Does the job, just not recommend for a secure link
Mr. P. J. White "Paul", Amazon
6 October 2005
Summary: Having been given some of these cards I've found them to be quite irratic if you secure your access point. Yes the 256bits WEP works but you really should think about getting WPA instead. The range of the card is about OK although if on your wireless router you choose to 'not broadcast the SSID' then even if you explictly list this in the connection you will find it starts to connect and disconnect and become quite frustrating.
Summary: This card uses the TI ACX100 chipset. There is no supported Linux driver from TI or DLink for this chipset. The card works fine with Windows XP, although the range seems to be somewhat limited. I can use it upto about 30 feet, but it is going thought a wall. My overall impression is that it is basically a trouble free card with Windows. There is a number of people working to create a GPLed driver for Linux which seems to work.
Don't upgrade the drivers with Windows XP and a Dell laptop!
Jim Kukral, Amazon
18 December 2003
Summary: After many long hours on the phone with tech support, who was at times helpful, and at other times not helpful, I've come to the conclusion from countless testing and reboots that any drivers except the ones that came with my card do not work. I believe the driver that came on my install disk was 2.02 or something, that works fine. If you have XP, and/or a Dell laptop (mine is Inspiron 5100), DO NOT UPDATE THE DRIVERS, EVER.
Summary: this 802.11B unit is available with rebate for as little as $30. using proprietary compression techniques it can transmit between computers on a LAN (using the same d-link "plus" components) at up to 44 Mbs. this is so close to 802.11G performance that the price difference is a no-brainer. be advised that top performance is obtained using non-TCP/IP protocols (e.g., NetBEUI) over your LAN. excellent install process and web-based administration.
Summary: I have a Dell Inspiron 4150, 1.6Ghz, 640MB, with XP home. I purchased this DWL-650+ PC card along with the DI-614+ router because they were cheap and popular. I'm not a hardcore computer geek but I can solve most computer problems I come across. Hey, I was pre-med : ) After reading the reviews, I carefully read the instructions and installed the PC card software first, turned the laptop off, inserted the card, than turned the laptop back on.
Summary: I use this in my laptop and it communicates with my wireless access point from D-Link (DWL-900AP+) that's plugged into my router's Ethernet port. I have 4x mode enabled on both the DWL-900AP+ and the DWL-650+ and it just plain adds more speed. In fact it adds 4-5Mbps more of speed. Then considering other brands of networking products with 802.11b only go 4-5Mbps total real speeds, this D-Link 4x mode is a great boost in speed.
Summary: The price is about forty bucks as of today (before rebate). I can get a throughput of about 8 Mbps when transfering so that's about 5 bucks per 1 Mbps transfer. With other 802.11b products and their cooresponding access points you get 5Mbps. Other companies' cards cost about fifty bucks and that makes the ratio 10 bucks per 1 Mbps transfer. As long as that isn't fuzzy math then I don't see the reason to go with other brands of 802.11b products.
Summary: First off someone was saying that you couldn't just set the SSID of this card to "default" and connect to any AP without changing the SSID of the card. Well actually there is a way to do it. Just type in "any" in the SSID field and it will connect to any AP that doesn't have WEP running, unless you know the WEP key. There are many reasons why I like this card better than others, but here are the main ones.
Summary: This is a fantastic little card. I use it daily at home with a D-Link 614+ router and achieve the 22Mbps. It has fantastic range. There is no where in my 1600 square foot home that I can't get a signal, I can even surf the web in the front yard! The beauty of this card is the ease of setup, especially with a D-Link router. However, I have also used this card flawlessly and seamlessly with a Linksys router. There are only two minor problems I can see.
Summary: It rocks. I can get 22mbps with the DI-614+ Wireless router, and the card receives signals even through walls. (Basement AND upper floor). It even has two Antennas(internal) but the only problem is that it takes up one PC slot. (Small price to pay, really.) It even supports advanced power management features, which is a plus on laptops.