- Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.3 x 6.9 cm ; 141 g
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Item model number: DWA-556
- ASIN: B000N4WRFY
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 15 2008
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,556 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Xtreme N Pcie Adapter
- Speeds Up to 14x Faster than Wireless G
- Wirelessly stream HD Video, share files, and go online
- Get the maximum performance from your desktop adapter
- Connects to any standard PCI express (PCIe) slot
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Xtreme N PCIe 1x Desktop Adapter Wireless, Draft 802.11n
From the Manufacturer
The D-Link Xtreme N PCI Express (PCIe) Desktop Adapter (DWA-556) is a 802.11n wireless client that delivers unrivaled wireless performance for your PCI Express-enabled desktop computer. The PCIe interface provides superior performance over a standard PCI interface. This wireless adapter delivers up to 14x faster speeds* and 6x farther range* than 802.11g while staying backward compatible with 802.11g networks. Once connected, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, photos, files, music, videos, printers, and storage.
- Wireless N connectivity for superior wireless performance, clarity, and coverage
- Single-band Wireless N connectivity
- Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for secure, simple 1-button setup
- Access secure wireless networks using advanced WPA or WPA2 encryption
- Easy to install and use with D-Link's new Quick Adapter Setup Wizard
- Backward compatible with existing 802.11g networks
Get Connected, Stay Connected
The Xtreme N PCI Express 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 or DIR-660)*. The DWA-556 supports 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 PCI Express Desktop Adapter (DWA-556) is the best choice for easily adding or upgrading wireless connectivity to your PCI Express-enabled desktop computer.
PCI Express Benefits
- Up to 50 percent faster than legacy PCI cards
- Fits any standard PCI Express slot--x1, x4, x8, or x16
- Offers increased bandwidth, reliability, and more functionality than a legacy PCI card**
What's in the Box
Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter, low profile mounting bracket, quick installation guide, CD-ROM with installation wizard, drivers, and product documentation
* When used with the DIR-655 Xtreme N Router. Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. Wireless range and speed rates are D-Link RELATIVE performance measurements based on the wireless range and speed rates of a standard Wireless G product from D-Link. Maximum throughput based on D-Link 802.11n devices.
** Maximum throughput and performance derived from PCI and PCI Express specifications.
Top Customer Reviews
I had constant connection issues. Half the time it wouldn't detect networks properly at more than 10 feet away, and when it did, my connection's quality was poor-to-moderate at the best of times. At the worst, I would see micro-disconnects very frequently (made downloading anything very, very difficult).
Abandon all hope ye who enter here. Find something better.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
There's a green activity light on the back of the device that blinks off, and on whenever the signal is being accessed, which is 100% of the time, so it's blinking a lot but it's not annoying at all. The three "antenna" that stick out the back of the unit are flexible and can point up at a 45-degree angle to acquire the signal better. The adapter is small, only weighs a few grams, certainly less than 4-ounces or so, and takes up very little space in the PCI cavity of the computer, a plus.
I just used the drivers off the original CD ROM, never even bothered with the D-Link web site and the "latest drivers" which I guess should be done at some point, but I'm having zero problems with the adapter so I've been reluctant to test fate and change a thing at this point.
That's about it for my review of this product. It works, it's simple to work with, install, there is no maintenance or trickery needed to get it functioning 100% with a Vista 64-bit system, so I recommend it highly and give it my 5-Stars Seal of Approval: ***** !
Wavey Davey 7-26-2009
To make a long story short, I had multiple problems installing the card and getting it to work. Some of these had to do with the bios, as my motherboard is about a year and a half old and it had issues with getting the pci-express slot to work. I (my son actually) was able to get the card to work after using a very good bios update utility from Asus. However, upon returning from a trip of a few days, the software for the card seemed to be acting up. It appeared at times to have difficulty making a secure connection with the router after entering the password, though I have Windows XP and this was apparently a known issue only with Windows 2000. If I disabled the card through windows, windows was unable to enable it. If I tried to open the connection manager, often the window would not open at all, so no adjustments could be made.
Inspired by the fact that the card had worked well for a brief period, I went ahead and updated the driver from the D-Link website. The updating process was not smooth at all. At times the update would hang up part way, but then still act as if it was installed later. When I tried again later, the installation went through, but terminated with a sign that told me there was no card to be found on the machine. A final installation seemed to be successful, but I was then unable to boot my machine at all. It would get to the Windows screen, then shut down and restart repeatedly. I first removed the card, but this did not help. Finally I booted in safe mode and removed all of the software for the DWA 556. At that point everything returned to normal.
When I called tech support, they said that my mistake was to have purchased the card in the US and then to have used it on a machine purchased in Thailand. They said my having taken the card out of the country also voided the warranty, so I am left with a loss of about $80.
I am not fully persuaded by the argument that the source of the problems was my using the card in a different region. Some of the problems I experienced were also mentioned in reviews of a similar card (D-Link 552) within the US with a US-made machine. An example would be the fact that at certain points when using the D-Link connection manager, the load on the CPU would be really high (in my case making for a whine from the computer that was very hard to tolerate or work with). Furthermore, some of these problems, like getting the connection manager to open up, also occurred with an older D-Link wireless G network adapter that I had purchased in Thailand.
Since I am not an expert in these matters, I cannot thoroughly assess the idea about using parts in a different region. I feel I have to give D-Link the benefit of the doubt there. I do want to say this, however. Why don't the makers of these products spend more time on developing decent software? If you read online reviews of supposedly high-end network adapters (D-Link as well as others), you wouldn't really want to buy ANY of them. Often the problems appear to be in the software. To summarize my own experience, my D-Link software was unable to work fluidly with two different adapters from D-Link (one a card and one as USB backup). The connection manager for the DWA 556 overloaded the CPU. Often I could not get the connection manager to open up at all. Finally, I had problems several times getting through the password stage on a secure connection (with a very good D-Link router).
I would like to urge big companies like D-Link to ease up on the breakneck race to make new products available at an ever faster pace, and instead start offering software that is fully tested, reliable, and easy to work with. This would save many earnest computer users hours of figuring and trying things out, when their technicians and developers should be doing that work in advance.
I give this product a three because I think it probably can work well given the right conditions, but I feel the software is really poor.
I was extremely pleased that I installed it, booted up and machine, and presto! the wireless connection came up immediately.
Am very pleased with the product and would definitely recommend it.