The Good Easy installation; reasonable price; lifetime warranty; Wi-Fi compliant.
The Bad Limited range in CNET Labs' tests; long waits for tech support.
The Bottom Line An excellent wireless solution for file and device sharing in the home or a small to midsized office.
|D-Link DWL-2000AP AirPlus Xtreme G Wireless Access Point||Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station||Siemens SpeedStream Powerline 802.11b Wireless Access Point||NetGear WG602 54Mbps Wireless Access Point||Apple AirPort Express Base Station (802.11n)|
|Price||$599 MSRP||$299 Apple||$599 MSRP||$599 MSRP||$599 MSRP|
D-Link DWL-2000AP AirPlus Xtreme G Wireless Access Point
The lazy days of summer are right around the corner--all the more reason to invest in a wireless home-networking solution. With the D-Link Laptop Wireless Kit, you can roam about the yard or pool without losing your network connection. And since everything comes in one easy-to-use kit, you don't have to worry about missing cards or cables. Plus, it's affordable. Just don't roam too far: In our tests, the D-Link kit's simplicity is offset by its short range.The lazy days of summer are right around the corner--all the more reason to invest in a wireless home-networking solution. With the D-Link Laptop Wireless Kit, you can roam about the yard or pool without losing your network connection. And since everything comes in one easy-to-use kit, you don't have to worry about missing cards or cables. Plus, it's affordable. Just don't roam too far: In our tests, the D-Link kit's simplicity is offset by its short range.
The $499 D-Link DWL-905 Laptop Wireless Kit includes two $129 DWL-650 PC Card adapters and one $249 DWL-1000AP Access Point. The D-Link series of wireless products is based on the 802.11b standard and uses radio waves to transmit signals at 11mbps.The products are also Wi-Fi certified, which means they'll work with Wi-Fi products from other vendors.
Pick a card...
The PC Card plugs into your notebook's Type II slot, letting you wirelessly roam. Installing the PC Card adapter is easy: Just boot up your laptop computer, insert the included CD-ROM, and run the installation program. A wizard walks you through the process, and a detailed Quick Start poster helps you select the proper settings. The card operates in both Ad Hoc and Infrastructure modes. Ad Hoc configures the cards to talk to one another directly, while Infrastructure mode routs all communication through the DWL-1000AP Access Point.
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Setting up your first network
Once you've identified your needs, it's time to take that next step: actually setting up your network. In this tutorial we'll start with a basic network: two laptops, connected by Ethernet cable to a single router.