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Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter
Publisher: Linksys
Studio: Linksys
Label: Linksys
Platform: Windows NT 3.5, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT 5, Windows NT 4
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  • Operates in the 2.4 Ghz frequency spectrum with speeds up to 54 Mbps
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11g draft standards, and is backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11b products
  • 32-bit CardBus Interface
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP
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Product Description
LINKSYS WPC54G - Wireless-G is the emerging 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B ( 802.11b ) products found in homes, businesses and public wireless hotspots around the country. The best part is, since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices talk to existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment. Product Description
Early Adopters Pick, January 2003. The first high-speed wireless networking PC card for laptops to use the 802.11g standard, which is four times faster than the current standard (802.11b) and backwards compatible.

The new Wireless-G notebook adapter (PC Card adapter) from Linksys has both the 802.11b and newer 802.11g standards built in, so you can connect your notebook to existing 802.11b infrastructure and also the new, fast Wireless-G networks. The included setup wizard walks you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step. Then just slide the adapter into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy network access with your notebook computer, while retaining true mobility.

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products that are found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your e-mail, access the Internet, and share files and other resources such as printers and network storage with other computers on the network, wherever you wander. At home, you can surf the Web or use instant messaging to chat with friends while sitting out on the patio.

You'll also be able to connect to any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed Wireless-G standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.

Get connected to current standard 802.11b networks today, and be prepared for the future with the Wireless-G notebook adapter from Linksys.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, and airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

Product Details
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 Based on 212 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 494

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5As good as it gets!, May 14, 2023
I had one of these cards; I was really happy with it until I misplaced it and got stolen.
Then I had the "brilliant" idea of getting a D-Link USB adapter just to try something different (my card used to run very hot so the external adapter seemed appealing). In the end it was a frustrating waste of time and money.
Disappointed, I ran to the nearest computer store and bought the first PCMCIA wireless card I saw. Also from D-Link, the card took forever to find the wireless networks and I found the signal extremely weak.
Fortunately, I could return the card and exchange it for a Linksys WPC54G card (just like the one I had). I haven't tried the NetGear card which is supposedly good, but as far as I'm concerned this Linksys card is as good as it gets.
I could say I get better performance than a coworker that has a laptop with an internal wireless card built in.
You bet I won't misplace one of these again!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Like a Harley, May 6, 2023
Love it or hate it. I'm transgressing here. It is not possible to install the base WRT54G with the software disk and has to be setup to be a pass through hub, not a router. I can't be too specific on what we did because PCs are still a little magical, I mean mysterious in their workings. The challenge is caused by my ISPs DSL modem configuration that can only be resolved by Linksys tech support. Phone contact didn't work so I went to the chat online feature. Several hours, two PCs later and boom. Love it. The installation of the wireless adapter in two notebooks was, amazing. Both Dells, Win XP. Live in a rural area tin can AKA mobil home. Get working signel to 150 feet.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

1It never worked since day 1, Apr 7, 2023
I bought the Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter
and the NETGEAR WMB521NA 802.11b Wireless Kit for Notebooks. The Netgear kit (router and notebook adapter) works great, but the Linksys has never worked since the day I received it. I called Linksys support and still did not get it working.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

4link, Mar 16, 2023
It works fine as long as I'm within 25 ft of the main computer. I thought it would work from a farther distance.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Dependable, solid as a rock, Mar 6, 2023
Installed one of these in my wife's notebook computer running Windows XP Home SP2 and have never looked back. Her system boots right up connected to the wireless AP (a Linksys WRT54G also purchased at Amazon), and she can go anywhere in the house, even the basement, and never lose the connection. She especially likes being able to have it next to her in the kitchen while she cooks so that she can look up recipes on the F**d Netw*rk and other sites. She even takes the notebook outside by the pool or on the back deck to check email.

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