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Written by Nitin Kumar - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
D-Link DWA-652 Xtreme N Notebook PCMCIA Adapter
Closer Look
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

To fully take advantage of the DWA-652's wireless N feature you have to have compatible wireless N router, in this case I already have D-Link Wireless N router. I tested the adapter on my notebook computer, after completing the installation process I tested the card throughout my house to test the range, and also transferred files over my local network to test the sustained transfer rate.

Test SystemD-Link DWA-652 Xtreme N Notebook Adapter (PCMCIA)

  • Notebook Computer: Toshiba Satellite A105-S1013
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2 32bit

Test Results

The adapter did fairly well, It worked throughout my house with least amount of Interference. The wireless connection strength always stayed close to seventy percent no matter where I was inside my house, so the connection strength was excellent. I had absolutely no problems sharing and transferring files over the network, infact I was able to transfer files at few megabytes per second, which is great over wireless connection. So overall I had no problem during the testing procedure.

D-Link DWA-652 Xtreme N Notebook Adapter (PCMCIA)

At first I was not able to establish a connection speed of 300MB per second as advertised, it would not have been fair if I didn't troubleshoot to rule out anything that could have been an issue associated with the router settings, which infact was the case. I have a D-Link DIR-635 and I had WPA security mode enabled which did not allow a wireless transfer rate more than 54MB/s, once I switched the security mode to WPA2 I was able to connect at 300MB/s. This allowed even better transfer rate, and my download speed almost doubled. It seemed as if I was connected to my router with a dedicated connection. I have a Verizon FIOS connection and my download speed is close to 1.75MB/S on average with a wired connection, and I have to say my download speed doubled compared to onboard wireless connection, which allowed me to download around an average speed of 800KB/S, but DWA-652 doubled that speed to 1.65MB/S. Great results Indeed.


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