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Neat & Easy
, 3 May 2011
This review is from: NETGEAR WNCE2001-100UKS N300 Universal Wi-Fi Internet Adapter (Electronics)
A great little gadget for turning any wired ethernet port into a wireless one.
Setup is easy and accomplished in one of two ways: either by plugging it into a laptop/desktop and accessing the interface through your web browser or by attaching it to your desired device and pressing the little button on the adaper and on your router (assuming it has one - mine didn't and I used the laptop method).
The setup via the laptop was easy and mostly automatic -it even told me that a neighbour was using the same wireless channel as me (which I didn't know) - and as a result I changed the channel and got better speeds!
I have used this device to connect two products to my router: A SONY Bravia TV and also a HUMAX Foxsat Freeview+ box. Both the TV's USB port and that of the satellite box are capable of powering the device (and there's a power adapter in the box that will do the job if you don't have a handy USB port). Both devices worked flawlessly and I can stream full 1080p video from my PC upstairs to the TV through the N-band connection and connect to things like BBC iPLayer that features on both devices.
At the moment, the TV, the Satellite box and the Network adapter are all plugged into a cheap 10/100 switch. This works perfectly and allows all the devices to connect through the adapter - with room for a couple more devices via the spare ports.
It comes with a power adapter, a USB cable, an ethernet cable (1m) and two little velcro strips for attaching the device to a surface.
My only concern when testing it was that it seemed to become quite hot when placed horizontally. The heat disappeared almost entirely when the device was positioned vertically (as in the picture). It seemed strange since it has little feet on the bottom, but the ventillation holes seem to work best when it is stood on its tip. This is certainly where the velcro strips come in handy.
I use it all the time and have no complaints. Certainly cheaper than SONY's (apparently poorly functioning) wirless dongle and as with my set-up - using a switch will get you multiple devices connected which a dongle just won't do.
Highly recommended. :)
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