Wireless N PCle Desktop Adapter


  • Product Status: Phased Out
The D-Link Wireless N PCle Desktop Adapter (DWA-556) connects your desktop computer to a high-speed Wireless N300 network so you can enjoy steady streaming media and online gaming from greater distances across your home or office. Ideal for larger homes and offices, the Wireless N PCle Desktop Adapter boasts three external antennas to provide superior Wi-Fi reception for unrivaled wireless performance.

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  • Ultimate performance - stream HD video, music, share files and go online wirelessly
  • Stay connected - from virtually anywhere in your large home or garden
  • Maximum security - WPA/WPA2 and WEP data encryption to prevent outside intrusion to your network

Ultimate Performance with PCIe interface

The DWA-556 Wireless N PCI Express Adapter is a draft 802.11n client device for desktop PCs with a PCI Express (PCIe) slot available. It is faster than 802.11g wireless adapters with the added benefit of PCI Express technology.

PCIe technology offers several advantages over the common PCI interface, such as a higher speeds between the adapter's board and the host computer and in addition has lower power requirements.

Get Connected, Stay Connected

With three antennae, to make the most of Wireless N technology, this adapter provides wireless coverage that is up to 5 times further than 802.11g and raw data throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Wireless performance will be maximized by connecting this adapter to a Wireless N router or Access Point so users can stay connected from virtually anywhere in their home. It can also be used with 802.11g and 802.11b wireless networks to enable significantly improved reception.

This adapter supports WPA/WPA2 security and WEP data encryption to help prevent outside intrusion and protect personal information.

Easy To Setup, Easy To Use

A Quick Setup Wizard guides users step-by-step in their own language through the installation process, allowing them to configure this Adapter without having to call a networking expert for help.

A Wireless Manager is included with this product to keep track of all of the most frequently accessed networks.

With unrivalled wireless performance, reception and security, this adapter is the best choice for easily adding or upgrading wireless connectivity to a PCI Express-enabled desktop computer.

1 Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11g and draft 802.11n specifications. 802.11n speeds obtainable when operating with Wireless N products. Actual data throughput may vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors may adversely affect wireless signal range.

Wireless N products are based on draft IEEE 802.11n specifications and are not guaranteed to be forward compatible with future versions of the IEEE 802.11n specifications. Compatibility with draft 802.11n devices from other manufacturers is not guaranteed. All references to speed are for comparison purposes only. Product specifications, size and shape are subject to change without notice and actual product appearance may differ from that depicted herein.

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Technical Specifications

  • 802.11n wireless LAN specification (draft 2.0), backward compatible with 802.11b/g devices
  • 2.4GHz frequency band
  • x1 PCI Express (PCIe) interface, fits any standard PCIe slot - x1, x4, x8 or x16.
  • Up to 300 Mbps raw data transfer rate
  • Strong WPA/WPA2 data encryption security
  • Supports Windows VISTA/2000/XP Operating Systems
  • 3x3 antenna design
  • D-Link Wireless Manager for easy access to frequently accessed networks
  • Plug and play installation in local language
  • Includes both standard and low profile brackets
  • 2-year warranty


  • Can the DWA-556 be fitted into a PC that has only PCI slots? Read Answer
  • Can I install the DWA-556 on a computer with mini PCI / low profile slots? Read Answer
  • What happens when I connect a Wireless B B G or Super G device to my Draft N network? Read Answer
  • I am unable to ping other computers on my network which I know are working. What can I check to resolve this problem? Read Answer
This product was phased out on: 07/03/2018
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Datasheet (English) - PDF 1.33mb Download
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Manual (English) Manual (English) - PDF 8.86mb Download
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Quick Installation Guide (Multilingual) - PDF 1.71mb Download
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DEU_Drivers_2_20b02_RevA Windows Drivers 03/10/2014 Download
DEU_Drivers_v2_11b03_RevA Windows Drivers 26/07/2012 Download
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CE declaration

20/05/2014 Download