D-Link RangeBooster N 650 notebook adapter review: D-Link RangeBooster N 650 notebook adapter

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design and ease of use: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good The D-Link N 650 notebook adapter is simple to install and in tandem with the DIR-635 router, beat the competition in both mixed-mode and long-range throughput.

The Bad The adapter (and router) fell short on maximum throughput, and its warranty pales in comparison to those of Linksys and Belkin.

The Bottom Line While the D-Link duo performed admirably overall compared to its draft N competition, we were unimpressed with how it measured up to the promise of 802.11n.

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The D-Link DWA-645 RangeBooster N 650 Notebook Adapter is the companion card to the DIR-635 draft N router. The pair performed fairly well against its draft N competition but is still a way off from fulfilling the promise of 802.11n. At $99, the adapter is priced on a par with other notebook adapters. And as we've said in every other draft N review, it's too early to invest in 802.11n networking gear. You're better off waiting until the spec is finalized (we're hearing mid-2007) to see how the products based on that version fare.

Like most notebook adapters, installing the DWA-645 is a simple task. The included quick install guide cautions against inserting the card without first installing the drivers from the included CD. The installation wizard walks you through the process of connecting to a wireless network and configuring security settings. The quick install guide also gives a basic overview of Windows XP's wireless utility, including how to turn it off, should you opt to use D-Link's utility.

There's not a lot to be said about the design of notebook adapters. The DWA-645 is typical in that the part that sticks out of the card slot is thick, black plastic and houses two small LEDs, one to indicate a connection and the other to indicate activity.

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D-Link RangeBooster N 650 notebook adapter

Part Number: DWA-645
MSRP: $79.99 Low Price: $104.97 See all prices

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  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Interface (Bus) Type CardBus