U.S. Robotics USR5411 Wireless MaxG PC Card review: U.S. Robotics USR5411 Wireless MaxG PC Card

The MaxG PC Card's configuration utility is a baby step up from Windows XP's basic Zero Config utility. Like the XP utility, the MaxG PC Card's app allows you to view available wireless networks within range, along with a few extra details, such as signal strength and channel number. The utility would be more useful if it let you create and save profiles for the wireless networks you access most. Instead, you must reenter security codes for these networks each time you access them. Aside from the configuration utility, U.S. Robotics provides a couple of spyware blockers and the company's iBand application, which graphs the amount of data being sent and received over your network.

U.S. Robotics asserts that the MaxG PC Card can achieve a 125Mbps maximum throughput speed when used in conjunction with the Wireless MaxG Router. That's a few more Mbps than other adapters with speed-boosting enhancements, such as the 108Mbps Netgear WG511T . However, the higher speed rating didn't help the MaxG PC Card to outrun the WG511T in CNET Labs' maximum throughput tests: the MaxG PC Card earned a decent 37.5Mbps score, but the WG511T achieved a very fast 47.1Mbps time. At 24.2Mbps, the Hawking HWC54D ran slower than both--though the HWC54D's extremely long, 325-foot range is 125 feet more than what most adapters can manage, including the MaxG PC Card and the WG511T. Pre-MIMO devices such as the Belkin Pre-N PC Card exhibit more speed and longer range overall, though they also cost twice as much.

The MaxG PC Card ships with a standard two-year warranty that includes mail-in service and toll-free telephone support. Unfortunately, the phone lines are open during limited times only: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, CT. You can try the U.S. Robotics support Web site for help, though the FAQ section of the site yielded no results when we conducted a search on the adapter's product name. Otherwise, the site lists about a dozen random troubleshooting tips for the card.

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

CNET Labs long-range test (in Mbps)
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*Measured indoors at 200 feet

CNET Labs mixed-throughput test (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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U.S. Robotics USR5411 Wireless MaxG PC Card

Part Number: USR5411 Released: Jan 6, 2005
MSRP: $61.46 Low Price: $35.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan 6, 2005
  • Data Transfer Rate 125 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Interface (Bus) Type CardBus