The D-Link Wireless N Nano USB Adapter (DWA-131) features a sleek compact design that fits into your computer's USB port with minimal protrusion making it ideal for use when traveling or in a crowded workspace. The DWA-131 includes the latest 11n technology, which provides a better wireless signal than previous-generation 11g. Adding Wireless N to your computer provides an excellent solution for performing everyday activities such as transferring files, browsing the Internet, and downloading music. D-Link Wireless N products use Intelligent Antenna technology to transmit multiple streams of data which enable you to receive wireless signals in the farthest corners of your home.
1.18 x 0.63 x 0.3 inches
D-Link Systems, Inc.
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I use these with the Ford VCM II unit to have wireless connectivity. Be warned though, the picture is of the newer Rev E and you may get an older (curved on the end) Rev A unit like I did. I decided to keep it and use it because it worked, but they ARE slightly different.
I have 3 of these in different machines running 64-bit Windows 10 build 1803 and each has an identical problem causing it to fail to start about 1 out of 3 times. Mine are all revision 'E'. I've worked the issue with support which is pretty horrible. The problem appears to be the hardware in the dongle - the drivers crash on startup resulting in a "driver failed to load" message in device manager. The solution is to yank it out and reinsert it, but that gets old. I suspect a poorly written driver or some sort of unstable power-related hardware issue.
This is a very cheap wifi dongle, however spending a few more dollars on a better one will avoid headaches.
Though the latest Windows driver for this device was released in 2/2018, release notes indicate it was a patch specifically for a Wifi security vulnerability. For the most part, drivers haven't been updated since 2016 suggesting this isn't well supported despite their actively selling it. Off-shore support is almost useless, though they did open a case but quickly blamed Windows and refused to troubleshoot further.
Well, this does not work for me. It seems the product is not supported on Windows 10, according to the D-Link Technical Support web site (http://support.dlink.com/FAQView.aspx?f=MRBldvYIZ9JH35rXze0xbQ%3D%3D). Windows won't even run the the CD that came with the product for installing the drivers because the security certificate is expired and has been revoked. Downloads of drivers don't work either. I was able to get connected to a wifi network, but could not reach anything once connected. Pings would sporadically work, but perhaps only about 1% of the time. The device I received was DWA-131 H/W Ver E1, F/W Ver 5.00. Sending it back for a refund.
I needed a replacement for my Ford ids scan tool. This is it. Installed it and it works great cannot complain.
Recently I was away from home and discovered that I had left my wi-fi network adapter at home. I needed this adapter in order to complete work I had to do. I found the D-Link adapter on Amazon.com, ordered it, and received it in two days. It was a lifesaver. It was extremely easy to install and worked perfectly while I was away. I would recommend this product to anyone in need of an adapter.
I bought the DWA-131 for an older laptop whose WiFi was no longer compatible with my new router's security. I wanted a solution that would be somewhat "permanent" in that I didn't want to constantly plug the dongle in/out. The DWA-131's svelte form factor is a perfect solution for me. It's relatively inexpensive, very small, and works just fine. The only downside is that it now permanently occupies one of the two USB slots on my aging laptop. Fortunately I was able to find an inexpensive PCMCIA card which adds a couple USB ports. Now I'm back online with three open USB slots. Op success.
I purchased this because my Belkin Wireless-G USB adapter was sticking out about 4 inches from my laptop and suffered from frequent clumsy-hand bumps and disconnects. I saw this on sale and it seemed perfect. I got it in one day with my free Prime 2-day shipping (thanks for being on the ball Amazon!). This thing is fantastic. It's as small as you think it is, and it sticks out less than an inch from my laptop. The blue activity light on it is a little bright, but I got used to it quickly. Signal quality is outstanding; much better than my laptop's previous internal wifi, and it sees 26(!) networks in my vicinity (my Belkin adapter saw 12). This has been worth every penny so far.
The product is great. The seller is out of the country and although quickly responded to my inquiries, this item took over a month to arrive and was mailed with no tracking available.
I have test this device with OS Windows XP, 7 and 8.1 and it works well without any issue. In the product specification it is mentioned it is also compatible with Windows 10.
Installation is easy - First Insert the Drivers from the Mini CD provided with the product & simply Plug in the Wireless USB Adapter and your SSID to get connected.
This product handles speed upto 300 Mbps as described.
The product is light weight & tiny as small as thumb nail and it is exactly same as described in the Photo.
I am extremely happy with this product which is worth paying for as i completely Trust D-Link Products which i have been using for a long time.
As the Brand Says, Working like a Charm, Used in almost all Version of Windows available, Even in Windows XP, it works like a charm.
The Design is Supreme, and the Bandwidth is excellent. The Best Part is Hotspot, It can able to transform any connected PC/Computer into a Hotspot allowing other devices to connect.
I had no idea and was searching for Some WIFI receiver for my desktop.
While searching , i found this and asked some of my friends about this.
Its really good... As good as cable is connected to it.
I bought this to attach to a Synology diskstation, so I could put my backup storage in another room. The DWA-131 is listed as a compatible wireless dongle. However, it's the hardware version A1 of the D-Link DWA-131 that is specifically listed. Nowhere on the Amazon page does it say that the one I bought would be H/W version E1. Which is incompatible.
So I thought I'd try it on a Windows 10 computer. Mistake. The supplied installation disk doesn't have Windows 10 drivers and, moreover, the setup file on the installation disk will not even run under Windows 10: Windows 10 just refuses to run it, even when 'run as administrator'. The D-Link website is no use either, as they don't seem to have realised that Microsoft have released Windows 10 and there is no mention of it, nor any drivers or information at all.
I then thought I'd try it in a very old Windows XP pc. Unfortunately, the cd drive in that pc stopped working about 5 years ago, and I'd never replaced it as I don't use that pc at all. No problem, I'll just download the drivers from the D-Link website. But the driver download section on the D-Link website doesn't know about hardware version E1, so there isn't the option to download drivers for the one I've bought.
At this point, after about 3 hours, I lost the will to live, and chucked it in the bin.
Poor show from D-Link for not keeping up with windows releases. Poor show from Amazon for not making it clearer what version of the DWA-131 they're selling.
De-installed the previous driver as required in the instructions in the first dialog of the new installer (using the de-installer for the previous driver, not the one in the new driver software package)
The installer seemed pretty much the same as the previous driver, again with the nonsense instructions BUT when I rebooted, a blue light started flashing on the USB drive and a special Wifi dialog box opened, from which I was able to connect to Wifi. It doesn't integrate at all with the Mac Airport pie indicator on the top bar, but it does work. Note that "it just worked" there was no need to poke around in network preferences as suggested in the instructions - your mileage may vary though.
Once you have it working, it seems reliable and faster than the inbuilt Wifi was.
It is tiny - the plan is to leave it in all the time and the macbook can still be slid in and out of its cover with a little care.
The price was pretty good!
Getting it working (on a mac!) requires hunting and detective work.
The Realtek installation driver gives unnecessary and incorrect instructions.
Whilst functional, the configuration/connection tool is clunky and not as intuitive as Mac users might typically expect.