Unofficial, unsupported, but WORKING USB wifi dongle

Hey all,

 

A  lot of people have complained that they have a machine which is working for everything but doesn't have, or can't get to work, wifi.

 

We bought some wifi dongles to test, and have at least one we can confirm works on v46.1 - 

 

TP-LINK TL-WN722N

Go buy it today if you need one!!!

UPDATE:  The D-Link DWA-160 works with dual band Wireless Access Points (can transmit on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless band). 

 

The following other Dongles have been tested as working as of v54.2

Uplevel UA-210WN (may have low signal strength)
Netis WF2120 (2.4GHz only)
D-Link DWA-121 (2.4GHz only)
Plugable USB-WIFINT (2.4GHz only)

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19 Comments

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    Tom Miller

    And it is $14.95 + shipping on the link you gave.

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    nicolas bello

    The D-Link DWA-160 (A2) is working perfectly for me too. Using it on a Dell Dimension 3000

     

    http://ca.dlink.com/products/connect/xtreme-n-dual-band-usb-adapter/

    Edited by nicolas bello
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    Tsah Elimelech

    I have the same dongle (TP-LINK TL-WN722N), but I can't get it to work... Did you install something...? or just plugged it in and it worked?

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    nicolas bello

    Tsah Elimelech - for the D-Link DWA-160 (A2) I had to reboot once with the adapter connected. After that it was smooth sailing.

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    Tsah Elimelech

    I tried that but it still don't seem to work... :(

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    Tom Miller

    I wonder if they broke it after v46.1? Might try different USB ports. One might not work and the others might.

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    Leonardo Spanhol

    Adapter Edup is working perfectly
    http://www.amazon.com/EDUP-EP-N8508-150Mbps-802-11n-Wireless/dp/B004FWKEZ0

    Version 48.1.24
    Sony VGN-FZ140

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    Bryce Woollcombe

    Aforementionned TPLink working for me on ancient Dell weapons-grade laptops.

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    Ben Richardson

    I tried the TP-Link w/o any luck. I rebooted several times no luck. How dd yoe set it up network and password?

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    Forrest Smith

    Ben - are you using that **exact** TP-Link model? Or another?

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    Nick Buchanan

    I just order the EDUP and tested it on a Thinkpad x61s. It is recognized and connected to my default wireless network, but then it crashes the computer every time. Since it seems to work for others this is just a system specific heads-up.

    Version 50.0.2661.105 (64-bit)

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    Greg Loopez

    The TP-LINK TL-WN722N works great on my 11.6" laptop but is hideously huge hanging off the side of it. I tried another "no-name" USB wifi adapter - the tiny kind - and it connects ok but has sporadic performance and the connection is repeatedly lost. Is there a known small adapter that works, perhaps the TP-LINK WN725N or the Edimax EW-7811Un?

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    Forrest Smith

    hey Greg,

    While I can't speak confidently about performance, I can give you a short list of options that we know work:

    Uplevel UA-210WN (may have low signal strength)
    Netis WF2120
    D-Link DWA-121
    Plugable USB-WIFINT

    Make sure you're on v51.1 if you want these to work. If you're not on v51.1 , any USB-wifi you ahve may work once you upgrade.

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    Greg Loopez

    Hi Forrest,
    I just set up the PC last week, running v51.1.110 which appears to be the latest. The system continues to run great with the humongous TP-LINK TL-WN722N, always instantly connects to wifi. After getting a TP-LINK TL-WN725N delivered from Amazon, still no luck, won't connect. I'll try future releases to see if a fix gets in. By the way, since I'm new to CloudReady, how is an update performed? Does a complete reinstall of the new release via a USB boot have to be done?
    Thanks, Greg

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    Forrest Smith

    Hi Greg,

    If you stay on our normal stable releases (that is, not our early access build we provide on our blog from time to time) and you are installed to your HDD (not USB-booting) you should have no issues.

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    Austin Jobs

    Hi someone who have trouble about wireless,
    If your Ethernet works well, I recommend travel router.
    http://www.tp-link.com/ca/products/details/cat-9_TL-WR802N.html
    I hope it helps you.
    Thanks,

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    Foo Rong Xin

    As of the latest CR firmware, may I confirm that the TP-LINK TL-WN722N is still working?

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    Forrest Smith

    yes - the one linked above still works, but it is probably not the smallest compatible dongle. If you're looking for something that a laptop can use, try:
    D-Link DWA-121

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    Edward MacIntosh

    TP-LINK TL-WN722N is working for me as of Jan, 2017

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