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NETGEAR - Nighthawk AC1900 Dual-Band WiFi USB 3.0 Adapter - Black

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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi USB 3.0 adapter wirelessly connects your laptop or desktop computer to the next-gen 802.11ac technology with WiFi speeds up to 1.9Gbps. Connect the adapter to a USB 3.0 port and is compatible with next generation WiFi devices and compatible with 802.11ac/n and all legacy WiFi devices.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AC1900 WiFi USB Adapter (A7000)
    • NETGEAR installation CD
    • Quick start guide
    • USB 3.0 cable with magnetic cradle

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (241 out of 261)

    Features


    Ultimate speed and performance

    Move data up to 1900Mbps. Dual band WiFi connections for better HD video streaming and lag-free gaming (up to 600Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps on 5GHz).

    Multiple OS support

    Compatible with Mac OS and Windows.

    Super speed USB 3.0

    Faster USB connection to your computer, up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

    Explicit beamforming

    Boosts speed, reliability, and range of WiFi connections.

    WPS button

    Push button connection to your router's WiFi network with WPS.

    Includes Magnetic Cradle

    Easy mount on metal surface, allows flexible placement in and around the computer.

    3x4 MIMO design

    More bandwidth capacity when downloading and uploading data to and from the wireless network.

    4 Internal Antennas

    Four high-gain antennas for improved performance.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 261 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Erratic 5G Performance & Unorthodox Design

      Posted
      AlNeuman

      Netgear A7000 Wi-Fi connected to Netgear R7000P router: A7000 shuts down when connected to 5G Wi-Fi under heavy load. A7000 does not appear to exhibit similar behavior under 2.4G Wi-Fi. I believe this to be a result of thermal load as adapter is extremely HOT to the touch when event occurs. When this occurs, WPS (blue light) is inactive and adapter must be physically disconnected from magnetic cradle and reconnected to re-enable adapter. In other words, the adapter completely shuts down when the chipset reaches a certain thermal threshold. I wish I had a thermal probe as I could share idle temperature verses temperature at shut down. Moving on to the magnetic cradle: Although, the magnetic cradle appears to be an innovative concept, it must be one of the most fatuous implementations I have seen in a long time. The disclaimer that USB memory sticks, external hard drives, cellular phones, credit cards, etc., must be protected from the “strong” magnetic cradle is impractical. First, the cable is too short to adequately distance the device from everything else. The next option is to pull everything off the desk. The problem that most users will experience is it is our natural predisposition to drop our wallets, cellular phone, memory stick, etc., on our desks. I do not want to worry about this constantly. As a result, I carefully removed the thin rubber (layer) from the base and removed the three star-head screws. Therein, there are two dense dime-sized magnets accompanied by six strips of metal shims (3 each side if memory serves). I removed the magnets and fashioned paper shims to compensate for the vacancy of the magnets. Closed it up and it looks good as new. In addition, the weight is still appropriate to sustain the extended adapter. It is an interesting device but thermal shutdowns under heavy load connected to 5G is a significant issue. Design is a head-scratcher considering the list of electronic devices one must safeguard from the cradle. In addition, simply connecting the adapter to an available 3.1 USB connector may be impossible or impractical due to the dimension of the device and preferred signal strength. Although, I understand that most modern electronics, like our smartphones, are not going to be adversely affected by small magnets, I do not want to be the one whom tests the aforementioned devices to determine which devices are damaged, which devices lost data and which devices are unaffected. Notwithstanding, I recommend this product with caution.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great wi-fi ruined by not so great design

      Posted
      mkcar1
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Its an AC1900 wi-fi receiver where AC designates that it can process/receive 802.11ac signals using 5GHz technology. The 1900 designates the theoretical bandwidth it can process 1900 = 1900 Mbps, 3000 = 3000 Mbps, etc. So this receiver fits nicely in the middle range and for its cost is a decent deal. Also provides the ability to move from computer to computer. But I am left trying to grasp some of the design decisions (see quibbles below). In the box Wi-fi receiver Some warranty and warning info Base Install disk Pluses; It has foldout antenna to help with its range and speed. Has base to help position it for greatest reception. Easily installed and you can use the “default” windows driver(s) or use install disk. Check website for updates too. Using disk installs Netgear genie which provides visual representation of your network as well as connection info – network name, Mac, IPv4 and v6 addresses, channel, etc. Is pretty fast – running speedtest.org I was steadily in the 190 mbps download and 23 mbps upload range. I have an Orbi 3000 mesh router and was probably around 10 feet away when testing. Quibbles – all related to design; Why provide a base unit that has powerful magnets to hold it in place with no option to easily remove them? In the box is a disclaimer to not use around pretty much any commonly used data storage device – hard drive, SD cards, etc.. Thanks for that but it makes no sense to me! And it really only works if you have metal to attach it to anyway. Because wi-fi unit is so wide/thick it can cover other USB ports on your computer. I happen to have a USB 3.0 extension cable handy so I didn’t have to spend any more money to buy one. Base USB connection cable is decently long but WHY is it hard attached to the base? Why not have it removable so as to be able to use as an extension to connect to the wi-fi unit to computers? I did wind up keeping the unit as it does what I wanted it to do and was able to work around its design issues. I do think its fast for the money and would suggest it as long as know what you are getting into…

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Well worth it over lessor adaptors

      Posted
      ErikaO
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Over the last couple years the number of 2.4Ghz access points visible on my Wi-Fi Analytics software has quadrupled !!!. I installed the A7000 on my XEON Workstation and moved the single band WNA3100 to the desktop. The Genie software is easy to use, but is a Pain under WIndows 10 . Genie brags in notifications every time the system returns from sleepy-sleep and is redundant. I recommend installing the driver ONLY if you understand how... The magnetic base is nice.. I have yet to add the dual band router, however the connection is better on 2.4. Wrong adaptor to plug directly INTO your USB 3.0 on a laptop. However, when we travel the internal 2.4 on the my laptop many times may NOT get a decent connection at the hotel. That base positioned for max signal will really help.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better than Ourlink 600mbps Wifi Adapter

      Posted
      Stephen

      i had an ourlink 600mbps wifi adapter sold by glamhobby but it was absolutely terrible always got dropped and super slow speeds only getting 5-20mbps download but once i switched to this i was getting 60 from across the house and it also allowed me to connect to my neighbors down the street. though i will say it is big without antenna its roughly 6 inches long but with its a good 10 inches also the desktop dock does not slow down speeds at all and it allows it to reach further if your pc is under your desk. would recommend the only reason i gave 4 stars is because of size. otherwise its a solid 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good nic card

      Posted
      Renwop
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought the Nighthawk WiFi Adapter in order to back my office computers direct cable connection, which sometimes has connection issues. This WiFi adapter works pretty well considering that the modem is located downstairs and in another part of the house. My direct (hard wired) connection usually yields around 300-350 mps, while the Nighthawk WiFi adapter is yielding around 200 mps, which is not that bad. This particular adapter should work well for all of the computers in my house because I have a relatively fast internet connection speed to start with. However, for those who are connecting at around 50 mps, I think you'd need to be relatively close to the modem for it to work properly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth every penny

      Posted
      KBActive
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      My Netgear Nighthawk AC3200 Router sits on the main floor at one end of my house. My office is in the basement at the other end of the house. I have an older laptop that could only do 2.4GHz, 802.11g protocol. I bought this companion Netgear USB adapter. I went from 18Mbps to 88Mbps and I'm sure it can do more, that's just the limit of my current ISP. This is a rock solid network adapter. If you have a router that does 802.11n or ac with a 5GHz radio, then this is a excellent upgrade for an older laptop/desktop. I'll be switching to 1 gigabit fiber optic soon. Can't wait to see what speed I get.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good fast connection but rather large

      Posted
      Cookie
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      We have used various wireless adapters on our computers upstairs (they do not have built in wireless capability) but they don't work very good. They lose connection and are slow. We have a Nighthawk modem/router downstairs so I decided to try the adapter. Wow what a difference it has made. Connection is good and pages now load fast. Very happy with the Nighthawk adapter. A word of warning though - it states it has a very strong magnetic base so I would not recommend placing it to close to the computer. Ours is on a bookshelf next to the computer. Also it was a lot larger than I expected.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Product for the price

      Posted
      CoolBeans
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      I bought the adapter since the wireless usb adapter our computer came with was not able to connect to our modem due to the distance. There were other wireless adapters more expensive, but I chose to go with this one and see how it worked. So far it's been working perfectly! Our computer does not have a CD port, so we had to download it. The process was a bit tedious - having to connect the new tower to our other desktop and run the ethernet cable from the bedroom to it. Once we did that the process was smooth, and we were able to move the tower back and connect the adapter with ease.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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