Summary: I originally bought this to increase the reception for my computer in the farthest room from the router. There would be times that web pages would not load at all for about 30 seconds. So I replaced the wireless card with this one, hoping to fix this issue. There are still times that I'll lose the ability to load a page, but they are much less often, and for much shorter periods of time. I have a very good router, and my laptop picks up in the room just fine.
Summary: I operate multiple wireless networks for both my employer's internal clients, as well as for public/guest access. This is my goto card. The folks raving about awesome range are not wrong, but there is a little more to the story... Keep in mind that your wireless radio performs two functions: Sending and Receiving. It's not enough to have high transmit power if the other side can't communicate back to your radio.
Summary: From the user guides: IMPORTANT: Install the WLAN Adapter utilities before ing the WLAN Adapter into your computer especially in WinXP, which did not ship with drivers for this product. When installing the software, click OK to all warnings that the device is not detected, and to prompts to install it and ignore them. Continue until the software installation is complete. THEN shut down and plug in the device. On power up, the Found New Hardware Wizard will launch.
Pros: Reasonable though variable connection across my apartment 1 wall intervening even though the antenna is behind the computer case WRT the access point location. Software and drivers install quickly, allow user to specify application and start menu folders. Simple config interface if youve configured a WiFi client before, you will not need the help files. Status, diagnostics, and scan for networks displays provide ample information. Option to use Windows or 3rd party co...
Cons: Extended range feature does not improve weak connections even when enabled on the AP as well as this product Minimal documentation config may be a little challenging if this is your first time. Install instructions are on the CD including the warning to install the software first no warning label inside the box. Temperamental drivers on WinXP Pro SP3 device sometimes not recognized on power up, have to restart system warm reboot. Drivers do not uninstall cleanly. Free...
Summary: I am impressed with the performance of this card. From a computer in a writer's shed that is about 150 feet behind our house, I can see no difference in the upload and download speeds that I get from my computer inside the house. Signal strength is good. In addition, I can see my neighbor's network which must be at least 800 feet away. The installation is a little quirky and is reminiscent of circa Win 98.
Great card! Works with Linux and packet injection.
Joseph Benjamin Redding III "420ben420", Amazon
25 April 2009
Summary: This is a good quality product at a low price. I purchased one of these along with 25ft. of antenna cable and a flat panel antenna. I can see 22 access points using the Wireless Mon software operating on Windows XP. This card has an Atheros chipset and works with monitor mode and packet injection in Linux including Backtrack 3 & 4. GREAT VALUE!