Top positive review
I like the card, just a couple of small caveats noticed so far.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 8, 2019
Before I start giving the numbers I recorded when testing out the card's functionality, I should say I do like the card's performance. The last wireless enabling device I had with my computer couldn't get a full signal from our Spectrum provided combination modem/router (Arris model TG1672G) if I wanted to connect to the 5 GHz access point it provided. With this Ubit card, I get full signal for both the 5 and 2.4 GHz access points (let it be known the signal has two walls in the way.) There was an issue with the driver disc and the results of the speed tests were a little weird, but I will cover that later. I should also note there was no significant difference in upload speed between any average speeds.
First, I did ten speed tests with my ethernet connection to create a comparative baseline. For the speed tests, I used www.fast.com, which is powered by Netflix. The current Spectrum internet subscription we have allows for 200 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds per advertisement. These speeds can fluctuate, and in my case I get much faster than 200 Mbps download speeds by ethernet. After 10 speedtests, the average download speed was 230 Mbps, and average upload speed was 10.27 Mbps.
Next, I shut down the computer and installed the card. The gloves being worn in the photos are anti-static gloves to prevent any risk of ESD. The only installation issue I faced was that the included driver disc would not properly execute the WiFi_21.0.0_Driver 64_Win10 file. I had to download the WiFi drivers from Intel's website. The file containing the bluetooth drivers did execute properly from the disc, but I have no bluetooth devices to connect to my computer, so I could not test its functionality.
After the drivers, I first tested the 2.4 GHz network band. The internet speeds suffered greatly, which I do contribute to the walls being in the way (hopefully someone can confirm this with a wall-less review.) The highest download speed result was 21 Mbps download speed, and the lowest was 11 Mbps with an average download speed of 15.8 Mbps after considering all ten speed tests. The average upload speed was 10.07 Mbps.
Lastly, there is the 5 GHz network band tests. The highest download speed result was 110 Mbps, and the lowest was 57 Mbps. The card saw an average download speed of 92.2 Mbps, and an average upload speed of 9.9 Mbps. There were two instances where it dipped to the high 50 Mbps range, one instance of 82 Mbps, one instance of 94 Mbps, and the rest of the tests were either at 100 or 110 Mbps. As there were three devices (including the card) connected to the modem/router during these tests, the download speed fluctuation seen here is easily explained. As for the upload speed average, it was 9.9 Mbps.
All in all, I have wanted a wireless card for a while for the sake of futureproofing my computer and expanding the devices that can be connected to it. Looking at the 5 GHz network band results, a good choice was made in that regard.