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Works, but not without a lot of hassle!
on May 21, 2007
I bought this along with the corresponding Linksys wireless router. Set up was easy until I tried using the PCI card. After installing, my computer would freeze every few minutes unrelentlessly. I spent a good 3-4 hours trying to solve the problem with no luck. Finally I went on the Linksys Website Forums and discovered literally 100's of complaints about this PCI card from users that were having the same problems as me. After fishing through post after post, I came up with a solution.
If you buy this card, DO NOT install the linksys software from the CD installer. Get the drivers ONLY from Linksys and use Microsoft to set up your wireless. Apparently, the Linksys Wireless Monitoring software conflicts with the operating system. I am using XP Media Center version. Once I installed the drivers only and removed al the Linksys software, my computer was again stable with no freezes. I am getting connects speed from 216-270 which, although not as fast as advertised, is credible. I'm sure a firmware upgrade is down the road eventually.
I was going to trade all the Linsys "N" hardware for something else like a "G" Mimo, but I actually got it to work. Would I recommend? Yes, if you are computer savvy enough to get this card to work. If you want strict plug and play, this card isn't going to do it. If you can get it to work, the speed is worth the price of admission.