Zonet ZEW2501 IEEE 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter - ZEW2501

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Overall Satisfaction
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Value
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Ease of Use
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Performance

This is the second wireless adapter I've bought for my laptop. The first was a cardbus adapter. I'd say I owned it for about 6 months before it broke down. Just something about the construction of those cards and the way they stick out of my laptop seems to make them prone to break. Now I've only owned the Zonet USB adapter for a week and a half, but so far I'm very satisfied with its performance. It's tiny, so it's pretty easy to carry around; at the same time the compact construction seems very sturdy, so I don't worry about it snapping in half like I did with the cardbus adapter. It can get a little hot while it's operating, though, and I don't like the fact that it doesn't come with a "cap" to cover the USB plug when the adapter is not in use. They advertise it as "pen drive"-sized; it would be much cooler if it had a cap and a place to attach a keychain, like my other pen drives. Finally, I was a bit disappointed by the fact that I couldn't just "plug and play": even running Windows XP, I was apparently required to install the included software to operate the adapter normally. However, given the rebate that was available when I purchased this adapter, I'd say it is (or at least was) one of the better buys available on the Buy.com website.

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A satisfactory, functional device

on 9/21/2006

This is the second wireless adapter I've bought for my laptop. The first was a cardbus adapter. I'd say I owned it for about 6 months before it broke down. Just something about the construction of those cards and the way they stick out of my laptop seems to make them prone to break. Now I've only owned the Zonet USB adapter for a week and a half, but so far I'm very satisfied with its performance. It's tiny, so it's pretty easy to carry around; at the same time the compact construction seems very sturdy, so I don't worry about it snapping in half like I did with the cardbus adapter. It can get a little hot while it's operating, though, and I don't like the fact that it doesn't come with a "cap" to cover the USB plug when the adapter is not in use. They advertise it as "pen drive"-sized; it would be much cooler if it had a cap and a place to attach a keychain, like my other pen drives. Finally, I was a bit disappointed by the fact that I couldn't just "plug and play": even running Windows XP, I was apparently required to install the included software to operate the adapter normally. However, given the rebate that was available when I purchased this adapter, I'd say it is (or at least was) one of the better buys available on the Buy.com website.

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ZEW 2501 works fine for price

on 12/2/2006

I paid less than $10 after rebates for it. It did better than a trendnet USB wireless adapter at holding a signal from a Trendnet router. Heats up, but cools fast enough. Small and compact. Working OK in my XP desktop.

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Product Overview

Key Features - USB 2.0 Interface - Plug and Play - High Speed Data Rate of 54Mbps - 2.4GHz Compliant equipment - WEP/WPA Encryption

Specifications

Manufacturer Zonet
Mfg Part# ZEW2501
SKU 10406592
UPC 830762002093
UPC 14 00830762002093
Features
Host Interface USB
Product Type Wi-Fi Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number ZEW2501
Manufacturer Zonet USA Corporation
Product Model ZEW2501
Product Name ZEW2501 IEEE 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter
Brand Name Zonet
Height 0.4"
Width 1.1"
Depth 3.1"
Wireless Transmission Speed 54 Mbit/s
ISM Band Yes
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.48 GHz
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
Host Interface USB
Product Type Wi-Fi Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number ZEW2501
Manufacturer Website Address www.zonetusa.com
Manufacturer Zonet USA Corporation
Product Name ZEW2501 IEEE 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter
Brand Name Zonet
Additional Information Form Factor: Plug and Play Operation Mode: Ad Hoc Infrastructure (Access Point needed)
Certifications & Standards CE FCC IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g
Height 0.35"
Width 1.06"
Depth 3.07"
Wireless Security 64/128Bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) WPA TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)
Wireless Transmission Speed 54 Mbps
ISM Band Yes
ISM Minimum Frequency 2.40 GHz
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.48 GHz
Number of Antennas 1
Antenna Type Chip Antenna
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
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