I bought the Belkin N1 Wireless USB Adapter about 6 months ago after finally getting tired of the prehistoric wireless USB adapter I had.
Instantly I saw a difference, simple thing really like my internet connection in my room would find the router (2 rooms away) and hold the connection without losing it for no reason what so ever.
I opted for the N1 range as it according to the box it is the best one they sell.
It's simple to install, just plug it in and if you have an up-to-date computer then the drivers will be found automatically, but if for some reason they are not then there is an install CD that comes with the product. Make sure you remember your network key/password for your internet if it's protected because you will have to set it again.
Once installed you can opt to have either the windows wireless manager still being the main software or the Belkin software. I personally use the Belkin software because it's easier to use and the interface is more user friendly. The install wizard will take you through it all so there are no menus and sub menus to find to change the settings.
"I want to use your study as a studio", she said.
And so started the Great Relocation (of sundry bits, bobs and paraphernalia which may not have seen the light of day in years!) from the study, aka "the room where the phone line lived" at one end of the house, to a purpose-built room at the rear, and at the opposite end, of the house.
Now my trusty Zoom ADSL modem and USR wireless switch/router combo only just managed on a good day to push t'Interweb from the study (as was, or studio-to-be) through at least 4 walls to the new location - so relocating the family workhorse wired desktop Dell PC into the realm of the fully wireless was going to be a challenge.
Step one was to minimise the amount of real-estate taken up by the ADSL feed into the house - from 2 bits of kit, amidst a tangle of cables on a desk in the study, down to one bit of kit hanging on the wall in the soon-to-be-studio... achieved admirably with the procurement of a new wireless modem router (of which more in my review elsewhere).
Step two was to sponge a PCI-based wireless card for the PC off eBay as cost-effectively as possible, based on the experience gained hooking the kids' PC in the hallway upstairs up to the USR using a Linksys WMP54GS (also recounted elsewhere).
Sadly, whilst the WMP54GS upstairs, two walls and a floor away from the ADSL entry-point in the studio, worked brilliantly with its shiny new wall-mounted adoptive wireless modem router downstairs, my second-hand WMP54G off eBay refused to hold on to the signal well enough when the Dell was on the desk, and failed completely when it was positioned in its intended final location under the desk in the new "study".
Cue the Belkin N1 Wireless USB adapter, or F5D8051uk, PCN 7-22868-60657-5. Peeling the shrink-wrap off the box revealed the typical Belkin silver "open here" arrow on the carton inside the sleeve, and a very easily-read 1-sheet "how to get you going" instruction leaflet.
"First Insert the CD into the PC", and follow the prompts... A couple of Next's and the setup program told me to plug the USB cable on the cradle into the PC, then to plug the rather large (!) USB dongle into the cradle. All eventually was plugged into a port on my 4-port USB2.0 card (also procured off eBay), itself currently occupying one of the PCI slots at the rear of the PC.
Pretty much straight-off, the Belkin client software popped-up and prompted for the SSID I use, then it detected and latched onto the wall-mounted wireless modem router hanging on the wall back in the "studio" as easily as you please. The Dell PC was returned to its space on the floor, under the desk, and the USB adapter was positioned on the edge of the bookshelf housing our eye-level inkjet printer (all mod-cons here y'see!).
So here I sit, in my study-cum-office, typing away on the PC that used to live in the study/studio, with hardly a wire in sight... whilst herself rearranges the furniture in her new studio. Thanks, Belkin - a real treat!
Based on the 802.11n draft, N1 Wireless enables multiple receivers and transmitters to send and receive data through the air, using Intelligent MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) spatial multiplexing techniques. This smart-antenna technology builds upon the widely deployed 802.11g standard by increasing speed, coverage, and reliability of wireless systems. Providing greater range and faster speeds, N1 Wireless offers a quick and efficient way for people to distribute video, music, photos, and files among the networked computers in their homes.
The Belkin N1 Wireless USB Adapter connects your notebook or desktop computer to your wireless network. With a Belkin N1 Wireless Router as the central connection point of your network, your computers can share your broadband Internet account. Powerful N1 networking lets you exchange documents, share resources, and distribute large video and music files on your network, at a link rate of up to 300Mbps.