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Whilst I am moderately proficient at using them, I confess to not knowing much about how computers work. However, I am happy to take advice from those whose opinion I trust.
When first setting up my internet connection at the current house, I received as part of the deal from my ISP both a wireless router and this USB wireless adaptor. They each came separately boxed and first priority was given to setting up the laptop, which all went well.
Our other older computer is little used and it was only a few months later that we investigated our options for also getting on-line on this one. This was important as I was spending more time at home and was using the laptop more, whilst my wife waited her turn. She didn't like that.
I asked a computer nerd friend what I would need and he told me that a dongle thingy would do the job. Ah -I think I've got one of those, says I and showed him, whereupon he took it from me and set the whole thing up for me. Everyone needs a friend like that.
The box contains the USB dongle itself, plus the installation CD plus a holder and cable, all of which fit neatly into cardboard slots within the inner packaging. Also included is a little booklet detailing installation instructions in umpteen languages.
The box outer includes a little diagram - useful for challenged people like me - showing your network set-up and showing how with one of these little beauties, it can talk to your wireless router and get you connected! It's magic, by which I mean that I don't understand these things.
It provides wireless access for Notebook or Desktop PCs and has a High Speed USB 2.0 interface. It will give you up to 54Mbps and is 802.11b/g compatible. It supports the WPA and WA2 wireless security. It works with Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.
It suggests that you can connect at up to 100m. Although I have never tried this, I am always dubious abut these claims and it does give itself a little wriggle room by saying that "environmental factors may adversely affect range"(!) That said, it manages the 20 feet or so it has to travel between our two set-ups and I have never had any connection issues.
I have always had trouble-free operation and the little sit-in cradle is very handy to have if you have signal issues as it gives you some flexibility to position the unit where it will receive the best signal.
The unit is made in China and didn't cost me anything as it came with the free router. It is available from a number of outlets at less than £20.00.
I can't fault it, so I feel obliged to give it 5 dooyoo stars
Significance of The Headline?...... Well, having once been a schoolboy back in the days of short pants when the world only came in black and white, I remember snigggering at this rhyme....
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The mistake I made at the time was reciting this to my Dad who gave me a thick ear for being rude. I guess I deserved it.
This little thing is sold at about £27.97 on Amazon at the time of writing, I was lucky enough to get it off-line for a bit less since it was on a special offer.
I bought it a good 6 months ago when I obviously needed to buy something to connect my PC to the router in the next room (which I was also buying on the same day - you will be able to read about the router in one of the next reviews) - other computers in the household are well laptops so it was only logical to buy wireless router. I first planned to buy LAN cable - it would have to be 20+ meters and would not look good being plastered on the walls. I saw this beauty and decided a few extra pounds will be for the greater aesthetic good of the rooms.
It's packed in a box that at a first glance is way to big for a device so small, but it does come with all the manuals, CDs with drivers a cradle for the adapter (really handy thing, I will go about it a bit later).
Box has all the information a regular (and advanced) user would like to know about a computer accessory they are buying;
The operating systems it works with (Mac OS X, Linux and Windows), system requirements, illustrations on how to plug in the device, it's maximum speed. In short a very user friendly box.
I was persuaded to buy it. I wanted to test and use it as quickly as possible, so as soon as router was operational I I wanted to make my wireless USB adapter operational.
The main part is a bit bigger and wider than your regular USB key so this is a big plus. It also comes with a cap so you can carry it around protected - I imagine this is useful for those rare laptops that do not have wireless connection and if there are still people around that carry around their PCs to their friends places to play multi player games (or something). You can plug this directly in your USB port or you can use the included cradle so you can have the adapter on lets say sour table and connected by cable to your USB port (the cradle is really nice looking) - you can use this if you have less free space around your USB port (if the main adapter would for example not fit because of its size) or to get a better signal.
Installation of the driver is not complicated - you plug in the device and run the CD and it should work. I did have a minor inconvenience with this - it did not work the first time but I suspect I did not push the device to the port to the end because after readjusting it and reinstalling it it worked properly right away.
The device has a good signal and a good speed of up to 54Mbps at the best signal. If the signal is extremely low that means a speed of 8Mbps which is still great. I have the highest signal 99.9% of the time and it is being 'blocked' by two doors and at a fair distance so no complains about that. It is supposed to work on a radius of 100 meters from router but I did not test this.
Until now I did not have any issues with the device it works perfectly even though it has fallen from the table due to my clumsiness several times.
I think this is really a valuable device that is worth it's money.