D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB Adapter (DWA-182)
30 September 2013
Conclusion: D-Link's DWA-182 has the distinction of being the first pre-draft 802.11ac wireless adapter on the market, but with no performance gains over 802.11n adapters, the DWA-182 provides little benefit over existing adapters on the market—except for the fact it can connect to pre-draft 11ac D-Link routers.
Pros: Easy install. Included wireless manager utility gives more network information than provided in an OS. Dual-band. Supports 802.11ac. Backwards compatible with older 802.11 standards.
Cons: Could not connect via WPS with a non D-Link router. No real performance gains over 802.11n adapter.
D-Link DWA-182: A solid performer at all distances
31 January 2014
Excerpt: In our latest roundup of 802.11ac client adapters, D-Link's DWA-182 didn't take any first- or second-place finishes, and it finished in third place overall. The adapter measures about 3 inches long, not including its USB interface, but D-Link provides a USB cradle that gives you some flexibility in positioning. D-Link switched to a USB 3.0 interface with hardware revision C1.