D-Link Global introduced their newest Wi-Fi 6 USB adapter, the DWA-X1850 back in January 11th, 2021. The dongle designed to provide smoother wireless experience through reducing network latency required to carry out daily activities such as, streaming, attending online conference, and daily browsing.
During CES in January 11th, 2021 which is now officially available in the market. D-Link is the only brand that offer WIFI 6 USB adapter in the market now and it is a great way to those who wish to upgrade their wireless connection on their existing laptop and desktop.
The DWA-X1850 features the latest WPA3 encryption, along with OFDMA and MU-MIMO support. The dongle is best to be used with desktop and laptops, with a single USB 3.0/3.1/3.2 port, dedicated. The adapter is Windows 10 compatible.
The dongle comes with a standard thumb drive design, with a single LED status indicator. The adapter features an extension USB stand for the unit, which is an advantage for desktop users. The DWA-X1850 advertised as AX1800 wireless class, where the dongle able to provide speed up to 574Mbps for 2.4GHz and 1200Mbps for 5GHz band. In my scenario, I am using 100Mbps (down) and 50Mbps (up) from unifi, and thus I can’t fully put the dongle to its fullest potential, in real-time bandwidth utilization (>500Mbps).
The router used to carry out the iperf3 test is ASUS’s GT-AX11000 flashed with Asus-Merlin firmware. To my surprise, the DWA-X1850 achieved a pretty good 700Mbit/s over 5GHz band.
Pricing at RM239, the DWA-X1850 is affordable, and most probably preferred over the costly Wi-Fi 6 PCIe Adapter such as Archer TX3000E, and ASUS PCE-AX58BT. When it comes to brands, particularly for Wi-Fi 6 supported PCIe and USB adapters, brands doesn’t matter. To achieve optimum wireless performance, it is recommended to carry out networking mapping process to identify weak spots within the residence, and proceed with the proposed solutions.