Summary: I bought some Rosewill before this and it messed up my whole computer, wouldn't boot. It was on my 1st build too, never would have thought it was the wireless adapter. So glad I found this TRENnet adapter, makes life easy.
Pros: Works great, took no time to install. I've had no problems with this at all. My connection speed is great and it looks pretty neat on the back of my PC.
Cons: When moving my PC from place to place, the antennas get in the way a little bit, but you can move them easily
Summary: I live on campus housing and so I am not allowed a router which would give me a better connection. I previously tried to get by with the USB wireless adapter for 8 bucks hoping to save money. It just didn't cut it. I was getting 20kbps no lie. Got this baby yesterday and got up to 7mbps downloading speed from the exact same location in my apartment. The range on this is very good, very simple installation, and well worth the money.
Pros: I have had this adapter coming on 3 years now. It still works as if fresh out of the box. I've never had any issues with the drivers. The three antennae allow you to pick up a wider range of networks if placed at right angles to each other which is helpful when setting up a new build with weak wifi (my wifi wasn't actually weak, but there were several thick walls and an iron staircase railing between the adapter and the modem). As far as I can tell, it is reliable for...
Cons: TRENDnet provides medium size antennae, but I found it benificial to add another larger antannae I had previouly bought on the end of an extension cable.
Summary: TRENDnet is right up there with the "big boys" so you really can't go wrong! The CD was not necessary at all, Windows 7 (32bit) recognized it just fine on bootup. Just be sure to boot to an admin account the first time to avoid a possible "failure to start device" type message when the driver gets installed. The settings in Device Manager for the device were very limited, and connection performance was not optimal.