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on September 6, 2010
Never before have I enjoyed such a robust signal. Nothing stops it, I have fast and flawless wireless connection 100% of the time. If you're getting a poor signal for any reason I highly recommend this set.
My router is placed very unfortunately rather far away and right next to the fridge which blocks my signal, and it gets bumped around frequently throughout the day. The roommates are a pain and I can't convice them to move it so I'd been having trouble getting a good signal for a long time, tried a lot of messing around with antennae placement and different channels etc... Nothing worked. The signal was so shaky my connection would go in and out, it was impossible to use.
Since installing this thing my connection strength has never dropped below 90% even when the guys upstairs are throwing the router around or burying it behind pots and pans, it's in the kitchen, I couldn't be happier. The antenna has a decent lenght of wire so you can put it where you want it, and the stout three collumn structure allows it to sit confidantly on uneven surfaces, or near other stuff without getting in the way or falling over.
I did read beforehand about the software that comes with it. I didn't actually try using the software; I went straight to following everyone's advice and installing just the drivers so that windows will configure my network. This is a simple enough process and it's something people might do with any card just as a personal preference anyways so I don't consider it to be a fault worth worrying about.
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on February 24, 2009
I was a bit worried about ordering this item. I have a wireless network setup so that my mother who lives with us up on the 3rd floor can get internet access with her system.
Until recently, I had her using a LinkSys USB based wireless adapter and it was a real problem. The signal would come and go, and sometimes the computer would just outright fail to know it was connected at all.
So I purchased this PCI based N adapter. What a difference! 6 weeks of constant use (6-8 hours day) and not once has it lost the signal and the signal strength is max at all times. Her internet surfing speed (via wireless connection) is as fast as mine is and I am connected via wire to the router!
In the interest of full disclosure, I make the following notes: 1) This Linksys PCI wireless N adapter is connecting to my Linksys N router, model WRT300N. 2) Having done a little research, I decided NOT to install any of the drivers that came with the adapter. Instead, I let Vista SP1 handle it and it did it in under 10 seconds without me having to do anything. As a result of doing it that way, installing the adapter did not cause any change in system performance.
So if you've been having signal problems, dropping, etc., using a USB based adapter, then I strongly recommend you get this PCI unit, as it solved ALL my problems!
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on May 7, 2008
I've had 2 of these cards over six months and just installed my 3rd hooking my plasma TV to it's own PC now. I run Windows XP sp2 on all my PCs currently. I've never had a single problem with any of these. I upgraded my router from G to N.. then over time have replaced ever of my remote PC cards with these N cards. I take the PC down, install the this card, boot Windows asks for the drivers, I point Windows to the CD. I start the Windows connection wizard, enter my security code.. and I'm up.. fast and stay connected. I have never lost connection on any PC ever. Through put is excellent, play many online games without issue, where it was very 'iffy' at best using a G card.

When reading these other reviews... keep in mind many of these people really have no idea what they are doing. The reason i said this product was near perfect (and not perfect) is that you probably get into trouble following the directions (things people that don't know what they are doing do).. Don't fall into that trap. Install the card, bring up the system. When Windows ask for drivers, insert CD and tell Windows to use the CD. You are done. You have to configure your wireless network of course, but that part you need to know or learn when you setup your router.
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on February 3, 2009
After moving to a new apt where the landlord would be unhappy if I drilled holes for ethernet cables, I decided to upgrade my router from a Linksys WRT55AG. It had been rock solid reliable for years. I bought the new N router WRT600N. Works great. So I bought a PCI wireless adapter for my Vista-32 desktop, and all I got was BSOD stop erros. Never had a problem with my desktop before (Gigabyte mobo). Tech support was easy to contact, but entirely useless.

I managed to find some drivers for my Ver.2 (Euro, ch1-14) WMP300N from the UK web site. They were 2006 but seemd to work. No more BSOD, but then Windows Update snagged the latest 2007 drivers for me, now my PC freezes every hour or two (hard restart). Very difficult to rollback drivers, thanks to sloppy uninstall code. As far as I am concerned, the WMP300N is quite dodgey and should be avoided. This model should be discontinued. I can't believe MS would let them call it "Vista compatable".

I might give the USB600N a go, but this has damaged my opinion of Linksys severely. Any one want to buy a WMP300Nv2 cheap?
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on November 11, 2009
Every time we find number of used item consist of same model we better watch out that product doesn't worth your shipping cost and time.
I purchased one of open box/refurbeshed/used PCI wireless card here on amazon, I never found it working properly, it disconnects me every 5-10 minutes while my USB wireless adapter on different PC never had any issue, I contacted amazon to return this product right away..amazon refered me to the seller and sellers sent me some web link to visit and fill out the form, the link does not work and I replay back to the sellers, there was no response, today I try to fill out that form by visiting their website, this time it worked but told me that it is been over 30 days so I can not return the item!!!!!
Fine I don't mind to lose some thing under $30.00 but I will make sure nobody else will get the same used item and lose the same amount of money and time.

Thank you Amazon...and thank you the dishonest seller!!!!!!!
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on February 4, 2009
The first one of these received was seemingly bad, so I waster quite a lot of time with LinkSys support before sending it back for replacement. Amazon returns are excellent!

The problem I had with the 1st one was that it would hang the PC up "hard". Couldn't even Ctrl/Alt/Del. Had to force power off the PC. 2nd unit seems to work well. I have the PC with the WMP300N 2 floors up from the WRT610N router in the basement. Bit rate seems to vary from 54Mbps to around 160. I have played around with the N stuff too much yet, so I may be able to get this to improve.
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on March 29, 2010
DO NOT USE THE INSTILATION DISK. LET WINDOWS SET IT UP USING ITS OWN SOFT WARE. This product didn't want to connect no matter how hard i tried when i used its software. Then i found a blog telling me to throw the disk away. I deleted the software from my pc and put the card back in and fired it up to see what happens. Windows led me through its own software location set up and I've never had another issue. So save yourself the headach of pulling your tower apart 3 or 4 times and just throw the instilation disk in the trash. I promise you won't be sorry.
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on January 31, 2009
I am computer savvy but not an expert by any means and this product hooked up seamlessly. I read the reviews below and followed their advice. I hooked up the Linksys WRT350N Wireless Router to a new Vista computer and put this card in my 4 year XP computer. Based on the reviews below I didn't want to install the provided software. I let XP configure it using the supplied discs drivers. It works great at a high speed. As a seperate note the 350 also hooked up quickly with no issues. The software didn't slow down the new computer at all.
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on February 24, 2010
I bought this refurbished for $18 plus shipping from DealBarn through Amazon's site and am totally satisfied. I didnt expect it to arrive as soon as it did so you can imagine my surprise when i went to the mailbox. On top of that the installation went smoothly. The one and only hiccup I had was because of course i installed the card before installing software. The directions tell you clearly in a couple places to install software first, shut down then install the hardware. Worked like a champ !!
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on July 8, 2009
i bought this with the Router WRT160N.
Pretty easy to set up. Comes with some software to help get you going.
I'm NO IT guy, but i do have some experience with routers and PC's and software,
having lived with 2 tech-heads for about 5 years.
I have my attenna hanging from the Ceiling of my home, above my PC.
I wanted to be sure it was broadcasting enough so i raised it.

Also, you can get some nice software off
the linksys/pure network magic site.

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enjoy!!
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