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This wireless usb connection device covers the B,G and G plus bands. It comes with a 6 foot cord connected to the docking stand. This allows connecting to a laptop or desktop computer and adjusting for fringe area best reception. The actual USB card will easily undock from the stand and can be used by connecting directly into the computer USB port.
PROS: I found this device at Wal-mart for about 60 bucks. Connection and setup was easy and the device worked great at fringe area reception sucking in signal that my Linksys PCMCIA card was unable to find. Windows networking and Linksys programs easily found the device when I was not using the Belkin software but the Belkin software must be installed to install the device. The Belkin control screen is informative and easy to use although it is a little slow in showing updated connection information ( maybe 30-45 seconds) although the connections are made as soon as the device finds them ( almost immediately after handshake is complete)
Cons: The Belkin software (ver 3.xxx) is buggy and crashes pretty easy. My desktop also developed the annoying habit of crashing without warning into a hard reboot. I suspect this software is conflicting with a memory address but in may be my memory module is bad. Doesn't happen often enough to make me find out exactly why. I finally found an updated version (4.xxxx) on the Belkin site but was unable to get it to install and find my device when I tried it on my Sony Vaio laptop and desktop. The computers kept asking for the location of a install file which was not easily found in the software and may exist in a "cab" like file. Fortunately, the Win and Linksys software easily take over the tasks of controlling the device when the buggy software gives up the ghost so, the original drivers and Belkin software are not that big of an issue.
FROM THE BELKIN WEBSITE http://www.belkin.com/support/product/?lid=en&pid=F5D9050
When I start to install the software I get an error message that this software has not passed Windows Logo testing, is this software safe?
The short answer is yes, the software is safe.
The long answer is, all the products that we make to be used with Windows XP has been tested to make sure that they work with Windows XP. If you receive this error message during your installation, rest assured that we have tested our software to make sure it works properly. You can click the “Continue Anyway” button to continue the installation of your Belkin product.
I like the device, its corded docking station and the reception ranges. I would recommend to a friend and like the fact that Wal-mart carries the thing so replacement of a defective device would be easy should the need arise. The software bug is on occasion an annoyance but not enough to keep me from buying it. 4.7 out of 5.
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