Summary: I cannot really comment on this adapter, the UPS service lost my package. I would just like to comment that 5ghz is generally the band to be on the 2.4ghz is just to slow due to too many devices using it, everything from baby monitors to wireless mouse.
Summary: I chose this D-Link Wireless Dual Band N600 USB Wi-Fi Network Adapter, because I owned it's older brother the DWA-130. I gave it 3 stars because this particular adapter seems to lack range. I'm only getting 2 to 3 bars and I know I have an excellent Router and my DWA-130 is performing better. Even though the N600 doesn't seem to be up to par, it still works and decided to keep it and use it on another computer closer to my router.
Summary: I have the Dlink Xtreme router, thought same series match will be perfect. But it's worse than my old Belkin wireless G, 50% slower. Connect at 19M only, my wireless G got 54M and double the speed.
Summary: I did order the D-link DWA-140 and can confirm it works w/ the LiveTV box just fine.
Pros: Gets strong signals on my laptop to my Dlink router using N. Easy setup.
Cons: Despite WD listing this unit as being compatible with their Live TV box, it is not. After lots of troubleshooting, I found that only certain versions (or revisions) of this device were tested for compatibility, and current models now have incompatible hardware. No idea if that's true or not. Since it seems to be a crapshoot on getting one that will work, I wouldn't suggest someone purchase this for use with the WD box. Works fine, otherwise.
Attention if you want to use it with WD Live TV Plus.
15 March 2011
Summary: This is a good product, but on one hand there are cheaper options, and on the other is a little big which made ''the installation more difficult with my WD TV Live Plus. When trying to insert it into the back of the WDTV the adapter strikes on one side. I had to sand one side of the adapter to make it fit in.
Summary: Just a warning to be careful of old versions of this adapter. I received a version A2 which did not work with my DIR-655 router. I returned it and could not get Amazon to ship me a version B1 which I knew was compatible. I went to Home Depot and got a version B1 and it worked fine.
Excerpt: ...because Windows 7 would not work with my perfectly good older router. My old router, A U.S. Robtoics model always worked perfectly from the word "go." This new one is more of a hassle and still will not work with my laptop. I've spent frustrating countless hours trying to get it to work. The adapter works fine on the desktop, but I cannot get to the Internet on the laptop even though it is connected.
Summary: The DWA-160 is a solid performer once you get it stable. I have great file transfer rates and have not lost a connection with the 3rd party software.
Pros: Works well with DIR-825 once you get the DWA-160 working.
Cons: Experienced dropped connection after a few minutes to maybe hours. Never knew when the cycle would start but once it did it was difficult to get the connection back. Spent several days with level 1 &2 Tech support which had me try several rev. levels of the D-link software. Never could make it stable. 3rd Level Support was very disapointing. They contributed nothing to resolve this issue. I decided to do my own research and found a common factor to the instalibily. I ...
Summary: Updated router firmware and then changed router settings based on some DSL Reports article to Beacon Period=80, RTS Threshold=2100, Fragmentation Threshold=2000, DTIM Interval=3, 802.11n only and Channel Width=40 MHz on the 5ghz band only (keep in mind I'm d-link only for 5ghz). Seemed to lessen the disconnects significantly so far but 5ghz strength is still really weak.
Pros: Using the 5ghz band only for media streaming from a media server and have a 2.4ghz band set for laptops, print servers, etc. This adapter works with Windows 7 64-bit using the install disk Vista drivers that came with it. Wakes from sleep which is good. My older d-link 142 adapters won't wake with Windows 7 64-bit. Newer 160 drivers gave me grief but I was early in troubleshooting so they may actually improve things now. Haven't tried them yet.
Cons: The dwa-142 rocks on Win7 64-bit but will not wake from sleep which triggered this purchase. I am seeing the same loss of connection that others are reporting but with no consistency. The 160 can be stable for a week and then lose it's mind for several days and cause constant disconnects. Wireless Router is a DIR-825 but from what I've read default router settings won't cut it even in a pure d-link home network like I have. Close to 45 ft between the router and adapte...
Summary: D-Link DWA-160 works well HOWEVER there is no counterpart that can feed its capabilities. I used a D-Link 655 for years and it worked flawlessly. I wanted to upgrade to a system that would allow movie streaming at acceptable quality, SO I purchased the best multi-channel system. It simply does not work. We spent 2 to 3 hours 5 times with D-Link tech help just to get the router to "handshake" with 3 DWA-160 dual band USB adapters to work.