Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter
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Product Description

Are you tired of running wires through your house to keep your computers networked and connected to the Internet? Have you recently purchased a wireless data card only to discover that you have to open up your computer to install it? Don't worry, help has arrived. With the Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter, you won't need power drills or screwdrivers to connect to the Web anymore.

The Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter converts a USB port into a 54 Mbps Wi-Fi connection.
All you'll need is an available USB slot. You simply plug the adapter into your USB port, and immediately you'll be connected to your wireless network. It can't get much simpler than this.

By incorporating USB 2.0 and Wireless-G protocols, the Linksys WUSB54GC can immediately begin delivering data rates up to 54 Mbps (five times as fast as 802.11b) without the trouble of running wires or opening up the case of your desktop computer. To install the adapter, you simply plug it 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.) You can plug it directly into your PC, or you can use the included USB extension cord to put the adapter anywhere you'd like, up to five feet away.

Because the adapter gets its power through the USB connection, no power cord is necessary. The included setup wizard walks you through configuring the adapter to your wireless network settings, step by step. The Linksys WUSB54GC lets you put your computer almost anywhere in the building, as long as you have a wireless signal to connect to.

Once you're connected, you can keep in touch via 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. 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.

The new push-button setup feature makes it easy to configure your wireless devices. Just push the button on the access point and on your other enabled wireless device to automatically create a safe connection, protected by the industrial-strength security of Wireless Protected Access (WPA) and 128-bit encryption. This means that your data stays secure.

What's in the Box
WUSB54GC USB adapter, USB extension cable, setup wizard CD-ROM, user's guide on CD-ROM, and quick installation guide.

Connect your USB-equipped desktop or notebook computer to a wireless network at incredible speeds with the Linksys Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter. By incorporating USB 2.0 and Wireless-G the Adapter delivers data rates up to 54Mbps (5 times as fast as 802.11b), without the trouble of opening up the case of your desktop computer. 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.) You can plug it directly into your PC, or use the included USB extension cord to put the Adapter anywhere you'd like, up to five feet away. It gets its power through the USB connection, so no power cord is necessary. The included Setup Wizard walks you through configuring the Adapter to your wireless network settings, step by step. The Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter is also compatible with the Wireless-B (802.11b) network standard, with data rates up to 11Mbps. Your wireless communications can be protected by industrial-strength WPA and 128-bit encryption, so your data stays secure.

  • Simply plug-and-play operation to connect PCs wirelessly to networks
  • Supports USB 2.0 with up to 54 Mbps, high-speed data transfer rate with automatic fallback
  • Compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b (2.4GHz) standards
  • Supports up to 128-bit WEP and WPA encryption security
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Customer Reviews:

  • Great for a Non-Techno person
    This equipment was very easy to use/install -- especially for one who is not all that computer savvy. And it saved me from having to have a new phone jack installed. Definitely worth it and reasonably priced....more info
  • Excellent Solution for my Desktop's Wireless Access
    This product works great and was super easy to setup, took me about 2 minutes and i was online! I'm using it at my apartment for my Dell Inspiron desktop running Windows Vista OS. I have it in my bedroom, and our wireless router is a good 30 feet away in the dining room (blocked by several walls). The connection is excellent and I have had no issues at all...highly recommended !...more info
  • network a printer with Linksys? WUSB54GC Wireless-G USB Adapter??
    Does anyone know if this adapter can be used to network a printer? Just plug into usb port of printer should seemingly network it????...more info
  • Wonderful product - works with vista
    I got this because I didn't want to use the built in wireless while it was on my lap. This product has a usb cord that allows me to keep the adapter away from the computer. It works with vista, as advertised. A great product....more info
  • Perfect Little Device
    Linksys products, including this USB adapter, are quite good. It arrived. It plugged in. It worked. Getting it recognized by my home network was a breeze. All of a sudden, my old, tired desktop was wireless and back on the net in our sewing room. This is a great buy when you need to make a computer wireless....more info
  • Might work for someone else
    I'm still trying how to figure this thing out. My laptop wont recognize it even though it's hooked up and the signal strenth is good. I had so many problems with this....more info
  • Linksys usb adapter
    arrived on time, very complecated to install, took almost 6 hrs to get it work. but once its installed, dint have any problems.

    sachin...more info
  • i don't know how people have problems with linksys . . .
    i have used linksys at home and with all the companies i have worked for and have never had problems. i just got this one for my wifes desktop computer and had it set up in 2 minutes and it has stayed connected since. i do highly recommend the linksys product line....more info
    Just bought this to work with Linksys G router (which I bought to replace a constantly failing Belkin N1 router). The Linksys router was easy to set up - works well with a wired Vista desktop and a wireless XP laptop. However, when I connected this Linksys USB adapter to a desktop in our garage, I get a 'Limited or no connectivity' message. Too far away, you say? Well, I have almost direct line of site to the router and this desktop had at least SOME connectivity with the Belkin N1 (the worst router out there right now). My Dell laptop gets 'Excellent' signal strength (at 54 mbps on G) when placed next to this desktop. The desktop's 'signal' is 11 mbps and when I actually try to connect to the router or Internet, it cannot do so at all. When you go to the Linksys support page for this product, you san see several users who are having the same problem and getting no help from Linksys. Unless you plan to put your wireless USB adapter within 24 inches of the router, don't get this adapter. It's weak....more info
  • Wireless connection
    I recently bought this Linksys compact wireless adapter and I must say it was a good investment. Sure getting a span of cat6 wire is cheaper, but who really wants a huge wire tagging along with you, nevermind the problems that go with it. I use it with my gaming computer (desktop) and can play Call of Duty 4 without any problems, and a low ping. The only thing I can say against it, is that I have had a few minor problems with the software that comes with it, but noting that would stop even the computer-illiterate, just enough to be an occasional hassle. All in all, if you want a wireless adapter, this one is a good choice....more info
    Unfortunately, this did not accomplish what I hoped it would and that was to give my husband's laptop more speed. Got this to replace the linksey's network card which only had 11 mbps. Was told the USB would get up to 54mbps but mostly will only show 11-18 and mostly low to very low connection. ...more info
  • Works as advertised
    This is the second WUSB54GC that I have puchased. The first one was installed on a Windows XP machine about a year ago and it still works fine. The one I recently purchased installed on another XP computer with no problems. Windows XP found the new hardware and installed drivers for it. I did not even have to insert the installation CD. All I had to do was type in the password key for my wireless network and I was done.
    ...more info
  • plug and play
    Great item awesome very user friendly put the cd in install plug and play easy as that....more info
  • Nice & Small Adapter - You Can Move It to Other Laptops Or Desktops and It Works.
    Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter

    My only complaint with this adapter is that I could not get it to work with the supplied drivers. It would only work with windows native drivers. It's been in use for over 3 weeks with no loss in connection. Plan on getting another for my other desktop....more info
  • The Linksys USB Range Plus significantly extends my wireless range
    I replaced an older Linksys wireless router (WRT54GS) and an older USB wireless adapter with the Linksys USB range-plus adapter and the Linksys's WRT100 wirless router and it has made a huge difference Linksys WUSB54GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter...more info
  • Works well with HP notebook
    Installation is quick and easy. Although without antennae range is excellent. No problem with dropped signals or heat. It is portable and can be used in multiple computers laptop and desktops. The only thing I don't like is that it sticks out too far and does not seat securely. So I am going to get an internal card and install myself. Anyone can do it....more info
  • Excellent Product
    Worked without a glitch. Was able to connect my Mac Book, Windows XP Laptop and Windows desktop without any problems.

    It's 2 months since I had it and not even a single issue.

    Worth the price. Great product from Linksys.

    ...more info
    I have an old Dell that I relegated to the corner of the basement for my young girls to play games on. They like to go on the Disney Channel online, so I wanted to give them internet access. The computer is so old (7 years old-which is ancient by computer standards) that I wasn't sure this adapter would work. The short answer-it works flawlessly. It took me 5 minutes to get it up and running. Perfect internet connection to my home network.

    It is so good in fact that I have to buy another one. I have 3 computers on my network, and I recently moved them around to different locations. My almost new HP computer, which has a built in wireless card, moved from right next to the router, to another room. After I moved it, I kept getting a very weak signal. Not sure why, but I just popped the adapter out of the old Dell and popped it into the new HP. Literally took me 2 minutes to get it going, and I now I have excellent signal strength. I now have to buy a replacement to put back in the old computer so my girls can access the internet.

    I did not have any of the problems some of the other posters had, and this adapter has now worked perfectly on 2 different computers, an old one and a new one....more info
  • Works well, stable connection if supplied software is not used
    When the computer was in standby mode, the connection to secured wireless router would be dropped. Performance improved after uninstalling the software that came with the adapter. I found Windows XP basic software is better and it provides stable secured connection. Would like to see a better fitting USB. This one wiggles. It is fast adapter and range seems quite alright in and around the house. Linksys WUSB54GC....more info
  • Works fine. Not as bad as others make it out to be. (XP SP2; XP SP3)
    Just bought this for my desktop running over wireless. Took less than three minutes to set up initially and had it working fine on Windows XP (SP2). There used to be a problem with Windows FUS, but apparently that's been resolved; I had no problems.

    Just upgraded to Service Pack 3, and I'm having more problems with Windows XP than the wireless connection. There is a slight annoyance with this file that keeps erroring out, but again, I think that has to do more with SP3 than anything else. Even with the error, my wireless is working just fine....more info
  • Vista works good... just keep your ethernet cable handy.
    Linksys just posted their Vista driver for this adapter. Either make sure to download and keep it handy. I been using it on vista for last few hours, and its good so far....more info
  • my wireless
    I've been online since 92 with one ISP provider.This summer we Finally got broadband. Only problem was that we could not hook up 2 computers without punching holes is ceilings and walls, which was not acceptible.

    I than started researching and speaking to my "tech savy" friends(IT types)about how I could work around this house demolishing problem.

    They all came up with a "wireless router" solution, different brands depending on whom you listened to. The name that came up more often was "Linksys wireless G". Well I thought ok, this is the RIGHT one to get, since I beleive in staying on budget these things came one at a time.

    "No sense putting in a corvette engine into a Model T".

    Point taken,I had to get a new computer!!!(working with upgraded (Win98SE).Then I got the router, had it for several months before my research turned up this adapter,originally looking for good prices on PC Wireless Cards" as I had been instructed. Printed the info I found about this Wireless-G USB Adapter for me and emailed it to my friends. Needless to say they all agreed that this was a great find and even better than the cards they'd spoken with me about. It's been instramental in aiding my supervision of my grandchildren(10&5) online. They can't get online unsupervised without it being plugged in. I have TOTAL control. This is a great addition to my computing world.

    Wish I could tell you all the "techie speak" I heard about the installation of it,however I will tell you that it took less than 30 get it up and running I have had no problem with it and of course it arrived in a timely manner. I recommend this for anyone that doesn't want to remodel their house for wireless. TMG...more info
  • Easy to install, works well
    I ordered this for a laptop without internal wireless modem. It was very easy to install running Windows XP and connected flawlessly with the Wireless Router. The Router is on the second floor in a closet and the connection is at least "good" all over the house (2,300 sq feet, two stories). As one other reviewer wrote it is a bit longer than I expected and makes handling the computer a bit awkward with the USB ports in the back. ...more info
  • Always connected
    Using this product with desktop Linux Ubuntu. No problems setting up or using-just plug and go. ...more info
  • Do not purchase
    50 percent of the time it does not work. It does not matter if I let windows manage it or the included software. ...more info
  • Works as advertised!
    This device really was a piece of cake to install. Pop in the CD and follow the prompts. Took about ten minutes and turned an old lap top into a wireless cruiser. Not my usual experience with Linksys setup, a nice surprise....more info
  • Linksys WUSB5GC Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter
    I received the Adapter promptly and started to install it. First sheet in the box said "if you have Vista operation system do not use this CD, but go to the internet to get correct driver". This could be a little problem, since the adapter is for getting to the internet. I had another computer to use to get the driver from the internet. Transferred the new driver to this computer and installed the adapter --- nothing happened. It came back "can not find driver". Tried several times and still nothing. Send at least a half day calling Linksys Tech. Assistance and going thru their phone maze and getting cut off several times, just to be told to do what I had been doing all a long. Finally someone decided it might be the unit and to send to them and they would replace it. Which I did and in about a week had a new unit. I loaded the driver I had gotten off the net and installed the adapter -- nothing !! The CD they provided with the new adapter looked just like the one I have sent in with the bad adapter, I decided to load it and installed the adapter again. It worked --- part of the time. I am about 25 feet from the router, but unless the adapter is on the extension USB chord provided and above my desk, it only works part time. It works great when I log-on, but if I leave the computer run and it go into "sleep" it will not work until log-off and log back on. Then works fine.

    ...more info
  • Flawless with Vista
    I bought this product for 39.99

    Plugged it in

    Searched for access point

    Gave WEP key

    ...Haven't had a problem in 3 weeks

    (ActionTec M1000 Router & Vista Home Premium)...more info
  • USB adapter
    Product works great but had to get assistance from Linksys to install. CD disc installed well but needed further instructions to make it work. Required about an hour for installation and to get it functional... ...more info
  • Functional and easy to install
    This took maybe 4 minutes to install -- very easy. I was hoping that the signal strenght would be better but it works just fine. My wireless laptop picks up a stronger signal than my desktop PC (on which I installed this item)....more info