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Cisco-Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter

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  • Simply plug-and-play operation to connect PCs wirelessly to networks
  • Supports USB 2.0 with up to 54 Mbps, high-speed data transfer rate with automatic fallback
  • Compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b (2.4GHz) standards
  • Supports up to 128-bit WEP and WPA encryption security
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Vista 64-bit edition
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 2 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000CRFI8A
  • Item model number: WUSB54GC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

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Amazon.com Product Description Are you tired of running wires through your house to keep your computers networked and connected to the Internet? Have you recently purchased a wireless data card only to discover that you have to open up your computer to install it? Don't worry, help has arrived. With the Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter, you won't need power drills or screwdrivers to connect to the Web anymore.

The Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter converts a USB port into a 54 Mbps Wi-Fi connection.
All you'll need is an available USB slot. You simply plug the adapter into your USB port, and immediately you'll be connected to your wireless network. It can't get much simpler than this.

By incorporating USB 2.0 and Wireless-G protocols, the Linksys WUSB54GC can immediately begin delivering data rates up to 54 Mbps (five times as fast as 802.11b) without the trouble of running wires or opening up the case of your desktop computer. To install the adapter, you simply plug it into any available USB port. (It's compatible with both USB 1.1 and 2.0 ports, but 2.0 will yield the fastest speeds.) You can plug it directly into your PC, or you can use the included USB extension cord to put the adapter anywhere you'd like, up to five feet away.

Because the adapter gets its power through the USB connection, no power cord is necessary. The included setup wizard walks you through configuring the adapter to your wireless network settings, step by step. The Linksys WUSB54GC lets you put your computer almost anywhere in the building, as long as you have a wireless signal to connect to.


Once you're connected, you can keep in touch via e-mail, access the Internet, use instant messaging to chat with friends, and share files and other resources such as printers and hard disk storage space with other computers on the network. You'll also be able to connect with any of the growing number of public hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers.

The new push-button setup feature makes it easy to configure your wireless devices. Just push the button on the access point and on your other enabled wireless device to automatically create a safe connection, protected by the industrial-strength security of Wireless Protected Access (WPA) and 128-bit encryption. This means that your data stays secure.


What's in the Box
WUSB54GC USB adapter, USB extension cable, setup wizard CD-ROM, user's guide on CD-ROM, and quick installation guide.

Product Description

The easiest way to connect your desktop or notebook to a wireless network at up to 54Mbps, without opening the case. Connect your USB-equipped desktop or notebook computer to a wireless network at incredible speeds with the Linksys Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter. By incorporating USB 2.0 and Wireless-G the Adapter delivers data rates up to 54Mbps (5 times as fast as 802.11b), without the trouble of opening up the case of your desktop computer.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great product, so easy!!!
Maureen Duffy
It was very easy to install, just placed the CD into the comuter and followed the simple instructions.
John E. Meyer
Another prime example why you should buy D-Link for your computing needs.
Deimos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Leo on January 29, 2007
First off, the good. The stick gets pretty good reception, IMO.

Next the neither here nor there: if you follow the advice of the sticker and run the install CD, it will replace the standard Windows wi-fi zeroconf with Linksys's own utility. Zeroconf is not really all that great, but it would be decent of them to ask you first. If you are used to doing things the Windows way, you'd probably prefer to keep doing so. The Monitor software is not bad, but it has its own faults. You might prefer it to Windows, but don't expect any help from your resident Windows expert if you have problems with it.

Next the truly bad: the softwarte mucks around with windows settings (e.g. the notorious GTGINA.dll/logon problem) without asking permission, informing you, or giving you a clue as to who is responsible.

It is utterly amazing this thing earned a Windows compatibility sticker given this. When you buy something with the sticker, you should at least be confident you aren't going to be sucker punched by the software installing unasked for and unwanted "improvements".

This is why this software is not just BAD, it is GRATUITOUSLY bad. It's one thing to make software that is dreadful at what you buy it for (which indeed the Linksys drivers are not), it's another to spread dreadfulness around to completely unrelated functions (which the Linksys drivers do). There is no reason at all for Linksys to do this.

YOU might not have a problem right now, but in the future you may end up with mysterious and uninformative error messages which will have you digging through the Windows registry to track down.

For this reason, I strongly recommend that non-experts avoid this device.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Rutkowski on July 22, 2006
At first glance, the WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter is a simple solution for connecting any computer to a wireless network with support for industrial-strength WiFi Protected Access security (this is abbreviated as WPA and includes the newest version "WPA-PSK2").

This is a value option that doesn't require you to open up the computer to install a network interface card. Therefore, it is conceivable to install the USB wireless adapter by following four simple steps:

Step 1. Open the package,

Step 2. Insert the included CD in your CD-ROM drive and install the driver,

Step 3. Plug the adapter into an empty USB port/socket on your computer (do NOT plug into a USB hub as you won't get enough power),

Step 4. Setup the adapter with available wireless network.

I've been using Linksys networking products for twelve to thirteen years, and I've been pleased most of the time with the functionality and simplicity of their offerings at a value price. Through the years I've gradually upgraded from my first Linksys product (a primitive, but also inexpensive, router...sharing a dial-up modem connection on a wired network with a tangle of cabling to match) to my current, fully functional, wireless/wired network that has seven Linksys products attached to it.

This WUSB54GC adapter is the first Linksys device I purchased (or replaced within warranty) that did not require a call to tech support for help to hook it up. USB devices are almost always very straightforward and user-friendly out of the box, but unfortunately I ran into a snag right away.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C on August 6, 2006
Beware! If your OS is Windows XP and your computer is configured for multiple users who use login screen of Windows XP, this device will disable user login. Linksys support will not provide assistance as they say this product was designed to purposefully prevent use of multiple user login interface built into Windows XP. Search the Internet on:

Linksys WUSB54GC Windows XP User

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cato Sapiens on June 14, 2006
Having struggled through a wide range of routers and wireless card devices, all of which were either difficult to setup, extremely difficult to configure, and unreliable (a major brand router which literally "fried" itself in the first 48 hours), this simple little Linksys device seemed almost too good to be true. Since I have both PC's and Mac's I can say that with the exception of the apple devices (airport and airport extreme) this is the only piece of wireless hardware that has actually worked for me out of the box and just as simply as the enclosed software promised. My set-up time was literally 45 seconds (mostly waiting for the device to establish communication with the router for the first time)! In a world of wireless-not-quite-ready-for-primetime products, this one works!! (I'm connected to an Apple Airport, fyi for Mac fans. Totally compatable).
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Grose on October 28, 2006
I'm an A+ certified tech who previously worked for CompUSA's corporate support staff, so I am very familiar with a wide variety of hardware. This USB device is by far the worst I have ever dealt with in terms of usefulness, connectivity, and problems. I have previously used Linksys's routers, both wired and wireless, and they are some of the best routers on the market. However, they seem to have a big problem when making wireless adapters.

I purchased the Linksys WRT54GS wireless router with SpeedBooster, and so I tried to by the same capable cards for all computers in the house (5 in total currently). I was lead to believe by the staff at a local computer store and Linksys tech support that using Linksys branded devices with this router would enhance the capabilities of the wireless network, in terms of range and coverage. I have now found that to be a complete distortion. There are two laptops in the house, one of which has a built in Intel wireless (that worked fine) but I decided to purchase a PCMCIA Linksys card because it was advised that it would enhance the range of the device. It did not. I recently purchased a second Laptop custom built by Alienware, and at the advice of a local computer store, opted to leave out the built in Intel network card, which was a huge mistake. The Alienware laptop does not have a PCMCIA slot, and only has a "Express Slot Type II" of which I can find no card from Linksys that functions as a wireless card.

The USB device WUSB54GC constantly disconnects, especially in the room that I use it, it has constant problems. It reports a USB2.0 socket as not being one, and then I plug it into another one that is USB2.
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