Excerpt: It has been more than 6 months since purchasing the D-link DWA-160 usb adapter. The product worked fine all this time. So I never gave it a second thought that it would stop working. I came back home from the store to find my internet connection disconnected. At first I thought it was my router but after checking, the problem turn out to be the D-Link Adapter. It was very hot to the touch and it had completely stop working.
Summary: I have been using DWA 160 Rev. A with DIR 655, on Windows 7 x64. I usually refuse to use manufacturer software taking over windows functions so just let Windows handle everything (downloading a driver and managing wireless networks, etc). The performance was very disappointing. Even though it was working with another D-Link router, it performed worse that other non-D-Link adapters.
Summary: I did not want to install the D-Link software that came with the wireless adapter as I knew Windows 7 would install the drivers for me. Wrong. Windows 7 did install the drivers once I plugged the adapter but I could not connect to my wireless networks (I have 2, one N and one G with the D-Link 825 router). So it's a D-Link adapter trying to connect to a D-Link router, the wireless networks show up on Windows 7 but I keep getting the message I cannot connect.
Summary: Pros: I get 300mbps on my old laptop with windows xp on it. Setup is absolutely easy (you plug it in, run cd or browse for wireless networks and enter your SSID) and running a speed test gives me 3MPBS. If you have the setting in device manager (advanced tab) set to g/b you will only get 1MBPS speed. You may have to alter the setup. Cons: If my laptop has been idle there will be a second or two delay before gaining access to the router.
D-Link DWA - 160 Xtreme N Dual Band Draft 802.11n USB Adapter
Paul Omigie "bonafide", Amazon
30 December 2009
Summary: Installation was a breeze(used the Cd). I hooked this up with the PC on the third floor, while the router (a wireless g router from another manufacturer) is on the first floor. The reception is flawless. It also picked up a lot of signals in the neighborhood. There has been no dropped connection as some reviews stated. Works fine with my windows 7 64-bit system. The USB extension-dock gives you the option to move it around a little, if you need to.
Summary: I received this adapter with a DLINK N router. I found it to work fairly well, although I could not test the speed due to my laptop limitations. Note that you should use this with the DLINK routers, since the "N" wireless standard is not yet, well, standardized. Also, this adapter has special speed capabilities when paired with a corresponding DLINK router. The adapter has a very unusual configuration.