Linksys WPC300N Notebook Adapter review: Linksys WPC300N Notebook Adapter

The Linksys's performance took a turn for the worse with mixed-mode throughput: the device scored just a bit faster than Belkin's Pre-N adapter and, again, significantly trailed Netgear's unit. Finally, the WPC300N's speed at long range was simply poor compared to that of most pre-N adapters. While the WPC300N's scores are not bad in and of themselves, they certainly don't measure up to the promise of MIMO and the 802.11n spec. Keep in mind that to muster their maximum speeds, all of the pre-N adapters we've reviewed prior to this Linksys adapter must be used with their corresponding pre-N routers (part of the 802.11n specification is a mandate for interoperability, which means networking equipment from different vendors--starting with this round of Draft N announcements--should play nicely together without a drop-off in performance).

CNET Labs maximum throughput tests
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Note: Throughput in Mbps


CNET Labs maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and MIMO clients
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Note: Throughput in Mbps


CNET Labs long-range tests
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Note: Throughput in Mbps measured indoors at 200 feet


Linksys bundles a long three-year warranty with the WPC300N, and 24/7 toll-free phone support is available for as long as you own the adapter. These terms are topped only by Belkin, which offers lifetime support for its adapter. Regarding online support, Linksys provides FAQs, downloads, and one of our favorite support features, live chat with a tech support rep, on its Web site.

Though the WPC300N is by no means a sluggish PC Card adapter, it did fall short of our expectations for Draft N networking gear. Its poor long-range performance dampens our enthusiasm for its impressive maximum throughput. Those looking to upgrade their home networks would do well to wait to see how the rest of the Draft N pack fares in our tests.

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Linksys WPC300N Notebook Adapter

Part Number: WPC300N Released: Apr 24, 2006
MSRP: $119.99 Low Price: $15.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Apr 24, 2006
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Interface (Bus) Type CardBus