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.