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Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter
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Product Description

The Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Card for Windows PC connects you with Wireless-G networks at speeds up to 54Mbps. It also has backward compatibility to interoperate with all the 11Mbps Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. With 128-bit security encryption, wireless data transfer is extremely secure. 128-Bit Encryption Toll-Free Tech Support from Linksys ! Year Linksys Limited Warranty Includes SetUp Wizard CD-ROM and user's guide

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.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

Features:
  • Product Type - Adapter
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11g draft standards, and backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11b products
  • Supports up to 128-bit WEP encryption and WPA security
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption
  • 32-bit PCI Interface

Customer Reviews:

  • does its job
    usually a desktop case is down under the table, with this wireless card. however, for a 1 bedroom apartment that i have, 600 sq feet, it has no problem to connect to the hub. i recommend it....more info
  • One software glitch
    I installed this card in a Dell XPS 400 with WinXP Media Center 6 months ago. Setup was easy enough. I can't comment on signal strength as I'm only about 15 feet from the router (My wireless net is more for my other PCs).

    One annoyance: the monitor software that ships with the router has a slight glitch (I've also complained about this software in my review of the WPC54G laptop card). Occasionally the software will start arbitrarily dropping and reconnecting to the router (a Linksys WRT54G). The software will flip between "connected" and "scanning" over and over until I end up closing it and restarting it. The problem is rare enough - about 1 occurance per month.

    Overall: good buy for the price....more info
  • i'm not a techie
    but this was easy to install and its easy to use! i would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for wireless access if they're not big on technology (like installing stuff IN your computer, not just using a disk to upload stuff). ...more info
  • Excellent, but lacks the same thing...
    The product is excellent. In normal scenarios, it will get full signal strenght and a reliable connection.
    However, I always fail to understand why manufacturers can't understand that having the antenna for wireless adapters stuck between a wall and the PC case (normal case scenario) will yield poor results. Some manufacturers already saw this issue, and include an antenna with an extension cable to place at least on top of the desk. This Linksys adapter has a larger antenna, but it still has the same problem.
    All in all, that's the only issue. The adapter is a very solid wireless product....more info
  • Works Great
    I'm no techie. All I know is I needed to convert my son's computer to wireless since it was too far from my router to hard wire. I did a little research, got a real good price on this unit, and with little effort had it installed and working in no time. It's been 3 months now, and it works just fine. What more can I ask?...more info
  • A little time-consuming to set up but works great...
    For a part time geek like me, it's always a little challenging adding networked devices to my wireless set up. But that's not the product's fault. Arrived quickly in great condition and within a couple of hours, had it going. The desktop I installed it in is only a few walls and about 25 ft away but the signal strength is always 98+%. Very satisfied and I would recommend to anyone....more info
  • Great Technology
    Didn't know this product existed until one of our IT Techs mentioned it. Works great for those old computers that don't have an internal modem....more info
  • Not needed
    I bought this card as I assumed I needed it. I purchased it with a router, card for my son's laptop, and xbox360 adaptor.
    My son is an IT student and hooked everything up pronto.
    The problem I have is everything went through my computer and modem prior to getting to the router. There was absolutely no need for the card for my computer.
    I'm no computer genius, but it seems to me that a little more clarity as to the need of this product would be nice.
    Your base unit doesn't need it. Only "additional" computers require it.
    I really cant' "rate it" as I have never used it. The rest of the stuff works great.
    Live and learn. :(...more info
  • Excellent signal strength but don't follow the install directions
    Just received new wireless-g pci adapter. Signal strength is excellent for my home application. This computer is located 50' from the router (other end of the house) and it works like a charm. The install had a twist. There are two sets of instructions: one for vista and one for xp. I have xp so followed them carefully (not difficult at all). But, though I had a good signal, I also immediately received an error message. Called Linksys immediately. Got thru in seconds. They asked me to remove the software, turn off the computer, and uninstall the adapter. Then, re-install the adapter and turn the computer on. The computer immediately recognized the adapter but needed drivers. I was instructed to put the software cd in the computer. When I did that the computer automatically found the drivers, loaded them and asked for my WEP info. Once that was entered, it has worked great. So, if you are running xp, do NOT load the software first like the instructions tell you. Install the adapter, turn on the system and then put the cd in for Windows to find your drivers. If you are worried about it, install the adapter and call Linksys first. You'll be working in no time. Enjoy....more info
  • Works great in VISTA!
    I upgraded my computer to Windows Vista and was disappointed to find my aging Netgear wireless PCI card to be incompatible with the new Microsoft operating system. I searched the internet for a replacement and found the Linksys home page stating their WMP54G ver. 4.1 card had Vista drivers.

    The price here on Amazon is very good, but I was concerned that Amazon might not ship out the version 4.1 of this card. Fortunately, not only did my shipment arrive in a very timely manner (thanks to Prime), but the card they shipped in early Feb. of 2007 was indeed ver. 4.1 and works perfectly within a Vista computer!

    I did have some slow connections and intermittent stops and starts even though the computer said I had a strong signal. I found the solution was to rotate the antenna to the side instead of straight up and down. Now I'm getting wireless speeds that beat my old Netgear card.

    Great price and quick delivery from Amazon... highly recommended....more info
  • very good
    My son had no trouble instaling this. It did req. him moving the router around a little in the other room. to get a good signal....more info
  • Absolute Rubbish!
    This card worked for about 3 weeks then quit. I'm experienced at setting up networks and did everything possible to resurrect this card, short of shaking chicken feathers over it while dancing a jig. As per message that popped up on the Linksys screen, "you are connected to the access point, but the internet can't be found." I was connected, but could not go on the internet! HUH? A rather odd message, since that is what most people would like to do with a network card. If you go on the Linksys forums, you will see MANY people with the exact same problem. Shame on Linksys for putting forth such a piece of junk. I wasted two days of my life trying to get this thing running again. I'm off to buy from Hawking....more info
  • So far so good
    I had no complains so far about this Wireless adapter, it has a good range and it's easy to install. I will review this comment in a few months but so far so good......more info
  • Great little piece of hardware
    Installation and setup was a breeze. Just follow the directions given onscreen from the disc and away you go. Performance is great and for the money it is worth it....more info
  • Works as expected.
    Works just as expected for a wireless-G adapter. Keep in mind this is a wireless-G (and without MIMO of course) and if you're thinking of upgrading to wireless-N anytime soon, it may be best to look for a more advanced adapter (wireless-N with MIMO). The one I bought is now used by a 10 year old, off in a back bedroom, connecting to an inexpensive Linksys wireless-N router in the livingroom, to play games online. The kid says they have no glitches when playing. One could assume that more mature, heavier online gaming might require a more advanced adapter....more info
  • Win98lives
    Installed this product in a computer that has been in use for 9 yrs. The instructions for this OS. I found to be a little disjointed but with careful choices was up and running in short time. It works wonderfully and was very glad that I made this selection. But for my OS. instructions I would have given it five stars and I'm sure it would be an excellent pick for more modern versions of Windows as well. ...more info
  • Wireless adapter
    Nice piece of hardware. Installed nice. recognized by WinXP no problem.

    Only complaint is Linksys software. Was really squirrely. I recommend using the Windows drivers and interface. Not as many bells and whistles but much more stable....more info
  • JUNK - buy a different brand
    This card is junk. I won't go into all of the steps I took to confirm, which included talking with Linksys support. Engineered and manufactured poorly. Linksys quality continues to decline; surprising that this would happen AFTER Cisco bought them....Cisco (non-Linksys) equipment is excellent. Buy any other brand....more info
  • Stinks
    Ever since Cisco bought Linksys, product quality has gone straight downhill. Manufacturing quality has gone all plastic, all lights, software and such is downscaled and up went the price. Thank you Cisco. I hope the CEO pf Ciso is enjoying his ill gotten gains.
    the item never worked properly, and it seemed to be that you have to install the software first then install the item. then is struggles to get a signal and the fight is never worth the results ...more info
  • Great Product
    Could not get my D-Link card to work with Linux Fedora 6, the drivers would not work. Went out and bought this Linksys NIC. Works great with Linux Ubuntu. My other XP computer has a D-Link, with dropping reception. Switched the 5db antenna on the Linksys with the D-Link 2db antenna. My Link sys still works great with the crappier 2dB antenna and now my D-Link has better reception. ...more info
  • Linksys Wireless Adapter
    This is the upgraded version of the earlier Linksys adapter which I had been using for three years. The earlier adapter was disabled when I made the mistake of downloading an upgrade that was offered on-line. The moral of the story is don't download upgrades to these adapters. The new one works fine and the Linksys service line has always been easy to access and could not have been more helpful....more info
  • incompatible with linksys range extender
    I bought this card specifically because I am using a Linksys wireless router and a Linksys wireless range extender (the WRE54G), and I was hoping to minimize potential incompatibility. Instead, every brand of wireless adapter in my home network works fine *except* for the WMP54G--every 10 or 15 minutes, the driver software pops up a dialog complaining about an IP address conflict. If you search the web for "wmp54g address conflict," you'll find an endless number of similar complaints, all followed by well-meaning advice but few of which seem to be resolved. I believe the problem really lies in the driver software, the "wireless network monitor", which is confused by the range extender, but I have the latest version and it hasn't resolved the problem.

    Avoid this product....more info