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D-Link DWL-650 Wireless Cardbus Adapter, 802.11b, 11Mbps

by D-Link

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  • Data transfer rates up to 11 Mbps
  • Fully compatible with 802.11b products
  • Plug and Play
  • 128-bit WEP data encryption for a secure wireless network
  • 3-year limited warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

The D-Link DWL-650 is a 802.11b CardBus adaptor with data transfer rate up to 11 Mbps. It can operate in either Ad-Hoc mode (Peer-to-Peer networking without an Access Point) or Infrastructure mode (Peer-to-Peer networking using an Access Point), which brings high flexibility to your wireless network. The DWL-650 also supports high 128-bit WEP encryption to give you a secure wireless network. The adaptor has an effective range of up to 230 feet indoor and 984 feet outdoor.

Amazon.com

A notebook computer is all about portability, so why should your network cable keep you tethered to one place? The D-Link DWL-650 PC card Type-II 11 Mbps 802.11b wireless LAN adapter, known as the D-Link Air for short, gives you back your mobility, letting you connect to your home or office wireless network from whichever desk (or couch) you happen to be at. Plus, as wireless networks continue spreading to hotels, airports, and even coffee shops, it will help you keep connected no matter how far you travel.

The DWL-650 installed easily, as a PCMCIA card should. We just ran the setup program from the included CD and plugged the card into an empty Type-II slot on our notebook PC. Windows XP immediately recognized the card and installed the drivers. Then, using the D-Link configuration utility, we configured it for our specific LAN. Once connected to the LAN, the little green LED on the end of the card stopped blinking, telling us we were good to go. The printed manual and online help gave helpful guidance on getting the card installed and connecting to our network.

As we tested our wireless setup, we reveled in the freedom the D-Link Air gave us. Using it in a two-story house, we were able to go from room to room, never losing our Internet connection. We even could go outside on the patio and browse the Web from a chaise lounge. Of course, the card worked equally well in an office environment, letting us take our notebook from the conference room to the lunchroom without losing our network connection.

In general, we found that the construction of the walls between the wireless card and the access point had as much to do with reception quality as did distance. So, for instance, if you're separated from the access point by several thick walls, reception will be much poorer than if a glass partition is all that separates you. The manufacturer suggests a range of up to 328 feet indoors and up to 984 feet outdoors, and we found that to be a decent approximation of the maximum range you can expect. The D-Link control utility has a graphical status bar that shows the wireless signal strength, so it's easy to know when you've wandered too far.

At 11 Mbps, the speed's plenty fast for most uses, like browsing the Web, accessing a file server, updating a database, etc. You can also configure it to transmit at slower speeds, depending on your network environment. The card supports both 64-bit and 128-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption, a vital feature that keeps your communications secret.

The D-Link Air will keep you well-connected whether at work, at home, or through a public WiFi (wireless fidelity) network at places like an airport or coffee shop. Since it's a PCMCIA card, it's easy to swap in and out if you need to use a wired connection in some places and wireless in others. Bottom line, if you have a notebook PC and have access to wireless capabilities, you'll love the freedom of movement this little card delivers. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Easy installation
  • Uses IEEE 802.11b standard for broad compatibility with wireless networks
  • Supports 64-bit and 128-bit encryption
  • Good range
Cons:
  • Not as fast as a 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet wired connection

Product Details

Product Manual [935kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000051SHL
  • Item model number: DWL-650
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 21, 2000

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

As of this writing, there is no Microsoft approved windows XP driver.
Leo Dirac
After purchasing D-Link's DWL-650 Wireless Card and the DWL-1000AP Access Point, I experienced a complete nightmare!
B-Rad
I don't regret buying this card but I don't think the rest of my wireless roll out will be with D-Link equipment.
Peter Dykhuis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
If all you want to do is use your laptop on the front porch, or in an unwired office at work, this adapter may be fine. But if you were lured into wireless by the promise of high speed internet access in airports, hotels, coffee shops and such, it is virtually worthless. To connect to a network, the DWL-650 must be specifically configured to have the same SSID (identifying name) as the network. That is fine if you only connect to one network and you know its SSID. It is a nuisance if you want to connect to several networks and have to reconfigure each time. It is fatal, however, if you want to connect to a strange network and do not know the SSID. Networks that are intended to be open to the public use "broadcast SSID" to send the network ID over the airwaves. Adapters that can receive broadcast SSID can then automatically configure themselves to log on. The DWL-650 cannot do that, and there are plenty of other comparably priced adapters that can.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2001
I don't know much about rating the performance for this pretty much "basic" Wireless PC Card, but knowing that it is from D-Link I have more faith in it lasting longer without problems. I have had nothing but good experiences with D-Link products and I I will keep buying them until I am let down.
Everything was easy to set-up and it works well with my works little wireless network.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kemosabi on January 22, 2004
I'll give it two stars because it kind of work under 98.
But I give it a low rating because it's not one product
and a lot of reviewer confusion seems to have arisen
because this isn't just one product...
So the $100k question is:
"Yes, but *which* DWL-650 did *you* get?"
Was it the H/W revA or B card?
The revH?
The revP (or P1? Depends on whether you
check the box or the card or the CIS tuples!).
The PCCARD one or the CARDBUS one (they both exist, by the way)?
And this all leaves out the "+" model.
Our good friends at D-Link, as at LinkSys and SMC, seem to
take a liberal view of what a model number now means.
In fact, there are 32-bit Cardbus and 16-bit PCCARD type II
variants. I've seen them shelved together at a store and
the boxes distinguish them. Though the box will say "PCCARD" or
"CARDBUS", many of the DWL-650 variants are packaged
the same save for a small sticker on the lower left corner
of the back of the box. Go to the web site, and the overall page
says these are all Cardbus, go look at the particular RevP
card information and you get a different story.
Give D-Link this much credit: some other makers have completely
changed chip-sets and not announced any changes; they just tweak
the drivers. Some of the new
wireless chip-sets in the cut-rate variants of these previously
decent cards are of rather uneven quality.
The problem is that it's not just one product. It's something like
4 to 6 products labelled the same or nearly identically.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Simmons on January 23, 2001
I admit, I'm an engineer by heart, a web/app developer by trade, and a network hobbist (no MCSE's in my plans). However, I do own a small business. I develop web/app solutions for my customers. So when one of them wanted to install their LAN using wireless, I was a bit skeptical. I was leaning toward CAT-5, but he insisted on wireless because he thouht it would be cool. HE WAS RIGHT! He has a small office with only a few workstations, but plans are for more users with laptops. The range is suprising good and installation was a snap. Using Win2k Server and Win98 Clients. Now that the price has dropped, I'm thinking about re(un)wiring my office!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2001
This PCMCIA card was very easy to install and I was able to configure it in about 5-10 minutes. It Performs just as well as it is supposed to and I am happy to have found that it is truely 802.11b compliant.
A friend of mine has a wireless network at his home also and with a little settings change and a reboot I was able to connect to his computers.
Recommended to anyone who has a laptop and access to a Wireless network, or will soon have access to a wireless netowrk.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brad Newman on April 3, 2001
I originally bought this just so I could hook up to a friend of mines Wireless Network, and we could share files without having to be connected to a wall or box of some sort. I have to admit that my friend and I were thoroughly impressed. He had a different (I don't want to mention names) Wireless Card in his laptop that he always used and he was content with that, but when I showed up with my D-Link DWL-650 it out performed his card in transfer speeds.
And the kicker is that my laptop is older and slower than his. We got curious and switched cards and did a clean installation to see if it was a fluke but when it was in his laptop it still out performed his other cards.
After finding this out and more extensive use of his wireless network, I had to have my own. I bought the D-Link Access point and hooked it up to my already existing wired network and I have to say I am very impressed. Laptops were made for mobility it is sad it took this long for wireless to be readily available.
Highly recommended.
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