RNX-N600UBE is a wireless adapter with
dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n connected to PC via USB, so you can add it quickly to
any laptop or desktop. Rosewill includes 2 8-inch antennas that you can rotate
to get best signal from the wireless router. And dual-band capability means
that, in combination with a dual-band router, you will be able to avoid
frequency interference from the network devices and other wireless
Physically, RNX-1 N600UBE looks like a
half-inch thick credit card. The antenna installation increases its size a bit,
but RNX-N600UBE create a sturdy platform; flat surface makes you easy to set
the adapter on the desk or PC. We also like that Rosewill offers a 5-foot USB
cable, so you have more length to arrange the cable behind the desk or to a
place where the wireless adapter will receive signal.
In support, RNX-N600UBE works with all
legacy and present security standards, including WEP (64/128-bit), WPA/WPA2,
and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK. It also has compatibility with CCX5.0 (Cisco Compatible
Extensions 5.0) of Cisco, which is a certification meet many standards, the
security options, the setting of mobility, QoS controls, and performance
measurement. For your convenience, Rosewill includes a WPS button (Wi-Fi Protected
Setup) provides you push-button setup (assuming your router is also compatible
with WPS), so there is no need to manually configure the wireless adapter.
In case your router does not support WPS,
Rosewill includes Ralink Wireless LAN utility that you can use to identify the
wireless networks and configure the manual network settings. Software detailed
general LAN information, such as signal strength, 802.11 wireless standard, and
encryption (if any).
To check RNX-N600UBE, we plugged it into a
laptop and connected to a wireless home network, which has TEW-692GR dual-band
router of Trendnet. To test the speed, we used SiSoftware's Sandra 2012
Wireless (WLAN/WWAN test). Wi-Fi could be affected by the location and
distance, so we moved laptop to several different places at home.
As you expected, speed is the best when
wireless adapter is placed near the router (within 10 feet), because we saw a
maximum speed of 65Mbps for 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The speed dropped to about
40Mbps when up one floor, and when up two floors, the speed dropped to 25Mbps.
Those are looking for cheap wireless
adapter can swap between computers will prefer the flexibility and quality
reception of RNX-N600UBE. Dual-band capability is also good for those with
multiple PCs and wireless devices, where the 2.4GHz band can be noisy.
Spectifications: standard 802.11a/b/g/n: security: WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK;
bands: 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Maximum speed 2.4GHz
Average speed 2.4GHz
Maximum speed 5GHz
Average speed 5GHz