapter served me well (3 years), but started noticing that the quality of signal dipped from time to time (excellent to good). And at times stopped working completely.

So I decided it was time for an upgrade. Installation was a breeze. Decided to plug in the new Belkin F5D8055 adapter to the computer, but it didn't recognize it. Installed the latest driver from the Belkin website, mine was version 2 and bingo it worked right away. I could see the signal speed was already 130Mbps with excellent quality considering my computer is 50ft way from the router.

I use a Linksys N router, so when I used WEP for my security settings I noticed that the speed dropped to 54Mbps. I was puzzled, so I changed the Channel Setting to Auto and the signal speed went back to 130Mbps. However I wasn't satisfied. Other reviewers reported seeing 300Mbps. So I decide to use WPK instead and the signal quality jumped to 270Mbps. I know in reality I'm not seeing anything near those numbers since I'm limited to my internet service provider, I'm using ADSL, but to me it's good upgrade from 54Mbps with a good signal quality to 270Mbps with excellent quality signal at all times.

All in all, I'm satisfied with my new wireless adapter and highly recommend it for desktop users.

Purchased this adapter to boost the signal/better range for my notebook with Win7. Plug and play. Ran the software for drivers, let Win7 do the configuration, 5 minutes later it was working. No more trying to find the exact hotspot at home, this works. You can plug the device directly in or attach it to the cord/stand and move it, instead of the notebook. The stand for this adapter is not as flimsy as the Linksys AE1000, which I previously purchased two for wireless desktops. The price was right, over the AE1000.

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