Plugable USB Wireless Adapter – 802.11N Nano Size

Supported Operating Systems

• Windows XP, Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 & 8 (32-bit and 64-bit).
• Mac OS 10.4, Mac OS 10.5, Mac OS 10.6. Latest driver download required for 10.7 (Lion) and later.
• Linux (2.6.18-2.6.38, 3.0.8 and later)
• Android (1.6~2.3, 4.0 and later)

Download and install the latest drivers

We recommend installing the very latest drivers, available at
plugable.com/products/usb-nano-11n/driver

This link has the latest drivers for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Extract the contents of the .zip file to its own directory before running setup.

Mac

For Mac users running 10.7 and later, downloading the latest drivers is required.

Windows

For Windows 7 and 8, if you have another active network connection, simply plug in the adapter and Windows will automatically download and install the latest drivers from Windows Update.

Once the driver is installed, use the included Realtek utility and/or your operating system’s standard built-in support for making a new wireless connection to an access point.

Linux

This adapter and chipset has open source drivers with support for Linux Kernel 2.6.18 through 2.6.38 and Kernel 3.0.8 and higher. Driver is already in recent Linux kernel versions 2.6.39 and later (kernel option CONFIG_RTL8192CU). To download and build the latest driver from Realtek, extract the Linux driver file, and run “make && sudo make install”.

Android

Android 1.6~2.3 and 4.0 is supported with driver from Realtek. We have not done any internal tests as of yet and cannot recommend it for Android use at this time.

Performance

The small size of this adapter makes it extremely portable and keeps it nicely flush with the USB port. However, the small antenna has trade-offs in terms of range and performance.

We recommend using with an access point or peer wifi adapter that is in the same room or nearby. The adapter works best with line of sight to the access point.

A laptop with built-in Wi-Fi antennas can cause interference and connection problems. We recommend to disable the internal Wi-Fi or to use a powered USB hub or cable to help get the nano adapter out of range of other signals.

Peer-to-Peer (Ad-Hoc) connections

Because of its small size, the adapter is especially useful for setting up a separate, peer-to-peer (ad hoc) connection between two wifi adapters. Search “ad hoc wifi setup” for details.

Specifications

• Realtek RTL8188CU(S) chipset
• 802.11n (draft). 2.4Ghz band.
• 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK and Wi-Fi Protected Setup
• Backward compatible with 802.11g/b and USB 1.1
• Data transfer rates of up to 150Mbps theoretical
• Supports Ad-hoc and Infrastructure modes

Where to Buy

 

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