USB Wi-Fi Adapter - AC600 - Dual-Band Nano Wireless Adapter

Add reliable wireless connectivity to your laptop or desktop computer, compatible with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks

Product ID: USB433ACD1X1

4.9 stars (8 reviews) |
  • Add dual-band wireless connectivity to your laptop, tablet or desktop
  • Compatible with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks (802.11ac is 5 GHz only)
  • Data rates of up to 433Mbps on 5GHz and 150Mbps on 2.4GHz
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This USB Wi-Fi® adapter adds dual-band wireless connectivity to your laptop, tablet or desktop computer, and features a compact nano-sized form factor. It makes it easy to replace or upgrade your computer’s existing wireless capability with access to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi® networks.

Wireless connectivity you can count on

The dual-band USB Wi-Fi adapter adds reliable Wireless-AC connectivity to your laptop, tablet or desktop computer. As bandwidth-intensive applications such as online conferencing, HD video streaming, file transfers and gaming become more demanding, the USB Wireless-AC adapter provides greater speed and range for your office or home wireless network. The dual-band Wi-Fi adapter supports maximum data rates of up to 433 Mbps on the less congested 5GHz band, plus up to 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

Conveniently small form factor

The USB nano wireless adapter features a compact form factor, so you can plug it into your laptop or tablet with minimal obstruction. The perfect accessory for your laptop, the Wi-Fi adapter is so compact that you can leave it plugged in without worrying about it getting in the way or snagging on something while you're on the go.

Versatile use

The versatile network adapter features a 1T1R (1 transmitter, 1 receiver) antenna design. To integrate with all of your networking devices, the USB 802.11ac adapter is backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks. The USB Wi-Fi adapter supports USB 2.0 for wide compatibility.

The USB433ACD1X1 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty, with free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Replace or upgrade the wireless capabilities of your laptop, tablet or desktop computer to the latest wireless-AC connectivity
  • Upgrade your laptop to connect to the less congested 5GHz Wi-Fi band to avoid interference from common wireless devices such as cordless phones
  • Add Wi-Fi networking to your desktop computer without internal expansion
  • Conference online, transfer files, stream HD video or game without lag, through faster wireless performance

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram IE V933939
  • Exertis IE STCUSB433ACD1X1
  • CMS Distribution Ireland USB433ACD1X1
  • UPC 065030863773

Compatibility

  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.14

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
1 - Wireless AC (IEEE 802.11ac)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 40°C (32°F ~ 104°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C ~ 70°C (-40°F ~ 158°F)
Humidity 10~90% RH
Hardware Interface Wireless Ethernet
Bus Type USB 2.0
Antenna Configuration 1x1:1 (TxR:S)
Industry Standards IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b
Chipset ID Realtek - RTL8811AU
Packaging Information Package Height 31 mm [1.2 in]
Package Length 17.4 cm [6.9 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.1 kg [0.2 lb]
Package Width 14 cm [5.5 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 433 Mbps (5 GHz)
150 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
Full Duplex Support Yes
Frequency Range 2.4000~2.4835GHz
5.150~5.825GHz
Modulation DSSS with DBPSK and DQPSK, CCK with long and short preamble, OFDM with BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM and 64QAM, 256QAM
Security Features WEP Data Encryption
WPA and WPA2-PSK Data Encryption
TKIP/AES
WPA and WPA2 Enterprise Data Encryption
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 2 g [0.1 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 1.7 cm [0.7 in]
Product Width 22.3 mm [0.9 in]
Product Height 0.8 cm [0.3 in]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.14
Special Notes / Requirements Note Compatible with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks (802.11ac is 5 GHz only)
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB wireless adapter
1 - driver CD
1 - quick-start guide

Drivers/Downloads

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Right-click Setup.exe. 
  4. Click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Double-click Setup.exe.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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(4 Stars)

USB Wi-Fi Adapter - Dual-Band Made Easy

By: James1 - 02/18/2017
I have been in the technology business for over 35 years and for the past 20+ years I have been asked to provide unbiased reviews of various products from both the AV and IT world. In review of this product I have found that this USB Wi-Fi adapter adds dual-band wireless connectivity to my laptop and features a compact nano-sized form factor. This nano design made it easy to replace my laptop’s existing wireless capability with access to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. This dual-band Wi-Fi adapter supports very fast data rates of up to 433 Mbps on the 5GHz band, and up to 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. My only ask for this device would be that it not have a driver CD, but integrate the driver into the device itself. In the box: -USB Wireless Adapter -Driver CD -Quick Start Guide In summation, solid product, easy to use, I would have preferred it not to have a driver CD, but integrate the driver into the device. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 Stars)

AC WIFI Easy to Use!

By: Macphot1970 - 03/02/2017
I have been working in the IT industry for many years and it is nice to see good quality easy to use products. The AC600 is an easy to use USB WIFI adapter. It is small and streamlined so it does not get in the way when sticking out of the USB port. I found the installation to be quite easy to easy with the supplied disk. I tested this unit with a 2010 MacBook pro with only "n" wifi and I was very impressed with the speed I could get from this unit considering it is a USB wifi. Now I did find that if I removed the adapter and continued to work and I tried to put it back in I had to reboot my computer to get it to be visible on occasion. Not sure if this is a Mac thing or an adapter thing, but it did not affect the usefulness of the device. I would say one are that I found an issue was if you had a defective WIFI card and went to use this on an ultrabook with no optical drive. It would be difficult to get the software without using another computer and copying the data to a usb stick to install. The end result is a very reasonably priced USB AC Wifi adapter with good signal strength and easy installation. “I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.”
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(5 Stars)

Just what I needed!

By: Dwardo69_ - 03/07/2017
I got a new wireless modem from my service provider that had the 5 GHz band. This is great if you have 5 GHz compatible devices to connect to your wireless network for faster speeds and less interference. My laptop only had the 2.4 GHz wireless card built into it so I bought this to increase my internet speeds. The device itself is really small and does not get in the way of things when plugged in. The instructions were straight forward and the install was quick and painless with the enclosed CD. I connected to my network and was impressed with the speed and distance I can now travel around my house. Great product that did what I needed it to do. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 Stars)

Good Product - Worked Right Away

By: ABThompsons - 03/14/2017
Easiest way to add a wifi network adapter to a pc. Plugged it in, installed the drivers and it worked. Found my network immediately, entered my security key and the wifi signal strength was great. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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New Lease on Life for old laptop

By: Andrew11 - 03/17/2017
I have an old laptop that I can’t seem to bring myself to recycle, but when the wireless stopped working I thought that was the end. It would have been too expensive (and not worth it) to repair, but this little USB Adapter did the trick. I installed the Drivers from the CD, plugged it in, and in no time had my old laptop back and un-tethered to a cable! It is so small I barely notice it in the USB port, and I don’t worry about bumping it and damaging something inside the machine. This was just what I needed and I can’t believe how small it is, especially for the speed it is capable of! I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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Easy to use and works well

By: NickD_CA7 - 03/18/2017
I have been using this WiFi adaptor for a few weeks now on different Windows computers with different wireless networks and have had almost no issues. The adaptor comes itself is pretty small but comes in a box big enough for 20 of them. The box is the same size as two Xbox game cases. There is nothing in the box but the USB dongle. The dongle is slightly bigger than the one for my mouse, but small enough to leave connected to my laptop all of the time even when I put it in my bag. When I connected the dongle to any Windows computer it was detected immediately and was working in a moment without having to do anything on the computer. I was able to connect to different networks at my home and work. I tested performing wireless tasks with the dongle versus built in wireless adaptors on different notebooks. I found that the USB dongle was slightly slower than built-in wireless adapters, but not very noticeable. Signal strength was always very good and the speed data transferred was always very good as well. I did have an issue connecting to my WPA2-ENT network at work but could be due to some MAC address filtering on the RADIUS server rather than operation of the dongle itself (further troubleshooting was not performed on my part). Other WPA2-Personal networks and non-radius authenticate WPA2-ENT networks worked without any issues. So far the WiFi adaptor works well and I will continue to use it for my devices without built-in wireless adaptors. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Simple, fast installation

By: _shamca_ - 03/26/2017
I installed this USB Wi-Fi adaptor on my Dell XPS running windows 7. The form factor is exactly what you'd expect and was easy enough to handle. It could be slightly smaller to avoid snags, but isn't any larger than, say, a logitech mouse receiver. The adapter can with the installation cd. Once I inserted the adapter, Windows tried to use a default driver (which didn't work as expected), so I inserted the CD and it brought up a simple, straightforward menu. The installation was effortless, and, once complete, presented a comprehensive user interface showing more than enough statistics for diagnostics. Once I logged into my network, it worked without any further intervention on my part. I was given one of these adapters to review.
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(5 Stars)

Excellent connectivity/throughput

By: Nick0421 - 03/28/2017
I've tried this on a Chromebook, Macbooks, and various Windows machines. Great connectivity distance compared to internal wifi devices, solid throughput in noisy wifi environments, and the fact that it barely sticks out at all means I can leave it in the computer when I toss it into my bag, it doesn't hog space next to it, and there's almost nothing to 'catch' on (other cables for example). For extra sensitivity, I made it into a really 'external' device by putting it on a USB extension cable, and a little 'stickem' and put it on the dash of the car, allowing my 'carputer' to sync data with the house LAN much smoother than the built-in wifi. Had a little problem with Linux, but that was easily sorted (not the device's fault). I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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