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Written by Hank Tolman   
Monday, 03 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill Wireless-N WiFi Adapter RNX-N180UBE
Closer Look: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE
RNX-N180UBE Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Testing and Results
Close Proximity Test
Obstructed Distance Test
HTPC Obstructed Test
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE

The Rosewill RNX-N180UBE arrived in a small, non-descript, black box. Other than the Rosewill brand name and the device model number, there isn't a lot on there. This is in contrast to many of the wireless adapters that line store shelves and have flashy graphics and colorful designs meant to catch eyes.

Inside the box is the RNX-N180UBE Wireless N Adapter, a USB base, the antenna for adapter, a driver CD and an installation manual.

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The Rosewill RNX-N180UBE Wireless N Adapter is a little bigger than many USB adapters. The reason for this is largely because of the antenna that is screwed onto the back of the device. The antenna itself is a little over seven and a half inches long. The adapter is about two inches long, although half an inch is the USB connector. Overall, when plugged into a USB port, if the antenna is oriented straight out, the total length of the device would be about nine inches.

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The adapter itself is roughly square, but it doesn't have any other antenna than the one that screws on to the end. I tried just using the adapter without the antenna just to see how well it would work. It would be more convenient for a laptop or mobile device to carry around just the small adapter body. There are many wireless adapters that are like this, with embedded antennae. The RNX-N180UBE loses a lot of its connectivity without the antenna connected. It's not really worth it to use the device without the antenna.

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The RNX-N180UBE also comes with a USB base to connect to. The USB base doesn't aid connectivity at all, but it does give you a method of connecting the RNX-N180UBE to your computer more easily, especially if your machine is in a drawer or under your desk. The base for the RNX-N180UBE has a 50 inch cord, over 4 feet. That should give you plenty of length to put the device in a convenient location.



 

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# Long winded articleMatt 2011-10-20 00:54
It's truly amazing how the folks whom write articles like this love to repeat themselves with product specs and info.
Even the conclusion who much of the same info from the main part of the article.
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# RE: Long winded articleDavid Ramsey 2011-10-20 07:59
That's because many readers don't read the main part of the article; rather, they read the introduction and the conclusion.
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# Compare against more popular adapters?WhyNot 2011-10-20 03:36
I'd rather see this adapter compared to more common/well known brands such as Linksys, Netgear and Belkin in adition to the 2 tested. That's another sticking point...just 2 other products, one of which by the same manufacturer? Not a great sampling at all and far below what I've come to expect from BMR.
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# RE: Rosewill Wireless-N WiFi Adapter RNX-N180UBEThe Techno Alien 2011-10-20 13:11
I hope it works good with Back|Track 5.
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# N180UBE vs UAWIFI UA3TrackJACK 2012-07-17 00:47
Received the adapter today. Purchased from amazon, pretty cheap ONLY 18 bucks + shipping, I like most about it, fast, almost no drops but when compared to my cars wifi adapter UA3 the range is totally different from the UA3. UAWIFI gets at least double distance plus its much more stable. Still not a good idea to compare 20$ card to 100$ but the UA3 at the moment is the best for me.
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