Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrBee Very Useful
This device is very useful for desktops that don’t have built in wireless capability and have a spare PCIe X1 slot.
You can 'stick' the antenna unit to the side of the PC too, or any surface with metallic properties, which makes it very easy to place and keep track of.
With the antenna being on the outside it gives the unit a great chance of getting a great signal and you get good connection speeds generally and supports all of the current Wi-Fi standards that one would expect.
The antenna is also fairly small and folds over if you have stuck on the side of a unit, or stands up on its stand if you have it on a flat surface, it is small enough to put on the desktop without getting in the way or requiring a lot of space. The only possible issue for some folks may be that the cable lengths could be a touch short for some folks, depending on where their unit is.
Also the BT4.x inclusion is just fantastic as it gives any desktop PCs an all in one solution of Wi-Fi/BT in a single unit.
All of the info for the product can be found on the Gigabyte website where you can download the latest drivers for Win7/8/8.1/10 in both x32 and x64 flavours.
All in all a very investment in you are looking to get Wi-Fi/BT setup on a unit that currently does not have such capability.
Of course this is even more useful to folks who have a machine with a spare slot and only have USB2, as a USB Wi-Fi dongle running through USB2 will of course show as connected at X speed but will be limited by the USB2 bus capabilities.
This basically mean you may get 867Mbps connection between the device and router, but are not actually going to get that amount of throughput as USB2 is limited to a maximum of 480Mbps and this is for the whole bus so if you have other devices plugged in, such as keyboards, mice, memory sticks etc., your USB Wi-Fi dongle will have to share the bandwidth. Of course this doesn’t matter on a unit with USB3, even so this is still a solid choice.
12 May 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by IanG Excellent Product
An excellent product, sensibly priced and efficiently delivered --- as always.
07 May 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Gareth06 Works great for Wi-Fi, but Bluetooth has issues
Bought this product as the combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on a single PCI slot seemed ideal.
Wi-Fi worked fine on Windows7, very easy to setup.
However, what I didn't read until I opened the box was that for Bluetooth compatibility, it requires a spare internal USB header on the motherboard, which I don't have. So if you need Bluetooth, check that you have a spare header.
15 April 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Arthur1 Glad I found this
I ignored advice to use a mains ethernet link to get internet reception on a large box PC and I'm glad I did. Its wifi range is amazing, picking up internet two floors above the router and on the opposite side of the house. Speed is also impressive, over 700 Mbps. It also performs well on bluetooth over long distances. Not cheap but worth every penny.
09 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ezzra48 Great choice for WiFi, bluetooth is a bonus.
I chose this as I had no WiFi or Bluetooth in my pc build and wanted dual band.
Easy installation on Asus H97-Pro motherboard. WiFi works really well. I'm on BT Infinity 38Mb Home Hub 5 and speed is the same as when on Ethernet, Bluetooth pairs with my desktop speaker no problem.
06 March 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by KcKeith Easy to install, and easy to set up
Very good Wi-Fi speed and plenty of bandwidth. I found the magnetic base on the ariel very usefull
24 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SiBee Excellent dual band PCI card
I was recently upgraded to 150Mb on my Virgin line. Which is pretty much what I get from 1 floor plus 1 room away. Excellent solid performer. Recommended.
23 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SeanEO Now my desktop is free
Had to get a new Bluetooth device as my USB Bluetooth device was not working with Windows 10 so decided to get this so I could get rid of the wire that was running along the floor in my bedroom and I must say I'm not disappointed with my purchase the wireless signal is 100% and the Bluetooth picks up other Bluetooth devices straight away and now I can use my Bluetooth headset again when watching movies late at night without disturbing other family members.
17 February 2016