D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB Adapter (DWA-182)
27 October 2012
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.
Excerpt: Wireless AC or 802.11ac technology has been available for well over a year now. But most laptops cannot take advantage of it because only a fraction of laptops made in the last six months have 11ac wireless capability – most still contain 802.11n adaptors. See all Wi-Fi and Networking reviews .