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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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BrandLinksys
Item Weight299 g
Product Dimensions23.4 x 15.8 x 4.6 cm
Item model numberWMP54G-UK
  
Additional Information
ASINB00008DOYL
Best Sellers Rank 125,268 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight281 g
Date First Available1 Jan. 2002
  
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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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I'm using this card to communicate with a another desktop PC (Win 2000 on both desktops) and a laptop (Win 98 - also connecting to the office network via a VPN) in another room via a Linksys WAG54G wireless gateway/router/modem. The other desktop and the laptop are wired. The wireless machine is only about 5 metres from the gateway so only transmitting over a short distance.
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.
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This is an excellent little card from Linksys.
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).
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When upgrading from an older 11b to 11g network one should be aware that the PC:s can no longer use USB-connected adapters, unless they also have a USB2 card, since USB1 is limited to 11Mbs.
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.
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I bought this along with a Linksys Router. It went through one wall and was about 2 metres away, so not that testing (needless to say the signal was 'excellent' status always). It's important to install the drivers first, otherwise you will get problems. This is annoying because if after a reformat (of hardrive), you have to open up your PC, remove the card and then load the drivers and then reinstall the card (could try disabling device in Device Manager, but that didn't work for me).

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).
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Well chuffed. After moving to a new house the last thing i felt like doing was running a phone extension line, at 20 meteres quality was rubbish, so i went for this little beauty and have so far had no problems. Signal is excellent from upstairs and feels like im browsing over ethernet. Used xp's own wireless info to set up and it works a treat, am connecting at present to a netgear router and they seem to like each other. If only it had WPA i would be well happy.Highly recommened and good value.
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I received the adaptor a couple of days ago and followed the easy set up instructions using the supplied CD.
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.
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