Summary: I bought this with the expectation of plugging it in and it working out of the box on my machine running Linux Mint 16. At first all seemed well and good. However five minutes later it dropped connection. It does so every 1-5 minutes now and I have to turn my wifi on the computer off and on again to get another five minutes of use. After extensive searching I only have probable solutions.
Pros: Has been working great for over a year. I use this thing on my desktop at home and it performs great. Not the fastest, but it works fine. Enough for me to play games on without an issue. Driver installation was easy.
Summary: Everything good is like stated in other reviews. I still cannot make it work in Windows 7 64-bit. Only driver to get it even display nearby avaiable SSID is WindowsXP 64-bit driver on the CD, with this driver it can connect to wireless network with no encryption only. At the end, I had no choice but to use it with a WindowsXP 32-bit computer. Very frustrating experience.
Summary: this is too bad, because the usb-n13 is a bit thicker than your average thumb drive or usb plug, and WILL block adjacent ports.
Pros: works out of the box, both windows xp and 7. signal strength varies less than old laptop's built-in wifi. signal isnt any stronger, but does seem to drop out less often comparatively. includes a usb extender cable, which is stiff and will hold whichever shape you bend it to.
Cons: usb extender cable appears to not work at all. either mis-wired, or has a loose connection. doesnt work with the wireless adapter, doesnt work with flash drives or other usb devices lying around.