2014 Electronics Holiday Gift Guide
4 used from $3.00

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless USB Adapter
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless USB Adapter


Available from these sellers.
  • Easy-to-use Setup Wizard
  • Strong security features, including 128-bit wireless security (WEP) and support for 802.11b standards
  • Broadband Network Utility for easy monitoring of your network status
  • Connects to a computer through its USB port
  • Toll-free product support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
4 used from $3.00


Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Buy Used and Save: Buy a Used "Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless USB Adapter" and save over 90% off the $69.99 list price. Buy with confidence as the condition of this item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the "Amazon A-to-z Guarantee". See all Used offers.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model: L21-00002

Product Details

Product Manual [941kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006IJO6
  • Item model number: L21-00002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 19, 2002

Product Description

Amazon.com

The Microsoft wireless USB adapter makes it easy to securely add any computer with a powered USB port to your 802.11b wireless network. Share a broadband connection by connecting to a base station, share files and printers with other computers on your network, or play games with multiple players on the Internet.

The wireless USB adapter comes with an easy-to-use setup wizard, designed to make connecting your computers together easier. It has strong security features, including 128-bit wireless WEP security, and support for 802.1x standards. The Microsoft broadband network utility makes it easy to monitor your network status.

Included with the wireless USB adapter are an adjustable antenna and attached cable and setup CD-ROM, as well as a startup guide and a user's guide.

System requirements include: a computer with an available USB 1.0 or later, full-speed compliant high-power port, and a Wireless Base Station (sold separately) or other 802.11b/Wi-Fi device or network, as well as a computer running Windows 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Home or Professional edition; Internet Explorer 5.0 or later (setup will install Internet Explorer 6.0 browser components, if necessary, but will not displace your primary browser); 28 MB of available hard disk space if you already have Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6.0 (132 MB of available hard disk space if you are installing Internet Explorer for the first time); a 4x or faster CD-ROM drive, and a VGA or higher-resolution monitor.

Customer Reviews

The wizards worked flawlessly.
Daniel
If it helps, my wireless base station is in my office upstairs and the computer this adapter is hooked up to is downstairs, and the connection is perfect!
Michael T. Rognlien
I am not sure why Microsoft has to make a bigger and more complicated production out of things, and I wish in retrospect I stayed with D-Link products.
Charles Haddad

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Randy Given on October 14, 2002
This is a combined review of the MN-500 / MN-510 / MN-610 since they are combined (the MN-610 is a kit of a MN-500 base station and MN-510 USB adapter). The base station installed up to the very end. It said that the installation could not complete because of a firewall or similar problem. I checked, re-checked and re-booted many times. However, I could get through to the Internet, so I had no idea why it would not continue the installation. I ended up calling technical support and they were very helpful. Since I was connecting to the Internet, everything was configured. It just would not complete and make a floppy that could be used on the other systems. So, that part had to be done manually. I was glad support was quick and helpful.
Installing the first other station was very easy, but the second was more problematic. Still, compared to other network installations, it was pretty easy.
Throughput is pretty impressive. In fact, it is just as fast on the others as it was on my base station BEFORE the wireless network. My base station varies from the same performance to THREE TIMES what it was before. I am guessing that the router doing the firewall instead of the OS doing it may account for most of the improvement.
Overall, we are very happy with it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on December 9, 2002
I live in a townhome with 4 bedrooms. I bought the Microsoft home base unit with 4 of these Wireless USB Adapters. We hooked up all 4 units with ease. The wizards worked flawlessly. Pretty much, all you need to do is click on "Next" and nothing else, and you're pretty much set. I have the base unit downstairs, and 3 of the USB adapters upstairs, and all of them get the reception fine... a "Very Good" rating instead of Excellent though. It's good enough to watch a movie wirelessly.
Also, I have a computer hooked up to it by ethernet cables, a laptop with integrated wireless, and an Xbox hooked up. Every machine is working fine.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Haines on April 5, 2003
I bought this wireless USB adapter in conjuntion with the Microsoft wireless base station and found it easy, easy, easy to install. Installation went seamlessly. It's fast. A few weeks later, however, I had trouble setting up file sharing when I added a new desktop with XP Home (I am using XP Pro on my other PC) to my existing network. I called their tech support who was EXCELLENT and not only got my network back up but transferrred me to the XP Home tech who assisted me with the file sharing. They even followed up with a call and an email! Wow! Who gets customer service like that these days! I have recently added an older laptop to my network using this same USB adapter (since it cannot accomodate a wireless card) and it works great! You want a broadband network?...then buy this product!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Spearman on April 8, 2003
After struggling with an older D-link PCI card, I decided to try out this MS 510 adapter. Usually, the PCI card should be a bit faster, but I had always struggled with my old one and the software was still not XP-certified.
The MS box hooked right up and worked immediately and some of the problems I had with throughput and stop/starts disappeared. This is a very cute unit - tiny and requiring no power supply other than from the USB. Just be aware that it must be a powered USB port (like most computers) and not an unpowered hub.
My throughput rate was over 600k up and down which is very close to my actual broadband capacity - very pleased with it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Saul on January 6, 2004
Compared with most other USB wireless adapters, the MN-510 is small and looks good. And it works very well too. I installed it in seconds with my Windows XP system and it worked flawlessly from the start. What more could you ask?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kang on April 25, 2003
It's smaller then a thin wallet (mine). Heck! The wire it heavier then the unit itself!
Anyways, this USB adapter worked beautifully. Had a bit of problem installing the base station, but making this piece of technology work is as simple as installing the software, and connecting this baby to a USB port. Almost immediately was the wireless network online.
Not sure if it'll help in buying decision, but I run this on Windows XP.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Rognlien VINE VOICE on July 26, 2003
Verified Purchase
I guess I could write a really long review of this product, but just like the product is small, so is the need to describe it..
This product installs easily, works flawlessly with my Intel-branded wireless base station (which is no longer made, so I'd recommended Microsoft's wireless hub), and has had zero issues since purchasing. While there are plenty of adapters to choose from, this one gets 5 stars for simplicity, performance and compatibility.
If it helps, my wireless base station is in my office upstairs and the computer this adapter is hooked up to is downstairs, and the connection is perfect!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Anderson on January 1, 2004
I have purchased a total of 2 of these USB adaptors for my laptops. They work fine, if you don't move them very much. However, due to the mobility of laptops, which Microsoft may have overlooked when designing this, both of the USB plugs have developed a short. If you wiggle the cable just right it works fine, but if you try and move it after that, it shorts out and stops working. Laptop users be warned
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews