Hawking HWU54D high-gain USB wireless-G adapter
The Hawking HWU54D high-gain USB wireless-G adapter embodies Wi-Fi's best and worst. The small device includes an adjustable antenna that can help improve signal strength, and its maximum throughput speeds are the fastest we've seen to date in a wireless USB adapter. However, the HWU54D's quick-installation guide and user manual are among the worst we've seen for any wireless product. If you're comfortable with the technology, get this device for its excellent speed and range. Those entirely unfamiliar with Wi-Fi should consider the instead.
Like the, the HWU54D receives power through the USB cable that connects it to your computer, so it doesn't require an AC adapter. Its paddlelike antenna bends 180 degrees forward and back, helping you adjust it to point toward your router. Two LEDs on the front show when the device is powered on and picking up a Wi-Fi signal.
The HWU54D high-gain USB wireless-G adapter's quick-installation guide and user manual are so bad, they're almost laughable. The brief, pocket novel-size guide includes minidiagrams and screenshots with literally microscopic text. Each and every one of the screenshots in the short manual was captured at such a low resolution that text appears grainy at best and illegible at worst. At least the manual provides comic relief through suggestions such as using the device for "surfing the Web while you read a book in the park."