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Plugable USB 2.0 to 10-100-1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter for Windows Mac Chromebook Linux and Specific Android Tablets (ASIX AX88178 Chipset) by Review Summary ,  Sep 23, 2015

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Plugable® USB 2.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter for Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux, and Specific Android Tablets (ASIX AX88178 Chipset)
Report Date: 01/01/2016
Based on 482 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Windows4.5   exceptional
Macbook4.3   average
Speed4.3   average
Internet4.2   average
Linux4.2   average
Plug4.2   exceptional
Support4.2   exceptional
USB3.9   average
Adapter3.6   above average
Connection2.9   below average
Network2.9   average
Cable2.6   below average
Wi-Fi2.5   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"After lightening struck and knocked out on-board network adapter, bought this one and solved the problem."
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"The new unit lights up and functions perfectly right out of the box, so it's clear the problem was that this Plugable brand ethernet adapter had stopped working."
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"Dell said it was a software problem and would not repair the adapter unless I first reloaded all my software."
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"I highly recommend this item if you even suspect a problem with your internal network adapter."
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"The network adapter failed on my Dell Computer."
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"com, put them on my computer, do the install...nothing the adapter is still dead."
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"She reports the USB Ethernet adapter is fast and she is happy using it."
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"Works wonders I bought this andPanda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter, both are still cheaper combined than buying from Bestbuy."
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"After upgrading the WiFi adapter on my ASUS slate the Plugable Gigabit adapter made installation of software an easy project."
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"Plugable USB 2.0 to 10 100 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter is a great time saver for any one without an Ethernet port."
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"This adapter is excellent I have five working and do very well."
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Cable

Cable:
"My ethernet cable on my pc had problems."
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"Just a tip: If you are having problems with this or other OTG devices, make sure to plug the power cable in first then whatever accessory after, that's a common mistake"
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"Tried on a different machine, using different CAT5e cable, and different network, but same problem."
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"If you have a modern laptop with no RJ45 Ethernet port (I. e., MacBook Air, Ultrabook) then you will be unable to diagnose cable modem and internet problems with your ISP because your laptop will be unable to connect to the cable modem."
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"I was worried about having a cord dangle from my tablet."
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"For Google Chromebook laptop worked immediately and perfectly as soon as I replaced my home-made ethernet cable with a commercial cable."
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"Then I repaired my own cable and it worked perfectly with that also."
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"I changed my mind (and have found the wifi well worth the price of the router, it's nice to not be tethered) but I used this adapter for six months with various ethernet cables and it proved reliable."
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"Note: With android, it is best to have the network cable plugged into the adapter, and the other end of the cable plugged into *whatever* before plugging in the USB port."
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"i bought an asus tf700 with a keyboard attachment for my tablet and this cable works great."
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Connection

Connection:
"I took a chance that this was caused by something in my own tower case and that the card was going bad or the Ethernet connection was failing."
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"Good product if your in a pinch having Ethernet connectivity problems with your Network Card, or can be used on any device with a full sized USB port to enable an internet connection (i. e; older tablets, etc.)"
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"Problem is, no LAN connections in this machine."
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"This Ethernet adapter was simple to use with the Chrome book.... just plug it in and then quickly on-line where a Wi-Fi connection is unavailable."
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"Unfortunately, it requires each of our systems to be connected to it via Ethernet."
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"In fact, they found the review I initially wrote which mistakenly blamed their device for my network connectivity problems, and they contacted me to help troubleshoot."
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"Works great to add Ethernet connectivity to my tablet."
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"If you are struggling with an Ethernet connection for a Chromebook, I recommend this one."
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"this adapter can be used anytime you need a lan connection .EXCELLENT PRODUCT THNX PPL"
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"Good product if your in a pinch having Ethernet connectivity problems with your Network Card, or can be used on any device with a full sized USB port to enable an internet connection (i. e; older tablets, etc.)"
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"I decided that since the unit was LAN capable I purchased this product to better my internet connection and man was that a good choice."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"But unfortunately I got the device, followed instructions and just could not get it to work, so I returned it for my money back and kept using the Radioshack one I bought originally."
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"My only problem was that I didn't read the instructions and forgot the review that mentioned the downloadable plugin!"
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"The setup on linux will be a hassle as always, but the howto and instructions are clear, if you are familiar with using different distros, you can't go wrong!"
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"Install instructions are clear and most everything went smoothly."
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"I needed to install the drivers, but the manufactures instructions worked perfectly."
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"Since I had absolutely no trouble with the Plugable device (I followed instructions in Asix's online AX88178 driver package), I am very pleased after one month's use."
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"On linux, had issues when I tried to install them as-is on Ubuntu (Zentyal 2.2.7), you will have to do a lot of reading if you are not familiar with the Linux kernel, but the instructions on the plugabble tech site are very very clear, you won't miss!"
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"The setup on linux will be a hassle as always, but the howto and instructions are clear, if you are familiar with using different distros, you can't go wrong!"
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Internet

Internet:
"Have been having intermittent problems with internet with Verizon, and went through many many cycles of assessments and improvements with them and then - poof - back to problems."
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"If you have a modern laptop with no RJ45 Ethernet port (I. e., MacBook Air, Ultrabook) then you will be unable to diagnose cable modem and internet problems with your ISP because your laptop will be unable to connect to the cable modem."
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"This was purchased to replace a worn out eithernet port on my computer that was causing the internet modem connection to fail."
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"The PC is now usable once again, able to connect to the internet."
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"Gives internet easily comparable to my previous network card."
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"I'll grant you, our experience with these adapters may be helped along by the fact that we're on a University network, and therefore get more than enough bandwidth for our internet network needs, but based on how well these things work for us, I would imagine that they'll work well on your network too."
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"In the time that we've had these adapters, we've noticed no problems or lags of any kind with our internet quality."
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"I decided that since the unit was LAN capable I purchased this product to better my internet connection and man was that a good choice."
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Linux

Linux:
"We use it with a laptop running ubuntu linux with a failed internal Ethernet port."
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"I had a Linux tiny form factor SBC with failed WIFI."
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"The setup on linux will be a hassle as always, but the howto and instructions are clear, if you are familiar with using different distros, you can't go wrong!"
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"Considering it does indeed run as fast as USB 2.0 allows (480Mbps) and works out of the box in Linux I am overall happy with it and would recommend to anyone as long as they understand it's not going to hit 1000mbps but is still faster than 100mbps."
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"Under Linux I am able to sustain 27MB s transfers."
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"Company was able to get it included in latest Linux kernel ... even if they didn't do it .. its in there."
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"This adapter is fully compatible with everything from Chromebooks to Linux to Mac to Windows."
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"Works just as easily with a conventional Linux desktop."
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Macbook

Macbook:
"If you have a modern laptop with no RJ45 Ethernet port (I. e., MacBook Air, Ultrabook) then you will be unable to diagnose cable modem and internet problems with your ISP because your laptop will be unable to connect to the cable modem."
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"I have had intermittent problems with this product with my MacBook Air since I bought it last year."
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"I bought this after a painful experience of transferring huge files between my MacBook Air and my desktop over my wireless network."
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"Easy to install on my macbook air."
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"I get much faster than wifi speeds and it was an easy plug in on my MacBook Air."
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"Easy to install, worked from the beginning with a MacBook Air with Mac OS X 10.8.4.Didn't need any drivers from plugable."
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"Works well with the macbook air."
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"It works great with my MacBook Air."
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Network

Network:
"This device replaces my laptop's failed internal network card."
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"For any of you who have upgraded to Windows 10 and have network problems, this is your answer but it is Ethernet only not wireless."
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"Tried on a different machine, using different CAT5e cable, and different network, but same problem."
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"Good product if your in a pinch having Ethernet connectivity problems with your Network Card, or can be used on any device with a full sized USB port to enable an internet connection (i. e; older tablets, etc.)"
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"My 12 year old computer's network card slot failed about 4 years ago."
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"In fact, they found the review I initially wrote which mistakenly blamed their device for my network connectivity problems, and they contacted me to help troubleshoot."
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"Great way to add extra network port to a GNU Linux *nix home networking project."
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"I bought one of these when I discovered the Realtek FE network interface limitation on my good ole Lenovo desktop would not allow me to fully take advantage of TWC's recent free bump from 30 5 mbps to 200 20 mbps."
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"Plugable USB 2.0 to 10 100 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter is a great time saver for any one without an Ethernet port."
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"Gives internet easily comparable to my previous network card."
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"The Plugable USB 2.0 to 10 100 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter was the perfect solution for me."
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Plug

Plug:
"Just a tip: If you are having problems with this or other OTG devices, make sure to plug the power cable in first then whatever accessory after, that's a common mistake"
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"This Ethernet adapter was simple to use with the Chrome book.... just plug it in and then quickly on-line where a Wi-Fi connection is unavailable."
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"Dead simple; just plug it into USB slot."
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"This product allowed me to plug in my hawking wifi booster which works perfect now."
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"The ease of setup,just plug the device in usb port,load the software drivers and you are done!"
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"I bought this for my Samsung ATIV 500 and it works great plug and play for me I use it when I can not get wifi in hotels!"
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"Really easy to install, just go to their website and download the drivers, then plug it in."
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"No installation of driver is necessary on Linux Kernels 3.2 and up...just plug and play....Windows install is simple... Nice looking and sturdy construction."
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Price

Price:
"Works great, Great Price."
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"Since the item is inexpensive, it is easier to put the plugable USB into the trash."
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"All good from this end (and the price was nice too! )"
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"Cheap and reliable."
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"I changed my mind (and have found the wifi well worth the price of the router, it's nice to not be tethered) but I used this adapter for six months with various ethernet cables and it proved reliable."
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Service

Service:
"I haven't really used this device since I figured out that my service provider was the problem, so I can't really comment on the quality of this product, but I am giving it 5 stars."
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"Really impressed with the customer service and how eager they were to resolve the initial unhappy experience I had with the first adapter."
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"HP customer service horrible."
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"So far it performs well after more than a year of service."
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"Also, I would like to note that the customer service for Plugable Technologies is wonderful."
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"At least, the customer service is very good."
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"Their customer service and follow up is excellent."
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"Outstanding service and product! "
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Setup

Setup:
"After reading the guy with the 3 star review this unit, I thought this was going to take some time to setup, but it couldn't have easier or smoother."
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"The setup on linux will be a hassle as always, but the howto and instructions are clear, if you are familiar with using different distros, you can't go wrong!"
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"Stupid easy setup and you're back online! "
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"Excellent speed, once I got it setup I've not had a single issue with it."
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"This product is easy to set-up and I have had no issues with it."
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"Easy setup and does what it advertises it will do."
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"It is easy to setup and very fast."
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Speed

Speed:
"Unfortunately after installing it... when doing speed tests I only get about 150 megabits of actual throughput from or to this device."
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"I'm firewalling a 40 Mbit line with no observable speed degradation."
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"I bought this for my 3 year old laptop that was on the newest high speed modem, but the laptop card was out dated."
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"also have terribly slow transfer speeds dowloading large files."
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"why it should be cheaper because there is a limited for USB, even tho it is a GIGABIT but it is still limited to the USB speed which is 480.Update:I have been using it for almost a month, 0 problem so far."
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"She reports the USB Ethernet adapter is fast and she is happy using it."
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"Great well-made product more than doubled my up download speeds from to an Asus Nexus Player."
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"Extremely fast and efficient for both home and travel use."
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"I don't know how often I'll use this as AC is pretty fast (and especially convenient) as is and I'm getting a newer router with even faster 3x3 AC soon, but for non AC equipment in which you need to move a massive amount of data say all your music and pics on 64GB sdcard, I can see the obvious benefit to using this adapter along with an OTG cable."
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"Throughput is twice as fast as my 10 100 built-in Ethernet: this is an excellent upgrade accessory."
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Support

Support:
"Plugable Tech Support unable to provide any resolution to this issue."
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"I contacted support and... oops, the problem was actually on my end."
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"Needless to say, outstanding support and communication from Plugable!"
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"The support people are nice enough, but they are stuck with bad drivers so there is not much they can do."
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"They also have great support information resources on their website, and they even provided instructions in the order confirmation email."
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"This product was given a 5 because their product does work as expected *and* they exceeded my customer support expectations in a way that I wish other places would aspire to."
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"I contacted Plugable support who got a replacement on the way to me fast and easy."
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USB

USB:
"This time a close look at the log file showed the first problem listed with the Apple USB Ethernet driver."
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"The problem with it is, any time you make any change to your USB ports -- that is, any time you plug in or unplug a camera, hard drive, or any of the other things that connect via USB -- it knocks your Ethernet-connected Mac off the internet."
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"Way faster than WiFi obviously and using the 2.0 USB doesn't slow down the internet speed at all compared to a direct ethernet port (as far as I can tell).Negatives:The USB cable is kinda short."
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"Most of the USB to NIC adapters and 10 100 which is really frustrating."
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"Even more importantly, it fixes the nasty bug in MacOS 10.8 that DISABLES your *pple USB ethernet adaptor."
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"OLD STATEMENT:I bought it for my college student in a bind (her laptop USB port was damaged)."
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"She reports the USB Ethernet adapter is fast and she is happy using it."
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"Since the item is inexpensive, it is easier to put the plugable USB into the trash."
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"Have tried several different USB to Ethernet adapters and this is the best one."
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"The ease of setup,just plug the device in usb port,load the software drivers and you are done!"
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"This USB network adapter worked fantastic for my android mini pc."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Saved my A$$ when I had wifi problems."
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"There seems to be a new breed of ultra portables that often rely on WiFi only and that's not always a good thing."
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"This Ethernet adapter was simple to use with the Chrome book.... just plug it in and then quickly on-line where a Wi-Fi connection is unavailable."
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"OK, I have a Tronsmart T428 that I purchased from Amazon and it works great but the WiFi is not the greatest."
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"Seriously, I have had smart devices since they came out - Wi-Fi this and that and always disliked the slowness of the transfer, when all I wanted to do was move a file - say a movie or an album - onto my device so I could have it off-line."
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"I had a Linux tiny form factor SBC with failed WIFI."
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"This product allowed me to plug in my hawking wifi booster which works perfect now."
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"my laptop doesnt have a wired ethernet, and sometimes where is no wifi when i travel, so this is a great solution."
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"I changed my mind (and have found the wifi well worth the price of the router, it's nice to not be tethered) but I used this adapter for six months with various ethernet cables and it proved reliable."
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"Very nice to be off the WiFi when I'm parked at my desk at work."
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"I get much faster than wifi speeds and it was an easy plug in on my MacBook Air."
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Windows

Windows:
"For any of you who have upgraded to Windows 10 and have network problems, this is your answer but it is Ethernet only not wireless."
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"I ended up reformatting and reinstalling windows, and that fixed the problem."
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"plugged it into my windows 7 laptop, but item was dead."
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"Tried so far without any problems on the following platforms:- Ubuntu- Windows- OS X- Whatever flavor of Linux DD-WRT x86 edition uses- A bluetooth speaker that says it works with USB ethernet adapters"
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"Excellent product like this, it really works with Windows 8.1 and the shipment arrived ahead of schedule."
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"I downloaded driver for Windows 8, plugged in the adapter and it worked perfectly."
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"After setting a good restore point and updating windows, I loaded the drivers a second time, and it worked GREAT! "
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"This adapter is fully compatible with everything from Chromebooks to Linux to Mac to Windows."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"For any of you who have upgraded to Windows 10 and have network problems, this is your answer but it is Ethernet only not wireless."
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"The Android has wireless, but it is not great."
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"I have damage to my wireless and Ethernet port."
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"I often need to transfer lots of large files from desktop to tablet, so the wireless speeds were frustrating."
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"The wireless signal in the office isn't very reliable and the tablet computer (ASUS EP121) that I got for traveling with doesn't have an ethernet port."
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"Now wireless is everywhere, but not where I work unfortunately."
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"While it does not deliver gigabit, it is much more reliable than the wireless and allows for much better performance while watching movies, surfing the web, etc."
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"I required a simple device to allow me to utilise ethernet cable for my wireless computer and this worked marvelously."
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"Nice to have a wired backup when wireless is not available."
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"This item works well for my macbook air when no wireless is available."
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