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  FriendlyNet AeroLAN XG 802.11 wireless CardBus adapter
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As your wireless networking demand grows, you’ll need Asanté’s AeroLAN-XG High-Speed Wireless CardBus Adapter to help you speed up transfers of digital pictures, video, music, and other data files—wirelessly at speeds up to 5x faster than conventional 802.11b wireless connections.

By taking advantage of the new IEEE 802.11g wireless standard, you’ll be moving data and digital multimedia files on your wireless networks at a blazing fast 54 Mbps. The AL5402-XG adapter is also backwards-compatible with the older IEEE 802.11b standard, which means that by using the AL 5402 - XG adapter, you will be able to connect to either wireless standard to give you greater versatility and flexibility.

To protect your valuable data and privacy, the 5402 is equipped with the highest wireless security technology available. It supports both 64-bit and 128-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption to safeguard all wireless.
You'll also be able to connect with any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed 802.11g standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.

The review:
We have been looking at various wireless network cards of late and here is the first review of one of them. Asante’s FriendlyNet card is first of all a bit more powerful than the others we have tried in that the connection offers up to 54 Mbps, where the others were only 22mbps.

We used a third party wireless router to broadcast so as to give a fair advantage to all the cards, besides when you travel around you will never know what equipment will be used as the broadcasting hardware and that is why we did the test this way.

When unpacking the Asante card, the first thing you will notice is that the card itself comes in a well protected transparent case and it was the only one that came with a protective casing. That was a bonus. The actual performance was actually about the same in all the cards for strength and distance. I did find that the Asante package had more to install and more settings to work with compared to others. These extra settings are mainly for security and can be manipulated for best advantage in the use of the card.

To use the card the requirements are that you have at least Windows 98SE or higher and the tests were conducted on a Windows ME laptop with great results.

These cards will become more and more in demand as the use of WiFi expands and Asante’s card is right up there at the top for ease of use and quality equipment

Review ID Number: 404
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Review Date: 2004-01-17
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
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