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I recently moved my computer out of range of the wired connection which was a disaster because this meant that I had no internet connection whilst my computer took a little holiday across the house. I decided that buying a cheap wireless adapter for the time being would suffice; I picked this little adapter up for £9 on amazon which was a bargain. It was delivered within a few days and was in a small box which contained the adapter, a USB extension and the CD with all the software on it.
The adapter was relatively small given that my old wireless adapter was about 1/3 bigger than this and the extension meant I could easily run it from my computer to my desk, the CD has all of the software on it you need to get this adapter working. You will need to install this so beware if you don't have a CD drive, you can also download all of the drivers from the Belkin website which is something I would personally recommend because this ensures that you get the latest drivers.
Installing this device couldn't be simpler; it requires you to install the software from the CD or straight from the Belkin website. Once this was installed I went to my network connection page and started up this device, the green light sparked up on this device which indicated that it was working and good to go.
Connecting to the network was easy and can be done by anyone as it scanned the area for any wireless networks and allowed me to connect to one of them providing the security key was put in. When connected to the network I usually receive 4 out of 5 bars connection but this still provides me with at least 20Mbps connection, this is more than enough and I really have no complaints in the connection department.
I ran this adapter for several weeks to see how it would fair against the wired connection. My tests were quite surprising really, considering this is wireless and as always it isn't as fast as wired and it is subject to interference and hardware. I ran several speed tests each day and found my average download speed was around 19.48Mbps which is pretty good this compares to a wired connection where I was getting 31Mbps. Also the upload speed with this adapter was around 4Mbps as a pose to the 8Mbps that I get with wired. This test just proves that it's not as fast as wired but it's still incredibly fast for a wireless connection.
One thing you have to bear in mind when purchasing any wireless devices is interference, it seems to me like a lot of people aren't aware of the interference that wireless networks receive. Other household devices such as cordless phones, microwaves and even walls can affect the speed and range of your wireless network. There are things you can change in the router setting to help prevent interference but this is for the more advanced user and is done so at your own risk.
I used this to play battlefield 3 to see how it would cope keeping up with the network speed when gaming, what I found was that this doubled the ping that I usually receive when playing by wired connection. This was odd considering my speed tests weren't giving me half the speed, nonetheless this still worked great and the higher ping wasn't really noticeable.
Another test I wanted to do was streaming videos in 1080p on YouTube, this wasn't a great test and I found that it struggled to load them fast enough and on most of the videos to watch the whole thing without it stopping I had to lower it to 720p. Not a great test for the adapter but that was only on YouTube, I also tested Netflix and love film to see how they streamed in 1080p HD. These two websites had no problem what so ever streaming in full HD which leads me to believe it may have been a problem with YouTube as to why the videos wasn't buffering fast enough.
Overall guys I'm really happy with this product, it's a cheap little wireless adapter which does the job when I move my computer to another room. There is a slight dip in speed so I won't be using it for more bandwidth heavy operations such as gaming and downloading but it will do these things very well and I wouldn't not recommend using it for these purposes. For £12 you can't really go wrong with this little device it does widen the possibility's adding really good mobility to computers.
The Belkin Wireless Adapter is brilliant for speeding up your internet connection. I have had this now for over a year and it still processes fast internet connections without fail. If I am honest the Adapter has seemed to improve throughout time and is now a lot faster than when I first bought it.
It is a brilliant and small piece of equipment which hardly gets in the way when you are on the computer. I tend to have mine behind my monitor and out of the way but it is only 4 inches and emits a blue light.
It does not make any sound what so ever, even after constant use of the internet which is great.
A disadvantage however that I have picked up is after constant use it does become slightly hot and this does effect internet speed. I however harldy face this problem and always if it becomes to hot turn it off. This may be the reason mine has not broke. It also is a brilliant N wireless adapter which makes it the best rnge possible which I think it is 20 metres. This is good for me as my router is abotu 5 metres away from my adapter which makes connection fast.
To summarise, this product is excellent and there is not many faults with it, I would encourage anyone who is looking for a adapter to spend that little extramoney to buy this one and avoid disappointment
I bought this Belkin Wireless adapter when i first got my wireless router which was a Linksys one. First of all it must be noted that you don't need to have two of the same brands to make wirless work. So you don't need for example a Belkin Router and a Belkin Wireless adapter to get wireless. At first i used this adapter with a Linksys router and worked just as it does now with my Belkin router.
This piece of kit is as simple as it can get in my opinion, yet it's as useful as it can be! Straight out of the box all you need to do is put the CD into your PC or Laptop, install the software by following the simple on screen instructions for less than 5 minutes and your almost there. Most Netbooks (smaller laptops with no CD drive) have wireless built in but if for some reason there isnt, then you can just visit the Belkin website for the software instead of using the CD provided which is very useful as you may need to use it on a different PC/laptop and if you have misplaced as disk then all is OK! Once you've installed the software, you simply plug the USB adapter into the USB port. It then finds your wirless network and you can then connect to it and Bobs your Uncle.
You don't have to keep re-connecting to your wirless network everytime you turn on your PC/Laptop as it gives you the option to automatically connect when it's in range. This is also useful if you want to take your laptop or whatever into a different location such as your office: Which ever network is in the nearest range it will connect to it as long as you have saved the settings.
In the box, along with CD, Instruction manual and the USB adapter itself, you get a USB extension socket. This allows you to plug the extension into your USB port on your PC/ Laptop and then from that extension you can plug your USB Wirless adapter into it. This is great for me as my USB ports are on the back of my PC and therefore this extension allows me to put the adapter on the desk without having to fiddle around the back. It's also useful in finding signal as because it's on the desk rather than low in a hidden space it can send out signals much more freely.
The design on this product is nothing special. It's a basic shiny USB dongle with a flashing blue light on it telling you that it's plugged in and connected to a network.
The signal iteself is pretty solid. My router is downstairs in my living room, and i have tried using this in most places round my house: conservtory, attic room, bedrooms. The speed and signal is pretty much the same all around the house. However, i believe that this is due to the router itself more than the adapter. Both link together well and if i had a cheap router i don't think this adapter would help on the signal front as much as you would like it too.
I have two of these. One was bought early on when i first had a Linksys router, and one came in my new Belkin Router's bundle. I must say that i have noticed a difference in speed, the latter being better. But this is because of the router as the Belkin one is a 'N' wirless (Top range) whereas the Linksys one is a 'G' one and despite this adapter being an 'N' one, it will only fully use it's capabilites with a full router.
Overall, great piece of kit and extremely useful, especially as it comes with a USB extension kit. However, it shouldn't be bought to try and get better signal around the house as thiss will only be fully available with a higher range router.
I'll give it 8/10 as it does the job, but it's not exactly much different to other 'N' routers.
When we bought our home computer last year, we ideally wanted it to be wireless so we weren't restricted on where to place the desk within the house.
As our budget didn't permit us to buy a wireless PC, then our next option was a wireless adaptor. There really wasn't any choice in the matter of buying an adaptor, so the only choice we were faced with was which one.
The advisor in the store advised us that the Belkin N series carried a better signal strength than any others they had in store. We weren't experts by any means so took her advice and spent £20 on our adaptor and ended up with a Belkin N wireless adaptor that allowed speedy transfers between modem and adaptor.
in the box there was the adaptor which looks a lot like a flash memory stick, a stand to place on the desk if you don't want it to be plugged into the computer, and a cd rom installation disk.
The one thing that was pointed out quickly was that we had to install the CD before putting the drive into the computer.
Once the software was installed then it was like a plug and play with the adaptor as it automatically found our modem connection making the PC wireless and allowing us to disconnect another wire from the back of the tower.
The box promised us faster speeds of Internet connection, but I can't say I have ever found the Internet to be quicker when using this compared to using my wireless laptop for example.
What we did find was that if the adaptor was plugged into the back of the tower and we had the tower in the furthest room away from where the modem was placed then we did experience a slow down in connection. The minute we placed the PC in the same room as the modem or even into the front USB adaptor of the tower in a different room the speed picked up considerably.
The N series should provide you coverage over the whole house according to the description comparing against the N1 and G ranges of the same adaptor.
We have gotten used to the adaptor being in place now, and as long as you don't mind a USB port being used up to enable you wireless connectivity then I think this is a good purchase.
I have found when using the PC and having the adaptor in the top USB ports at the front, if it gets knocked slightly Internet connection gets lost quickly. It will take me a while to work out why and often I am tempted to restart the router when in actual fact the USB connection has just come loose from the adaptor.
The adaptor itself isn't anything special to lok at but it does have a handy blue light which glows when the adaptor is working. It doesn't have anything to do with the strength of your connection, but if you remember to look at the adaptor first in any loss of connection then this is a handy tool to look for.
You can also use the adaptor to stream music, pictures and files between your home computer using the same adaptor but this isn't a feature we have needed to try out, as we bought it purely for the wireless effect.
Overall I think the Belkin adaptor has been very useful for us, and despite not being very technical minded in all areas of computing, we have found the set up and use to be very easy even for a novice.