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Linksys WUSB54GSC Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster
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Product Description

Connect your USB-equipped desktop or notebook computer to a wireless network at incredible speeds with the Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster. Using your high-speed USB 2.0 port, the Adapter delivers incredible data rates without the trouble of opening up the case of your computer. The Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster incorporates the next generation of Wireless-G to increase your "real-world" wireless network performance by up to 35%! And with SpeedBooster you'll see an overall speed improvement even when running a mixed network of SpeedBooster and regular Wireless-G devices.To install, simply plug the Adapter into any available USB port. (It's compatible with both USB 1.1 and 2.0 ports, but 2.0 will yield the fastest speeds.) It gets its power through the USB connection, so no power cord is necessary. And the new push button setup feature makes it easy to configure. Just push the button on the Access Point and on your other SecureEasySetup-enabled wireless device to automatically create a safe connection, protected by the industrial-strength security of 256-bit Wireless Protected Access (WPA2) encryption.The USB Network Adapter lets you put your computer almost anywhere in the building, without the cost and hassle of running cables. Now you don't have to drill holes in your 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 hard disk storage space with other computers on the network.So don't hassle with running cables through your house - get connected to Wireless-B, Wireless-G, and SpeedBooster wireless networks the easy way with the Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster.

Connect your USB-equipped desktop or notebook computer to a wireless network at incredible speeds with the Linksys Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster. Using your high-speed USB 2.0 port, this Compact Wireless-G Adapter delivers incredible data rates without the trouble of opening up the case of your computer.

This Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter incorporates the next generation of Wireless-G, using SpeedBooster technology to increase your real-world wireless network performance by up to 35 percent, so you will see an overall speed improvement even when running a mixed network of SpeedBooster and regular Wireless-G devices. Easy to install, you simply plug the adapter into an available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port (2.0 ports will yield the fastest speeds) from which it gets its power, eliminating the need for a power cord. This Linksys adapter is extremely easy to configure, with a new push button setup feature that allows you to just push the button on the Access Point, and on your other Secure Easy Setup-enabled wireless device, to automatically create a safe connection that is protected by the iron-clad security of 256-bit Wireless Protected Access (WPA2) encryption.

With this Linksys USB Network Adapter you can put your computer almost anywhere in the building, without the cost and hassle of drilling holes and running cables to access your network or the Internet. This unit operates on both the 802.11b (11 Mbps) and 802.11g (54 Mbps) protocols with 11 channels, and features both WEP and WPA encryption at either 64 or 128 WEP key bits. This adapter measures 1.1 x 3.86 x 0.43 inches (WxDxH), is FCC and Wi-Fi certified, and is backed by a manufacturer's limited three-year warranty.

Features:
  • High-speed wireless 802.11b/g networking for your desktop or notebook via USB (supports both 1.1 and 2.0)
  • SpeedBooster technology increases your real-world wireless network performance by up to 35-percent
  • Push button setup feature allows you to automatically create a safe connection that is protected by iron-clad 256-bit Wireless Protected Access (WPA2) encryption
  • Features both WEP and WPA encryption at either 64 or 128 WEP key bits, and is backed by a manufacturer's limited three-year warranty
  • FCC and Wi-Fi certified, and measures 1.1 x 3.86 x 0.43 inches (WxDxH)

Customer Reviews:

  • Pop Rocks
    Works well and installs very easily, but, it doesn't always hold a strong signal. I have a Linksys WRT54GS router in a room 10 feet away and sometimes the best connection I can get is 11.0Mbs despite the signal strength never dropping below excellent. I would recommend this for most applications but not if you are gaming....more info
  • simple & convenient
    this product is awesome. compact, simple and convenient. i would recommend this to anybody. great price too!...more info
  • not worth my time
    I have a late 2002 Dell Optiplex desktop running Windows XP Pro SP3. I was using a Linksys USB wifi adapter, but ever since I've had it I've had my connection fail, sometimes as often as every 10 minutes or so. I decided to try something new, and since this had the highest score of the ones at the store, I gave it a go.

    It wasn't worth it. After installing the software, and plugging in the adapter, the software program told me I was connected, but Windows said it had no connectivity. Tried repairing the connection, restarting, uninstalling and reinstalling. Same issue. Tried to use Windows Hardware Wizard to install drivers and got a warning that this hardware hadn't passed Windows flag testing. Interesting. Maybe its SP3, maybe my desktop is just too old, but either way I had no luck with this product....more info
  • Didn't work at the beginning, but worked later on
    The software (driver) seems to have some minor bugs during installation. But after all it works. The adapter at the beginning did not work, i.e., the speed is extremely slow. After a couple days, it worked fine with excellent speed on both XP and Vista OS (I tried on both). No idea the instability is due to hardware problem or driver problem. There is no perfect adapter with USP port. The best way is to have an internal adapter....more info
  • Never Buying Linksys Again
    I purchased this product 10 months ago. It came with EXTREMELY poorly designed software and wouldnt work with secured networks for some reason, but it at least worked for 10 months in our unsecured home network where we use it 99.9% of the time. Then it all of a sudden it was receiving at only 2-5 Mbps, down from 54 Mbps. I called tech support, and they said my warranty ran out-- which i told them was impossible since I had the receipt showing I bought it only 10 months ago and I was in fact out of the country when they said I bought it. I finally convinced them to help me and they got it going to 11 Mbps. The tech support guy then said 11 Mbps is a "good enough speed." I said that I didnt buy this overpriced product for a "good enough speed." He then proceeded to blame the diminished speed on the network, the router (which was a linksys router) etc. I told him that I had 4 other computers using other their own wireless receivers at 54 Mbps without a problem. I was convinced the thing was defective and demanded a replacement but they wouldnt give it to me since it still is technically working. I was very put off by these guys and their defective product. I am positive I won't be buying any more linksys products again. ...more info
  • Linksys adapter
    I got this product for my Desktop computer. A family friend recommended this. It works great,I do not have any problems to connect to the wireless network. I recommend this product....more info
  • Decent adapter, but READ INSTRUCTIONS
    I was skeptical because of its small size, but it actually works very well. In terms of performance, I can't really complain. It seems reliable, unlike several previous Linksys adapters I've used. My only complaint is that if you plug the network adapter in before installing the CD program that comes with it, this can apparently cause the adapter to *not work at all*, something my Dad (who also bought one) had the misfortune of discovering. (To be fair, this huge pitfall is mentioned by Linksys several times, but should this problem even exist? I think not.) But besides this, it seems to work well. One tip I have is that you should buy a USB 2.0 cable so that you don't have to connect the adapter directly to your computer. The adapter may be compact, but it can still get in the way of other devices that need to connect to your USB ports, plus you might need the extra length to get the adapter (which uses the 2.4 gigahertz frequency) away from other 2.4 gigahertz devices to avoid needless interference....more info
  • defective product
    did not work in my desktop PC; tried it in my laptop to be sure and it didn't work in it either. dell support did everything possible and it stil wouldn't work...more info
  • Excellent Improved My Wireless Reception
    This increased my wireless reception significantly because of the extension cord positioning. Should only be used with a Linksys Router. A worthwhile investment for low or poor signal on your laptop....more info
  • Does not work
    This item did not work with my HP Windows XP computer. I spent three hours on the phone with technical support and they gave up and offered a replacement (I do not think it was a defect in the hardware because tech support came off like they did not have a clue). I bought the equivalent by Netgear and was up and running ten minutes later....more info
  • Good Customer Service, Bad Product
    We'd had this about 3 months when it went on the blink, which stinks, BUT the customer service was great. I called up their customer support; got through to a real (friendly) person relatively quickly; spent about 15 minutes troubleshooting online; they declared it defective; I mailed in my old unit (at my cost); they shipped me a new unit at their cost. This took about 2 weeks in all. The new one is working great with my Lynksis WRT54GS running DD-WRT firmware. The wireless card is upstairs and the router is downstairs, and we never have issues with the signal. I'd probably buy this product again.

    UPDATE: Okay, so our second one went out in a few weeks. When we called tech support they said it was a known issue that if you didn't use the extension (provided with the wireless card) that it would overheat and die. So, we figured maybe the second card was sort of our fault, sort of theirs for not being clear that the extension wasn't optional. So we purchased a third card--same model number--to serve in the interim as we waited for the replacement. And guess what? It wouldn't install.

    So basically, we've been on the line with customer service three times for this product. Every time they were polite and patient, and there was a very short wait time. But that simply does NOT make up for a defective product. Sorry, but three strikes and you're out! I will be looking for another wireless card. ...more info
  • WUSB54GSC was underwhelming
    THis device did not work well at all--much worse than the built in wi-fi that came with my dell...more info
  • Warranty Service from Linksys is Horrible!
    I spent over an hour troubleshooting it before they finally told me it was probably bad, even after I told them I used it on three separate computers! I am waiting for over three weeks now and the replacement is still on backorder! They refuse to send a new one. Tech support is difficult to understand because it is in a foreign country. Just a warning if yours breaks while under warranty!
    Just an update (06/26/08), I got a replacement one that lasted all of two weeks after waiting for almost a month! Here we go RMA all over again!...more info
  • CRAPPY TECH SUPPORT - NOT WORTH THE HASSLE
    I bought a little no name brand USB adapter on Amazon for 17.99 and it worked GREAT. Easy to install, great signal. I put it in the USB port on the front of my computer rather than the back and my kids got ahold of it and broke it. So I figured when I replaced it, I would order LInksys in order to have it be the same brand as the router. BIG MISTAKE. It took me 12 hours to set up the network. I have a Linksys wireless router and had a Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 hooked up to it. Installing this little adapter to my PC knocked out the wireless to the Xbox and Wii. I contacted customer service via chat 4 TIMES. On the third time, the tech had me tweak something that knocked out my internet completely. I took my wireless system off and plugged directly to the cable and no internet. I had to call my Internet Provider to get that working and start over from scratch. I ended up figuring out how to adjust the WPA and WEP settings on my own (and I didn't have a clue what either of those things were when I set out to install this adapter.) Bottom line - this adapter is for people who know wireless networking like the back of their hand, who don't have anything else on their wireless network, or don't have anything else better to do with their time than chitchat with clueless customer service reps. Do yourself a favor and order the "Wireless G USB Adapater" by CP Technology for 17.99. It works well and was no hassle whatsoever to set up. This adapter works well now that I have it hooked up, but I have three small kids and it was not worth throwing away a day filled with frustration to get this piece of junk working....more info
  • Great wireless adapter
    This adapter is easy to use and provides fast, immediate access to our wireless router for my HP desktop. It is plug and play after the driver is installed. ...more info
  • Good purchase
    Easy to install and no problems connecting to my home network. Speed is a little slow and rarely gets above 36kbps compared to the 56kbps advertised. Fine for email and internet surfing but not so good for online gaming....more info
  • Don't try this at home...especially on an Apple Network
    I have a lone PC that I needed to reconnect to my Apple Airport Wireless Network following an upgrade to a newer, faster and more secure Airport Extreme access point.

    Though this PC was on my previous network using an older Intel internal "High Rate Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Adapter with Modem II", when I upgraded my network, I couldn't connect unless I broadcast my SSID. Even though I'm running with encryption turned on, I still didn't want to broadcast my network name. This Linksys adapter was not my first choice in network adapters, but since it was brand new and since it worked fine in a relative's Windows XP machine on an Apple Airport Express Network, I figured I'd try it. The configuration utility doesn't give you enough easy control (despite being "one click") over changing a configuration once it's created and there doesn't appear to be a way to switch to the Windows XP Zero configuration utility to manage the adapter and its connections. Further, the Linksys adapter takes FOREVER to acquire an IP address every time I turn the machine on, wake it up from sleep or look at it crossways. I finally became frustrated enough to try my first choice - a Medialink Wireless G USB Adapter - 802.11g - 54Mbps - Windows 2000/XP/Vista Compatible.

    I'd recommend the Medialink product over this Linksys model....more info
  • Plays well with Vista
    I bought this Linksys wireless adapter to along with the Linksys wireless router. Initially, it worked like a champ then it started to get buggy after a few months of constant use. The adapter had a difficult time finding a signal and if it did, the signal was weak. I left my computer on hibernate mode but it seemed to leave the adapter still running. After turning off my computer when I wasn't using it everyday, the card seemed to go back to its happy go lucky ways!...more info
  • Good speed at a nice price
    I'm not a big fan of wireless anything given the unknown dangers, but as wireless items go, this is one of the best. Setup was easy and with my current operating system, the computer recognized the usb network adapter with no trouble; however a quick call to Linksys was necessary to help me bypass the included software and allow Windows built-in utility to override certain settings. If you're having doubt as to which compact adapter to buy, do your research and you'll find that this one is one of the best out there currently plus the speedboost is a big bonus! I've had this item a few weeks and I'm satisfied so far.
    I must also add to this review that you should wait for it to go on sale as the current price is outrageously high, considering the sale price was just 5.00 dollars!...more info
  • bought 2 one works the other doesn't
    We bought one of these for a Sony Viao desktop that we were moving into the living room and one for a Sony laptop because it's wireless card stopped functioning. For the desktop, we had a few minor difficulties. The signal was so low that once I tried removing it from the rear of the PC to put in the front it wouldn't recognize it again. I had to uninstall the software and re-install to get it to work. No biggie, and it was a bit glitchy, but once it was set up it worked great. For the laptop...it has driven my husband to the brink of insanity. It won't recognize the unit, he tries to uninstall the software and it locks up and then he has to manually go in an find and delete the files. After no less than 5 tries he still can't get it to work, much less recognize the wireless network that is feet away. He ended up just giving up and buying CAT wire to plug directly into the modem, which of course defeats the purpose of wireless mobility, but at least he isn't packing his bags for the funny farm! So one worked great in the end, with some work, and the other didn't work no matter what. I installed the the working one and he wouldn't let me help with his, so maybe it is user error. So, all in all, if you get it installed and recognized right away, it is a great product. If you don't it will make you want to smash it with a hammer. So this may not be the best review, but it is honest....more info
  • I'm glad I waited to review it
    I initially fell in love with this thing. My computer was too petite and filled with other junk for me to put in a wireless card, but has a plethora of usb slots, so I figured this was the wireless adapter for me!

    For the first three months it was pure heaven. Fast speeds, always connected, even when I forgot and left it on for days!

    And then the honeymoon is over.

    Now this saucy little tart will connect me to the tubes for an hour, two if I am lucky. Maybe I need a life, but REALLY what I need is to be able to play my games without the internet crapping out on me. Every other computer in the network has no problem, laptop, xbox360, pc number two.

    This little tramp however wants me to REBOOT MY COMPUTER to get back on the internet.

    Upon further research, the is a well known problem. The solution? Go out and get a divorce. Or, you know, a REAL wireless card.

    Luckily, I waited until the honeymoon was over to write a review.
    Hopefully she's not sabotaging me right now, so I can't post this.
    ...more info
  • Works like a charm!
    I bought this for my son's computer (he plays games online), worrying that speed would be an issue...boy, was I wrong. Also, it couldn't possibly be easier to set up. I highly recommend this product! ...more info