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Linksys - Next-Gen AC Dual-Band AC600 USB Network Adapter - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Improvements in Speed

    Posted
    porterbm
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Wireless Router Review The WRT3200ACM supports MU-MIMO, A NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY THAT IMPROVES the overall performance of the router, as well as providing dedicated bandwidth to compatible devices. Linksys claims that this means that everyone on the network will be able to stream 4k Video at the same time, as if they were connected to their own dedicated routers. I found this to be not true. The setup and operation of the unit is quite simple, plug and play basically. Online documentation states that Smart Wi-Fi concurrent dual-band 4 x 4 Gigabit router delivers a maximum speed of 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 2.6 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. MU-MIMO functionality is questionable. Used two streaming devices (1 android based unit, 1 Amazon Fire Stick) to test the overall performance of the router. One was located in the upstairs bedroom next to the room where the WRT3200ACM is located and the signal was weak at first and difficult to setup, requiring several tries, did not have this issue with the WRT1900ACS unit. Second streaming device used is located downstairs in the living room and had the same issue with the weak signal at first. Once connected the signal strength improves and improved over time. Short range speed is awesome for this unit extremely fast response. The list price for this unit is rather high for the average user as well. As it is not a modem/router combo unit, I find the price of the unit to be too high for the average user. The unit design is identical to the WRT1900ACS unit. Power button toggle design is identical to the 1900ACS unit (Pro) USB 3.0 port is useful for attaching external HDDs, NAS devices, etc. (Pro) Signal distance was poor and definitely needs improvement. I expected it to be stronger allowing for less buffering with streaming devices but that was not the case. The WRT1900ACS performed better in this category. (Con) eSata Port available but only 1 (con) The user is limited to the number of devices that ban utilize these ports unless a 3.0 usb hub is used. (Con) Four (4) adjustable antennas (Pro) Overall the unit performed very well. Hardwired pc speed is improved however wireless performance is not as good as it should be. Open VPN setup is quite confusing and needs better documentation. Whether or not the unit can be designated as Server or Client needs improvement. Difficult to figure out. The manual is not adequate in this area. Attempted to utilize the unit set up as a VPN but it never worked properly. (Con) Was able to setup vpn functionality on a hardwired pc, not on the router for streaming and wireless devices. Had to setup the vpn on each device (Con). According to the information available on this unit, setup should be possible for VPN. Openvpn Server gives the response “This page cannot be accessed remotely. Please login locally to access this page.” Even though I was already logged in locally. Still did not work even after repeated successful logins. It took three (3) tries to complete local login successfully after which the OpenVPN setup was able to be accessed. (Con) The unit looks good, though I myself was expecting it not to be identical to the look of the WRT1900ACS which it does. The stronger processor is a plus! Documentation provided (DVD) is rather technical. More time is devoted to explaining wall mounting then how to setup the OpenVPN Server functionality. (Con) Media Prioritization – a useful function for enabling connected device priorities . (Pro) Storage File Systems supported documentation does not match online documentation, one indicated GPT and the other does not. (Con) Overall good quality but needs improvement in wireless signal strength and connectability. I would recommend the unit to those who can afford it. Otherwise I would advise them to find a cheaper dual band router with similar capabilities. The average user is not usually able to afford units in the 200 plus price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi Porterbm,

      We appreciate the time you spent in sharing your detailed experience with us. This means a lot to us and we'll use your review to make the quality of our products better. We’d love to have one of our Escalation Engineers help you optimize the router settings. Please reach out to us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review.

      Regards,

      Rechel
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Performance / Tough Install on Win10

    Posted
    PhoenixV
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is a review of a sample product provided by Best Buy/Linksys in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The Linksys-Max-Stream-Dual-Band-MU-MIMO-WUSB6100M is a 4x4 Mu-MiMo capable AC600 WI-FI MICRO-USB Adapter that is supposed to be an easy device to install and set up. The instructions instruct you to simply plug the adapter into an available USB port on your MAC or PC and the appropriate drivers are supposed to be automatically be copied to your computer automatically. From there all you are supposed to have to do is choose your network and enter the password for your wireless network. Inside the box, you will find the WUSB6100M itself, a Quick Start Guide and a CD with drivers and documentation. and the mandatory regulatory information reference. Physically the WUSB6100M USB adapter is visually pleasing with a smooth finish and one LED. The device is well designed, and relatively small. I attempted to set up the WUSB6100M on an ASUS Laptop with the latest Windows 10 updates installed. I plugged it in and nothing happened, no LED light, nothing - so I waited - and waited, and waited. Apparently my PC did not have the appropriate drivers installed, and contrary to the setup guide they did not copy automatically. Checking the Linksys support site, I found that the drivers on the CD provided were outdated. After downloading the latest drivers and installing them, and restarting the PC, I plugged the WUSB6100M USB adapter in. Finally the installation proceed and the LED lit so I thought I was home free. Keeping in mind that the laptop had a 2.4 wireless card built in, I disabled that card and proceeded to set up the Linksys WUSB6100M. Once complete the WUSB6100M connected immediately and I had no further issues. With the MU-MIMO enabled hardware and firmware, the RE7000 will be able to communicate more efficiently with other devices utilizing MU-MIMO technology. The Linksys WUSB6100M is a state-of-the-art USB adapter which can be used to upgrade the wireless capabilities of most PC’s and MAC’s and is suitable for both basic and advanced users in a neat and unobtrusive package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, PhoenixV,

      Thanks for sharing your detailed product review. Setting up the WUSB6100M USB Adapter to your Windows 10 PC should be quick and easy since it will install the drivers automatically via windows update. As for the product's compatibility, this unit is designed to work with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Operating Systems. Allow us to share your experience with our Development Team so they can look into the setback you've encountered during the installation process.

      If you have questions about the product, feel free to tap us via email at LinksysCares@linksys.com, anytime.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Network Adapter

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

    So far, so good with this tiny USB network adapter. Size-wise, it's perfect, and the LED helps you determine, at a glance, if it is connected to a network. Previously I had used a similar device by Netgear, which was replaced simply due to age. However, in recent years it seems the other Netgear devices I use were having firmware issues or failing altogether, so I decided to switch this Linksys adapter, as I had also recently replaced my Wi-Fi router with a Linksys model. No major issues with this adapter -- it has performed flawlessly. However, be warned that whenever you use a USB port for a Wi-Fi adapter on a computer which you keep on all the time -- and which goes into power save mode -- you will need to go into "Device Manager," locate the adapter, select "Properties" then "Power Management," and disable (uncheck the box) the "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" option. Otherwise, when you "wake" the computer out of sleep mode, it will not connect to the Internet without you going through the steps to reconnect it. This isn't a flaw for the adapter, but rather an issue with Windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for older laptops

    Posted
    Kotor29
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This 5 GHz Wireless adapter breathed new life into my 5 year old laptop that had an unreliable 2.4 GHz adapter. All I had to do was insert the adapter into a USB port and the device was immediately recognized, and the driver downloaded automatically. The next step is too select a network and connect. It was as easy as that. After about a week of use, I find this adapter to be reliable and easily holds a rock-solid WiFi connection with either of the available bands. A speed test confirmed that my upload and download speed doubled from 48/5 to 105/11. Important tip: Go into the driver power management settings in Device Manager, and uncheck the box that allows the computer to turn off this device to save power. When this option on you will have to wake up the adapter after it is idle awhile, and I find that to be an unnecessary headache that is easily eliminated.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It's mediocre

    Posted
    Linus

    First of all, why do you need internet to install drivers for a wifi adapter! I even had to pull out the cd reader, but even the cd didn't work. I had to make a temporary setup near my router to install the drivers. ;( On the second day of using the adapter I got a blue screen of death. I thought it was just another reason to hate Windows 10, but that wasn't the case. Later that day, my computer crashed again and again. Whenever it crashed I noticed that my wifi would go out first then the " Blue Screen of Death". I started to realize there was something wrong because I usually never get the " Blue Screen of Death". I again had to move my pc next to the router and used ethernet for a week, no crashes. Moved my pc back to my setup and used the adapter. Within an hour of using the adapter, Boom, a "Blue Screen of Death". I later did some more troubleshooting by just changing my wifi band from 5g to my 2.4g band. My pc was stable and didn't have any crashes, but the connection was slow. So my next thought is to try the 5g band again and what do you know it crashed. The internet connection was faster though. do I have to sacrifice stability for speed? What am I supposed to do? I don't know if this is a defect or not but there is definitely something wrong with this wifi adapter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      This is clearly not the behavior that your WUSB6100M Adapter should exhibit if the driver is updated. There might be other factors why it behaves this way and we truly appreciate your bringing this to our attention so we can make things right. Please send us the link to this post and your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com. We'll have one of our Escalation Engineers take care of this.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Skeptic Becomes a Believer

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

    My older Dell desktop began failing to connect to the Internet over a period of a few weeks. I'd have to reboot and wait and wait and finally, it no longer connected. That's tough as my work demands a constant, dependable Internet connection to my WiFi. I checked around and discovered that it was possible to gain access to my WiFi signal via a USB WiFi adapter, but I was so skeptical that this really simple (and CHEAP) item would really solve my problem. Because it was so stupidly cheap, I figured I could buy one and test it out and if it didn't perform as claimed, I'd be able to get a refund - I love Best Buy for that, they always treat me right. So I ended up buying not one, but two of them, one for each of my desktop Windows computers. And to my utter surprise and delight, those little suckers actually gave me superb Internet speeds like I never even had when my system was brand new. Amazing how such a small and low-priced piece of hardware can make such a profound improvement. So...I am now a believer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Upgrade

    Posted
    WarrenS
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a review of a sample product provided by Best Buy/Linksys in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I was very impressed by the performance of this device. I have an older Win7 Pro laptop with what was, at the time, a high end a/g/n card. In my bedroom I got connection speeds of 180-420Mbs, with a usual rate of 240Mbs. This adapter gives me a consistent 433Mbs connection every time. My internet connection is 200Mbs, so if I were the only user, 240Mbs would be enough. However, in my house there are 6 users, 2 of whom are frequently using YouTube or streaming TV shows. This is where the connection speed is important. The higher the connection speed the less time is needed to send each packet of data. This means that there is more time for low volume data like email or web browser users to receive their data. This increases the efficiency and utilization of the available bandwidth from my ISP. I would recommend this adapter to anyone who has a Win 7, 8.1, or 10 system that does not have an AC wireless connection. Even if you do not have an AC router, I would consider this since many hotspots do support AC connections now. The biggest drawback to my test results is that I now see that I need to purchase 2 more of these adapters for the other older laptops in my house so that I can improve my overall network performance. It's a good thing they are on sale this weekend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good reviews, bad experience

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

    I can see why people purchase this & the reviews aren’t all mostly positive, however my experience wasn’t that. As I just built a new pc, I’m too far away from the router & figured I could use this as an adaptor. While the directions say “plug in & it should download/connect”, it wasn’t that at all. Since I do not have a cd drive, I can’t input the cd to help with installation nor am I going to buy one for this sole purpose. I went onto the Linksys website for help & it basically said that the problem was one of two things — The device is disabled on Operating System and/or it’s plugged in but the drivers are not installed. This product is said to work with Windows 10 (which is what I have), yet it’s not reading the device or something? I’ve been trying for the past hour 1/2 to resolve this issue with no luck. I’ve been reading reviews to see if anyone else had encountered this problem & from what I’ve seen, nobody has written about it before. I’m just going to return it at this point.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      We hear you and please allow us to make sure your adapter's driver is updated and correctly installed. Before you decide in returning it, we'll have our Escalation Engineers contact you. Just email the link to this post and your contact information at LinksysCares@linksys.com.

      Regards,

      Klaudette
      Linksys Support linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worked great.. Until it didn't

    Posted
    Eric

    The adapter worked decently well besides randomly cutting out and back in (basically heard the sound when something is unplugged then plugged back in after my internet cut out) for about six months or so, up until it randomly will cause my computer to bluescreen and crash now whenever it fails, which has now started to happen at least once or twice every single day for the past week. I've tried uninstalling, deleting, and reinstalling the drivers to no avail, and there's only one available driver for Windows 10, so I can't update to a newer or roll back to an older driver. athuac8x.sys is the cause for the bluescreens, which a google search will verify that this same model of wifi adapter is causing the same bluescreen problem with other people as well, and I just apparently am one of the other unlucky few whose computer it breaks. Wish I could just use ethernet on my tower, but alas, router can only be upstairs and there's only room downstairs for my computer in the apartment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Eric,

      Plugging the adapter into a different USB port or installing it on a different computer can help us isolate this problem. If the same thing happens, reach out to us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this post so we can have our Escalation Engineers look into this further.

      We'll get this figured out.

      Regards,

      Joseph
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Set-Up CD Would Not Recognize Me As Admistrator

    Posted
    MrSoul

    I don't normally give one star reviews. But I have no choice with this. Every time I tried to open the set-up on the CD, I got a huge red error message that I didn't have the administrator rights to use this CD and I had to consult with the administrator. I am the only user of this Windows 10 PC and I am set up to have full administrative rights. I went through every possible setting in the Control Panel that I could find and every possible setting in the Windows 10 settings. I was set up as the computer administrator. I called tech support and he said he could access my computer remotely to see what's going on. But that won't work if I can't connect to the Internet. He told me to call Microsoft and ask how to change the security settings. I gave up and took the adapter back to Best Buy to exchange it for a different brand which installed perfectly with no problems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, MrSoul,

      Setting up the Linksys WUSB6100M Adapter should be quick and easy since you can install the drivers automatically via Windows Update. We regret to hear that the product is no longer with you. Your setup experience is very uncommon and we could have tapped one of our Escalation Engineers to investigate this matter.

      Should you have other Linksys device that needs assistance, don't hesitate to email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made a several year old laptop functional again

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

    I’m currently using this in a 3.0 USB port on my gaming PC that was originally strictly ethernet and the speeds are super quick! Keep in mind if you’re buying this for the same reason, you need to connect via ethernet cable first, obviously. My wifi signal is still strong even though I’m on the other side of the house from my router. I also tested this on a laptop of mine that is about 6 years old and could only connect to a 2.4ghz connection and couldn’t even play YouTube videos or open Spotify without extreme lag. I was able to connect to my 5ghz band and was amazed at the difference in speed. I was skeptical because I’ve never bought anything like this before but it was well worth the money and I’ll buy again if I ever need to!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Works great if it works

    Posted
    JayTee
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Full disclosure - I'm writing this because I wasted my money. This Linksys Adapter worked fine when it worked but drove me nuts because it kept losing the WiFi connection. The WiFi signal was strong so that wasn't the problem. I tried restarting the computer and using different USB ports - many many times. It would start working again but no telling how long - 1 minute, 5 minutes, 1 hour, maybe only 10 seconds... I even contacted customer support but I lacked the patience to run through their long diagnostic routine when it was obvious to me I had a defective adapter. So I finally bought a no name one online for 1/3 the price and it works great. I haven't lost the connection once.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi JayTee,

      This is definitely not the experience we want for our customers. If you still have the adapter, we can have our Second Level Technicians get in touch with you for further troubleshooting.

      Just send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com so that we can escalate your case. Don't forget to include the link to this post as a reference.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent choice

    Posted
    jre1950
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have an older Dell laptop running Windows 10 and the internal wireless adapter was limited to Wireless-N. I recently purchased a new Linksys router and, being a retired IT professional, decided to upgrade the wireless capabilities of my laptop to take advantage of the Wireless-AC abilities. Installation of this adapter was very easy. I inserted the adapter into an open USB 2.0 port and when viewing it in Device Manager found the device drivers were not present in the system. I put in the CD that came with the adapter and installed the drivers from the Windows 10\x64 (64 bit) folder. Once installed I connected to my router, ran a speed test, and had speeds of 100Mbps down and 10Mbps up (the limitations of my ISP). It doesn't get any easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy choice for a USB Wireless Adapter

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

    It's hard to go wrong with Linksys. For nearly any user level network device, Linksys has always been my go-to recommendation. This wireless adapter is no different. Windows 10 found and installed the drivers instantly. I went for the slightly larger form factor, compared to some of the other available choices, under the assumption that the larger antenna might have a little better range. On a desktop application, the size of the device is less of an issue than on a laptop, where smaller-is-better certainly applies when moving the computer around. I purchased and installed this for an elderly friend and sent him on his way. No complaints thus far. It connected to his wireless network at home no problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Field Replacement

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

    First off I will say this connected so fast with HP Pavilion that it was almost instantaneous. I couldn't believe it. I was able to connect to the adapter right away without having to add the software or anything. The size of this thing is great as it's not as bulky and doesn't have any wires coming off it like many of the others out there. It seemed to hold the connection speed a bit better then the laptop internal card which helped. The range of the adapter was pretty good as our wireless is all the way on the other side of the office. This would be an excellent field replacement for any nic cards that are going out or for towers that didn't come with wireless stock or if you wanted to upgrade the wireless speed. I have received a free sample from Linksys in exchange for My honest feedback.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Add Wifi to an old desktop Easy-Peasy

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

    This was to replace a WiFi dongle with antenna that didn't seem to holding a signal. (Funny thing, that one worked on another system, but was just flaky here... so I decided to prove it wasn't the dongle.) Turns out that this device, which was expected to fail, got a stronger reception and better throughput than the one with an antenna. All the other WiFi reception within 10 feet of this device (in its 'deployed' position) got 3-4/5 bars, but this consistently gets all 5 bars. So, it's not how close it was to the receiver or other external factors; this is just a better WiFi dongle. I can highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect but works

    Posted
    Mch31
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Not perfect but works. Could be because I have tried other devices to make my internet faster or add something that wasn't on one of my old computer. Yet this actually worked. All you do is insert the adapter into one of your USB slots on your laptop or desktop and download the drivers and go to your WiFi and choose what connection you want to connect to. I wanted to connect to the 5ghz network for faster browsing and download speeds. I did all the above steps and at first still wasn't getting faster speeds yet I found out that not all USB ports support the faster speeds. So I moved it to another USB port and Bam I was getting over 100mbps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy if on Sale!

    Posted
    CDon

    This adapter supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands as well as AC wave 2 which is the latest standard. I tested this on 2 older laptops an old Dell Laptop and a Newer Mac Book Pro, this adapter worked well on both platforms. The mac book pro did not see any additional boost in range but the built in wifi from the older Dell was no match for this little adapter. I would recommend this to boost old laptops and definitely to add wifi to a desktop if needed. I always recommend to still go wired if possible. If this is on sale, it would be a great buy, but I would not pay full price. There are other adapters out there that are very comparable for less. I received this product as a sample product for an honest review, I did not receive money or any other gifts for this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good override for a "misfiring" internal wifi card

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

    My internal wifi card recently decided to go kaput and, after several technical calls and wasted efforts with HP, they finally determined it was my wifi card and suggested I purchase wireless adapter. Never having needed one of these before, I ventured to my nearest Best Buy store to have a chat with one of their tech gurus. I explained to him my wireless needs and he suggested one of two products. They were out of the less expensive adapter but had this one in stock and it was only about $10 more than the other suggestion (that seems to be a typical practice for Best Buy). At any rate, it was an easy install and works perfectly. I was up and running again in no time and although it requires a USB port, the adapter is small and easy to travel with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fastest I have ever used

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

    I purchased this for a gaming computer I purchased for my son that surprisingly came with NO wifi. I plugged this in, downloaded the driver and launched. WOW it was amazingly fast. I have 80 MBPS wifi speed but I rarely receive on my MacBook or my other devices. But my sons computer consistently showed 80 mbps or higher every time I tested at fast.com. In fact I am envious of my son's setup because he now has fastest wifi signal in house. I was hesitant to buy because it was 59.99 and there were cheaper alternatives however I needed a wifi dongle that was Windows 10 compliant. The cheaper models did not say on the box that they were Windows 10 compatible but this one did say on box that it was.

    I would recommend this to a friend