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I bought this wireless card for my new build for around £10 off Amazon. I had gone with a PCI card over a USB card for a few reasons. The first was that I had heard that they were faster, due to them being plugged directly into the motherboard instead of having to go through USB ports and then the motherboard. I also felt it would be neater to have it on the PCI and would free up a USB port. The first thing I did was install it, which was easy enough provided you know the very basics of what to do when you open up a PC, such as make sure you are grounded. Once it was in I installed the drivers which was easy to do with the included disk and away I went. My first criticism would be that the wire attached to the antanea was far to small meaning it was barely big enough to allow it to sit on top of my PC to get a better signal. Which brings me onto my next point, signal. I'm going to be brutal, the signal was appauling, my laptops with built in wireless card would get consistent full bars, whereas this would change between 1 and 3 constantly. There are also around 3 WiFi networks around my house that my laptops would find no problem at all but this wouldn't find them leading me to believe there was something wrong. After a month of slow and inconsistent download speed and long page loading times I just opted for an ethernet cable which was much faster indeed.
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Works with both IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g products;
High-speed transfer data rate - up to 54Mbps;
High throughput supports multi-media data bandwidth requirement;
Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA (TKIP with IEEE 802.1x) and AES functions for high level of security;
Detachable antenna with long length cable provides convenience to locate the antenna;
Automatic fallback increases data security and reliability;
Supports the most popular operating system: Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP;
Supports 32-bit PCI interface.