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D-Link DWA-552 32-bit PCI Xtreme Desktop Adapter

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D-Link DWA-552 32-bit PCI Xtreme Desktop Adapter
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Product Reviews

D-Link DWA-552 32-bit PCI Xtreme Desktop Adapter
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 7.6/10

Review Date: 03/03/13
Cons: Terrible reception, slow speeds and I suspect it to be the cause as to why my PC was getting random stutters.

Pros: none. Zero. Zip. nada.
AVOID. Terrible connectivity and slow speeds. I tested two other laptops in my room beside the network adapater and they outperform this. Do not buy.

Review Date: 12/04/12
Cons: none

Pros: Great ConnectivityLong RangeGood Speeds
I bought this 5 months ago and have it paired with a DIR-655 router, and have had nothing but perfect service from it. The range on it is great, and the speed is untouchable from any 802.11G card in my opinion. Would recommend it to anyone who is looking to upgrade to the future 802.11N

Review Date: 11/15/12

Pros: d-linkwififastfidelity
CRAZY LOOKING! using it on my 4 year pc which doesnt have wifi but only ethernet and needed it in the living where no ethernet cable is present. easily driver installation, doesnt like to drop  wifi signal, this is very good overall

Review Date: 11/15/12
Cons: need some space behind computer for the 3 antenna

Pros: good signals
Good product. Signal is strong and it's perfect for someone that don't want to install cable. I use it in my garage and I can connect to my house WiFi without problem.

Review Date: 10/08/12
Cons: None so far

Pros: Good quality wireless Card
Got this for a budget build that had to use wireless, gets signal from other side/floor of house. Card's easy enough to use and had 0 zero issues so far, price of $40 doesn't break the bank either, would buy again if needed.

Review Date: 08/17/12
Cons: can't think of any.

Pros: works great like advertised.
Great product for it's price point would defiantly recommend purchasing this item.

Review Date: 07/01/12
Cons: Occasionally disconnects(probably driver failure)

Pros: Good range and good bandwidth
It works well for data transfer but i don't recommend it for competitive gaming because once in a while(pretty rarely) the adapter stops working and only a reboot will fix it. The other issue i have had with this card is that about 2% of the time it doesn't work when i start up my computer and that is also solved with a reboot.Other than that it has great range and great speeds but I would buy & try another card before making the judgment of whether i would buy this card again.(Im running the dLink's latest driver(the one that came out in 2010 btw) on win7x64)
varge S@NCIX

Review Date: 06/05/12
Cons: None

Pros: For the moment i like this product and ive been using it for 1month no problem
This item is really good good quality good price worth it

Review Date: 06/04/12
Cons: None

Pros: Ive been using this item for a while and i got no problem so far
I have nothing to say this item i like it so much that I might buy another one. Its a good price and good quality

Review Date: 12/27/11
Cons: - None that I can think of

Pros: - Works- Fairly good reception, even with a radiator in the way
Works like it should. Have one dwa 552 and one dwad 556. Just ordered another. I've never had issues with either one. I have 4/5 bars on the main floor with my wirless router upstairs (dir 655).

Review Date: 12/22/11
Cons: Does NOT Work on 64bit Platforms.

Pros: 100Mbps+ Capable when in reasonable range
I'll make this detailed cause I know it will no doubt be audited by NCIX, as well as potential buyers of this product. I'm a 10year+ customer with this company and I have never had so much trouble explaining a simple matter of: This product does not work as advertised.Dated Dec 12, 2011 at 06:44 PM reply from you Tested using: -Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1 -Intel X68 Based Mainboard -Dlink DWA-552 Driver Revisions: 1.60(included on CD that shipped with product) and 1.70 (latest win7x64 drivers from the dlink website) The network adapter is detected and installs properly. The Network adapter connects but then drops connection immediately to any and all access points tested (b,g, and n configurations). Unsure of whether it's the card itself, or poorly designed drivers. (I'm lead to believe it's 64bit driver support, reason: This card tested perfect on my old nforce4 system running Windows XP flawlessly, good reception I might add) Dlink designs Win7 64bit drivers, advertises for 64bit compatibility, as well as NCIX --- THIS IS A MISTAKEEven if you plan on running 32bit Vista/7, play it safe and BUY A DIFFERENT PRODUCT cause they won't exchange this one despite my pleasent demeanor and cooperative provision of extensive test results for a verbally rude and unreasonable tech support response.Thumbs down this time around due to much hassle over a $50 product from a company with $millions of revenue annualy, small peanuts this is.

Review Date: 12/05/11
Cons: Nothing but problems running this card on Windows 7/64 and a Shaw Cisco gateway. Very poor driver design and support. The signal pickup was in the Poor to Good range, no better than the single antenna wireless G Asus card I was replacing. The DWA-552 card would not pick up the router signal with the 3 stock antennas attached. D-Link suggested I remove the centre antenna, but that didn't work either. I finally attached the desktop remote antenna from my Asus card to get it to connect. The DWA-552 would drop  out repeatedly and required multiple re-installations, driver re-installs, re-boots. I had the latest Win 7/64 drivers available, but they didn't work well. Maybe I got a lemon card and the rest are OK, but I sent it back and will be looking for something that isn't from D-Link.

Pros: Simple installation
Save yourself a headache and skip this card if you are trying to connect to a Shaw Cisco wireless N router and 50Mb/sec transfer speed.

Review Date: 10/19/11
Cons: Could use a better Connection Manager.

Pros: Stability, Range, overall power, Price.
I have had a few Linksys ones but based on stability this guy here is much better. Doesn't even compare with those USB wifi adapters, This wifi card is just better in all aspects in comparison. I used to be rather wary of D-Link but with this they have renewed some of my faith.

Review Date: 10/13/11
Cons: Very picky and sensitive in reception..

Pros: Brand Name, Relatively cheap when on sale.
Well I got 2 of those, because need it (HATE WIRELESS), anyway in the past I was extremely satisfied with my D-Link wired routher so I decide to give it a try to this one. Well installation flawlessly, the drivers on the CD are the latest one so no need to download from the site, the software kinda garbage for me I use only the drivers. Well this adapter IT IS VERY SENSITIVE ON ANYKIND OF WIRE SITTIND NEAR BUY THE ANTENNAS, if you have them way to close to connection will drop  and the signal strenght will we close to zero, so make sure NO WIRES AROUND andset the 3 antenna in a V shape pattern, that wa the optimal reception and no drop p-off.Reccomende ??? Only if you know what you are doind , otherwise for someone little more noobish I suggest get another model.CheersMarco

Review Date: 10/05/11
Cons: not dual band

Pros: Easy to install
So far the only bad thing about this product is that it's not dual band. However it was easy to install and so far hasn't disconnected me.

Review Date: 09/10/11
Cons: Took FOREVER to get Win7 x64 drivers

Pros: Excellent N speed at great distances through pretty substantial materials
I saw that D-Link finally got their act together and released updated drivers in 2010.... I had this adapter on shelfware for the longest time because it wouldn't hold signal under any conditions. So, with the new drivers in hand, I dropped it back in... holy cow... awesome! This adapter is doing what no other adapter would under the conditions my house presents. It communicates with the AP flawlessly and picks up signal strength that no other desktop PCI adapter can. I am glad I kept it. I give it 4 out of 5 because D-Link was so lazy with the drivers. Note - use the D-link configuration utility when setting up communications.

Review Date: 08/13/11
Cons: -Software utility that came with it was horrible.

Pros: -Great signal strength esp. range-Very fast...-Awesome price-Quick driver install
This thing is hella amazing. The card was bought at a relatively cheap price, and installation was quick. I was able to get a 4/5 bar connection with my wireless router one floor below. Good to know this adapter is the more up-to-date ones with wireless N compatibility, and with 3 cool-looking antennas, what else would you ask for?Just a note to everyone else, the wireless utility that came with it was terrible. After installing and trying to log in to my network using the software, every network detected started disappearing. Fortunately, letting Windows 7 manage my connection fixed it nicely. Included drivers are great, but after installation, let WINDOWS or another OS manage your wireless connection, not the D-link utility. After that, all is well. This review was modfied by poster @ 08-13-11 10:49 PM

Review Date: 06/06/11
Cons: recievers are tricky to manage, 3 large ones not great for multi-monitor pc's

Pros: Simple quick install, win 7 instant recognition, 2mb/s peak so far wireless. fits on sabertooth MB easy
Great card, decent price, reliable and fits excellent in more crowded machines

Review Date: 05/03/11
Cons: Unstable in winxp (for me at least), no x64 driver from DLINK, i had to use one from gigabyte

Pros: Super stable in linux/bsd
This card is perfect for linux/bsd. I never had any single kernel crash or instability due to this card. Very recommended !

Review Date: 04/07/11
Cons: -Expensive compared to other alternatives-Not very good reception-Driver coming on the CD crashed my computer

Pros: -None that i can think of
I bought this to go in my new rig, and thought that it would be a good wireless card, but i was mistaken. First of all, when i tried to install the drivers that were supplied with the card, it crashed my computer and had to hard reboot it. I had to go on another computer, download the latest drivers, then install them on my rig and it was ok. Also, i am just the other side of the hallway from where the router is, and i barely get 3 bars on 5, even sometimes only 2, which makes my internet very unstable, and of course gaming is impossible since i get ping in between 100-600 (so very unstable). I bought a bigger antenna for it and now the connection is ok, but no more.

Review Date: 01/04/11
Cons: Occasional drop  connections

Pros: Fast speeds
Fairly decent. Average 3/4 bars one floor above my router. Get around 600kbps from my wireless connection.

Review Date: 11/27/10
Cons: Long signal acquisition time after resume from standby.Sometimes just won't acquire signal requiring restart.

Pros: 300Mbps is functional
The majority of my wireless cards are Intel based in laptops. I have a 6300AGN in my primary laptop, which performs exceptionally well. In the past, I've found Atheros WIFI devices to be spotty on reliability. Had I known that this card was Atheros based, I may not have purchased it. After experiencing it, I don't find it up to the standard which I have come to expect from my Intel cards. The problem is that Intel cards are meant only for laptops, forcing me to look elsewhere for a desktop which could not be conveniently connected to my LAN.On occasion, when I turn on my desktop, it will not give me signal. I try disabling/enabling the driver, and unplugging my router/modem to reset and see if it is a broadcast  problem. It never is. I am forced to restart the computer, and then it will work normally. I've just installed another driver, from Atheros, not D-Link, and I have yet to experience a problem, but it has only been 2 days; Not enough time to verify that it is working correctly.My computer is reliable otherwise, running Windows 7 Professional.

Review Date: 11/17/10
Cons: No weaknesses from my end. I have had a great experience with this item

Pros: Easy to setup with Win7. Have had no issues of dropping connection. Really nothing to it.
literally plug and play. Just open the case insert  and Win7 detected without problems.Have been using it for 2 months now with no complaints.I would recommend this for sure.

Review Date: 11/07/10
Cons: none so far

Pros: Good signal
So far, it keeps my connection at 3-4 bars all the time with wireless N (instead of 1-2 bars on my old wireless G card) so i'm happy with it. The antenna cant be set up normally becasue of my watercooling radiator mounted on the back of my case...

Review Date: 11/04/10
Cons: D-Link software causes disconnections

Pros: Quality constructionFast speedsLong range
This is a very good product. Range is very good (second floor computers with router in the basement). Has no trouble keeping up with gaming + ventrilo/skype + downloading torrents simultaneously.The only issue I had was the D-Link software was causing a reset every 60 minutes, cutting off the connection. After troubleshooting, updating, and making sure it was indeed the D-Link software causing the issue (and not some other software trying to looking to update...), I uninstalled the software and used Windows' built-in wireless manager. I now have a rock solid connection, and the inital connection on system start-up is much faster too.Verdict: Get this adapter, but let Windows manage the wifi directly instead of using D-Link's connection manager.
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Product Features

D-Link DWA-552 PCI Wireless Network Adapter
The D-Link Xtreme N? Desktop Adapter (DWA-552) is a draft 802.11n wireless client that delivers unrivaled wireless performance for your desktop computer. This wireless adapter delivers up to 14x faster speeds and 6x farther range than 802.11g while staying backward compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b networks. Once connected, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, photos, files, music, videos, printers, and storage.

Get Connected, Stay Connected
The Xtreme N Desktop Adapter is powered by Xtreme N technology and boasts three external antennas to provide superior wireless reception in your home or office. This adapter is designed for use in larger homes and offices, or for users running multiple bandwidth-intensive applications. This adapter enables you to simultaneously make or receive Internet phone calls (VoIP), surf the Web, transfer files, and stream High-Definition (HD) media when connected to an Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655). The DWA-552 supports WEP?, WPA?, and WPA2? encryption that allow you to connect securely to a wireless network.

Easy To Setup, Easy To Use
D-Link?s Quick Adapter Setup Wizard guides you step-by-step through the installation process. Configure this desktop adapter without having to call a networking expert to help you.

With unmatched wireless performance, reception, and security, the D-Link Xtreme N Desktop Adapter (DWA-552) is the best choice for easily adding or upgrading wireless connectivity to your desktop computer.

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Product Specifications

StandardsIEEE 802.11n (draft) IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11b
Data Ratesup to 300Mbps
SecurityWired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2)
Interface32-bit PCI
Frequency Band2.4GHz- 2.4835GHz
LEDsLink, Activity
AntennaExternal Antenna
System RequirementsComputer with:Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000 SP4 CD-ROM Drive 20MB Hard Disk Space 32-bit PCI Slot For Internet Access:Cable or DSL Modem Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Dimensions4.7" x 3.8" x 0.1"
Weight0.2 lbs.
FeaturesDraft 802.11n Speeds Up to 14x Faster than Wireless GWirelessly Stream HD Video, Share Files, and Go Online Enable Superior Reception from Farther Distances Backward Compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b Networks
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts1 year limited
Labor1 year limited
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