D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB Adapter (DWA-192) Review

Not to be mistaken as a Pokemon ball, the D-Link AC1900 is a unique looking Wi-Fi USB adapter.

D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB adapter (DWA-192) Review

Unlike the usual Wi-Fi USB adapter that looks like a USB stick, the AC1900 is one that looks like a globe and sits very well even as a table top decoration or a paper weight.

D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB adapter (DWA-192) Review

At the back there’s the Power LED, USB 3.0 and WPS setup button.

D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB adapter (DWA-192) Review

Here are the key features of the AC1900

– Gives your desktop or Laptop PC speeds up to 1900 Mbps2 for a faster connection
– USB 3.0 – Interface 10x Fasterthen USB 2.0
– 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands for flexible connectivity
– WPS Button for fast and secure connection
– Advanced AC SmartBeam – Focuses wireless signal towards your router for enhanced connection quality
– Backwards Compatible to legacy 802.11n/g/a networks

More details at the official product page.

User Experience & Benchmarks

The AC1900 from D-Link is easy to setup. I didn’t pop in the CD but I used the driver downloaded from their website and the adapter works without any hiccups.

What’s interesting is how the adapter provided excellent download speed despite it was connected to a router that’s many walls away.

Here’s the comparison between the D-Link AC1900 against an Intel Wi-Fi device that’s in a notebook.

AC1900 Intel Wireless LAN
Ping (ms) Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Ping (ms) Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps)
12 34.52 5.02 16 24.10 10.52
16 39.42 5.18 14 30.60 5.91
13 37.80 5.33 32 25.49 8.82

It’s amazingly fast, so far that I couldn’t believe the test results. I switched between adapters for each round of test and the AC 1900 keeps showing faster speed, in some cases up to 50% faster too!

The Verdict

The D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB Adapter retails at RM 289, as they say “good stuff don’t come cheap” and it’s as such here. If you want to max out your connection (assuming you have a really fast one) then the AC1900 is indeed the Wi-Fi USB adapter of choice.

On the downside, the item is bulky so lugging it around as part of your commuting luggage might not be a good idea, as a desktop device the AC1900 works great and with its unique design you wouldn’t have to worry about it standing out like a sore thumb.

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