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When purchasing a wireless Linksys gateway for my home, we realised we had to fork out for three of these adaptors for the laptops, as Im sure has just happened by you.
Please don't let prices fool you, as this is an excellent value package which shows for the amount you need to pay.
Installation was the simplest of the simplest on Windows XP; (I have only tried it on XP. Most people have this anyway). I am by no means saying that just anyone can set up one of these wireless networks, but to the novice laptop owner these cards are extremely easy to setup. Basically, you click yes about five times and its done!!!
The card has been working brilliantly since I purchased it a few months ago and hasn't given me a problem to date. The speeds are the same as when I plug my laptop into the gateway so there isn't any speed deduction.
The only downside, although not so much a problem, is the lack of extra features in the software. You do simply get the bare minimum, however, this is usually enough for anyone at home.
Having got a Linksys WRT54G gateway I decided to get a WLAN adapter for my Windows Me notebook. Installation was simple, just install the software from the CD then configure the setup using the supplied utility to match the settings on the gateway. On Windows Me the unit installed and performed faultlessly so I decided to try it on my work notebook which runs Windows 2000 professional. Here the story was very different, the software wouldn't even install giving a cryptic error about a missing file. Downloading the latest drivers from the Linksys UK site resulted in the same problem and there was no information on the web-site which gave any clue as to what file or data was missing. I've emailed Linksys tech support but have not yet had a reply. If they succesfully resolve the problem I'll re-post this review, if not I will probably have to change unit for a different brand that hopefully has a more forgiving installer or at least explains what the problem actually is
Wireless-G is the upcoming 54Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country - but since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11Mbps Wireless-B equipment.
The new Wireless-G Notebook Adapter from Linksys has both standards built in, so you can connect your notebook to existing 802.11b infrastructure, and also the new screaming fast Wireless-G networks. The included Setup Wizard will walk you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step. Then just slide it into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy network access with your notebook computer, while retaining true mobility.
Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your e-mail, access the Internet, and share files and other resources such as printers and network storage with other computers on the network, wherever you wander. At home, you can surf the web or use instant messaging to chat with friends while sitting out on the patio.
You'll also be able to connect with any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed Wireless-G standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.
Get connected to current-standard 802.11b networks today, and be prepared for the future with the Wireless-G Notebook Adapter from Linksys.