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Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter
List Price: $57.99

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Product Description

LINKSYS WPC54G - Wireless-G is the emerging 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B ( 802.11b ) products found in homes, businesses and public wireless hotspots around the country. The best part is, since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices talk to existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Early Adopters Pick, January 2003. The first high-speed wireless networking PC card for laptops to use the 802.11g standard, which is four times faster than the current standard (802.11b) and backwards compatible.

The new Wireless-G notebook adapter (PC Card adapter) from Linksys has both the 802.11b and newer 802.11g standards built in, so you can connect your notebook to existing 802.11b infrastructure and also the new, fast Wireless-G networks. The included setup wizard walks you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step. Then just slide the adapter into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy network access with your notebook computer, while retaining true mobility.

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products that are found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

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 to any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed Wireless-G standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.

Get connected to current standard 802.11b networks today, and be prepared for the future with the Wireless-G notebook adapter from Linksys.

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, and 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.

  • Product Type - Adapter
  • Data rates up to 54Mbps -- 5 times faster than Wireless-B (802.11b)
  • Also interoperates with Wireless-B networks (at 11Mbps)
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Advanced wireless security: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), and up to 128-bit encryption

Customer Reviews:

  • No Vista support
    The adapter worked great on XP.
    I just upgraded to Vista. When the adapter stopped working, I called and found out from Linksys that it won't work with Vista, and there won't be any firmware written....more info
  • throw away
    I'm no computer expert but this was impossible to install and once there difficult to use. I'll be throwing this item in the trash....more info
  • Its ok for the price
    Setting up was not that difficult, and the unit worked great out of the box for my old Compaq Laptop. The reason I give three stars and not more is because it is a slow adapter (an A/B test with a wired connection confirmed the laptop is not to blame), nevertheless, the price is right. Wireless conectivity for the real world of old laptops and tight budgets....more info
  • Simply Awful
    This card is terrible. I have the v3.0 version of this card. I bought it for a Gateway All-in-one PC that didn't come with wireless networking built in. I was replacing a D-Link card that was 802.11b only and thought this would possibly give me better data rates and I would also be able to switch the 11b compatibility off of my Linksys wireless router which could also improve performance.

    Wrong on both counts. My data rates actually dropped after moving to this card. Even though my PC (which is not portable) is located less than 20 feet away from the router/Access point, I consistently get a poor signal as reported by the included software. Several calls to tech support helped me update the firmware but even after a firmware update, the signal quality was unusually poor.

    Furthermore Linksys technical support was very rude on the phone thus making me rude on the phone as well. (I don't like when tech support makes me do that but sometimes you just have to give them tough love.) When I explained that I was adding this card to a desktop PC, it nearly fried the guy's brain. He insisted that I could not be putting this in a desktop PC and only laptop PCs have PC cards. Maybe they don't have desktop PCs with PCMCIA cards in India (where the tech support guy was) but they are sold around the world. Anyway, after the useless tech support incident and pointlessly attempting to update firmware I still have poor signal and terrible data rates. So I switched back to my trusty old D-Link 802.11b card. At least that was reliable.

    Also, the included software is garbage. If you can, just forget about installing it. If you use Windows XP or Vista, the Windows wireless LAN manager works quite well (as well as it can with such crappy hardware) with this card making the Linksys crappy software completely unnecessary. Word of advice to Linksys... fire the guys who write this crappy software and put that money into better customer support and improved compatibility with your own products!

    I have two other PCs and a cell phone that can connect and use the router with no issues. Both PCs have Intel Centrino technology which works quite well....more info
  • Easy to Install
    The Linksys wireless adapter (for my home use) was recommended by our MIS manager. I followed the instructions and it worked the first time. Nice. ...more info
  • Had one previously, this recent version occasionally hangs my router.
    I bought this to replace my original Linksys WPC54G adapter that gave up the ghost. I thought it would be just a simple matter of taking the old WPC54G card out of the PCMCIA slot and slapping this one in... not so.

    Original card was version 1.3, this one is version 3.2 and the newer driver has to be used, I found that a complete uninstall of the old card and Linksys monitor software & driver needed to be done and a "ground up" install of the new card performed to get it properly installed.

    For reasons yet unknown, occasionally after booting up, my wireless connection does not connect with my Linksys WRT54G wireless router, which is a version 2.1, upgraded to the latest firmware v41.1.

    Error message is " Cannot associate with the access point". Whenever this happens, I discovered that other PC's (laptop & desktop) in the household with Linksys wireless adapters also would not connect with the router on boot up or if they were up while my laptop booted up, their connections would drop.

    Long story short, after sloughing through the Linksys support web page and not finding an answer, I decided to try a power off/on reset of the WRT54G wireless router. All adapter cards were then able to establish an association with the router and access the internet.

    Each time that this has happened, the fix has been to reset the WRT54G router, and it looks like it intermittently gets hung when the newer version WPC54G tries to connect.

    No other firmware updates are available for the version of the WRT54G wireless router that I have, and I'm contemplating replacing it with a newer version, but as long as the old one works after doing the reset, we'll see how things go... but it's an annoyance I'd rather not have.

    Oh, and I'm running windows XP Professional SP2 and I have not found any XP fixes on the MS Update web page that matches this problem.

    Bottom line, the adapter works fine whenever it connects, but I occasionally still need to reset the router. ...more info
  • Not satisfied
    The signals received are poor. I cant see enough networks. I thouth it will be better. ...more info
  • Linksys Wireless Notebook Adapter
    The card works as advertised. It took much time to connect to my Linksys wireless router, but my Linksys software wouldn't let it connect to the internet and give me an error of "can not find the internet." It would link up with the router with a strong signal in any room from the entire house, but it would not connect to the internet. I couldn't figure out the networking setup so I ended up using the Windows wireless network wizard and it worked perfect. For the low price, it works good. On my older Toshiba P4 laptop, it would only xfer at 3.5M to 4.2M bits per sec using the online website. I placed the card in my Panasonic Toughbook CF-74 just to test it, and I was transfering at 22M-28M bits per sec using the same online website. I figured it was the slower, older internal bus speed of the Toshiba that caused the slower transfer speeds. Overall, I never loose connections in any room of a two story house....more info
  • Wireless Network Adapter
    My Linksys Wireless Adapter for My notebook computer works great! I was very pleased with the product, the cost and the service provided by the vendor....more info
  • Lnksys wireless adapter for notebook
    I received it within a reasonable amount of time, installed it and it works great!! No complaints, I am very happy with this product....more info
  • works great
    instantly worked when i plugged it in boom it took off to the internet just what i wanted have not had any problems at all...more info
  • not satisfactory
    I've been using this card with my IBM T30. It works fine, but it is easily disconnected, and many times doesn't catch the signal where other laptops connecting very well... Quite irritating.....more info
  • I never recieved the correct part. I ordered one part, and they sent me the wrong part.
    Since they never sent me the part I ordered, I cannot rate this product because I got something that didn't go with my computer, and was not the part number I even ordered. ...more info
  • works great but range could be better
    I bought this for a Lenovo T61 notebook which didn't have the mini pci express wireless card. I was afraid that IBM would support only proprietary hardware but this Linksys card works great. Only the range could be improved - I've got 10' ceilings and its weak through 2 floors....more info
  • Does not work with Linux
    I bought this card to work with my Linux laptop. It does not come with Linux driver and it is not easy to make it work with Linux but possible.
    If I had to buy another card I would buy some other more Linux friendly vendor.
    ...more info
  • Linksys wireless-G notebook adapter
    Dell steered me wrong on this one. My computer takes an express card instead of this one. I had opened the package and tried to insert in slot so I could not return it. No knowledge of how good it works. Anybody want to buy this at my loss?...more info
  • Linksys WPC54G
    I chose a Lynksys adapter because of name recognition. I have been using it for a month and so far, it has functioned as advertised.
    Most new notebooks have on-board wi-fi capability. If yours doesn't:
    1) make sure your notebook has a wi-fi adapter port.
    2) find out what kind of network is running where you will be using wi-fi. Some networks use type b, others use type g which is newer and faster. The Lynksis WPG54G runs on both.
    3) read and follow instructions carefully. Better yet, get your IT guy to set it up. If set up wrong out of the box, you will spend alot of time trying to get it right.
    I recommend this product.
    the new wi-fi guy.......more info
  • Works like a charm
    Using for a WEP configuration and worked perfectly the first time....more info
  • Outstanding!
    My older model laptop was just not picking up a signal from the router a few rooms away. Now I can go up 3 stories and still get a very strong signal. This was a great purchase....more info
  • Lots of problems, do not try
    It connects for a while, and when I change the encryption, it becomes very spotty. I try using the repair function under windows, it will fix it if you are connect to the LAN cable. The connection will fail after a while you disconnect the LAN cable. Conflicts with the Windows wireless connection.

    Very unrealiable....more info
  • so much better than USB
    I previously had a usb wireless adapter, it took a beating hanging out there. This one is solid and works great....more info