Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi USB Adapter (A7000-10000S)
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- AC1900 WIFI SPEEDS Up to 600Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps on 5GHz
- DUAL BAND WIFI—Faster connections to more Wi Fi networks.System Requirements: Windows OS or Mac OS computer. Best performance with USB 3.0; compatible with USB 2.0 Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10, (32/64 bit). Mac OS X 10.8.3 or later
- MULTIPLE OS SUPPORT—Compatible with Mac and Windows. The Windows standalone diver allows you to use a built in windows configuration tool to connect the adapter to a WiFi network
- 3x4 MIMO DESIGN—More bandwidth capacity when downloading and uploading data to and from the wireless network
- WORKS WITH ANY WIFI ROUTER— Connects to any Wi Fi and for extreme Wi Fi speed
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A7000 - USB Adapter and Desktop cradle.
- AC1900 WiFi USB Adapter (A7000)
- USB 3.0 cable with magnetic cradle
- Quick start guide
- NETGEAR installation CD
Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi USB Adapter
Ultimate speed and performance
Upgrade your legacy laptop or desktop to ultimate range and performance to the faster 802.11ac WiFi speeds.
Simply plug into a USB port on the computer to enjoy fast, efficient data transfer, online lag-free gaming, and HD streaming.
Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit); Mac OS X 10.8.3 or later.
Works with any WiFi router.
- Extreme WiFi speed with AC1900
- Faster access with USB 3.0
- Improved HD video streaming, online gaming, network speeds and more
- Dual band WiFi for faster connections to more WiFi networks
- Explicit Beamforming+ boosts speed, range and reliability
- Magnetic cradle for flexible placement
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Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi USB 3.0 adapter wirelessly connects your laptop or desktop computer to the next-gen 802.11AC technology with Wi-Fi speeds up to 1.9Gbps. Connect the adapter to a USB 3.0 port for fast and efficient data transfer, online lag-free gaming and HD streaming, at home or on the go. Compatible with next generation Wi-Fi devices and compatible with 802.11AC/N and all legacy Wi-Fi devices. Powerful antennas with beamforming+ technology boosts speed, range, and reliability of Wi-Fi connections. This adapter includes a magnetic cradle for an easy mount on a metal surface. Connect to your router's Wi-Fi network with Wi-Fi protected Setup (WPS). Netgear genie app makes installation almost effortless. Genie also allows you to easily monitor, connect, and control your home network.
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There is a video on youtube for how to fix this, type in the product name. Amazon rejected my original review for trying to be helpful and post the link
Once disabled it seems to be working and putting off a fair bit of heat. Some other users have suggested taking apart and putting a Raspberry Pi heat sink on the chip.
This is not a finished product. There are many issues with it that seem to be ignored to cut cost or for sheer laziness.
2) It kills my router's 5G connections. I didn't see anyone else complained about this, so this issue may only be my individual case. My router is Netgear's R7000 with 3 antennas. It supports 802.11ac. As this product is from netgear with 3 antennas, my router is from netgear, so theoretically they are the perfect match. But in reality, when this product is connected to my router in 5G band, every few hours it would kill the 5G connection completely. When this happens, all my other devices though still showing they are connected to my 5G signal, none of them can access internet at all. This happens even when I am not using A7000 to transfer anything large thru the router! Weird enough, all devices using 2.4G still can access internet. After I suspected this product and just using 2.4G connection, this never happens again. I am not sure it's this product or my router's defect. But as both of them are from netgear and still there's such a severe issue, I don't expect this product can work very well with other brands.
3) Last but not the least, windows 10 cannot recognize this product automatically. You have to download the driver or install it from the disc comes with the product.
But there's the catch. Installation. Forget the enclosed CDROM and instructions. Don't even bother thinking about it. Download the latest software directly from the Netgear site. Plug in your Netgear adapter and then install ONLY the DRIVER. You do not need any of that other crapware that Netgear wants to load on your computer. Once the driver has installed (you just double-click the driver EXE file to install it), you can log into your network. Happy times on the Interwebs!
One big problem (not sure if others have experienced this) is that after the software was installed, it found an update was available. I selected to let the software go through its automated procedure. It downloaded the update and when I chose to let the software install, I received 2 error messages. It appears that the software is looking for a .cab file that is missing. Anyway, the software then states that 'nothing has been changed' however, the Genie Utility was uninstalled and is no longer in the Taskbar.
I'm sure Netgear will update the software eventually to fix this (currently v. 18.104.22.168) but it's an inconvenience nevertheless. I did try reinstalling the updated software various ways but always got the same errors.
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[P.S: To get rid of the constant disconnection, install only the standalone driver(driver_SA). And dont use the software that comes in the cd; go to the netgear official site and download the latest drivers. After installation, go to services.msc and disable RunSwUSB and then restart and the constant disconnections will be gone. Its actually caused by the this service trying to switch from usb 2 to usb 3 constantly which causes the disconnection. But if you are on windows 7, then just leave it enabled as it does not cause issues in windows 7 and is essential if you are running windows 7. But in windows 10, it causes issues and needs to be disabled]
The item was as described and it was well packaged!!
A 5GHz AC standard dongle is about 4 times expensive than the comparable b/g/n standard dongles, but if you are on a fast broadband (mine gives 110mbps download speeds) then using a slow wifi dongle will kill your real internet speeds. In speeds test for the same network the maximum download speed on b/g/n dongle is around 30Mbps which 3 times slower to the 110Mbps speed I get using this AC dongle. So skimping money on dongle will waste the money I am spending on my broadband.
Though this is more expensive than the TPlink T4U V2 Archer dongle which is cheaper by around Rs 300, but you get what you pay for. The Archer dongle I received earlier failed to connect on the 5 GHz band so I returned it. Its build quality was worse compared to this dongle.
Install drivers manually using either dkms or compile using make.... Then insmod the driver. Switch off SECURE BOOT in BIOS as it creates problems.
NOVEMBER 2019 UPDATE: I have revised it to a 2 star rating. One for Amazon and one for Netgear. Read Further.
With the 5.3 series kernel there hasn't been any updated driver on github. You will be forced to use 5.2 series the last being 5.2.18 with this device. I reckon it will work nicely with 4.19 on the new Debian but most people aren't gonna use that.
Realtek does NOT officially provide any apt support for the RTL series devices for LINUX. The A7000 uses the RTL8814AU chipset which is excellent but has pathetic support with the new kernel. DO NOT get this device or any of the RTL series because it will not work with fedora 31 or other newer distros. So much for performance, so little for being useless. Even the ALFA 1900 which uses the same chipset is nothing more than a fancy brick to look at.
I also have the TPLINK T2U nano which has the RTL8812AU and that too is useless at the moment.
Build quality is good however this adapter has major issues or design flaws. Adapter is definitely high gain and can provide good speeds even at long distance on 5Ghz band, However on Windows 10 it keeps on connecting / disconnecting while switching to USB 2.0 / 3.0 which is very disturbing at the time of bank transaction or any other important communication.
Tried downloading the recommended drivers from Netgear website and installing / uninstalling multiple times which didn't helped as ultimately I have to make changed in driver's properties to resolve this issue(Max USB Speed.) I am using this adapter on USB 2.0 so that it will not switch to USB 3.0 provide better speeds.
As per my connection speed I can get optimum speeds on USB 2.0 hence this solves the purpose for me. However if you have more than 100 mbps connection then you may face issues with this adapter on Windows 10. Netgear support people have got no clue about this issue as this adapter is bought by very limited people in India and all they will suggest is to check the USB port and to install updated drivers or replace the adapter which will not resolve the issue.
There are multiple forums where you can find fixes to resolve the issue however nothing works other than changing driver settings in advanced to stop switching the adapter between USB 2.0/ 3.0.
Je viens de le recevoir aujourd'hui, pour l'instant il fonctionne très bien sans packet loss ni spike de ping.
Je joint deux photos, une pour la vitesse, une autre pour la stabilité.
J'ai essayé l'adaptateur PCI Asus AC88 avant celui-ci, et pour le double du prix il n'a fonctionné comme il faut que 2 semaines.
Je me croise les doigts pour celui-ci!
The card randomly disconnects after a period. I have connected the card to my desktop and I get about 10% packet lost on pinging my router just 13 feet away. The ping test from my laptop sitting right next to it gets 0 (Zero) packet loss.
Netgear has not posted any fix for this. And if you visit their support site, it is only the forum members trying to help each other. I would have returned the item, if we were not in lock down.
Extender aka magnetic crater has super powerful magnet but it still is easy to stick on & to remove it apart.
So many holes for ventilation & passive heat sinks can be visibly seen.
Overall, super happy & highly recommended product.
Been using it for a couple of days and it works fabulously (installed drivers from online site). My laptop's internal card was damaged and repair would have costed around 7k so I chose this product.
Though a little big in size it is amazing. I use netgear 300n router and the router is at a level below my room and the speed is awesome compared to my internal wifi card when it was working and my phone oneplus3t.
This product is definitely worth it if you want the signal to reach farther than 10m or packed complexes. My router transmits 45mbps when you're beside it. My phone picks up 26mbps and the receiver picks up 32mbps whereas my internal card used to pick up around 21mbps.
My internal WiFi card is Intel AC 3160. It's definitely an upgrade from older laptop's internal cards.
Amazing receiving capacity.
Magnetic cradle for sloppy surfaces.
Little big in size.