Stumbled into a driver/software/configuration combination that’s made this adapter usable. Like many, had constant disconnect, sometimes with spontaneous reconnect few seconds later, while at other times manual reconnect would be required. Now connects in 802.11ac mode and functions as USB 3.0 device with no disconnects.
Did this on Windows 10 64-bit notebook (Lenovo Yoga 13):
- Installed D-Link connection manager utility, which likewise installs a driver.
- Disabled driver signature enforcement in order to install driver with USB 3.0 fix as made known in this forum by BLKMRKT.
- Over to device manager and advanced settings for adapter. Updated driver by choosing search for driver online. What had been identified as D-Link driver gets replaced with Realtek driver.
Despite update, USB 3.0 option under USB Switch Mode will remain. Along with selecting USB 3.0, I’ve also changed connection type to 802.11ac only and set preferred band to 5GHz first. Haven’t futzed with anything else, especially BEAM which remains disabled. Don’t want to press.
The DWA-182 seems a rather idiosyncratic piece of technology, so this may do nothing for other boxes. But if you’ve given up and haven’t yet heaved the thing out a window, give it a try.