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« on: March 19, 2004, 08:18:33 PM »

I have just set-up a Wlan at home (a 3 storey stone building with the access point on the top floor) and it all went fine: my Dell Inspiron picks up the signal everywhere.

However the USB receiver that I bought for my PC seems to have a much harder time getting the signal. I will have to replace it, but can anyone suggest the best receiver to purchase?


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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2004, 10:33:21 PM »


There are many brands to choose from, and you will hear all kinds of opinions.  If you are looking for another USB wireless network adapter, I suggest SMC, Zyxel, Buffalo Technologies or Orinoco (AKA Lucent/Wavelan/Proxim).  My personal experience as a technician is that DLink, Linksys and the other cheap brands are sometimes reliable, sometimes not so much so. Your mileage may vary.

If range is important to you, here are some things to consider:

1. Output power. This helps a great deal. SMC has some 100mw and even 200 mw cards (mw=milliwatt-one thousandth of a watt).  The higher the number, the higher the output power. While it is not a guarantee, higher power rarely hurts.

2. Consider getting a unit that has an external antenna jack. All th power in the world is useless if the situation requires better signal distribution. You could purchase an external antenna (make sure the unit you buy is appropriate for your application, e.g. indoor, and proper directionality). If the antenna does not include one, you will also need to purchase a "pigtail". That is just an antenna cable with the appropriate connectors on each end to connect the antenna to the wireless card.

You could also consider connecting the Access Point to an antenna, if the access point (or wireless router) has an external antenna jack.

Hope this helps


Hope this helps.


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