We’ve recently started a series of tests of Draft N wireless adapters, beginning it with a review of the Trendnet TEW-624UB. The device we are going to discuss today is another Wi-Fi adapter with a USB interface. It is manufactured by D-Link and called DWA-142.
D-Link’s Draft N products fall into three categories (in the order of lowering performance): Xtreme N, RangeBooster N, and Wireless N. The DWA-142 is a medium-performance product, belonging to the RangeBooster N category. You’ll see shortly how it differs from Xtreme N, for example.
So, let's get started and meet our today's hero.
First let's take a look at the official specifications of the D-Link adapter:
- IEEE 802.11n (draft)
- WEP (64/128bit)
2 integrated PIFA antennas (2dBi)
- OFDM (BPSK/QPSK/16 QAM/64-QAM)
2400 – 2483.5 MHz
Nominal data transfer rate
- 802.11g: 6/9/12/18/24/36/48/54 Mb/s
- 802.11b: 16dbm
11 for North America, 14 Japan,
USB 2.0, 1.1 Standard
From the USB port
- Transmitting: 270mA
97.33mm (diameter) x 19.3mm
Package and Accessories
The box contains standard accessories:
- Wi-Fi adapter
- CD with drivers and user manual
- Brief user manual
- Safety instructions