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Box Contents: Wireless-N Notebook Adapter, Setup Wizard, user guide
The Linksys WPC300N Wireless-N Notebook Adapter is the simple way to add or upgrade wireless connectivity in your notebook computer. Just slide it into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy incredible high-speed wireless network access while retaining true mobility. It uses the very latest wireless networking technology, Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N's "Multiple In, Multiple Out" (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate. 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. 32-bit CardBus interface Compatible with Windows XP and Windows 2000 Unit Dimensions - 4.88 x 0.35 x 2.13 (124 x 9 x 54 mm) Weight - 0.11 lbs (1.76 oz.)
The Wireless-N Notebook Adapter is the simple way to add or upgrade wireless connectivity in your notebook computer. Just slide it into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy incredible high-speed wireless network access while retaining true mobility.
Up to 4x the range of Wireless-G.
Wireless-N opens up huge possibilities. View larger.
The Wireless-N Notebook Adapter uses the very latest wireless networking technology, Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N's "Multiple In, Multiple Out" (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate. Unlike ordinary wireless networking technologies that are confused by signal reflections, MIMO actually uses these reflections to increase the range and reduce "dead spots" in the wireless coverage area. The robust signal travels farther, maintaining wireless connections up to 4 times farther than standard Wireless-G.
Enjoy faster speeds and wider range with the Linksys Wireless-N router. View larger.
With Wireless-N, the farther away you are, the more speed advantage you get. It works great with standard Wireless-G and -B equipment, but when both ends of the wireless link are Wireless-N, the throughput can be increased even more by using twice as much radio band, yielding speeds up to 12 times as fast as standard Wireless-G.
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 with any of the growing number of public hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels and convention centers. Your wireless connection is protected by industrial-strength 256-bit encryption. The included Setup Wizard will walk you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step.
The incredible speed of Wireless-N makes it ideal for media-centric applications like streaming video, gaming, and Voice over IP telephony, and gives you plenty of headroom to run multiple media-intense data streams through the network at the same time, with no degradation in performance. Get your notebook connected to Wireless-N, Wireless-G, and Wireless-B networks with the Wireless-N Notebook Adapter from Linksys.
- Device Type - Adapter
- MIMO technology uses multiple radios to create a robust signal that travels up to 4 times farther and reduces dead spots
- Up to 12 times faster than Wireless-G, but can also connect to Wireless-G and -B networks
- Advanced wireless security with up to 256-bit encryption
- Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Draft IEEE 802.11n
- Solid less the GUI
This works great out of the box with one exception. After installing the drivers and monitoring GUI here is what you do. You uninstall the card, unplug it, then plug it back in. This allows the card's drivers to work but you can now control this via Window's WZC. Download the KB to allow for WPA2 (PSK2), use AES, and you're set. Works flawlessly with the WRT330N using WZC. Be sure to set the NIC to the same settings as the router regarding Frag Thresh and RTS Thresh. Disable power save as well (on all NICs talking to the WAP). A little tweaky to setup but once it was I get 108Mbps minimum from 75' through two walls. I even get 4/5 bars from two of my neighbrons who are likely running G with this NIC that has a much smaller array than its desktop cousin....more info
- Linksys WPC300N Wireless-N Notebook Adapter
Despite some poor reviews I got this adapter to go with my WRT160N Router. I was surprised and happy. It installed on my older Windows XP 1.00 GHz laptop with no problem and I have not had any problems with it since. The only downside is that throughput from my wired computer and the internet is not the fastest (I have seen it be between 36 and 117 KbPS. But for me that is still great since with wireless B I was getting, at the most, 5.5 KbPS, if I could stay connected....more info
- Linksys WPC300N - Wireless-N Notebook Card With Some Limitations
Linksys WPC300N Wireless-N Notebook Adapter
The Linksys WPC300N has some nice features in a PCMCIA card. Unfortunately, many high expectations based upon the wireless N standard will leave a lot of people disappointed. I'm going to discuss Windows XP and Vista separately, since I bought the card a long time ago and have used it on both.
First and foremost, this card was created when the Wireless-N standard was still in draft form. In fact, I have had this card for more than 2 years, which tells you just how long ago that was. There's nothing wrong with that, just be aware that there are several limits in this card.
First, this card can be configured to achieve greater throughput by setting up multiple data channels. That's the `MIMO' technology that uses multiple radios, which they vastly over-hype on the packaging.
However, the improved range of the wireless N standard as compared to wireless G just never materialized. That's because this is still a 2.4 GHz card. Newer wireless N products with 5 GHz capabilities are on the market which give much better range than this.
Second, the firmware AND software for this product initially were each very buggy. I first installed this product on Windows Vista and have tested it on some 2003 boxes. All of those required multiple reinstalls and driver downloads. In the end, the GUI configuration tool is very limited in explicitly give you the information you need to know whether you are getting a faster connection with this device. So if you're not techy, this can be a drag.
The wireless security support of WPA2 is nice, and most legacy cards don't have that. It gives you stronger encryption (256 bit). But this only really works if your access point is configured that way too. Linksys WRT300N Wireless-N Broadband Router And in that case, there are newer cards and access points that give you this and more.
Still, I can say without a doubt, that when I needed to add another wireless connection to my Vista Ultimate box, this guy worked much better.
Bottom line, there seems to be a lot of people clinging to XP. If you're one of those, plan on downloading and updating your driver software and firmware before even testing this card.
If you are a Windows Vista user, only get this if you need a spare card for backup machines or multi-card setups. If you need something for your primary wireless access, you may want to avoid this and the WPC600N Linksys WPC600N Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N PC Card altogether and go with the 5 GHz Netgear line. NETGEAR HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111)
+ Works well on Windows Vista
+ Does give you MIMO support for greater capacity
+ Once you set it up, seems to work well with Wireless G
+ PCMCIA slot saves you from using a USB port
+ Nice WPA2 support
- Doesn't give you full Wireless N capabilities (only 2.4GHz, no 5GHz)
- Legacy OS users need to download and install many updates
- Price is still surprisingly high
- Somewhat buggy software requires frequent shutdowns
- Better options available for the price
This card might be worth looking into if you can get it on sale and need an extra one for an older laptop.
- Speeds up reception from a Wireless G router
Just installed this with no problems whatsoever. It took about 3 minutes and I was on line. I write this review to answer the question that I had before buying this network adaptor. My Wireless G router is in the basement and I started working on the second floor but kept losing the signal. I added this hoping that it would help (without changing the router) and it DOES increase reception and the speed is now significantly faster than my old Wireless G card was anywhere in the house. ...more info
- Does not work in 5 GHz band
Beware, this is a "2.4 GHz only" product. My understanding is that 802.11n should work either at 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz. This limitation was not clear to me.
It seems to work just "ok" at 2.4 GHz (802.11g). I did not experience any significant improvement over my built-in wireless on my Dell D620 laptop.
I use an Apple Airport Extreme (802.11n) router....more info
- Did not work for me.
I upgraded both my B router and B pcmcia card for my ASUS laptop to N. The router Linksys WRT300N did not work till I upgrated the firmware. The original driver for Linksys WPC300N (April 2006) got me connected to router and network, but could not browse. Switched back to B card and waited till new driver was available. Even after the new driver (July 2006) was loaded still not working. I am back on B card till Linksys debugs this one....more info
- No real problems here
After upgrading my laptop to Vista Business, my old Linksys 802.11G adapter decided to become flaky and only connect to my wireless LAN when the moon was in the 7th house and Jupiter aligned with Mars (Everyone sing along!). I like Cisco products, and have been using Linksys equipment for years. I ordered one of these adapters and followed the directions. First mistake. Don't follow the directions, just plug the thing in and let Vista find the right drivers. Vista doesn't like the install and tells you that there are compatability issues (see some of my other reviews) and stops the install. So I downloaded the latest Vista drivers from Linksys and tried using those. Vista took one look at them, turned up its nose and stated that the installed drivers were newer and won't even consider using the ones you downloaded. By the way, while I was downloading the drivers, Vista used my old settings and connected to my network, without my looking. Sneaky. I unplugged the hard line and have not experienced any issues. I also use my laptop with my Boy Scout troop, and it attached to my church's wireless LAN easily. I now have to install the 802.11n wireless router to gain the other advantages....more info
- Be Careful...
I bought this Notebook Adapter to speed up the connection for my wife's new laptop (which had built-in wireless-G capability). However, I discovered that it doesn't fit into the Toshiba's slot! It's not the fault of the adapter--somehow the slot in the laptop does not accept standard PC cards. So, I used it on her old laptop, and it is blazing fast (it had wireless-B previously)....more info
- Good and iffy on WinXP and Linux
The CD install blew up - installing through Windows worked. There are no Linux drivers and this is a Broadcom chipset card AFAIK ... Dual boot users note that I am still searching but ndiswrapper has been suggested as a Linux solution.
This is a fine replacement for the internal card on my laptop, but it is not directly compatible with Linux. That's the bottom line.
WinXP is still on my system and saving my butt....more info
- Very Satisfied
Product was delivered quickly and in good condition. It was very easy to set up. I just ran the CD and plugged it in and i was online. It seems to get good range in my house, even on different floors the signal strength is good....more info
- Does not work with Westell router/modems
The product is good, but does not work well with the Westell router/modem 108.11g.
It reverts back to 108.11a and runs at only 11MBps not at the 108.11g speed of 54MBps.
- Not Impressed
I bought the card as I had recently gotten the router. I did not get extended range or increased speed compared to my previous Wireless-G. I do make the observation that my house has all-brick walls, which might hamper performance versus dry-wall construccion....more info
- Linksys Adapter
This wireless adapter arrived in a timely manor and was brand new. Just like purchasing from a store. Extremely happy with purchase....more info
- Doesn't work with Dell laptop
I got this at Best Buy and ended up exchanging it ten minutes after getting home because it doesn't fit the slot in my Dell notebook (E1505). Funny how the box says it works with "most notebooks," when Dell has a huge market share. It's not Linksys' fault, of course--the Dells just aren't ready for 802.11n, I guess, unless the new high-end ones are.
Get the USB adapter instead, if you aren't sure. It works like a charm.
BTW, if you're buying an 802.11n router at the same time and are only thinking about getting an adapter, think harder. Chances are good that your router won't play well with your computers otherwise, and you'll get far better performance with the N adapter.
(3 stars out of fairness, I guess.)...more info
- Linksys WPC300N Wireless-N Notebook Adapter
I don't believe I could be happier with any other product.
It is fast and dependable. What more can I say?
- worked great
I had recently purchased the linksys wireless-N router and I was using the wireless G adapter built into my laptop , and I was getting mixed results, the connection speed was adequate, but I kept getting dropped from the wireless network several times per hour. I decided to upgrade to the WPC300N Wireless-N Notebook Adapter to see if it would fix the problem, and sure enough, I havent had any connection issues since. I recommend this product !
- Gets the job done for great price
My old G notebook adapter just was not working that well with my new N router and was not catching a strong signal in my two story house. I got this linksys N adapter brand new in box in three days and was able to install the software and have it up and running with full strength in less than 10 minutes.
Still not as fast downloading as with being connected directly to the cable wire, but still much quicker than my old adapter. And for my occasional browsing of the web and or download of video or music, this gets the job done nicely. ...more info