D-Link Xtreme N Networking - DWA-652 Notebook Adapter

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D-Link Xtreme N Networking
DWA-652 Notebook Adapter
DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router
DIR-655 Setup and Configuration
Status, Tools and Performance

DWA-652 Notebook Adapter:

A few of today's latest notebook computers come with Wireless N installed, but for most people with a laptop over 6 months old, Wireless N will have to be added through the addition of a PCMCIA or ExpressCard adapter.  D-Link fired off their standard PCMCIA adapter that also supports speeds of up to 300Mbit.  The package of the DWA-652 and the DWA-552 are nearly identical as you can see below.

 DWA-652 - Front Of Box
DWA-652 - Front Of Box
DWA-652 - Back Of Box
DWA-652 - Back Of Box


The DWA-652 package contents were standard and there were no antennae to screw on as everything is built inside the card.  Opening the box yielded the actual hardware, a quick install guide and the driver CD - like the desktop equivalent.

 DWA-652 - Bundle
DWA-652 - Bundle


Before we jump into the next device, let's take a quick look at the specifications according to D-Link.

IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11b
32-bit Cardbus
Wireless Frequency Range
2.4GHz to 2.4835GHz
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP™)
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA™, WPA2™)
FCC Class B
Item (WxDxH): 2.1” x 4.7” x 0.3”
Packaging (WxDxH): 6.8” x 9.5” x 1.4”
Item: 0.1 lbs
Packaging:0.5 lbs
1 Year Limited*
Recommended System Requirements
For Optimal Wireless Performance:
Use with Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655)
Minimum System Requirements
Computer with:
Windows® XP SP2 or Windows 2000 SP4**
CD-ROM Drive
20MB Hard Disk Space
32-bit Cardbus Slot
For Internet Access:
Cable or DSL Modem
Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Package Contents
Xtreme N™ Notebook Adapter
Quick Installation Guide
CD-ROM*** with:
Installation Wizard
Product Documentation




 DWA-652 - Top Side
DWA-652 - Top Side
DWA-652 - Backside
DWA-652 - Backside


On the next page we'll take a look at the router that hooks all this snazzy gear together in the air.