The review today is the Dongle USB Wireless Network 2.0 54Mbps 802.11b / g 500mW 27dBm High Power Afoundry with Magnet (Afoundry High Powered 600mW 27dBm 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Wireless Network Dongle w/ Magnetic Mount) acquired on DealExtreme. In photos and on site description of the mark consists DX Afoundry, but in my not have any brand, or box, nem no device. But what really matters is that this dongle uses the Realtek chipset, has high power, cable to not have to get stuck to the PC's USB output and a long antenna to improve the signal received / sent.
In front of the box we have the inscriptions: “High Power Design Expertise”, “Palm USB WLAN Adapter” and “Enjoy Your High Power Wireless Life!”. Actually the device is the size of your palm and seems to be quite potent. The icons still in front of the box indicate that it also works as Access Point, conseme 500mW (do not know where the DX took 600mW), has mini-USB input (the mini-USB cable -> USB is even) and antenna connector RP-SMA. The antenna included measuring little more than 18cm and rotates in all directions, and through the RP-SMA connector the user can choose to connect a pigtail and use an external antenna and thus build networks of up to a few miles away.
On the sides of the box have color options: black, herd and silver. The DX has black and the silver, and I opted for black. We also have that it works on Windows 98SE, Windows ME, WIndows 2000, Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Mac e Linux. The contents of the box should be: Wireless LAN USB Adapter, 5dBi Antenna, Driver CD e Mini-USB Cable. At this point we have a blunder: not come any driver CD (already complained to DX about it, but by the time I write this review I had no response), tive and that hunt the drivers in the network with the help of the staff of the DX forum, thank NeutralSilencer cabledss and the help they gave me. It is curious that the DealExtremeis concerned with Skooter Blog, so that the moderators of the forums there have banned the placement of the URL there for him to be against the rules, and yet do not care to check the contents of the box before sending the product, what could have quietly done since there was no seal, Only tape (durex) both sides.
On the back of the box some more specifications:
- Standard: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g (Compatible with WiFi)
- Chipset: Realtek RTL8187B + RTL8225
- Frequency Range: 2.412GHz ~2.484GHz (ISM band where no license is required)
- Data Rate: IEEE 802.11b: 1,2, 5.5, 11Mbps, IEE 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
- Power Transmission: 11g 15 ± 2dBm @ 54Mbps, 11g 25 ± 2dBm
- Receiver Sensitivity: Operating at 11Mbps: < -82dBm @ 8% FOR, 54Mbps: < -65 dBm @ 10% FOR
- Operating Range: To 500 meters, depending on the environment
- Power Consumption: Transmitter: < 600mA, Receptor: < 400mA
- Antenna: 5External dBi dipole
- Security: WEP (64/128/256bit), WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2 TKIP/AES, WPA2-PSK
- Interface Input / Output: USB 2.0/1.1
- Size: 6,5 x 4 x 1,5 cm
- Operating Temperature: -10 ~ 55 Celsius
- Storage Temperature: -20 ~ 70 Celsius
- Operating Humidity: 10 ~ 90% (não-condensed)
Highlight for the chipset known, for strength and security tranmissão, many dongles sold in stores nationals do not support WPA2, some older only support WEP (it has serious security flaws), therefore it is important to invest in a dongle that supports WPA2. There seems to be some lie in the consumption of 600mA tranmissão, since the USB specification allows a maximum 500mA per port, but even so the unit seems to have good power.
The initial installation, only test, was on a machine with Windows Vista x64, as the DX gave blunder and sent the CD drivers had to rely on the site Realtek, o Neutralsilencer indicou um driver what should be the device that. The site of Realtek is very slow and it took a lot to get the driver download, and… It did not work! Looking at the details of the driver and device in Windows could see it was the same PID and VID same (0BDA:8187), however the revision was different, to do driver was 0200 and to do was display device 0100. Tremendous blunder that the Realtek driver not available for review 0100 on your site. More specifically, what Windows was indicated: “USB VID_0BDA&PID_8187&REV_0100”, while I hunted for that specific device drivers to the posted cabledss CD that comes with the equipment to download there in the DX forum. I downloaded the CD and there were the drivers for all systems, beyond programinhas, but a manufacturer's mistake: driver for Windows Vista x64 that is not digitally signed left, which prevents its operation in Windows Vista (except with very gambiarra). I decided to hunt some more and ended up finding a that driver is digitally signed (although oldest), and aí sim, finally the device worked perfectly on Windows Vista x64. I then decided to connect the equipment into an old machine running Windows XP, where it should be definitely, because the machine is over router. There the driver that comes on the CD worked perfectly. Here are some screenshots of the software from Realtek (are bad because they were captured through the machine where it is installed using the Remote Desktop Windows). On the first screen that shows we have the strength and signal quality, it works even when we are using the Windows Zero Configuration, in other words, leaving to take care of Windows Wi-Fi connections. I recommend leaving this option enabled as well as the network connection is done as a service, without a user logged. This is particularly interesting to me, since the machine in question is old and is currently without monitor, turned on the TV as a makeshift media center: to watch downloaded movies on your network and play Atari emulators, Master System, Nintendo, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Arcade, etc. Since it is not very comfortable to be using a CRT TV as monitor, besides keyboard and wired mouse sitting on the floor (the dedo of mouse, “RMA version”, has proved very useful in this situation), is remotely interesting to do all the maintenance and operations other than watch movies / play.
Among the advanced settings have the power saving, turbo mode, channel plane, wake-on-lan, among other.
We also have a status screen:
And finally a screen of statistics:
With the Sisoft Sandra did a benchmark, gave the following result: Benchmark Results Data Bandwidth : 2.18MB/s Results Interpretation : Higher index values are better. Data Latency : 2384µs Results Interpretation : Lower index values are better. Performance vs. Speed Data Bandwidth : 0.041kB/s/kbps Results Interpretation : Higher index values are better. Data Latency : 0.044µs/kbps Results Interpretation : Lower index values are better. Network Adapter Name : Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter – The Packet Scheduler Miniport Physical Type : 802.11g (ERP) Encryption : AES-CCMP Signal Quality : 100% Download Rate : 54Mbps Upload Rate : 54Mbps Detailed Benchmark Results Run ID : Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter – The packet scheduler miniport (802.11g (ERP), AES-CCMP, 54Mbps) Platform Compliance : x86 Average Latency : 2384µs Min/Max Latency : 1689ĩS – 10868µs Packet Loss : 4% Speed : 2.18MB/s Current Data Transfer Rate : 18.25Mbps Bandwidth Efficiency : 33.80% Performance Tips Notice 5008 : To change benchmarks, click Options. Notice 5004 : Synthetic benchmark. May not tally with ‘real-life’ performance. Notice 5006 : Only compare the results with ones obtained using the same version! Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip. The value of 18.25 Mbps of throughput seems quite reasonable. The nominal 54Mbps, but we know that in practice never even come close to these values because of overhead and everything else. At the time of test (e dos screenshots) the dongle is in another room, traversing a wall and a wardrobe, under interference from Bluetooth devices and my transmitter / receiver audio / video on the 2.4GHz frequency (the same Wi-Fi). About itself dongle, the construction looks good, it gets hot but nothing that is worrying. Below are four Pézinhos rubber and two magnets (magnetos) strong enough to serve to stick it on the side of the cabinet (or any other metal surface), and here we have a great blunder manufacturer, which several other buyers have also complained: the magnets are about half a millimeter away from the metal surface due to the rubber feet, and the adhesive that holds the dongle Sao weak, so he ends up dropping the dongle to stick to the metal surface, I tried to put a double-sided tape stronger, but neither she endured. Some buyers reported having repaired it with super glue (Cyanoacrylate glues, Super Bonder type), but I will avoid this solution for now.
Now regarding the package, despite being small dongle antenna is fairly large and the box also (16cm x 15cm x 4cm), and as passed by the Internal Revenue Service of Curitiba, that taxed tudo, he ended up being taxed too, em R $ 27,95, by the name of fiscal Orlando, once again ignored the declared value on the package and refereed the value of the asset in 20 USD, the packaging has not been opened and once again he put the description and “part” (Broader impossible). This is the path that the packet traveled:
|09/04/2009 10:41||AC (Removed)||Waiting withdrawal|
|08/04/2009 16:25||CTE CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP||Routed|
|In transit to (Removed)|
|07/04/2009 15:27||CTE INTERNATIONAL ORDERS – SAO JOSE DOS PINHAIS / PR||Routed|
|CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP|
|27/03/2009 15:27||BRAZIL – BRAZIL / XX||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
It is worth noting that the delay occurred this time from arrival in Brazil until leaving Pinhais, Beyond these tax taxing everything from packets inside of SP started to go there, are losing the only advantage they had, that was rapid serem, They are now getting so slow as was the Internal Revenue Service of São Paulo. The purchase was made in 20/03, sent by the DX in 23/03, arrived in Brazil em 27/03 and only on 09/04 is the agency that became available for withdrawal. By the time of this review the post office had not updated the system to say that the packet was received, nor sent return receipt, that should arrive just after Easter, always after I went to get the package. The description of the package was “Networking” and the stated value was ignored Orlandão 40 HKD (Hong Kong dollars), which is equivalent to just under 11 real.
Even with the tax value of the dongle is equivalent to versions with fewer resources in Brazil. I found none with all resources (WPA2, cable connection, large antenna, high-power, etc.) to compare. Before closing I want to leave here to download the signed driver for Windows Vista, and CD manufacturer that did not send DX and gently cabledss have uploaded, redid the upload both to Skooter Blog here because I do not know how long they will be online in their original locations, especially from Realtek who gave only blunder of the air leaving the driver to the newest revision of the chipset.
- Realtek RTL8187B Driver for Windows Vista (digitally signed)
- CD should accompany Dongle USB Wireless Network 2.0 54Mbps 802.11b / g 500mW 27dBm High Power Afoundry with Magnet
If you also want to shop in DealExtreme, directly from Hong Kong, click here and good shopping. Update 15/04/2009: DX added to the CD other purchase (five piglets) and he came 13/05, See the details here. Update 16/11/2009: I ended up solving the problem of magnets is dropping the plastic part with another product of the DX, a Cola Two-Component Acrylate 302.