Short Range Applications Only
I purchased a wireless network (router, pci interface, and several cards) for my home. The system is ok, but missed my expectations in one major area: RANGE!! The unit fails to reach 100 feet, but covers most of the house if it is installed in the center of the home! I had expected to be able to use this outside on my front porch, but the range just isn't there. Signals are easily blocked by your body, requiring you to move your favorite chair to get connected. The speed is acceptable, however the installation process on my CD was badly botched and required a call to tech support so that the appropriate files could be identified and moved by hand to the locations where windows would actually find them. Every installation also requires fixing the default configuration for the cards to select the proper type of network. This should have been done by setup, and was probably another oversite on the CD. My house is very open, and the wireless interface had to be installed on the second floor overlooking the totally open first floor, only going through one wall. With this arrangement, I get a range of about 45 feet. I have heard that other wireless products actually exhibit ranges of up to 1000 feet, but so far I haven't found any. The potential buyer should check out the range specifications carefully before you drop $1000 for a bunch of hardware that offers somewhat marginal performance. As usual with Linksys, the support is good and the products physical quality is high. They just don't know much about RF!!
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