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D-LINK Xtreme N Dual Band DWA-160 Wireless 802.11 B/G/N USB Adapter

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Features    [ Edit | History ]

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter (DWA-160) is the latest addition to the award-winning Xtreme N product family. The DWA-160 is designed for users looking to get a reliable wireless connection that can handle High-Definition (HD) video streams throughout the house.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter
  • USB Extension Cradle
  • Quick Installation Guide

CD-ROM with:

  • Installation Wizard
  • Product Documentation
Host Interface USB
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Thickness 3.5"
Weight (Approximate) 1.60 oz
Wireless Transmission Speed 300 Mbps
Height 0.5"
Width 1.1"
Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
ISM Band Yes
UNII Band Yes
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.72 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency 5.83 GHz

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General Information  
     Brand Name: D-Link
     Manufacturer: D-Link Systems, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: DWA-160
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Model: DWA-160
     Product Name: DWA-160 Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter
     Product Type: Wi-Fi Adapter
     Host Interface: USB
     Certifications & Standards:
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
  • IEEE 802.1x
  • USB 2.0
  • FCC Class B
  • IC

  • Windows Vista (32 & 64-bit)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

     Package Contents:
  • Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter
  • USB Extension Cradle
  • Quick Installation Guide

CD-ROM with:

  • Installation Wizard
  • Product Documentation

     System Requirements:
  • Internet Explorer v6 or Mozilla Firefox v1.5
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • 20MB Hard Disk Space
  • USB Port

Physical Characteristics  
     Height: 0.5" (12.7 mm)
     Thickness: 3.5" (88.9 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 45.4 g
     Width: 1.1" (27.9 mm)
Technical Information  
     Antenna Type: Omnidirectional Antenna
     ISM Band: Yes
     ISM Maximum Frequency: 2.72 GHz
     ISM Minimum Frequency: 2.40 GHz
     UNII Band: Yes
     UNII Maximum Frequency: 5.83 GHz
     UNII Minimum Frequency: 5.15 GHz
     Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11n
     Wireless Security:
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA & WPA2)
  • 802.1x

     Wireless Transmission Speed: 300 Mbps
     Limited Warranty: 1 Year

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Experience: 2 Months
great connectivity over both frequencies
pricy for a usb adapter
got this to use with d-link dir-825 router.
I have it to use with the 5ghz band while other family memebers use the 2.4 frequency.
i rarely lose connectivity with this adapter and happy with the purchase.
It is a bit pricy i think but does the job well

Experience: 1 Weeks
Come with extender
Dual band
Worse than my old wireless G
I have the Dlink Xtreme router, thought same series match will be perfect.
But it's worse than my old Belkin wireless G, 50% slower.
Connect at 19M only, my wireless G got 54M and double the speed.

Experience: 4 Months
Usb Cable
I Price matched this and got it for 40 bucks. Its really good and always gives me a 300 speed all the time. I don't know what people rated it soo bad. It acually is really good. it doesn't disconnect for me and yaa. Althought there isn't much of a difference over dual band than single.
I have this paired with a dir-825 router.

Experience: 3 Days
Can connect at 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz (assuming the router supports both), good speeds, doesn't get too hot (just slightly warm), install was pretty hassle-free, drivers available for both 32/64 bit versions of XP/Vista.
Was stuck at 162Mbps with drivers from CD (newest drivers from website brought this up). A little on the pricey side.
5 bars of signal strength, bouncing between 216-243Mbps at the moment at 5Ghz. Using it with a D-Link DIR-825 dual N-band router. Using the extension/cradle sitting up high on the desk about 6 ft away from the router on the other side of a wall.

Never having owned a USB network adapter before (though I've used them) and having seen & heard about low signal due to the lack of a large external antenna in USB adapters, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. So far I've been quite pleased.

Once using the updated drivers from D-Link's site, it connected at 300Mbps for awhile before going down to a lower speed. 162Mbps is the lowest I seem to hit now with 216/243 being common. This is all on the 5Ghz channel. I've connected at 2.4Ghz just to see if it works, and it connected at 5 bars / 300Mbps, but I didn't leave it on long enough to see if the speed dropped.

Haven't had any issues with disconnects or anything. It really bugged me at first that I spent quite a bit on this thing ($80 when you can find el-cheapo non-5Ghz N's for less than half that price), but it's been so hassle-free and worked so well that I'm quite happy.

Note that D-Link's forums state a few things if you want to get to 300Mbps such as AES instead of TKIP (may need WPA2 to choose AES), and 20/40Auto Channel Width set in the router. If anyone's stuck at 130Mbps you may need to do the above.

Roger D
Experience: 5 Days
Dual Mode, 2.4 or 5GHz...Stable Drivers,
None really but if you can use PCI or PCI-E then obviously go that route.
After owning G routers (both D-Link and Linksys and one crappy Retail Plus N model) I'm happy to say that I've finally emabraced wireless as a standard. I was never impressed with wireless (atleast in my house) which is odd because I live on a very remote farm with wind and space all around me for miles (zero interference) and I always had issues with signal strength.

My layout has my Satellite Internet Modem in the basement as is the Router (I know not the best scenario) and my only wireless PC upstairs off to the other side of the house.
I was once accustomed to signals that drifted from 70's to 40' with this adapter and the D-Link DIR-825 Router I'm locked in on the 5GHz channel at 86% - 240Mbps stable.

Before it was terrible to even try to watch a video (DVD File) on my I can do it!

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