Linksys by Cisco WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter
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- Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) connectivity for your desktop PC
- Incredible data rates up to 54Mbps in the 2.4GHz radio band
- Also interoperates with Wireless-B (802.11b) networks at 11Mbps
- Put your PC wherever you want, with no cabling hassle
- Up to 128-bit WEP encryption, 32-bit PCI Interface
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The Linksys Wireless-G PCI Card installs in most desktops and lets you put your computer almost anywhere in the building, without the cost and hassle of running network cables. Now you don't have to drill holes in your walls and climb through the attic or cellar to get connected to the network. Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your e-mail, access the Internet, use instant messaging to chat with friends, and share files and other resources such as printers and network storage with other comp
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Installation was a breeze. Installed the software, following the simple instructions. Installed the card and after making a few small configuration adjustments, was up and running. Set up wireless security, using 128-bit WEP encryption with no detectable decrease in performance. I've also reduced power output to 50% and there's still plenty of signal. I haven't experienced the drop-outs that one other reviewer mentioned.
The instructions that come with the gateway and card are brief and basic but are easy to follow. There's also plenty of excellent and thorough information available on the Linksys web site and you really need to download this to get the best from your system.
Overall, an excellent card that's a breeze to install and configure, and works straight out of the box. Just follow the instructions and you'll have no problems. Highly recommended.
Powerful and really easy to setup on my broadband connected XP desktop. Chatted to my laptops loaded with Linksys Wireless PCMCIA cards no problem whatsoever. All machines now share internet access, folders and a single printer across an ad-hoc network.
The Linksys website is excellent - it even advised me on what I needed to buy before taking the plunge (which saved me cc. £60 on an Access Point - contrary to advice I'd received from a so-called comms expert).
Linksys are a division of Cisco. This kit isn't the cheapest wireless solution, but is easily the most reliable and I've found it frustration free (a big plus considering wireless home networking is still relatively new).
A PCI adapter solves that problem in one go and is therefore the most economic solution for older PC:s.
The disadvantage of a PCI adapter, however, has always been the fixed and unfavourable antenna position behind the PC chassis and in among all the cables. This is the reason why USB-connected adapters normally give a much better range.
In the Linksys PCI adapter, however, they have incorporated a much longer antenna, bringing the sensitive dipole up above a normal chassis. The result is superior range even compared to older USB adapters.
I'm therefore very much satisfied with this card.
But the good news, It worked flawlessly (even while the USB WIFI adaptor on other PC was disconnecting on rare occasions). I played online games, and it was so fast and reliable. I got average pings of 20 so long as nothing was being downloaded (reliablility and pings are also (more so) dependent on the ISP, not just the hardware, but I thought I'll mention it. The ISP then was Plusnet (excellent latency), and now we have Sky Broadband and their ping sucks.
Then the Linksys router broke, and we got a new ISP/connection (Sky) and got a free netgear router with it. Then the problems started. The connection was unreliable (kept disconnecting too often). Because the PCI adaptor had worked fine before, I thought it was the new ISP (and a lot of the times it is Sky (not recommended)) or the new Router. But then using a cable made me realise it was the PCI card (and its software I believe). And I am sure that it is partly the software that caused the instability issues. As I belive it caused compatibility problems with the netgear software/hardware.
It actually actually caused (especially when uninstalling it) major problems for my PC (had to use the restore point twice). If you do uninstall it, do it through Safe Mode (press F8 - or appropriate key - while PC boots).Read more ›
Now I have the router box to go with it, so I set that up too.
Then with baited breath and crossed fingers I pushed the adaptor card into my laptop, and with only a murmur (it said "detecting proxy settings message on my browser") I was connecting to the internet. All at what feels like normal (fast) speed too.
Laptops were meant to be liberated from fixed cabling, so this is really the best thing since sliced bread.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
done the job but had to buy bigger aerials for it as the orignal aerial wasto small and didnt provide good rangePublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Be careful when buying this card! On the positive side it worked very well with my old 32-bit PC (especially if you use a linksys router as well). Read morePublished on 9 May 2010 by deanzt
it didn't really work for us as the pc it is in still doesn't have internet accessPublished on 25 Feb. 2010 by D. Herel
Ordered the product, installed it, and it works just fine. No problems what so ever...and that's a first for my computer and i ! Read morePublished on 25 May 2009 by David Raby
First off, if you're getting this for a Windows Vista pc then you will need to download Vista drivers from Linksys's website; the included drivers are for Windows XP and do not... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2009 by Ade
I purchased one of these, along with a LINKSYS router.
It was easy to set up in the PC, but a bit of a fiddle to get going.
Reception was all over the place. Read more
Absolutely the most seemless installation process(Windows XP 2004). USER FRIENDLY. The WIFI card comes with a large antenna. Its also got seperate Windows Vista process. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2008 by N. Hussain