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  Gnet NP0650 Wireless Network PC Card
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The Gnet 22Mbps 802.11b Plus wireless PC Card adapter eliminate the constraints imposed by wired solutions and grant you the freedom to work from just about anywhere, be it a desk, a boardroom or a warehouse, while providing you complete access to network resources. These cards operate in either the Peer-to-Peer (Ad-hoc) mode giving you the flexibility to build Peer-to-Peer networks, or in the Infrastructure mode, allowing you to connect to wired Ethernet networks via an access point.

Key Features - Wireless PC Card & PCI Adapter
• High-Speed wireless connection, up to 54Mbps format
• Fully compatible with IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b and 802.11b PLUS Industry Standard
• Based on Pocket Binary Convolutional Code (PBCC)
• 64/128/256 Bit WEP Encryption function
• Fast enough to support Multi-Media over the Wireless network
• Plug-and-Play installation
• Compatible with Windows: '98/’98(SE)/2000/Me/XP

The Review:
The Gnet wireless network card was the easiest to work with of all the cards we had tested. After installing the software it was truly plug and play with no need to do any set up work. The reception for distance was equal between all the cards so there was nothing special about that in this case and although the card states that it has 22Mbps capability, we did not disprove it or prove it because of the way we were testing these units.

As a layman needing a wireless card the important aspects are that once you plug the card in and install the software for it. You reboot the computer and be able to use it without any further interruption or adjusting settings. The Gnet card won this round hands down. Once I rebooted, I went to my browser and was surfing instantly. Now that is user friendly.

The card did not come in a protective case and that was one of my peeves as I will not keep the card in the laptop all the time so I will have to put it away in my carrying case but without a protective box for it, it could possibly get damaged and so this one lost a few points on that. Overall though, I found that the Gnet card was my favorite of all of the ones we tested.

Review ID Number: 406
  Product Details
Gnet
Review Date: 2004-01-17
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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