Compaq C700 Presario note book PC (with inbuilt Wi-Fi turned off)
What does it do? What's it for?
USB dongle for PCs/Macs that don't have inbuilt Wi-Fi to connect to wireless networks.
What's in the box?
· Installation CD.
· USB extension cable with an USB desktop mount/stand (primarily needed for a desktop PC).
· USB Wi-Fi dongle with short aerial.
Turned off Wi-Fi on my notebook PC and installed dongle into a USB port. Found New Hardware wizard prompted me for the installation CD with drivers. Inserted CD and followed the prompts. Software couldn't find the driver, so not so easy after all. While I was wondering what to do next, eventually an Ezimax install wizard from the CD started and installation proceeded.
A user manual and quick guide are provided on the CD.
Scanning for Wi-Fi networks located far more than my inbuilt equipment. Located my network and added my network key and quickly connected. A wireless utility shows network strength, status and signal strength.
Even though I was connected to my network, initially there was no internet access; no e-mail or web browser. A reboot fixed that issue.
Web browsing and e-mail work normally and the signal seems robust. Taking my notebook PC outside wasn't an issue and the signal remained strong and robust.
Even though this is a good piece of kit, I didn't really need it on my notebook PC. From control panel I was able to identify the Edi Wireless LAN software and click uninstall. Windows security checked I really wanted to do this and an uninstall wizard did the rest. A reboot was required afterwards.
Fit for purpose, easy to use and seems to have better reception than inbuilt Wi-Fi LAN cards. Recommended.