D-Link DWL-G520 AirPlus Xtreme G wireless PCI adapter review: D-Link DWL-G520 AirPlus Xtreme G wireless PCI adapter

D-Link offers a few additional features with the DWL-G520 that could be helpful under some circumstances. The external side of the card includes two status LEDs that light up to show when you're connected to and have activity over a network. Since the lights stick out the back of your PC, however, you'll have to poke your head around when you want to see them. The same goes when you want to adjust or replace the external antenna that shoots out the end of the card. Finally, the DWL-G520's Xtreme G technology has a scorching maximum speed of 108Mbps, but you'll reach that high only if every device on your Wi-Fi network includes the technology as well. When you add a standard 802.11g connection or an 802.11b connection to the mix, your overall network speed plummets, as evidenced in our mixed-mode tests.

CNET Labs maximum throughput tests  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput in Mbps  

CNET Labs throughput tests with mixed b/g clients  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
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For more details on how we test networking devices, see the CNET Labs site.

D-Link ships the DWL-G520 AirPlus Xtreme G PCI adapter with a three-year warranty, which is longer than that of many of its competitors, including that for Microsoft's MN-730 . The term includes toll-free 24/7 telephone support. You can contact tech support via e-mail, too. D-Link makes it convenient for you to access all of the card's user manuals and downloads via its Web site, which also offers a searchable knowledge base.

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D-Link DWL-G520 AirPlus Xtreme G wireless PCI adapter

Part Number: DWLG520 Released: Jun 22, 2004
MSRP: $89.99 Low Price: $32.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Jun 22, 2004
  • Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Interface (Bus) Type PCI