Linksys WPC54GS Wireless-G notebook adapter with SpeedBooster review: Linksys WPC54GS Wireless-G notebook adapter with SpeedBooster

The WPC54GS uses Broadcom's Afterburner technology for its speed enhancements. Afterburner has both advantages and disadvantages compared with the Atheros-based speed enhancements in the D-Link DWL-G650 and the Netgear WG511T. In terms of raw performance, Atheros delivers better results with regard to both throughput and range. But the Atheros solution relies on channel bonding, which uses a wide swath of spectrum and is more apt to create interference for neighboring networks than Linksys's SpeedBooster products are. The SpeedBooster, a.k.a. Afterburner, solution enhances speed while limiting itself to a single nonoverlapping channel, which makes it a good alternative if you live in a dorm or an apartment building with neighboring wireless networks.

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

CNET Labs throughput tests with mixed b/g clients  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput tests with mixed b/g clients (Throughput in Mbps)  

The Linksys WPC54GS notebook adapter with SpeedBooster comes with a respectable three-year warranty and one of the best all-around support packages in the business. You get toll-free, 24/7 support for the lifetime of the product and a wealth of helpful online support offerings that include product-specific setup guidelines for multiple operating systems, FAQs, troubleshooting solutions, driver updates, live chat with support staff, and a copious knowledge database that contains how-to information for the WPC54GS's setup and configuration, as well as fixes for a wide array of common networking issues.

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Linksys WPC54GS Wireless-G notebook adapter with SpeedBooster

Part Number: WPC54GS Released: Apr 1, 2004
MSRP: $69.99 Low Price: $12.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Apr 1, 2004
  • Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Interface (Bus) Type CardBus