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Xtreme N Pcie Adapter

by D-Link

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  • 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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.3 x 6.9 cm ; 141 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: DWA-556
  • ASIN: B000N4WRFY
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 15 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,356 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Amazon.ca Product Description

Xtreme N PCIe 1x Desktop Adapter Wireless, Draft 802.11n

Product Description

D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter

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.

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By Jonas on Nov. 24 2012
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This was one of the most expensive over-the-counter wireless adapters available, and a decent if flagging brand name. Despite that, this card did not deliver.

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.
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By Kira Anne on Feb. 9 2012
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I bought this to give to my boyfriend for his birthday. He was building a computer and this was the part he wanted. He likes it but he did mention he had to update the driver so that it would work better. He is running Windows 7. I don't know much else about this product other than it works really well.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
D-Link DWA-556 Extreme "N" Network Adapter Works Fantastic! July 26 2009
By Wavey Davey - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I don't have much to write about this great product except to say that it works 110% to the good, has no obvious faults or problems, achieves close to 300Mb/s speed without tweaking, fiddling around, or special configuration, and overall is not to be feared as a PCI-Express network adapter. I was using its PCI equivalent, the DWA-552 "N" Adapter for almost 2 months with similar success, and was forced to start using the PCI-Express variety because I started using twin EVGA GTX-285 video cards in the PC, and lost the PCI slot in the process. This is an install it, and forget it system, and works 100% seamlessly with any Vista 64-bit system. I've never booted the computer and not had wifi-it just simply works every time, without fail, no questions asked!

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
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Easy installation and it works. Sept. 12 2008
By E. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
I recently bought a desktop computer without a wireless card thinking I was going to wire it directly to the router. When it arrived I decided to install the computer in a separate room from the router and therefore needed to use a wireless adapter. I had a Belkin USB adapter already and tried to install it on the new computer with Vista Home Premium 64. After several frustrating hours and multiple driver downloads and visits to online forums I still could not get the adapter to recognize my network. I then decided to go with an internal wireless card. Since my computer only has PCI express slots available this seemed to be my only choice. I ordered it Thursday morning (payed up for overnight shipping) and it arrived the following day. I opened the computer, installed the card in < 5 minutes. I booted up the computer and Vista asked me for a driver. I downloaded the latest driver from D-link site to my flash drive. Inserted the flash drive in my computer, added my MAC address to my router, entered my security password AND I WAS ON THE INTERNET. Not only that but the speed seems excellent. I cannot express how happy I am with a product that works as advertised and was so easy to install. Thank you D-Link!!!!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Works exactly like it should Aug. 19 2008
By R. Schuler - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I use it with the D-link DIR-655 router (another product I wholeheartedly recommend) and it works perfectly. I can stream video with a reliable wireless connection that doesn't constantly peter out like those other manufacturers. Plus I don't have to worry about more adapters clogging up my desktop. Always on, always fast, and great range; what more could you want out of your wireless adapter?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Came Right Up in Ubuntu May 2 2010
By Bookish One - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I bought this for a standalone Ubuntu box and, given the reputation Linux has for being driver-challenged (think it would be fairer to say that hardware manufacturers don't support Linux well enough), was concerned the DWA-556 wouldn't work at all or would require a lot of driver fiddling.

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
DWA-556 D-Link Adapter installed and working Jan. 7 2010
By James E. Heiner - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I have had a DIR-655 D-Link wireless router for some time now, and just installed this DWA-556 into a new PC that I built. Works like it should - no setup problems at all. Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P mobo, Core i5-750 2.66ghz overclocked to 3.40ghz, 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM PC3 12800. What more can I say - it works like it should!

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