802.11g Wireless Access Point and PC Card
Wireless network systems have quickly become the preferred method for interfacing computers, not only in homes, but in commercial venues as well. The already popular 802.11b (11 Mb/s) standard is being complemented with the faster 802.11g (54 Mb/s) systems. Belkin has introduced a full line of 802.11g compatible products that includes their Wireless Network Access Point (F5D7130) and 802.11g Wireless Notebook Network Card (F5D7010), both of which we tested. The Wireless Network Access Point seamlessly connected to our existing 12-port hub that linked to our router. This product provides a convenient way of interfacing a wireless adapter to an existing wired network without the hassle of going to a new router. We configured the access point without any problems and quickly gained access to our existing wired network. The access point was placed in a cabinet, which appeared to limit the reception of the signal to some degree. Multiple walls definitely had an impact on the signal strength and overall bandwidth, so optimal placement may be a trial and error process. The access point also worked with other wireless devices such as an AirLink 802.11b USB adapter, allowing us to quickly interface to our Roku HD1000 High Definition Digital Media server.
The 802.11g Wireless Notebook Network Card was a simple installation on our Sony Vaio laptop running Windows XP. The Belkin PC Card seemed to work perfectly with the Belkin Access Point. We configured the card for 128-bit encryption and it all worked seamlessly. The software creates a small icon that changes color based on the reception where green is best, yellow is marginal and red is poor.
During a recent vacation, we used this card in the hotel to access the free local internet service and it worked fine on their 802.11b system. The indicator light on the side that sticks out of the PC card slot provides link and traffic feedback.
- Kevin Nakano
Laptop Computer: Sony Vaio PCV-GRX550, 1.5GHz Pentium 4
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Belkin 802.11g Wireless Access Point
Belkin 802.11g Wireless Notebook Network Card
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