ok update, using this wireless adapter i can get about a block range with a parabolic dish hooked up to it and half without the dish.
signal status as of now is.
half block range.
link speed 48.0 Mbps 24.0 Mbps
throughput 0.000 kbps 44.125 kbps
link quality 79 % signal strength is -77 dbm
have gotten really good download speeds 20min to download a full movie.
the adapter is also 100% compatable with linux backtrack 5 r3.
it works 100% and is totaly worth the 10 dollar price.