Linksys - AC1200 Dual-Band USB 3.0 Adapter - Black

This Linksys WUSB6300 USB 3.0 adapter enables you to connect your computer to a wireless-AC network, so you can easily stream high-definition video and enjoy high-speed gaming. The WPA-TKIP, WPA2, WPS and WEP protocols help keep data private.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Linksys Wireless-AC USB 3.0 Adapter
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1506 out of 1627)

Features


Complies with 802.11ac standards

Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n.

Dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz wireless operating frequencies

For reduced interference and enhanced signal clarity.

Suitable for high-definition video streaming and online gaming

So you can easily access desired Web content.

Link/act and WPS LEDs

Provide information at a glance.

Security protocols

Include WPA-TKIP, WPA2 personal and enterprise (AES/TKIP), WPS and 64- and 128-bit WEP, plus up to 256-bit encryption, to help safeguard your network.

USB 3.0 connector

For simple interfacing with your computer.


Customer rating

4.5
93%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I found the Linksys AC 1200 (WUSB6300) to be a ver

    Posted
    mewinlaf
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a review of the Linksys AC 1200 (WUSB6300) AC Wi-Fi Dual Band USB 3.0 interface Adapter. I received this device at no cost from Belkin/Linksys in exchange for an honest review and feedback of my experience with it. This device is compatible with the following wireless standards: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac. The Linksys AC 1200 (WUSB6300) AC Wi-Fi Dual Band USB 3.0 interface Adapter ships with a setup CD. I paired the Linksys AC1200 (WUSB6300) with a Linksys WRT 1900 ACS Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 1.6 GHZ dual core CPU and 512 MB memory (2.4 GHZ and 5.0 GHZ). I live in a two story house. The router is located on the first floor of the house in the far left corner. I did the majority of the testing of the Linksys AC1200 on the second floor of the house in the far right corner, which placed it at the farthest distance possible. I tested the Linksys AC1200 (WUSB6300) on two devices. One was on a desktop computer with a 1.87 GHZ Intel Core 2 6300 processor and 4MB of memory, running Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1. The other device was a notebook computer with a 1.73 GHZ Intel Core 2 U7300 processor and 4 MB memory. It originally ran Vista, and then was upgraded to Windows 7, and finally to Windows 10 (x64) Version 1511. The majority of the time, while testing the Linksys AC1200 (WUSB6300), there were at least four other devices also using wireless Wi-Fi in my home (another desktop PC, two android cell phones, and one android tablet.). For purposes of this review, I spent the majority of my time streaming video clips, streaming movie clips, streaming music. Otherwise, I spent time doing general browsing on the internet, reading and responding to web-based email, and an occasional internet speed test. On both the desktop and the notebook, the setup was fast and uneventful. The adapter was recognized by both devices quickly, and on both devices, the adapter was recognized by my router. I first tested the adapter using a secured password-protected network band. Later I tested it using an open non-secured, but password-protected guest network band. Not once did I fail to connect. I did not experience any drops in signal. Every once in a while I experienced some stutter while streaming video or music; and on occasion some noticeable slowness (usually on the notebook). On one stutter and/or slowness occasion, I was allowing several Windows updates to download and install at the same time I was streaming. I suspect that this was a significant contributor to the stutter and/or slowness. I found the connection speed and the overall download and upload speed to consistently be within the range advertised in the Linksys AC 1200 (WUSB6300) AC Wi-Fi Dual Band USB Adapter specifications. The Linksys AC 1200 (WUSB6300) AC Wi-Fi Dual Band USB Adapter definitely improved the speed on the notebook compared to the original internal wireless network adapter (Qualcomm Atheros AR9285). Overall, I found the Linksys AC 1200 (WUSB6300) to be a very capable adapter, and would recommend to anyone that desires to move up to the 802.11ac wireless standard, and/or wishes to improve upon their wireless experience with the other wireless standards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing - slow, poorly designed, expensive

    Posted
    debihe13
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Unfortunately, I bought this device before learning online that it is slow, poorly designed, and extremely expensive compared to ANY other product on the market. (I now have a generic device that is tiny, twice the speed and performance, and less than half the cost.) I bought it from Best Buy, and SADLY did not get the Best Buy extended warranty. (Always get the Best Buy extended warranty.) I am currently a month outside of the Best Buy warranty, but have 9 days to go on the Lyncsys warranty, which allows refunds and returns for up to 90 days. Except Linksys/Belkin won't honor it. I heard various explanations for this--they had to ask Best Buy and *they* said no, there isn't a warranty unless I bought it directly from Lyncsys/Belkin, all they can do is replace it. They are replacing the slow, poorly designed, and extremely expensive device with another slow, poorly designed, and extremely expensive device, and that is their response to my request that they actually do what they promised. I've had probably 10 Lyncsys or Belkin products in the past, which all worked very well. I don't know why this one is an aberration, or if my customer service experience is an aberration. I will soon have a new, in-box Lyncsys WUSB6300, which I won't use, and a deeply dissatisfying and disheartening opinion of Lyncsys and Belkin as businesses, which I will use to guide my future purchases.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Hot garbaage

    Posted
    Spacetree

    Don't be misled by the high rating - if you get this product, there's a significant chance it will not work as advertised. Out of the box this adapter was giving me problems. It hardly ever is able to successfully connect to a 5G signal, and if it does it will usually stop working. It completely craps the bed when plugged into my laptop's functioning USB 3.0 port. Even in another port, the adapter will periodically just stop working (for the lulz, I guess). It CONSTANTLY conflicts with the built-in Wi-Fi to the point I usually just turn off my built-in card. But the highlight is that when it does stop working it will almost brick my entire laptop. Whatever browser I'm using will freeze, the Network Center will freeze, the Safely Remove Device program will freeze, even the Task Manager will freeze. I know it's the adapter because when I'm forced to just yank the darn thing out (which can also result in a BSOD), everything starts working fine. I have updated to the latest drivers. I have turned off the setting that allows the computer to turn off adapters to save power. This product works in a handful of circumstances and then sometimes not even then. All of these adapters seem to have issue with Windows 10 environments, so I can't tell you what to get. But this one definitely has unaddressed problems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Spacetree,

      Let's have our Escalation Engineers look into the details of your feedback more closely as there may be a few adjustments that can be provided. Please email us your contact details and the link to this post at LinksysCares@linksys.com.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards,

      Klaudette
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works with W10 with certain drivers

    Posted
    dbj0hn
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This WiFi adapter works pretty well with Windows 10 1709, Fall Creator's Update. You have to use the official driver found on the Linksys website: Windows 10 driver version: 1030.19.0103.2017. With this driver, I ran SpeedTest a couple of times while connected to my 5GHz and averaged around 20 ping, 105Mbps down, and 10Mbps up. I pay for 100Mbps. I docked a star to the rating because the connection to my WiFi network drops after gaming for a couple of hours. I also had to get a USB cable to connect the WiFi adapter directly to my MOBO to reduce the frequency of the disconnects. *NOTE: Anytime that W10 pushes through an update, you will need to reinstall the 1030.19.0103.2017 driver. When W10 updates, it seems to automatically update the network driver for this WiFi adapter to some generic driver that does not work well AT ALL with W10. So after a W10 update, you need to go to Device Manager. Under Network adapters, right-click on "Linksys WUSB6300", click Update driver > Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer > Have Disk... > Browse, then navigate to where you saved the driver. Then click "OK" > Next. Now you should have successfully installed the W10 1030.19.0103.2017 driver!*

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good wireless adapter but VERY poor instructions

    Posted
    DissappointedBuyer

    Ok, so I bought this wireless adapter about 2 weeks ago and plugged it in and it worked fine at the start on Windows 10. When I used it for certain applications, it would lose connectivity after about 5 minutes and then regain it. For games, this was bad since I would lag out of games. I looked and found many users having the same issue on Windows 10. Looked up the drivers on Linksys and the latest Windows 10 drivers were released in March 2016 so it should work, right? Wrong. So after some research, I found what I believe is this issue since it was only crashing sometimes and on certain apps. You can try the following: 1. Uninstall driver and reinstall with drivers from Linksys website for WUSB6300 (Should be the ones on the disc but you never know) 2. - Search "Device Manager" on your computer. - Expand "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" or "USB". - Right Click ALL the items -> Properties - Go to the "Power Management" tab if it exists for that item and deselect "Allow computer to turn off to save power" 3. Do same as Step 2 but for "Network Adapters" -> "Linksys WUSB6300" You shouldn't get anymore disconnects after that. If you do, well the only solution I would have done would have been to switch to a previous version of Windows. I hope this helps! Linksys has lost my business for a while.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      We appreciate the time you've spent in sharing this review. The WUSB6300 is designed to maintain a stable connection once installed. It seems that you’ve found a way to make it work without additional help. Should you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review.

      Regards,

      Rechel
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice adapter, but not perfect.

    Posted
    BlastedMass
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Is review is of the Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 USB 3.0 adapter. I got this for a client in my IT practice who was getting frequent disconnect from their old Netgear N150 USB wireless adapter. They are in an area where their are a lot of wireless networks making for a crowded 2.4Ghz landscape. Their dual band AC access point and this adapter let them use the less crowded 5Ghz band. This unit got installed on a Windows 7 Pro desktop. Just plug it into a USB 3.0 or 2.1 port, put the included CD into the drive and install the setup, configure the desired access point's SSID and bingo you are up and running. Just that simple and no reboot required. Since installing the new adapter there have been zero drops and accessing files on their Networked file server is noticeably faster. One thing I would change is how the adapter sticks way out from the USB port on the back of their computer. I can hope that Linksys might consider making a shorter model with a swiveling antenna. The long profile presents a risk of mechanically damaging the adapter and/or the usb port. In conclusion this adapter addressed the disconnect problem of the old adapter effectively and boosted performance after a super easy install and config. Even with the long profile that's still a winning combination for my clients and me and worthy of 5 stars. Hope this helps someone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    a dud.. very disappointed

    Posted
    SikhAmerican
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this purchase on 01/02/2017 and it just stopped working yesterday(02/24/2017) .. it did not even lasted a year..what a waste of $60.00.. I gave 2 star because the speed was awesome and installation was so easy on my windows 10... It only lasted 52 days.. I been using Linksys product for 20+ years..I believe it was under the name of Cisco back then.. I bought this Linksys wifi adapter because I have Linkysys WRT1900AC router and it worked great together but unfortunately, it died on me after 52 days..I cannot even return this anymore.. I am going to contact Linksys and see if they can replace under one year manufacture warranty..But I doubt it... I been putting lots of interest in Linksys/Cisco for many many years but now i have to move on to Netgear or Asus, which I do not want to do but no choice.. Thank you Linksys for everything before and I am not thanking you for this defective wusb6300 adapter.. what a waste of $60.00 .. thnx a lot..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, SikhAmerican,

      The wireless adapter should last longer. If the Power/Status LED won't show any light activity, then there's a possibility that this is a potential hardware issue.

      Please get in touch with us at LinksysCares@linksys.com so that our Escalation Engineers can further check the product. If it will be proven defective, we'll help you get it replaced. Indicate your contact information with the link to this review so that they can contact you as soon as possible.

      Regards,

      Kristine
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Unit Is Too Bulky To Handle Easily

    Posted
    CHRISMNPARK
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This adapter had pretty good performance for a few months. What I don't like about this product is that the unit is too BIG. If you are using in a stationary position it would be alright. But when you attach it to a laptop and occasionally move around with it, that is too cumbersome to place laptop conveniently. It will always hit walls or other environment while moving around with a laptop. It hits something every time I moved, and it was giving leverage pressure to the USB port and made me scare it might break my usb port on the laptop. While it is about the size of a big USB flash drive, this Linksys adapter is too much burden. For a USB flash drive, you don't keep it attached to your device all the time but rather attach it and remove it when you are using it. However, you always keep it attached to your device for your Wireless Network Adapter, so this makes more cumbersome. Finally today, this adapter broke while my dog was jumping over my laptop and accidentally hit the adapter. The adapter had pretty good performance other than turning off itself and not being able to connect with the router for about 30 times for 6 months of use. I contacted a Linksys technical support today but was not able to get any help about it. I've been using Linksys products for more than 10 YEARS, but this is so much disappointing. I just wish it had smaller design for a much better use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Chris,

      We appreciate you taking the time to share your comprehensive feedback with regard to the Linksys WUSB6300 adapter. It has been our practice to observe and listen to people, using their experiences to make products that make life easier and more fulfilling. We understand that there are a few areas about the design and functionality of this adapter that failed to meet your expectations, and we're sorry to hear about it. Do you still have the unit? If you do, we'd like to have an opportunity to assist you in replacing it. Please email us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the copy of the receipt and the serial number of the device. Don't forget to include the link to this review for our reference.

      We'll wait for your response.

      Regards,

      Linksys Support
      http://www.linksys.com Linksys




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