Having read a lot of forums and reviews I purchased an RT-N56U and a USB-N53. I was really after increase in wireless as my older router was not that great and the laptop on the second floor was wireless G maximum. I am on a 100 mb fibre service, so tested that out, seemed OK, so I came upstairs to setup the wireless USB side on the laptop. What a pain, constant dropouts after what seemed to be a random peice of luck for the utility to let me connect on a Win 7 laptop. Random yellow exclamation marks were coming and going. Firstly what is the point of 5 GHz unless you are 5ft from the router, a total waste and bizarrely it shows less bars that 2.4 when I'm in the same room as the router and a slower speed. Anyhow I had read a post that said the QOS with the latest stock firmware helped with, so I switched it on and left it in auto and my use nets speeds did max out at 103mb. So I stopped that and played with the wireless again, terrible really, and It looks like I get worse reception with this dongle than the laptop had previously. My wife likes to watch BBC IPlayer, so it was quite embarrising to have spouted how good all this stuff was then find out its terrible. I put on the Padavan firmware the other night, but don't see any benefit from that either. Having read some recent threads with people rolling back to 1.xxxxxx firmware, I may try that next. I am on Channel one as the router picked it, and looking at Ssids around me its the best choice. How can there be so much variance between everyone, WiFi is WiFi to me, so this router is supposed to be so good, I feel really letdown by the hype that's just not here for me.