D-Link DWA-192 AC1900 USB Adapter Review – 4K videos. Netflix. Xbox One wireless streaming to your Windows 10 machine. These things are demanding and can really strain your wireless connection at home without you realising it.
Grabbing a fast and powerful router like this AC3200 D-Link LadyBug (DIR-890L) can surely help, but the bottleneck can actually happen elsewhere, i.e your own machine.
For example, the router offers up to 600Mbps transfer speed over the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz. That is good. However, if you are using an older wireless USB network adapter that only offers smaller throughput such as 150Mbps, then it’s a waste.
It’s like trying to shove a big bucket of water (or beer, if you like) down your throat.
This latest AC1900 USB 3.0 wireless network adapter from D-Link, the DWA-192, is made to handle that “stress”, offering the fastest wireless speed and maximum throughput on your network possible.
Its performance is up to 600 Mbps (2.4GHz) and 1300 Mbps (5GHz), which is a perfect complement to the D-Link DIR-890L but also to any other dual-band AC1900 (or AC3200) routers out there.
Coupled with the Advanced AC SmartBeam feature, you’ll get an improved quality connection to your wireless router, even while you are moving around with a laptop. Signal amplifiers are also built into the adapter to extend the coverage of your wireless network.
Setting it up require your router to have a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) feature and it’s as easy as pressing the button on both devices within minutes. So, setup is pretty seamless and pain-free – that is assuming your router has a WPS feature (though most routers these days do).
The package includes a USB 3.0 connector cable but it’s a bit short if you want to hook it to your desktop PC underneath your desk while having the network adapter on the desk. Why would you want it on the desk? Well.. because it looks cool. Really cool.
There is a nice blue-lit LED around the adapter and it’s not just for the show. It is there to indicate connectivity: turns solid if you are connected to your wireless network, blinks to indicate a lost connection. If, for some reason, the LED is too fancy for you, there is an option to turn it off with just a press of a button (why would you want to, though?)
Although the orb-like network adapter looks sleek and all, it is bulkier compared to a standard USB stick that you can just carry and plug into your USB port.
The bulkier design is because there are many components needed to output such performance and reliability, which includes the signal amplifiers. As such, it’s probably not your best to-go network adapter unless if you really need the speed and coverage.
For home or office usage, D-Link DWA-192 is a must have if you want to fully utilise your AC1900 wireless router to the max so you can get the best speed possible. Oh, and enjoy the extra aesthetic value to your desk.
Disclosure: Review sample was sponsored but all opinions are mine.