I brought this for my newly built system, I didn't really look around to find the best wireless adapter, and really do regret that. I brought this from our local computer shop, where my brother works, so he got me discount on it. Wasn't badly priced, but I can't remember what it was. So, I installed the software and drivers, easy enough. After that the problems kick in. Well, the main problem with this is the signal range. Basicly, it is completely useless unless you are right near to the router. So firstly, if you aren't in the same room as the router, just don't bother with this. Edimax seem to find it funny to provide their customers with useless products, with useless signal ranges. We had to buy a new router recently as well, as our old reliable Netgear one got killed in a thunderstorm. That router was totaly useless as well. After deciding that this was the most useless thing going, I took it back, and replaced it with a 'HiGain' one. Now, my laptop, an Acer Aspire 5512WLMi, the build in wireless card is better than what this was! Then it died, so I had to take that one back as well... So, if you're ever wanting to buy any sort of Networking product, if you see anything to do with Edimax, walk away, and go with a decent brand. Edimax are juse plain useless.
My household has just recently gone wireless with the help of a wireless box we were given by Orange after they found out we where considering change internet provider. Unfortunately my PC is not wireless enabled so had to buy a wireless receiver so that my machine could pick up a signal in order for me to surf the web. I didn't have much choice in the receiver for my computer as my dad just went and bought one for me over the internet and he chose one from a company called Edimax. I have never heard of this company so wasn't quite sure how well it would work but I have to say that I have experienced no problems with it at all so far and I have had it for about 2 months now. I have had a look on the internet and it can be found on Dabs.com for about £12 which I think is pretty good value compared with similar products. The product comes with a quick installation guide booklet, the USB adapter and a Installation CD which contains a more in-depth installation guide as well as a troubleshooting guide to help you out with any problems you may experience. The Installation of the product is really easy. Just put in the CD and follow the instructions in the booklet. The booklet also contains screen images for each stage if installation and tells you exactly what boxes to click and press and in total the process takes less than 5 minutes. You then plug in the adapter which is silver in colour and is the size of most memory sticks you but for your computers. The program that installs from the CD will then search for any wireless internet connections in the area. Its important you know which one is yours so you can connect to the correct connection. My connection is secured with a WEP code which helps to make it a more secure connection. My signal was picked up straight away by the receiver which has a green light that flashes when a signal is being received and used. The program also means that it will look for the signal every time your computer is started up so you won't need to search for a signal every time you login. In conclusion I have to say that I have been really impressed with this product. Its small compact adapter is a definite bonus as it can be plugged into your USB ports without taking up to much room. The installation process is extremely easy and very quick with you being online within about 10 minutes of putting the CD in the drive. I would definitely recommend this product who is wanting to get there computer hooked up to a wireless connection.
Edimax Technology is dedicated to the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative networking products. Years of efforts to better connect people to the networking world have enabled Edimax Technology to be among Taiwan's leading manufactures of network communication products.
Complies with the IEEE-802.11g / b wireless standard;
High-Speed Wireless data rate up to 54Mbps;
64/128/256-bit WEP, WPA Data Encryption function;
Portable mini size design.