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1. Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
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2. Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband
$57.99 $54.75 list($105.00)
3. Linksys WUSB12 Wireless-B Compact
$179.99 $154.95 list()
4. Linksys WRT54GX Wireless-G Broadband
$49.99 $40.00 list($79.99)
5. Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook
$184.57 list()
6. Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet
$89.99 $79.95 list($146.00)
7. Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander
$141.99 $121.99 list()
8. Linksys Wireless-G Cable Gateway
$139.99 $128.50 list($235.00)
9. Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G Print
$44.99 $42.99 list($69.99)
10. Linksys USBBT100 Bluetooth USB
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11. Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access
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12. Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A/G
$49.99 $44.98 list($116.00)
13. Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI
$59.99 $44.48 list($79.99)
14. Linksys WPC54GS Wireless-G Notebook
$87.99 $69.99 list($119.00)
15. Linksys WET11 Wireless Ethernet
$59.99 $50.00 list($144.00)
16. Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI
$43.99 $42.21 list($72.00)
17. Linksys High Gain Antenna Kit
$49.99 $46.00 list($69.99)
18. Linksys WUSB54G Wireless-G USB
$39.99 $29.00 list($59.99)
19. Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB
$66.49 $60.00 list($99.99)
20. Linksys BEFCMU10 EtherFast Cable

1. Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
list price: $99.99
our price: $69.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007KDVI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 24
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: January 2003. The first high-speed wireless networking router to use the 802.11g standard, which is four times faster than the current standard (802.11b) and backwards compatible.

The Linksys Wireless-G broadband router is really three devices in one box. First, it's a wireless access point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or daisy chain out to more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G broadband router can encrypt all wireless transmissions, and it supports the industrial-strength wireless security of 802.1x authentication and authorization. The router can serve as a DHCP server, has NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders, supports VPN pass-through, and can be configured to filter internal users' access to the Internet. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

With the Linksys Wireless-G broadband router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multiplayer games with the flexibility, speed, and security you need!

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also interoperate with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

For more information on the differences between an Access Point and a Router with Access Point, see the following table:

access point vs. router ... Read more

Features

  • All-in-one Internet-sharing router, 4-port switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) access point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps--5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Interoperates with 802.11b clients at 11 Mbps
  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC, or IP address filtering

Reviews (408)

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid...
If you're looking to jump into wireless, this is a simple decision. Don't let the more technical reviews scare you away because if I can make it work, you surely can.

Your cable modem connects into a clearly marked port on the back to provide service to the device. There are 4 ports available to connect your desktop PC (or multiple if you already have a wired network). The wireless setup is simple. You match the channel on the Router/AP to the channel on your receiving PC card and it works. You won't even need the directions if you follow this step: Go to your Internet Explorer window in the address line type: 192.168.1.1 and you'll be in the router setup page. Presto, it's all there.

I'd highly recommend turning the static WEP encryption on to make it somewhat more difficult for anyone to jump on your network. That gets a little tricky, but it took a novice like me about 5 minutes and that's mostly because you need to hand type a long string of characters into the receiving PC (generated automatically by the Router when you turn WEP on).

If you're undecided about B or G like I was, let me leave you with the advice that pushed me: Forget the money, you're going to hassle yourself with a premature upgrade in a few months, maybe a year to save what? $20? History seems to show that we'll need the bandwidth/speed sooner rather than later.

Don't forget to update the firmware on this thing every month or two (it's a button on the setup screen - easy). They seem to be making it better all the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The cutting edge of home wireless so far
I am thoroughly impressed with the WRT54G. The throughput is the best I have seen with wireless routers and the setup is very flexible. I bought a couple of matching notebook cards, but its also working extremely well with the D-Link 520+ pci adapter I have in one pc. With the mac filtering option, I just select which pc's the router is to communicate with, and you can also tell it to stop internet access for a pc with a particular mac address for a certain number of hours of the day and which days of the week as well. ( A wonderful feature if you have a teenager that you want to restrict for study time). With this security feature, Im not sure why you need WEP since that slows down your throughput anyway. I just disabled SSID broadcast and enabled the mac filtering. The signal strength of the router is fantastic. It's about time companies started building affordable routers that you dont need to buy and additional antenna signal booster for.

2-0 out of 5 stars Problems
I bought this router a few months ago and have had a host of problems with it. First, it frequently drops the radio connection. This is apparently a common problem - I've seen quite a few people discussing it on various message boards. Second, the VPN pass-through just stopped working. The customer support people were not particularly helpful (I agree with an earlier post that the people at the call center in India are very difficult to understand), but they did arrange to have a new unit sent out to me. Overall, I wonder if a different brand would have been a better bet for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install; flawless operation
I am using this router with a DSL connected modem. The router is connected to my computer using an ethernet connection (4 are provided) and is wirelessly connected to my wifes' machine located about 75 feet away. Her machine uses a Netgear PC adapter. I was concerned about the signal strength due to the distance, a concern which proved to be correct. Ours is a single level home. The signal was okay but marginally. I solved the problem by installing a magnetic mount 5 db gain omnidirectional vertical antenna on her machine. The 5 db antenna is magnetically anchored to her table by sitting on a "recycled" tuna can top and this raised the signal to full strength as shown by the Netgear signal meter. The 5 db gain antenna is usually available on the Ebay site and sells for about $15.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall quite good but VPN support is flaky
I just purchased this along with the PC and notebook cards. Installation of all three was very smooth (PC = WinXP, notebook = Win2k), and wireless performance seems to be good. I have the PC in a room immediately below the router and signal strength through the ceiling shows 'Very Good'. If you are just using for the Internet, I'd give it a 5. My main issue: VPN software support (???). According to Linksys technical support (quite terrible, btw), the router should only work as a pass-though device which requires that you forward port 500 (for IPSec traffic) or 1723 (for pptp). Note this is in the "Applications and Gaming" tab of the admin GUI. Linksys told me that in this configuration I would only be able to access sites on the intranet (aka no external web sites) while connected with VPN. However, I do seem to be able to do both when connected via TCP or UDP transparent tunneling. I just cannot get to anything on my local network (no ping, no sharing, etc.) until I disconnect VPN (which is Cisco VPN Client 3.5). Note: I also power cycled the router after everything was running and it did not reconnect to the internet even upon refreshing...I eventually had to temporarily connect to it using a wired connection to get it back online. (3.5 stars) ... Read more


2. Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster
list price: $99.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001D3K8A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 111
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Internet-sharing Router, 4-port Switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point
  • Protects all wireless transmissions with 128-bit encryption
  • New SpeedBooster technology increases wireless network performance by up to 35 percent
  • Industry-leading Parental Control capability, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 802.1x
  • Shares Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired, 802.11g, 802.11b, and SpeedBooster devices

Reviews (28)

4-0 out of 5 stars Installation for dummies
Decided to go wireless. Reviews sounded great! How hard can this be. I am a Test Pilot, so this should be no challenge. We also ordered the wireless WPC54GS notebook card to go with the router. My son, being a typical 20 year old know-it-all decides to configure the notebook card first (against my wishes). Every time we put the card in the notebook, it locked up. The Linksys tech support people said "oh yeah", you need to download new drivers! The ones on the CD ROM won't work. OK, back to my original idea, lets do the router first. Put in the CD ROM, followed instructions and WA LA. We were on the net (hard wired) through our cable modem in less than 5 minutes!!! My recommendation on the WRT54GS - BUY IT (but DO NOT let your know-it-all teenager or 20 year old, install it. Do it yourself). One major problem! Back to the notebook card. The second Linksys tech support person told us "the card is bad, send it back to Amazon.com to have it tested" What??? How can this be??? The dang card is brand new!!! Lets try other options. Card still locks up computer! Third Linksys tech support person helped, but the computer still locks up on start-up. WOW the card is bad! Amazon.com, you guys are great! Within 5 minutes we had the return information, and about 10 minutes later we were notified by email that another card would be sent out tomorrow. Great!!!
Ok lets review - Buy the WRT54GS router!
DO NOT buy the WPC54GS notebook card - even the Linksys tech support people seem to think it is junk. I guess the quality control guy in that department is always out to lunch!
Read all the reviews that are shown on Amazon.com under each piece of equipment. There are some very good tips there that you will not learn from the installation information (like turn off the Windows XP fire wall before you start installation or you will get a lot of nasty windows "Hey idiot, you can't do that" messages.
AMAZON.COM You guys are great as usual. We also ordered our print server this morning. Keep up the good work.
Linksys - You guys have a lot of work to do. First thing I would do is fire the Notebook card quality control guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
Having read all the reviews for this product, including some not so favorable, I decided to upgrade my wired router to wireless.

Setup couldn't have been more straightforward. I didn't use the setup CD, but followed the setup guide. Within ten minutes, I was connected. The router is connected to a custom built P4 and my laptop is a Sony Vaio. I used the Linksys WPC45GS to connect my laptop to the network, another easy and flawless install.

After the initial install of the router, it is strongly suggested you do the following:

- Change the SSID
- Disable SSID broadcast
- Change password for admin access
- Enable MAC filtering
- Change SSID often
- Use highest encryption possible
- Change encryption keys often

For me, this router has been working flawlessly for the last week. Installation and configuration was simple. With my laptop, I can go anywhere in my 1800 sq ft. home and get a strong signal with no dropouts.

Excellent product. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent product
no problems so far with 1 airport extreme card and one linksys PCI 802.11g on a win xp box. using stock firmware.

worked well immediately, is fast, and stable.

avoid the d-link pci card, had problems with this router.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not dual-voltage -- don't buy if you live overseas
Don't bother reading this if you live in the States or Canada, but if you are one of the many Americans stationed overseas who buy electronics online, you might benefit from my frustrating experience.

When the router arrived, I read the box very closely; even though every other piece of computer equipment I've purchased in the last few years has been dual-voltage, I wanted to make sure this one was, too. The box doesn't specify the input power requirements, but it does say "For all EU countries" and specifically refers to using it in France and Italy. So I logically assumed that I would indeed be able to use this product in Europe without needing a transformer.

But no. The power adapter is 120V only. I've been trying for over a month to get Linksys to send me a 220V-compatible adapter -- I know they make them; Linksys is worldwide. But every call and email I've sent (and there have been many, to the UK and Germany as well as to the States' outsourced customer service locations) has only resulted in being told to call someone else. Customers can request a replacement power adapter from the Linksys website; I did that, specifying the 220V version, and was sent another 120V one (incidentally, I had to have it sent to my parents, who forwarded it to me, as Linksys refuses to ship to APO addresses). I guess the good people at Linksys thought I didn't know what I wanted.

So -- I can't evaluate the product itself because I haven't used it yet. But the customer service has been extremely disappointing.

1-0 out of 5 stars If the router doesn't work, you are out of luck
I bought a Linksys router in October 2003, and still have not gotten it to work wirelessly. The box did not include the installation CD, and I was told by Linksys that I could BUY one if I wanted. I have emailed, faxed, wrote, and of course called, with no help. I have asked for an RMA, and was told "I think that has something to do with returning the product". Linksys tech support is terrible. Buy at your own risk. ... Read more


3. Linksys WUSB12 Wireless-B Compact USB Adapter
list price: $105.00
our price: $57.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000083EAI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 818
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Simple, portable, wireless networking for your notebook or desktop
  • Works with any USB-equipped PC
  • Wireless-B (802.11b) connectivity at 11 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz radio band
  • Plug in and you're connected -- no need to open your computer

Reviews (23)

4-0 out of 5 stars Drops connection from time to time w. WinME?
(Updated/revised 2/24/2004). I bought this product for use at home with the Linksys WRT54G wireless AP/router, and for use on the road with various hotspots. The installation and configuration were very easy, and at home I get close to 100% signal strength (albeit its only going through a single wall). I had no problem configuring the two devices to match and interface.

Plugged into a WinME PC, the connection drops frequently, and it requires a reboot of the PC to restore it (even with the latest firmware and drivers on the WUSB12, the WRT54G, and WinME). Killing and restarting the WUSB12 utility on the PC doesn't reconnect, nor does unplugging/replugging the WUSB12, it seems to require a PC reboot, hence I suspect the problem is with WinME or perhaps that PC's USB support.

Plugged into a Win2K laptop, and used with various hotspots (Borders, Starbucks, Kinkos, Holiday Inn), the product however works great, no lost connections unlike above. Its a very nice package and form factor for carrying in the laptop bag, although signal strength in those locations is usually a little poor.

The WUSB12 seems to run quite hot, I'm surprised it gets as warm as it does, almost uncomfortable to hold in your hand, not that you normally would ....

4-0 out of 5 stars Save on adapters, save on screwdriver time.
I spotted the WUSB12 on LinkSys website prior to its general availability which was about a month after I had gotten a Linksys Wireless G router. I had an immediate need for one and got it as soon as I could.

Its a little bigger than I had imagined from the picture but still very compact. Absolutely a time saver over installing hardware about the same effort as PCMCIA adapaters.

I use it daily to quickly enable old Win 98 desktops I have for wireless when I need them to be networked. Since I don't need to have them all active at once I saved on the cost of permanent hardware (PCI or other) and the small size makes it easy to deal with (versus other USB wireless adapters).

Installation was a snap, software easy to install. I have used it with Win2k, Win9a and XP systems. The extension cable is a must and makes use with rear USB slots on desktops much easier. The built in antenna is not always necessary but at a distance from the router I did find it very helpful. This is another place the extension cable comes in handy as you can orient the entire adapter to the optimum location for transmission.

The only issue I have had relates to the antenna when I've used the adapter on laptops. Some laptops have the USB port inverted from the normal position this mean that the antenna ends up pointing down. If the computer is actually on your lap its probably okay but on a tabletop the antenna just can't open.

All in all a great product. I'll be getting another one shortly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Execellent
I bought a new Gateway desktop computer. I already have linksys wireless router. With WUSB12, my new computer connected to the internet easily. Takes me less than 5 minutes to install. Excellent product. I will buy more from linksys.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great...
I recently reviewed the Linksys BEFW11S4 wireless routing gateway which is a great product. This review covers the wireless adapter that allows any device to recieve network access via the thin air.

Features:

WEP support -- A basic encryption protocol that can be broken if a cracker has the time and horsepower to do it, but for most home networks perfectly acceptable to keep your network happeings away from casually prying eyes.

Small unobtrusive design -- comes with a convenient pen clip and necklace for carrying around if you are on the road. I will use this a great deal as my laptop is my mobile business.

USB Interface/extension cable -- A convenient USB interface (1.1) is provided, more than fast enough for pretty much any use.

Installation:

The software installation varies with the OS you have running but is next to seamless either way. (I installed it on XP and win2000 without a hitch) On my network I use a unique SSID, WEP encryption and MAC restrictions on the router to make sure that the connnection is as secure as possible. Depending on weather or not you are using these features you may have different steps to take for attaching to the network. I had to install all three but after doing so I was able to connect to the WLAN without issue. Using the laptop 3 meters away reported "excellent" signal strength, moving it 2 floors up reported "very good" with no noticeable reduction in speed outstanding. The link has stayed strong without any drop out's but it's only been a few days. I configured another machine to use the adapter on the second floor, set it up to print wirelessly to the print server on my wired network and configured internet access in a few minutes.

Summary -- The device does what it is supposed to as far as I can see and does it without drop outs. A good example, I was able to wirelessly play mp3's on the laptop from a wired machine while my girlfriend used the laptop to wirelessly surf the web and watch videos from launch.com allwithout any hickups or apparent reduction in speed. Makes me wish I got into Wi-fi a bit sooner! All in all a great adapter for your WLAN, highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Moly, it was easy to setup........
It was very easey to set up and use. First I allowed the MAC address in the Linksys 802.11g router. Then I plugged it into my laptop, installed the software. I set up the SSID and 128-bit WEP and off I was surfing from my living room. I get pretty good speeds from about 50 ft from router. Decent speeds about 150 ft from router as well.

I would buy another and recommend it. I read in a previous review that it gets hot to touch. I have not experienced this, even after 8-9 hours of use. ... Read more


4. Linksys WRT54GX Wireless-G Broadband Router with SRX

our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0006ZM4XK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 997
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G Broadband Router with SRX, 802.11g, b ... Read more

Features

  • Requires OS that supports Ethernet and TCP/IP, fully compatible with Windows 2000 and Windows XP, partially compatible (no Web-based Setup Wizard) with Windows 98, Me, Linux, and Mac OS
  • Internet-sharing Router, 4-port Switch, with a built in speed and range enhanced Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired, Wireless-G, -B, and other SRX devices
  • New SRX technology: the farther away, the more advantage -- up to 8 times faster than standard Wireless-G (802.11g)
  • SRX also increases wireless range by up to 3 times and reduces dead spots in coverage area

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wireless Router on the Market!!
The range on this router is excellent (if you are looking for a wireless to go a long distance).I have a large two story house and I can go anywhere and get at least 4 out of 5 bars of reception.I can even walk out into my street and still get excellent transmission speed and reception.Make sure you get the SRX laptop adapter that goes with it.Two thumbs way up on this router.Bravo Linksys.

2-0 out of 5 stars Forget about the SRX, go with Belkin Pre-N!
This is my first Amazon.com review, so please bear with me.I bought the Linksys WRT54GX router along with the companion SRX wireless PC card because:1) I wanted to replace an 802.11b wireless network in my 2-story home for better coverage (I was having to use a Linksys wireless access point in repeater mode to get "complete coverage" with the old setup); and 2) I wanted a faster wireless network.

I quickly became frustrated with the new Linksys SRX wireless setup, primarily because my laptop (a 2004 HP model) wouldn't always detect the wireless card after powering up from sleep mode, and often there would be dropouts in my wireless internet connection, even when my laptop remained stationary.In addition, even though the wireless icon in the task bar would constantly indicate a connection speed of 108.0 Mbps, it was obvious that my new wireless internet connection was often far slower than my old 11.0 Mbps wireless connection!This problem was especially obvious with websites rich in photo-quality graphic images, like ESPN.com.

So, I contacted Linksys tech support and, with the help of a friendly tech support agent, reprogrammed several parameters on the router.The problem improved, but only temporarily.Frustrated, I returned both the wireless router and the PC card and immediately ordered the Belkin Pre-N router and PC card (based on Cnet reviews, which rated the Belkin system higher anyway).

Both the Belkin wireless router and PC card installed quite easily with the accompanying installation CD's and my system has been up and running without a hitch--so far.One other thing I have liked about the Belkin system is that (using the included Belkin Wireless Client) it displays realtime send and receive speeds of the wireless card, which are often slower than the 108.0 Mbps the wireless icon in the taskbar is constantly pegged at; but at least I know the "true" speed of my wireless network at any given point in time (the measured speeds that are displayed are constantly changing and fluctuate mainly according to distance from the router).

Needless to say, I have been impressed with my early experience with this Belkin system and won't hesitate to highly recommend it to others considering a future home wireless network upgrade.Oh, and did I mention that the Belkin system was cheaper than Linksys'?!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Many drops, poor setup
Router has good range, but far too many drop connections for me.Everything interferes with the signal.Went back to my Microsoft MN-700, which performs way better than this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, I got this one to work.
The setup was pretty straight forward and I took all the security precautions that Linksys suggests.I changed the router's password, changed the SSID, disabled the SSID broadcast, and used the MAC filtering to allow only my MAC addresses to connect.

However, my network was still disconnecting all my XP computers every few minutes or so.The solution was to disable the "IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network" button found on the "Authentication" page on the "Properties" page for the network.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price and the antennas break off easily
This router is overpriced compared to other similar MIMO products, especially once you buy the required interface card.
The unit isn't very stable after you have several ethernet cables plugged in.My unit fell over, which caused two of the antennas to break right off! ... Read more


5. Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter
list price: $79.99
our price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007KDVK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 120
Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: January 2003. The first high-speed wireless networking PC card for laptops to use the 802.11g standard, which is four times faster than the current standard (802.11b) and backwards compatible.

The new Wireless-G notebook adapter (PC Card adapter) from Linksys has both the 802.11b and newer 801.11g standards built in, so you can connect your notebook to existing 802.11b infrastructure and also the new, fast Wireless-G networks. The included setup wizard will walk you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step-by-step. Then just slide the adapter into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy network access with your notebook computer, while retaining true mobility.

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your e-mail, access the Internet, and share files and other resources such as printers and network storage with other computers on the network, wherever you wander. At home, you can surf the Web or use instant messaging to chat with friends while sitting out on the patio.

You'll also be able to connect to any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed Wireless-G standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.

Get connected to current standard 802.11b networks today, and be prepared for the future with the Wireless-G notebook adapter from Linksys. ... Read more

Features

  • Operates in the 2.4 Ghz frequency spectrum with speeds up to 54 Mbps
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11g draft standards, and is backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11b products
  • 32-bit CardBus Interface
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Compatible with Windows98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (151)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not plug and play.
I bought this card with the hopes of an easy installation on my W2K notebook. Getting it to work with a non-Linksys wireless hub took several frustrating evenings. The documention that came with the device and on the Linksys web site was absolutely useless. The installation software had conflicts with the firewall software so I had to remove both the firewall and linksys software and reinstall the software. Getting the 128 bit WEP configuration to work required asking a consultant for help. Apparently, you must enter the long security code versus the network access password. This obscure nuance was not obviously noted in the manual or on line documentation. I'm sure it is a little more straight forward if your network is all one brand but getting this device to work in a mixed brand environment was difficult and I should have listened to the consultant and bought the NetGear card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent range. New security features. Easy set up
I bought this along with the Linksys WRT54G wireless router. I have a Sony Vaio laptop with Windows XP. The setup was easy using the included instructions and Windows Zero Wireless Configuration. New drivers (ver3.20.21.0) are available from Linksys. The range is excellent in my house, at about 100feet through 1 wall the signal strength is good at 48Kbps. Using it outside I can connect at 11Kbps at about 200 ft from the house. The provided instructions are horrible for configuring security other than WEP 128 for WIndows XP.

Linksys supports the newer more secure WPA protocol and I highly recommend using it since WEP 128 is almost useless to prevent specific attacks against your network. You should use WPA-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) with TKIP encryption on the router and on the properties of the wireless card. Though Linksys has supported WPA since May you won't find anything about how to configure it on the card and router in their knowledge base. The Key can be any letter, number and a few symbols from 8-63 characters long. You can also set the Group Key renewal 0-99,999 sec. I set it to 0. Under the IEEE 802.1x authentication set the EAP type to PEAP and uncheck boxes for "Authenticate as computer when information is available" and "Authenticate as guest..." unless you use these features. Also, change the SSID and don't broadcast it and use MAC filtering to lockdown your network.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much faster!
Well this is a definite improvement in speed over the old 802.11 cards. It was a cinch to set up and seems to hold a better and stronger connection. Definitely a good deal!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Indestructible, too bad it has to be
The ONLY bad thing about this is that the card sticks out of the notebook about 3/4 of an inch, and after dropping my PC a couple times, the card's cover came off and it's bent - but it STILL works, and it may have cushioned the notebook from damage (which is much more expensive to replace). On the other hand, the fact that it sticks out means that it gets caught on things, the notebook doesn't quite fit in it's case anymore, etc...

So I'm about to replace it, just because I hate having the electronics dangling out of the side, not because it's not working.

It's generally always worked fine, was easy to set up, and if you use Linksys cards and routers, then it lets you use a pass phrase for WEP encryption instead of the usual HEX gibberish (much easier).

5-0 out of 5 stars I vote yes.
I installed it on my Sony Vaio Laptop and got it working right away. It linked to my Orinoco (802.11b) basestation with a very good signal strength and I was surfing away in no time. The following day, I cranked up my older Sony Vaio 802.11a basestation and wifi card and it worked without a hitch. The only time I had a problem with a Linksys product, they exchanged it right away. Mostly, their products have been trouble free.
I have nothing but good things to say about them. Of course, I don't have a "g" basestation yet, but I'm fully confident it will work just fine. ... Read more


6. Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet Video Camera

our price: $184.57
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Asin: B0002V8KW2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1376
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Features

  • Sends a high-quality live audio/video stream to your network wirelessly over 802.11g -- viewable from anywhere
  • Built-in stand-alone web server, no PC necessary
  • Security Mode automatically sends email alerts with video clips upon motion detection
  • Supports up to four simultaneous remote users
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP

7. Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander WRE54G
list price: $146.00
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00021XIJW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 390
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Expand your wireless networking coverage to eliminate dead spots
  • Works with both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks
  • Supports 64 and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Configurable through your networked PC's Web browser or the included Setup Wizard
  • Compatible with the Linksys WAP54G Access Point, and both the WRT54G and WRT54GS wireless routers

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Make your Network BIG
This is truly a "no brainer" product. It will perform exactly as advertised. My wife runs a business next to our house and the signal from our router was always poor, so I purchased this to increase the signal. The only down side to this product is that it will only work with the "g" type routers. So I had to upgrade to a WRT54g from the BEFW11s4. Note: It will work with your "b" type adapters, but your speed will be limited by your adapters. It has been my experience that Linksys works best with other Linksys, so I recommend using all Linksys for your network. The WRT54g is an excellent router, it has more features and so far is more stable than my old router. Use a laptop to locate the edge of your signal area and place the expander just with in it. It has an "auto configuration" button. Then you can use the browser utility to configure it. You will get roughly double your routers range. If you need more range buy it!

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work with WEP
It does not work with WEP contradictory to the claims by Linksys and set-up instructions.

2-0 out of 5 stars OK for VERY simple wireless networks
I had great difficulty setting up the unit. Even after disabling WEP and MAC filtering, configuring the unit to use WEP was annoying. Since you must setup the unit wirelessly (no ethernet connection is available) whatever wireless connection you are using to setup the unit must not be in range of any other wireless domain but your own. Whenever I tried to configure the unit using my wpc54g equiped laptop, my laptop would loose the original wireless connection to my network and connect to my neighbors wireless router instead of the wre54g. Once I got the unit configured it would work OK to extend the network, but would cause my wga54g to lockup after a few minutes, requiring a reboot of the wga54g and my XBOX. After two frustrating days I finally gave up and returned the unit. Oh well.

1-0 out of 5 stars doesn't support WEP
this is either a 5 star or a 1 star product. it either works or it doesn't. in my case - it didn't work with WEP which makes it useless. if you got this product to support your existing WEP you are in the minority. i spent 45 minutes on the phone with their bangalore tech support staff who told me to turn off WEP and use the auto config as this is the only way it will work. as of July 15, 2004 there is a known bug with this product which will not allow it to function using WEP. a firmware update is supposedly coming, but in the meantime - mine is going back. if you want to expand the range of your network for the enjoyment of your neighbors and anyone passing by, then this is the product for you. if you would like a modicum of security - then look elsewhere or at least be sure that the new firmware has addressed this issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth it.
I don't normally write reviews, but I felt compelled to do so after dealing with Linksys' incompetent customer service representatives. I purchased this wireless range extender to complement a Linksys WRT54G router. After following the auto configuration instructions as well as the manual setup instructions, the extender still would not work. On top of that, it disrupted the connection my wireless computers already had! I decided to contact customer service. The first representative, who barely spoke coherent English, made me perform for 20 minutes the same steps I already had done (as if I couldn't read the instructions), put me on hold, then hung up on me. The second rep. either had no idea what I was asking or had no clue what to do. The first thing the third rep. asked me was the version of my router's firmware. It turns out that it was outdated and I needed an updated version. After updating that, the extender configured itself and my network range increased dramatically. This item is definitely worth the price. So please, if you purchase this product, update your router's firmware from the Linksys website. ... Read more


8. Linksys Wireless-G Cable Gateway (WCG200)

our price: $141.99
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Asin: B0000TW3RE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1910
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • With the Linksys Wireless-G Cable Gateway at the heart of your home network, you're connected to the future."
  • The All-In-One Solution for Internet Connectivity in Your Home
  • High-speed DOCSIS 2.0-ready Cable Modem gives you a fast, "Always On" connection to the Internet
  • Share the Internet -- connect one PC to the integrated Router via USB and four more via Ethernet using the built-in 10/100 Switch
  • Built-in Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point also lets you connect without running wires

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars the ultimate setup
This gateway rocks!! I've used Linksys equipment for a while and this is by far the best of the bunch. The signal strength puts my old router to shame (and I had one of the signal booster boxes from Linksys connected to it!). Configuration was a snap and the administration features are top notch. I would suggest getting one for anyone who wants the perfect all-in-one solution to their networking needs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a unit that combines it all and beefs up security!
This is exactly what I have been looking for and it certainly helped in eliminating the extra plugs and ethernet cables running behind my desk (linksys cable modem, 4 port router, wireless access point AND a switch since I needed ONE more port). Now I have everything connected to this unit and don't need anything else extra. The USB connection is nice and actually gives you 5 ports instead of 4 on the router (4 ethernet ports + 1 USB).

The biggest improvement I think I see is the configuration part of the unit which you access via browser. More control over security and settings! As a person who knows how to capture hack attempts made on my network or suspicious activity made against it (most seem to try to access by ftp'ing onto my linux server), this one helps further protect your home LAN by making your network 'undetectable' by means of pinging that must hackers use to find exposed networks and ports. People with kids would probably like the part where you can block access to certain websites and even keywords. It can even disconnect certain computers from the network at hours you specify.

The only gripe I had was with amazon.com itself. The pricing is among the highest ($171.95 at time of writing) and I submitted a form that showed a competitor beating their price but after a week, they have not still budged on their pricing. I bought this from buy.com for $139.49 and the shipping, like amazon.com, was free.

5-0 out of 5 stars very impressed
I purchased this gateway last week and haven't had a single problem with it. It was easy to hook up, the directions were clear, and the setup was simple. The management tool offers you many possibilities such as reducing the range of the wireless signal, different levels of encryption, status, and impressive firewall options. I thought it was totally worth the money and hope you do too! ... Read more


9. Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G Print Server for USB 2.0
list price: $235.00
our price: $139.99
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Asin: B0000E658Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 749
Average Customer Review: 2.64 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Share up to two printers with everyone on your network -- works with most parallel and USB (1.1 or 2.0) printers
  • Connects your printers directly to the network by 10/100 wired Ethernet or 54Mbps Wireless-G (802.11g)
  • No need to dedicate a PC to print server chores
  • Remotely administered through your web browser, SNMP, or the included utility
  • Easy installation with Setup Wizard

Reviews (61)

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent product but terrible technical support
I purchased this wireless print server because my current home network is also Linksys. My initial setup left me in total confusion. The included setup software didn't work right away. I contacted Linksys technical support and they had me push the reset button on the print server to conduct a test print. After there was no response they concluded that my Apple Pro 600 was not compatible with their product. I inquired what printer manufacturers are compatible and I was put on hold for over 5 minutes. I plugged up my Brother 3800 Fax Machine and Linksys also concluded it wasn't compatible, and suggested I return the print server and purchase another brand....wtf??? What kind of suppport is this??

I hung up and did a series of shutdowns and restarts until a IP address was assigned to the Print Server. Once an IP address was assigned the Setup Utility worked and I was able to configure the Print Server to be recognized on my network.

With WinXP you will also need to setup new Print Drivers through the TCP/IP option. Be sure to select "Print Server" as the gateway.

Don't trust Linksys Technical Support if things don't work out right away. Either call again and ask for further support or play with it yourself if you feel comfortable doing so.

So far this product is working fine.

Bad Points: there is no WPA encryption and it doesn't print when you are connected through a VPN.

3-0 out of 5 stars Linksys WPS54GU2 Works, But .......
Setup goes very well until you try to unplug the Ethernet cable (required to do the initial setup). At this point, the instructions are unclear or non-existent. This seems strange because it is a wireless print server. You would expect almost everyone to use it in wireless mode. Based on the response from tech support, I suspect they get a lot of calls during the setup for wireless. Having to install the printserver driver on every PC that is connected to the network is a pain if you have visitors using the network. It would be nice to at least have the driver available on the network. Anyway, the 15 minute installation turned into two hours, but it does work well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works for me, too
I almost did not buy this, because of all the reviewers who could not get it to work, especially those with "unsupported" multifunction printers. All I can say is that I'm glad I gave it a try, because it works fine for me and does exactly what I needed it to do. I have a multifunction HP 5510 -- I don't expect to be able to use the scan, fax, or copy functions via the print server, but printing works well.

I only had a couple of installation issues:
1) The first print jobs I tried to send to the printer after initial setup stayed in the print queue until I rebooted my laptop. As soon as windows (XP Pro) reloaded, the jobs printed and all was well, except...
2) I realized that my laptop was connected to my router with an ethernet cable (I had been transferring files earlier in the day and wanted the cabled speed) but I wanted to be able to print wirelessly. After disconnecting the cable, the printserver no longer worked because I now had an IP address in a different range. I had to reconfigure the print server, then reconfigure the printer port settings on both laptops I am printing from. It took several reboots on each laptop to get all the new settings to stick properly, and I had to go into the printer port settings, but now it is working just fine.

I will say that had I not been able to troubleshoot on my own, the documentation would have been pretty useless. Still, I'm glad I gave it a try.

1-0 out of 5 stars The unprovided list of compatible printers
I'm disappointed after trying to install this print server to my Canon S750. Why can't Linksys just list all compatible printers on their homepage? My S750 didn't even print the test page!
I finally got good help from Linksys support, but they where also disappointed on Linksys ("we can't help this, we don't decide what is published on Linksys homepages") for not providing better instructions and list compatible printers.
Don't buy this item before you're sure that it's compatible to your printer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works for me!
Not exactly sure why everyone hates this product so much. I suppose there are many different installation situations where problems arise. My setup works fine.

I followed the instructions outlined by the reviewer erunners(thanks!), and I was up and running 15 minutes out of the box. Also, during setup, I chose to assign an IP address to the print server instead of having one dynamically assigned. This seemed to be logical because I would be easily able to get to the internal configuration utility built into the server.
The only hitch, and a minor one, was that after the installation of the print server drivers, I had to put my printer back online: START>SETTINGS>PRINTERS AND FAXES> right click your printer and select> USE PRINTER ONLINE.

My printer is a Canon i-550 hooked up via USB and my network hardware is all Linksys. Perhaps this is why everything plays nice with each other.

Not sure others have reported problems in the event of a power outage.I have unplugged this unit 20 times and have not once had to re-configure anything.

ISSUES:
1).Quick Install guide does stop short of telling you how to go wireless after the initial wired configuration. (Follow erunners MYSTERY STEP).
2).Past experience with tech support is mixed. First guy was an idiot-illiterate,,, Second was very helpful, persistent and understandable. Now when I call, I just curse at the first guy and call back with hopes of getting the second guy. That's easier than wasting time with someone who, in the end, hangs up on you because he can't resolve the issue.
3).Print monitor always reports that the it cannot communicate with the printer. But the printer functions fine

BOTTOM-LINE:
If your borderline on picking one of these up, my suggestion is to buy it locally and return it if you have significant trouble. If it works for your setup, it will work well. Print process is much faster than having the printer connected directly to the computer. 3MB Buffer is the highest I was able to find in this price range.(...)

Good Luck ... Read more


10. Linksys USBBT100 Bluetooth USB Adapter
list price: $69.99
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B0000DZET4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 539
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Adds Bluetooth Class 1 connectivity to your USB-equipped notebook or desktop computer
  • Wirelessly connects to local devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, printers, headsets, other computers, mice, keyboards, and more
  • Synchronize data between your PC and PDA, and keep your mobile phone's address book up to date
  • Use your mobile phone to connect your notebook computer to the Internet, while the phone is still in your pocket
  • Compatible with Microsoft 98SE, Me, Windows 2000, and XP

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars So Easy to Install and Use!
Hi,

I bought this device to transfer my cell phone address book to my computer. With this in mind, I heartily recommend the Bluetooth USB adapter. The only negative point of this product is the high price. Read my detailed comments below:

Easy to Install
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The installation was really easy! I just popped in the CD and followed the directions! I have Windows 2K, by the way.

Actually Works
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Better yet was the cool way that the transfer worked w/o any whack errors!

Familiar User Interface
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There is a set of "folders" called something like "Bluetooth neighborhood" that shows up in the explorer bar. This shows you the devices connected by Bluetooth to your PC etcetera!

My limited use has already made me so happy, that I am DYING to find out what else I can use Bluetooth for.

Still Costs Too Much
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The only bad thing is the PRICE. It seems like something like this should cost like 5 bucks. But I guess Linksys has to pay for Research and Development or something. I think the price should drop, though. So if you are on a budget, wait a few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product!
This is a great little adapter. It works great on both PC's and Mac's with Windows XP and OS X. I love it. Simple to use, no drivers needed for mac's. It has a really good signal, too, enabling me to use my phone 2 floors away from my computer! Its great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Way To Synchronize Mobile Phone and PC
After researching different websites on an inexpensive way to connect my Sony Ericsson T610 and PC via Bluetooth I ended up choosing this product over others...I made the right choice! While the software involved isn't the most user-friendly, it does the job relatively well. I was able to synchronize my phone contacts and notes from Outlook with my phone which took literally seconds to transfer. Like I mentioned before, the software (especially initial configuration), takes some time especially if this is your first experience with Bluetooth. But once it is setup, it is very easy to keep your phone's information up to date. I definitely recommend this product!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not much to say about this
Just plugged it into my Mac and off it went. Couldn't be easier! No drivers to install under OS X, just 100% plug and play.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth USB device a breeze to use
Was a little hesitant in choosing a device but the Linksys USB bluetooth adapter was a wise choice. Its easy to use, has good range and great customer support ... Read more


11. Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00007KDVJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 633
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Linksys Wireless-G access point lets you connect Wireless-G (802.11g) or Wireless-B (802.11b) devices to your network. Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate your network clients to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

For more information on the differences between an Access Point and a Router with Access Point, see the following table:

access point vs. router

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G access point can encrypt all wireless transmissions. The MAC address filter lets you decide exactly who has access to your wireless network. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

Wireless-G is the upcoming 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country--but since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Future-proof your wireless network with the Linksys Wireless-G access point. You'll enjoy Wireless-B connectivity today, and be prepared for a high-speed Wireless-G tomorrow.

The Linksys Wireless-G access point is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports data rates up to 54 Mbps--up to 5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Backwards compatible with existing IEEE 802.11b devices at 11 Mbps
  • Supports 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Wireless MAC address filtering
  • Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet

Reviews (54)

3-0 out of 5 stars An honest and thorough look at the WAP54G
Short version - great unit, but the logging leaves much to be desired, and the latest firmware seems to have a few minor glitches. If you want to know the details, read on...

Bought a WAP54G recently. Performance is decent. Range is good. Anyone who claims that they don't see a speed difference between a wired and wireless connection probably isn't looking close enough - a 100Mbps full-duplex ethernet has much faster throughput than a wireless connection. Try comparing an FTP of a file that's a couple of hundred megs and you'll see what I mean...

The issues I have with this unit are what I believe to be firmware bugs, and their tech support claims they can duplicate them but hasn't done anything in the way of fixing them in the last month that they've known about them. I was told that a future firmware release "might" address these things, but no indication as to when or if at all.

I feel that security is critical, especially on a wireless device that any passer-by can potentially connect to if in range, and the logging on this unit falls short of my expectations.

Powering up the WAP54G while the logging utility is capturing yields two log entries stating that the syslogd and system have been started. Attaching to the network using a laptop equipped with a WPC54G yields an additional message stating there was a "Wireless PC connected" with the date and time - "Somebody" is connected, but who? (MAC address would be nice, but none given). As far as the logs are concerned, I've never seen any additional messages generated. Short of resetting the WAP54G, I've never seen another log entry gererated depsite the activity on my network. The logs entries captured by their loging utility are always four hours ahead of the correct date and time, and that ought to be addressed as well. Disconnecting and reconnecting (rebooting the laptop) does not generate any additional log entries. For MAC address filtering, you can specifically permit or prevent up to twenty MAC addresses. If you make your entries on that screen, and then refresh the page (either by logging off and then back on, or by resetting the WAP), the addresses remain, but the indication of whether you're permitting or preventing those addresses disappears. This might be cosmetic, but I'd still like to know what my devices are doing... Using XP Pro and setting up WEP took some trial and error - not as intuitive as I'd like.

If speed and convenience are what you're looking for, this unit will probably fit the bill. If you're interested in security and knowing what this device is actually doing at any given time, the logs are sure to keep you in the dark. If/when they release a firmware upgrade that addresses this issue, I think they will have a five star product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great, but more detailed instructions needed
Good Product, More detailed instructions needed.
This was my first WAP setup, needless to say I was a little disappointed in the instructions. It only showed how to use it right out of the box and nothing on how to use secure the network using MAC address and or WEP.
If I wanted to use the product out of the box, takes about 5 minutes to setup, but I wanted to secure it, took about an hour.
Still happy with the product though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying if you like speed!
Fantastic - this worked right out of the box with very little setup time required. It is backwards compatible so we are able to use it with every wireless card in our home (even the older ones). But the wireless-G cards scream with speed compared to the older cards. Definitely worth buying.

1-0 out of 5 stars LOUSY Tech Support
I called the "No-Help" line after running into a minor issue with the WAP54G that I was setting up as a repeater. The individual who "assisted" me was worse than anything I could do alone. After I got off the phone, over 2 hours later, my laptop could not even connect to the wireless network at home. This individual would not pay attention to anything I said, instead seeming to read off a script. When I asked to speak with a supervisor, he said he was the floor supervisor.

IF you buy this product, search the help section on their website for articles. Because if you have to call their "no-help" line you are in for trouble.

Work on it yourself or find a store that will come out and set it up for you instead. Linksys tech support = worthless!!! The lack of adequate tech support is the main reason for the poor rating.

4-0 out of 5 stars Like all Linksys products..
No, I am not a Linksys employee and yes I have lost money in Cisco stock. But like all Linksys products the setup works like its supposed to and the units work flawlessly.

I downrated this unit because of the difficulty of using it as a bridge. The box insinuated that you could bridge with it. When I tried to make it bridge it didn't work and tech support told me that bridging is not supported.

I did find a work-around. E-mail me if you want the secret.

Otherwise this is an excellent as usual product from Linksys at a great price. ... Read more


12. Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A/G Media Center Extender WMCE54AG

our price: $259.99
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Asin: B0002ZUZVW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1190
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Features

  • Connects your Home Entertainment Center to a Windows Media Center PC through a Wireless-A, Wireles
  • Watch home or downloaded digital movies and browse your digital pictures on your television.Also watch, pause, and record live TV shows
  • Listen to your digital music collection and Internet radio through your stereo system
  • Select entertainment from on-screen menus with the easy-to-use remote control

13. Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter
list price: $116.00
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B000085BD8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 609
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Linksys Wireless-G PCI card installs in most desktops and lets you use your computer almost anywhere in the building, without the cost and hassle of running network cables. Now you don't have to drill holes in the 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 network storage with other computers on the network.

The Linksys Wireless-G PCI card connects you with Wireless-G networks at an incredible 54 Mbps. And for added versatility, it can interoperate with all the 11 Mbps Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hot spots around the country. And in either mode, your wireless communications are protected by up to 128-bit encryption, so your data stays secure.

Don't hassle with running cables through your house--get your desktop connected the easy way with the Linksys Wireless-G PCI card. ... Read more

Features

  • Operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum with speeds up to 54 Mbps
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11g draft standards, and is backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11b products
  • Installs in most desktops and lets you put your computer almost anywhere in the building
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (87)

3-0 out of 5 stars Works well (once you get it too). Fragile Antenna Connector
Since my last review (below), I changed the motherboard (to an ECS k7s5a) on my son's computer. My wmp54g went back to the original problem. This time, there was no "byte merge" I could change in the bios. I purchased a D-link G520+ and it worked great, no hassles. Even seems to have a more reliable connection than the wmp54g. I'm not changing my rating on the wmp54g, however. Seems like wireless pci cards are hit and miss. From what I've read, it seems that the wmp54g will have problems in hardware that the D-link works perfectly, but the reverse also occurs. The moral of the story - make sure you happy with the return policy of the store from which you buy you wireless pci card.

I have the linksys wrt54g router/AP wired to my cable modem and XP machine. The wmp54g is on my Win98 PIII, Asus p3v4x m/b (Via chipset). My first attempts to use the pci card caused irq conflicts that I resolved by manually selected a non-conflicting irq for the slot in which the card was seated. But the card could still not see a signal. So I adjusted the antenna on the pci card. Bad move, as the connecter came off in my hand (a light breeze would have blown it off). After exchanging the card for one in which the connecter seemed to be better secured to the card, I tried again. Still no signal, no bars, even w/ the card and router both in the same room. After several phone calls to Linksys tech support (friendly, hardworking, and eager to help, but mostly clueless), I ran across a tech that had a useful suggestion - try the card out on my WinXp machine. The card worked on that machine. Unfortunately, tech support had no clue what to do w/ that info. Eventually, I realized that if the card was to work in the Win98SE machine, the problem would need to be resolved at the motherboard bios level. Disabling "Byte Merge" in the motherboard bios did the trick! Also, make sure that the router verification is set for "Auto" rather than "Shared Key", which will result in the same "no signal" problem. Difficult card to set up on an older pc, but it's running with a fair signal/fair link (3 to 4 bars) and 24 to 54 mbps (often 48-54) at about 50-60 ft through two floors. Hopefully, it will continue to work well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Installation difficulties in Windows XP
I had a few problems getting the WMP54G to work using encryption with my router (WRT54G) under Windows XP.

The quick installation guide implies Windows XP will detect the card and set it up automatically. It did no such thing for me; it wanted me to provide the driver manually. I highly recommend getting the latest driver from the Linksys website rather than using the one on the CD.

I don't recommend using the Windows network wizard, or whatever the thing is called. It added a Network Bridge device with an odd IP address. I could not communicate with my router until I deleted this device. This was not intuitive at all, but again this is a Windows problem.

On to the next problem: when I used WEP encryption (either 64 or 128-bit), the wireless connection would drop out at precisely three minutes. Everything worked fine with encryption turned off.

I then decided to try WPA encryption, which is supposedly more secure than WEP anyway. There is a Windows XP update to add this capability to the operating system, which you'll need to install. Unfortunately I found that this didn't immediately solve my problem: WPA was not available as a selection in the wirless network setup. I then updated the driver for the WMP54G and I was able to use WPA with no problem! Again, a word of advice: do NOT use the driver on the included CD! Get the latest driver off the Linksys website. I would imagine this was the source of my WEP problems as well, but I never went back to try it. I'm happy with WPA.

Also make sure your router's firmware is up to date. Some manufacturers have only recently added WPA capability.

Other than these difficulties, this seems to be a great card. It works just as fast as my wired LAN connection.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality and Support from Linksys.
I just received on 07/06/04 my WMP54G that I purchased here from Amazon.com. The product was well packed, and when it arrived it was brand new condition and it looked to be fresh from Linksys. When I opened it up, and followed the instructions for Windows XP which is pretty easy, the brass connector that you screw the antenna on on the back of the PCI came off. It looks like that small SMA connector is pressed into the card, not soldered, and it can't hold the weight of the antenna. I called Linksys and asked if this was a known problem and they said no, and they made excuses that it was my fault. I got an RMA from them and I am sending it back. I should have ordered the USB one, but I figured this would be better. I would never purchase this type item again!

1-0 out of 5 stars Unstable and slow
Reliable is certainly a relative term in the world of PC networking. However, even by such a loose standard, Linksys wireless technology is terrible. Furthermore, when it does maintain an active connection for a meaningful amount of time, it's not as fast as a wired connection.

After hours on the tech-support hotline - yeah, I eventually decoded the script from which they were reading - and several dropped connections a day, I finally got it to be *kinda* stable by turning off the critical security features. Needless to say, I've returned the wireless router and PCI adapter.

Oh, I've heard that cordless phones interfere with wireless networks. I've also heard that wireless networks are unstable regardless. Frankly, I've heard lots of stuff, and now I've got my $.02 to add to the pool of dissatisfied people: If you're a casual user that does not mind loosing your connection all the time, then go ahead and waste your money. Otherwise, a hole in the wall and some cabling will save you lots of time, money, and peace of mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars no worries
This is a great card for your desktop. I have a homebuilt PC runing windows XP. I set up a totally wireless G network yesterday morning with a linksys wireless router kit and the desktop was the first to go online (and it was not the computer used to configure the router). Sofware and hardware Installation were both easy and took less than 5 minutes. I get great reception about 40 feet from the router on a different floor of my apartment. I have been able to stream long streams without dropping. Excelent card, worth the extra dough. ... Read more


14. Linksys WPC54GS Wireless-G Notebook Adapter with SpeedBooster
list price: $79.99
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B0001D3JXG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 475
Average Customer Review: 2.22 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • SpeedBooster technology increases Wireless-G performance by up to 35 percent
  • Interoperates with standard Wireless-G and Wireless-B networks
  • Wireless communications secured with up to 128-bit encryption
  • Network Protocols: TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI
  • Security Features: WEP, AES, TKIP, 802.1x

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with Win XP
This card is not worth it. During install, it kept indicating that it was not compatible or tested with XP and crapped my standard 802.11 G connection as well. not worth the trouble.

4-0 out of 5 stars Linksys WPC54GS Pc Card 802.11G On Mac Powerbook G4 Ti
I started with the Linksys pre wireless version with 4 port, from Amazon about 4 years ago. Then when I got a Mac PowerBook with airport-B class internal wifi in Late November 2003 (Last PBg4 b4 the new aluminums w/.11G), I ordered a Linksys .11B w/4port and since seeing the one post about the card working in a Mac decided to try the latest GS Combo. The Mac had no problem finding the network. Wifi Setup was a snap) Linksys techs helped get all 3 routers working together, that took 30mins). The new WRT54GS and matching card**** Nice improvement, Video is only a tad slower than cat5e connection. Speed check at optonline hits 5,300(53mbps). Worth the work. You do have to know your Mac though. Airport setup is the key. *Use the WEP-set mac id on router to only accept the listed address the rest is up to you to play with. I highly recommend this setup. You get the best wifi connection a Mac can get for less, especially for pre G models. Linksys use of broadcom chip is the same standard on airport, they are compatible. Airport treats it like internal when inserted. I have had only minor bugs and one crash from not turning airport off b4 powering off the card. As far as G vs. GS price 10-20% dif. Who cares? I wanted SpEED! Besides Amzn px was best (+$30 off with Credit Card deal dropped the px to $109 Flat (no-tax, no Shipping) NOT BAD! So all you preG Mac owners who were hesitating, Get the GS (speedbooster works) 108 never gonna happen, technically impossible... read some reviews. As far as comparison with other brands. Apple certified repair shops sell these because they work. They just don't sell at Amzn prices. So enjoy your Itunes downloads fast from the backyard.

1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage
This card is garbage. I have used Linksys products in the past with good luck. I don't know if this product is too new or what. Would recognize the router but would not connect to the internet. After hours of talking with the totally useless Tech Support people, and several installs and uninstalls with the newest driver, I boxed it up and returned it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Linksys Fails
Before buying the Linksys WPC54GS I was a big fan of Linksys networking products. The problems I had with this product have made me look at other brands.

A client of mine needed to equip a Dell laptop with wireless capability so it would work using VPN (Virtual Private Networking). I purchased the Linksys WPC54GS and when I installed it I was surprised that the included CD had the same software version as the Linksys website. I proceeded to install the VPN software. Suddenly the wireless connection began to disconnect, then reconnect, then disconnect, over and over. Perplexed I spent over an hour re-installing drivers, re-installing VPN, and searching knowledge bases. My research showed that other people experienced this same issue.

I packed up the device and brought it back to the dealer. They gave me a full refund. I picked up the Netgear WGT511T, and low and behold it works perfectly! In the future I will look first to Netgear and Belkin before using Linksys products.

1-0 out of 5 stars couldn't get it to work
i should have read the reviews. not only did the setup program keep crashing, when i tried to uninstall it, it crashed. i think this card is too new... not ready for prime time.

i have winXP for home. i bought the router along w/ this card and the router works great (although i had to turn off UPnP to get the xbox to work). ... Read more


15. Linksys WET11 Wireless Ethernet Bridge
list price: $119.00
our price: $87.99
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Asin: B000066JQU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 996
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The versatile wireless Ethernet bridge from Linksys can make any wired Ethernet-equipped device a part of your wireless network. At home, use the wireless Ethernet bridge to connect game consoles, set-top boxes, or computers to your wireless network to share your high-speed network connection. In the office, convert your Ethernet-wired printer, scanner, camera, notebook, or desktop into a wireless networked device.

It's completely driver-free, so it works on any platform and with any operating system. Because there are no drivers to load, setup is a snap--just plug it into your device and configure the network settings through your Web browser.

You can also use the Linksys wireless Ethernet bridge as a kind of "cableless cable" to connect remote areas together. Maybe the Shipping department is all the way across the warehouse from Receiving. Or maybe you want to set up a home office in your detached garage. With a wireless Ethernet bridge in the garage and another one (or a wireless access point) in the house, you're connected--without the hassle of cabling. ... Read more

Features

  • Converts wired-Ethernet devices to wireless network connectivity
  • Works without drivers on Macintosh, Windows, PlayStation2, Xbox, Linux, network printers--anything with an Ethernet port
  • Provides wireless, cable-free bridging between remote workgroups
  • Easily configurable through your Web browser
  • Capable of up to 128-Bit WEP encryption

Reviews (108)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great item but, set-up a little tedious, WEP encrypt. tricky
I purchased this to use with X-Box Live, and I highly recommend it for X-Box or for any wireless network solution simply because once you set it up, you just plug it into the ethernet port and you're connected no drivers to download, no software to install on the connected machine.

Now to the downsides:
1. You set-up the device using a CD-ROM in a Windows computer and input all your network settings (matching your wireless router). Set up is not as intuitive as it could/should be, and a few times I received "Device Not Found" error, even though it was directly connected to my computer.

2. Since it is a Linksys product, if you want to use WEP encyption, it creates the key based on a "alphanumeric pass-code" or allows you to create one key code manually, however, my wireless router allows me to create my own revolving key codes (Four @ 64-bit encryption, Eight @ 128-bit encryption), so I have to keep one key code which slightly undermines the security.

Despite all this, I can still recommend it - and be sure to check out compatabilty with your router if it is not a Linksys.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution for the XBox and more
When XBox Live was looming on the horizon I started wonder how in the world I was going to get my XBox online. My TV is nowhere near my broadband connection and dragging a cable around wasn't an option. When Linksys introduced the wireless bridge, all of my problems were solved. I was able to easily connect my Xbox (and any other device which happens to sit near the TV) to my home network.

Think of the bridge as a device which extends your wired network, just without using a wire.. :) A wired network comes out of one side of the bridge, allowing you to connect a device that accepts a regular ethernet connection. If you need to attach multiple devices, simply put a hub or switch in the mix.

During the initial setup I had some problems. My wireless access point was up and running, but I couldn't connect to the bridge. It turns out I needed to connect it to my wired network to get the initial configuration correct. Once I did this the rest of the setup was a breeze and it has been working flawlessly ever since.

Again, for those people that are considering this for use with an XBox (or probably any other gaming console), I've had no problems. I regularly run game servers on my XBox and the bridge has been great.

1-0 out of 5 stars When a Linksys product doesn't work, you are out of luck
I bought a wireless G router from Linksys in October, and still have not gotten it to work. The unit did not come with an installation CD (which was listed on the package), and I was told "You can buy one if you want". Countless emails, faxes, calls, and letters to both tech support and corporate, have gotten me nowhere. "We will send you the CD immediately". Never happens. "We are so sorry, and will make this right". Never happens. When I asked for an RMA, I was told "I think an RMA has something to do with returning the product". I will never EVER buy a Linksys product again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Does the job
I bought a WET11v2 with 2.08 firmware. I cannot speak for the WET11v1, but v2 has been good to me. Configured it in 15 minutes and it has worked great since. The WET11 is usually sold for slightly more than Netgear's competing ME101, but that extra $10 buys you a huge advantage: a fully functional working product. With the ME101, you save a few dollars and get a neutered Yugo. If you need a 802.11b bridge, the WET11 is the best choice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Linksys - Born to break
My first experience with Linksys was a router. It allowed me to hook up my non-ethernet stuff by USB, and share my cable modem around my home office. It was simple to set up and worked great for 4 weeks until it gradually began to fail. First the USB port went dead, then if I had more than two PCs connected, it would slow on ethernet file transfers from 10mbps to dialup speeds. Then it died for good.

I swore to myself never again, but then along comes this bridge... easy to configure, good price... I was a fool.

Currently my bridge can be relied upon to drop them every 5-15 minutes when I'm trying to do something important (like FTP my new web site to the remote server). Used to be that the dropouts were few and far between, and only under heavy use. But just as my other Linksys product gradually went bad, this one's dropouts are growing more and more frequent.

I researched it on the net, read how flashing new firmware stopped the dropouts. I upgraded the firmware, did everything I could, and for a week it seemed to be doing great. And now it's worse than ever. I'm constantly having to reboot the unit. It's driving me bonkers.

I specifically warn people away from this product. If you get one that performs fine in the beginning, big deal. They all do. If you have decent performance six months later, you're an anomaly. In my experience, Linksys is born to break and you'd be better off saving yourself the aggravation by buying a more reliable brand. ... Read more


16. Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Card with SpeedBooster
list price: $144.00
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B0001D3K3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 438
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High-speed Wireless-G for your desktop PC, now with SpeedBooster performance enhancement
  • Put your PC wherever you want, with no cabling hassle
  • New SpeedBooster technology increases wireless network performance by up to 35%
  • Also interoperates with standard Wireless-G and Wireless-B networks
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people say
All I wanted to share with you all is that the range is really on par if not better than others. I initially purchased the wmp54gs with the wrt54gs and the signal strength was low or very low. I read another review that said to buy the wg311t from netgear...I did...low or very low. I decided that maybe it was the access point and not the card. I moved the wrt54gs about ten feet to the right and presto, good, very good on both cards.

I guess the moral of the story is that wireless is pretty much hit or miss anyway; avoid the cycle of buying and returning products and try changing one of the 850 variables that affect wireless performance:)

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Signal/Rande + 0 Tech Support Knowledge
I have tried this card w Linksys WRT54GS router. The signal strength on the computer w the card was only Very Low to Low. In contrast, when replaced on same computer and location w Netgear WG311T or Buffalo WLI-PCI-54G g-type Cards I get very good to excellent signal strength! Linksys support only remedy for this is - exchange the card w another one? Well I have exchanged the card for another one with same outcome. This card is crap!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product !!
About 2 weeks ago I bought the WMP54GS for my PC and the WPC54GS for my notebook. The reason why I bought them was because I wanted to play some games against my cousin without the hassle of putting long wires throughout the house. I was not sure if I could get the desired speed between these computers to play the games without freezing or hang-ups. My other problem was that as far as networking goes my knowledge was slim to none. However, when I received these products and installed them in my PC and notebook I had some slight connection problems (probably my fault) but after 2 or 3 hours of struggling I got it to work and I am very , very satisfied with these products. The computers give me an almost constant connection speed of 54Mbps and as far as the gaming goes, there are no hang-ups or freezing. I also recently bought the WRT54GS router , but I haven't connected it yet because I am waiting for ADSL at home. As far as I am concerned ALL these products deserve 5 stars. Keep up the good work LINKSYS. ... Read more


17. Linksys High Gain Antenna Kit for TNC Connectors HGA7T
list price: $72.00
our price: $43.99
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Asin: B0002F3G7M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 386
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Features

  • Increases the effective range of Linksys wireless devices
  • Stronger signal increases wireless coverage into hard-to-reach areas and improves throughput by reducing retransmissions
  • Easy installation -- simply replace your current antennas
  • Works with both Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices
  • Omni Directional design for 360 degrees of coverage

18. Linksys WUSB54G Wireless-G USB Adapter
list price: $69.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009X6PH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 351
Average Customer Review: 2.82 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 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

Reviews (28)

3-0 out of 5 stars This is the most confusing adapter
Hi I just got my Linksys WUSB54G installed with the WRT54G wireless router. I've read that this adapter doesn't support WPA, is this true? Cause for some reason I got it to work with WPA-PSK on both the router and adapter on Windows XP. In order to have the WPA feature for the adapter, you must run windows update and have the WPA security installed.

The adapter says it only supports Windows XP and 2000, yet when I tried installing it on 98SE, it worked perfectly fine except that there's no WPA feature nor is there a windows update to get the WPA security, so I'm using WEP instead. In order to get it to work, I had to use the software program that the adapter came with, where I configure the SSID, etc.

Does anybody know if there is a way to get WPA on windows 98se, and is there a way to configure the wireless connection other than using the software it came with?

If you go to wi-fi.org and check to see if the adapter is wi-fi protected access, the label has that feature checked, so does it mean it supports WPA or not?

2-0 out of 5 stars WUSB54G Poor at best
It was very easy to install and I like the size, the problem is performance. I think there is a flaw in the design of their receivers. I am connected to a Linksys WAP54G with 128 bit encryption. At 80 feet from the access point with a medium signal strength, I watch the bitrate fluctuate from 2 to 54mbps and every point in between at a rate of once per second. The internet connection was unusable. So I moved the Access Point to being 5 feet away. You would expect to see the performance pegged, right? Though the signal strength was pegged, the bitrate jumped around between 24 and 54 mbps. The internet was quite usable at 5 feet. In both of these tests I took a second computer, my laptop with built-in wireless, and put it next to my computer with the WUSB54G. It had no bitrate fluctuation and the performance was great. (So it isn't my access point). Right now I am shopping for another USB adapter and this one will be placed in my bottom desk drawer, my electronic equipment graveyard. I am professionally trained in electronics. This shouldn't be so hard.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good adapter, now supports WPA in XP
I was a little hesitant to purchase this adapter several months back because I was aware that it didn't support WPA encryption (which is far more secure than the old WEP encryption). Because I moved into a new apartment and I needed two computers, I went ahead and purchased this adapter anyway. I was pleased at how easy it was to set up and use, and I was able to get 128-bit WEP encryption to work with my WRT54G router in almost no time. I figured that I can continue using the adapter and change my WEP key every once in a while to prevent hackers from entering my network.

I went to Linksys's support site earlier today and I am very happy to find out that there is a driver update posted with WPA support under Windows XP!! Not only was I able to easily set up WPA-PSK with this adapter, but my machine can now communicate with the router using the more secure AES encryption protocol!

I am only giving this adapter four stars for two reasons: first, there doesn't appear to be any native Linux support for it. I couldn't get the Prism driver to work with the adapter, even in the slower 802.11b mode. I suppose that I really ought to be using an Ethernet bridge (such as the WET54G) if I need to connect this PC using Linux.

In addition, the adapter didn't include the Funk Odyssey client that normally ships with the WPC54G and WMP54G adapters. From what others have told me, the Funk client is much more featureful and easier to use than the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration feature.

Overall, I am very happy with this adapter and I will recommend it to other Windows XP users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great
I use two USB adapters along with a Linksys Wireless G router and a wireless PCI adapter. Everything works great. Remember to upgrade your firmware and your drivers once you are connected!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little unit
I always try to use LInksys products when I sell and set up networks for customers. They are priced right and in my experience perform excellently. I have purchased hundreds of Linksys units and I can not ever recall having a serious failure.

I bought a boxfull of these little adapters for quick hookups for laptops not normally connected to the network. They are fast connect right away and just plain work.

The only thing I have noticed about these are that they are more sensitive to cordless phones than the PC card adapters. I have no idea why, but they will drop off in the vicinity of Panasonic and Uniden phones. Sony and ATT phones don't bother it. Go figure. ... Read more


19. Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB Network Adapter
list price: $59.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005AW1H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 187
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If good things come in small packages, the WUSB11 from Linksys makes a great addition to a wireless network. Measuring about the size of a deck of cards and weighing just shy of three ounces, this little device fits nearly anywhere and is easily stowed in a notebook computer case. Simple USB connectivity makes it compatible with any modern PC, and also makes it easy to swap from one computer to another.

Provided you already have a wireless router or Internet gateway set up, installing the WUSB11 is a snap. We plugged it into a USB port on a test PC, executed the installation program on the included PC, and once the system rebooted we were connected to the network without being tethered to any wires. The unit draws its power directly from the USB port, leaving users with one less cord to lug around and one less device to plug into a wall outlet. We tested the device on a PC located 40 feet laterally and one floor above the wireless router and didn't even need to extend the tiny antenna to get good reception. Should you need to use the antenna, it extends at either 90 degrees or 180 degrees, meaning it will work whether the unit is sitting flat on a desk or mounted vertically on a wall using the included Velcro strips.

Performance was impressive. As an 802.11b product the WUSB11 supports a maximum speed of 11 Mbps and real-world speeds hovered around that mark in our tests. The signal was strong and consistent, making it great for gaming or transferring large files without worrying about a disconnect halfway through. There are only two indicator lights on the unit itself that tell you it's working--a power light and another light that blinks when data is transmitting--but the included software tools allow for a much more detailed picture. Using these utilities we were able to keep an eye on the signal strength (it never dipped below 95 percent), configure the built-in encryption settings, and perform other security and monitoring tasks.

The device is designed to fall back to lower speeds instead of cutting off transmissions completely when it reaches the limits of its range or experiences signal problems. In a normal-size home you should have no trouble maintaining the 11 Mbps signal, but if you wander outdoors with a notebook or are plagued by signal interference, overall transmission speed can step down to 5.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps, or even 1 Mbps depending on conditions. Even at the lowest speed the device is fast enough for speedy Internet browsing (most users won't see any slowdown at all in that area, even for downloads), although transferring files across the network is painfully slow at the lower speeds.

No matter what, if you plan mainly to transfer large files over your network you'll probably want the extra speed 802.11a or 802.11g devices offer. Of course, you'll also have to absorb the extra cost associated with those products. The WUSB11 is a fantastic 802.11b device for the money, working perfectly straight out of the box, and its low weight and small size make it a viable alternative to a PCMCIA wireless network card for notebook users. Just make sure the computer you want to connect it to doesn't use Windows 95 or NT, as the unit is incompatible with those two operating systems. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Simple installation and configuration
  • Mounts either horizontally or vertically
  • Included software provides useful details without overwhelming users with minutia
Cons:
  • So light that the weight of the USB cord can pull it off a desk
  • Maximum 11 Mbps transmission speed may be too slow for some users
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Features

  • Connects desktop or laptop computers to your wireless network
  • High-speed transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps
  • Operating range of up to 300 feet indoors and 1,500 feet outdoors
  • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, and 2000
  • Easy plug-and-play installation

Reviews (234)

5-0 out of 5 stars Just like in the Movies
Ever see a movie where everything works just like it should? No rebooting when the hero tried to go online with the alien motherships's mainframe? Just connected right away....

Well, here's a device that works just like that. I received this Wireless adapter, along with a Linksys BEFW11S4 Router (See my review and setup for that item) for Christmas. While I may have some issues setting up the router, this Wireless adapter worked right out of the box.

I installed the software, plugged it into my daughter's computer in the kitchen and, Boom, it found the wireless router upstairs in my office. I set up Internet Explorer to use the LAN and she was up and surfing in no time. She is getting about 5mbps in the kitchen when connected to the router upstairs and across the house.

I've got to say this was a great gift, and easy to set up.

4-0 out of 5 stars This network adapter works as advertised...
I purchased this to work with the BEFW11S4 Wireless Access Point & Cable/DSL Router w/4 Port Switch. It was very easy to install. Simply plug in this usb device, install the included software, type in the necessary info in the config window, and you're set! I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5 because I was not able to get the full 11mbps speed. I got at the most 3.5mpbs speed, and that's when I was only directly upstairs, approximately 20 feet away. Actually I'm not sure if the result was because of this, or the access point. But it does advertise 11mbps at 100ft indoors. I don't transfer files back and forth much between my desktop and server, so it's not too big of a deal. A plus is that there is no latency when I'm on the wireless network.

3-0 out of 5 stars Old Tech required for Tivo
I was forced to buy this thing because Tivo is too cheap to make a box that can use 80211G. Adding a 80211B to your network forces the wireless hub to work at B speed. For you techno-whizzes, you can set up separate networks, but for plug and play people, this thing is a square peg in a round hole.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not enough power?
I got a couple of these along with a Linksys router. It was a bit of a pain to get everything going - more than I expected. But it all seemed to work OK. But over time, one of my machines consistently had slow internet response. I checked and was getting dropped packets. The that worked OK was one room away through a wallboard and 2x4's wall - about 10 feet. The one that didn't work was a couple walls and a plywood floor away - about 18 feet. I finally replaced it with a PCI-based card which is working fine. I can only guess that the USB-powered WUSB11 just doesn't have enough power. It was unacceptable at a pretty short distance. I'm continuing to use the other one OK.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quirky - but they all are...
I have three different types of wireless adapters - two by Linksys and one by Netgear. None of them are perfect but if all is right with the world and your computer, this one is relatively easy to install and usually works well signal-wise, particularly with a booster on your router (bought the Linksys booster for their wireless router and there was a huge improvement with all of these devices).

Take note of the installation procedures since each OS has different steps to follow. On a few computers, the software doesn't seem to install but actually does. And once in a while, Windows decides it doesn't recognize it and you might have to go through the whole installation again if unplugging it and plugging it back in doesn't work. As I said, quirky, but they all are. ... Read more


20. Linksys BEFCMU10 EtherFast Cable Modem
list price: $99.99
our price: $66.49
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Asin: B00005T6GZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 822
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Linksys Cable Modem is the easiest and most affordable way to get a blazing fast connection to the Internet ... Read more

Features

  • USB or Ethernet connection
  • Up to 42 Mbps download speeds, 10 Mbps upload
  • "Always On" connection; no more busy signals or timeouts
  • Vertical footprint makes positioning easy
  • Fully compatible with Linksys routers to connect multiple computers to broadband internet

Reviews (142)

5-0 out of 5 stars Comcast NJ users MUST call COMCAST with MAC Address
Just revising my previous review. I have been experiencing intermittent failures of internet connectivity over long stretches of constant online time like 2-8 hours. I called COMCAST and they said that since their DOCSIS 1.0 implementation they have some sort of software application that runs around the network making sure that the MAC address that is linked to their leased IP address MATCHES the MAC address in their provisioning database. Since my Cable Modem had not been provisioned through Comcast, this software application would disconnect me for about 5-10 minutes at a time. After registration of the MAC Address, Serial #, and Model number, Comcast assures me (wink!) that this will never happen again.

BTW, I had an old Motorola Comcast provided modem that was non-DOCSIS compliant and did not have a MAC address and ever since the DOCSIS 1.0 conversion I had been experiencing the same thing but the frequency has increased. Of course, I never thought about the lack of a MAC address until I got the new modem.

Anyway, still a great deal, but just make sure your cable provider has all the information that they need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comcast NJ User - Works out of the box
I am a Comcast HSI customer in NJ for the last 3 years with a rented modem at $7/month. I unboxed this modem, made all the physical connections, and it all worked without a hitch!! The directions state that it can take a little while for the modem to acquire a signal and it did. The modem took about 10 minutes to get a signal, and didn't, so I powered cycled the box and then it attain the signal within 5 minutes after that. I did not have to call anyone to enable it with Comcast. I started using it within 20 minutes of openning the box.

The download rates appear much faster and it worked seemlessly with my Linksys 4 port Cable/DSL Router which I highly recommend as well

5-0 out of 5 stars Comment on Windows XP
I recently purchased this modem and I'm using it with ATT. My download speeds are near 2Mbps and I'm loving it. Just wanted to comment that this modem runs really well with Windows XP (what I have) contrary to what others have said here. I'm connecting via an Ethernet card (NIC), and I think most of the problems with XP are from those who are connecting via the USB port (Linksys has not yet released the USB driver for XP, hence the problems). Anyway, if you are connecting via an ethernet card, this modem is the way to go!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Modem with AT&T
I love most Linksys products but after reapeated phone calls and trying everything imaginable, we couldn't get this modem to work with AT&T in the Seattle area. Swithed to an RCA DCM 245 and everything worked likea charm

4-0 out of 5 stars A Superb AT&T Approved Modem Replacement
The replacement of this modem using AT&T(Tech Vincent)online
tech chat was done efficently, fast and mentally painless. During
chat I was provided a link to AT&T registration site and the
final phase using the AT&T desktop icon was a quick check list
walk through. The first stop on the cyber-speed way was Test My
Speed.com(496kbs). The second stop was PC Pitstop.com for download tests. A 500kb file at 1869kbs and 5000kb at 1344kbs,
download time was rated in ms. This is a attractive appliance
and the color scheme looks good next to my Iomega Zip. For the
capabilities and half the cost of other approved AT&T modems
this is really a good buy. ... Read more


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