Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card
Belkin's new Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card adapter proves that newer is not necessarily better. In our tests, it offered slower maximum and mixed-mode throughput than its older counterpart, the ; it also achieved less than half of the Pre-N PC Card's speed at long range. The G Plus MIMO line (including a ) is part of Belkin's push to span the divide between plain-vanilla 802.11g devices and the first generation of (expensive) MIMO devices, both in terms of performance and price. The Wireless G Plus MIMO Card's performance almost overshadows its other enticing elements, which include simple setup, a comprehensive configuration utility, WPA and VPN support, and an unlimited warranty. Our advice: stick with the slightly more expensive Pre-N PC Card (and companion ), which provides all these benefits plus better overall performance.
From a design standpoint, the Wireless G Plus MIMO Card resembles many Wi-Fi PC Card adapters. Three-quarters of the card disappears inside your laptop's PCMCIA slot. The remaining quarter, which houses the wireless antenna, protrudes about an inch outside the slot. The protruding bit features two very small, green status lights; one blinks on and off when the card is searching for available wireless networks, while the other lights up when you've connected to one of those networks.