Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card review: Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.1
  • Design and ease of use: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Using MIMO technology, the Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card is easy to install and comes with a comprehensive configuration tool, a lifetime warranty, and WPA and VPN support.

The Bad This notebook card is much slower than the Belkin Pre-N card.

The Bottom Line The Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card can't compete with another member of Belkin's wireless-adapter family, the Pre-N PC Card, but it compares decently with other pre-802.11n/MIMO adapters and kills the plain 11g competition.

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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 Belkin Pre-N PC Card ; it also achieved less than half of the Pre-N PC Card's speed at long range. The G Plus MIMO line (including a companion router ) 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 Pre-N router ), 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.

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Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO Notebook Card

Part Number: F5D9010 Released: Aug. 1, 2005
MSRP: $59.99 Low Price: $10.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Aug. 1, 2005
  • Data Transfer Rate 108 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Interface (Bus) Type CardBus