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- Connects your desktop or notebook to a wireless network at up to 54 Mbps when used with a USB 2.0 port
- Easy, no-tools setup on any desktop or notebook
- Also compatible with Wireless-B networks (at 11 Mbps)
- Wireless communications are protected by up to 128-bit data encryption
- Compatible with Windows 2000 or XP
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Linksys Wireless-G 802.11g 54Mbp USB 2.0 Network Adapter.
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The easy way to connect your desktop or notebook to a high-speed wireless network
Connect your USB-equipped desktop or notebook computer to a wireless network at incredible speeds with the Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter. By incorporating two new, blazing fast technologies -- USB 2.0 and Wireless-G -- the Adapter delivers data rates up to 54 Mbps (5 times as fast as 802.11b), without the trouble of opening up the case of your desktop computer.
To install, simply plug the Adapter 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.) It gets its power through the USB connection, so no power cord is necessary. The included Setup Wizard walks you through configuring the Adapter to your wireless network settings, step by step. The Wireless-G USB Network Adapter is also compatible with the Wireless-B (802.11b) network standard, with data rates up to 11 Mbps. And your wireless communications can be protected by 128-bit encryption, so your data stays secure.
The Wireless-G USB Network Adapter's high-gain antenna lets you put your computer almost anywhere in the building, without the cost and hassle of running cables. Now you don't have to drill holes in your walls and climb through the attic or cellar to get connected to the network. Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your 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.
So don't hassle with running cables through your house -- get connected the easy way with the Wireless-G USB Network Adapter.
See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.
Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere -- without wires. Outside of the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports -- great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.
Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.
To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.
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There is only one thing I would caution new owners/buyers on: Be careful what generation of this adapter you purchase, as Windows 7 Pro 64-bit edition will not always work with the drivers without having to manually install them through the Device Manager. Luckily, there are guides online if you have this issue, and this may or may not be the case with your adapter, but it is being written just in case. Also, on several Linux distributions (such as Fedora and Linux Mint), I have noticed the built-in modules drop the connection or make it impossibly slow and unreliable with one generation of this adapter (and I cannot remember which one it was!) To fix this, simply install and use NDISwrapper or install the non-free firmware for that adapter--you can find this by typing lspci (or lsusb if you have to) and determining the wireless card it has inside depending on the generation.
Other than these minor quirks, I would definitely recommend these little networking nodes to whoever wants to extend their network on their desktop towers, either at work or at home.
So, I'll just say don't get this if you are a Tivo user, verify it will work with whatever wireless devices you use by checking with the wireless device companies... not Cisco-Linksys as the unit above will send the signal just fine... the question is whether the other end will allow it... hopefully , only Tivo lock out devices.
My previous Linksys adapter was a different band, looks just like this, worked great. No reason to think this one won't.
The return was easy to make
Ok, on with my experience with this adapter. :-)
A few months ago I bought my son and daughter a desktop computer for them to share. It is located in one of the back bedrooms of the house and so it's not near our cable modem located at the front of the house. I have Linksys router hooked up to my main desktop computer's cable modem so that my husband can also log into the Internet wirelessly on his laptop (which has a wireless card in it). My kids love going to the Nick.com website and the NickJr.com website and playing the free children's games they have there for free online, but couldn't do it on their own computer because it did not have a wireless card in it. So I ordered this wireless adapter to attach to their desktop. Inside the box there was a booklet with instructions for computers with Windows Vista and also XP & 2000. I used the Vista instructions. Basically the whole process took under a minute to do. I inserted the driver disk, clicked install, clicked yes to the user agreement and then plugged in the adapter to a USB port. Then it automatically found any nearby connections and told me to chose the one I wanted to use. That was the whole thing. From that point on the computer was online and the Internet ran just as fast as our desktop and laptop located in the front of the house! Very simple, no big learning curve and the adapter is smaller then a deck of cards. It even has a velcro patch attached to the back so that you can mount it to your surface so it doesn't slide off.