Edimax Wireless nLITE High Gain USB Adaptor

Introduction

 

Introduction

The humble wireless network adaptor is often something that is overlooked by it's users. As long as it does it's job, then the user is happy. After all, there isn't much to distinguish one model and brand from the other. Or is there? With this question in mind, we will be taking a close look at the Edimax Wireless nLITE High Gain USB Adaptor. Before we take a look at the new adaptor, let's find out about Edimax:

Edimax Technology is dedicated to the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of a broad range of networking solutions. Since Edimax was founded in Taiwan in 1986, the company has grown to be among Asia's leading manufacturers of advanced network communication products. Edimax is headquartered in Taipei County, Taiwan, Republic of China, and is listed at the Taiwanese Stock Exchange since 2001. In 2006, the company's revenue reached US $78 million and its current workforce counts over 750 employees worldwide.

(taken from the Edimax website)
 

The new adaptor has generated some good sales figures since it was released, with over 3000 units being bought by resellers on just the first day of release. With it's mix of up to date features and a competitive price point, it looks like Edimax are on to a winner with their new wireless adaptor. Time to take a closer look now, and see exactly what it has to offer.


Specifications and Features

• Complies with wireless 802.11b/g standards
• Compatible with wireless 802.11n standard with data rate up to 150Mbps
• Increases wireless coverage 3 times further
• Rotatable Antenna: 90 degree of vertical angle and 180 degree of horizontal angle
• Includes multi-language EZmax setup wizard
• Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA , WPA2 encryption and WPS-compatible

HARDWARE INTERFACE STANDARDFREQUENCY BAND
• 1 USB 1.0/2.0 Type A
• 3 dBi High-Gain rotatable antenna 
• IEEE802.11b, 802.11g  • 2.4000~2.4835GHz
(Industrial Scientific Medical Band)
DATA RATE INSTALLATION LED
• 11b: 1/2/5.5/11Mbps
• 11g: 6/9/12/24/36/48/54Mbps
• 11n (20MHz): MCS0-7 (up to 72Mbps)
• 11n (40MHz): MCS0-7 (up to 150Mbps)
• Multi-language EZmax Setup Wizard• Link/Activity
SECURITYDIMENSION HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE
• WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2
• Cisco CCX Support
• WPS configuration
• 15(H) x 15(W) x 155(D) mm• Max. 95% (Non Condensing)
• 32~104°F (0~40°C)
 
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OUTPUT POWER CERTIFICATIONS
• Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS• 11n: 14dBm±1dBm,
• 11g: 14dBm±1dBm,
• 11b: 17dBm±1dBm 
• CE, FCC

Moving on, let's see what you get for your money and take a look at the packaging and contents on the next page.

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Most Recent Comments

23-03-2009, 18:15:34

TopSecret
The humble wireless network adaptor is often something that is overlooked by it's users. As long as it does it's job, then the user is happy. After all, there isn't much to distinguish one model and brand from the other. Or is there? With this question in mind, we will be taking a close look at the Edimax Wireless nLITE High Gain USB Adaptor.

Edimax Wireless nLITE High Gain USB Adaptor

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...142846573s.jpg

23-03-2009, 18:35:59

zak4994
Ah look at those speeds.

And I thought Belkin was one of the best.

23-03-2009, 19:04:24

monkey7
20 pounds That's not bad at all for a high quality usb adapter, especially considering it's half speed .n too.

Will sure think about this when anyone asks for a wireless reciever

Edit: any chance of comparing it to a commonly used PCI(-e) adapter and see what the difference is?

23-03-2009, 19:05:08

nepas
looks a tasty little thing,BUT it would have been better if it had Linux support out of the box.Judging by the shots of the utility,its a Ralink chipset and most of those chipsets are supported by linux,if you go digging around at the Ralink site(which is not the best of sites in the world).

Any chance of asking Edimax if they plan to offer 'tux drivers??

24-03-2009, 07:54:21

Rastalovich
If it does current Macs, the chances are there are some drivers out there for Linux - just they aren't 'supported'. Be mostly down to the chipset used. If that isn't too obvious from the package, u can lookup the FCC number and look at captures of it taken apart. Once u have the chipset, u can find "a" linux driver that'll work.

I'm interested if that "woohoo" "high gain!" antena unscrews.

24-03-2009, 08:12:21

Bungral
Very nice lil adaptor that one..

Good review by the way too mate.

Quick thing though, did ya kinda miss a sentence off the end? No info on where to buy it for the 19.99 price.

Also the forum link at the bottom isn't a link

24-03-2009, 09:10:03

TopSecret
Rasta, no it doesn't unscrew.

Bungral, done and done Cheers mate.

24-03-2009, 16:22:26

K3T
the thing is can the antenna be replace by more powerful antenna ?

24-03-2009, 16:35:37

TopSecret
Well considering the working range of the existing antenna, why would you want to replace it? The one that is fitted works very well. When you buy any other USB wireless sticks, can their antennas be replaced? For less than 20 quid, you get half speed 11n and the antenna is perfectly able to work well. As I said in the review, I have tried many wireless adaptors, and I never suffered any connection drop outs with this one. I have tried both USB and PCI cards and I can honestly say this is one of the most attractive I have used, in terms of features, controlling software and performance.

25-03-2009, 06:06:59

FarFarAway
Excellent review and an impressive performer

Nice work Stu

25-03-2009, 08:32:23

K3T
thanks for the info will be getting one of them and awesome review thanks

25-03-2009, 08:35:23

TonyG
Like wise here getting one very soon

03-06-2009, 10:51:03

DerBatz
The Chipset is RT2870USB(RT2870/RT2770). Linux Drivers available from ralink.com's support page (Linux section) Hope this helps.
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