Zonet ZEW1602 IEEE 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless LAN PCI Adapter

PCI - 54Mbps - MPN: ZEW1602
Product Details
Description
The Wireless PCI Adapter connects you with 802.11g networks at up to an incredible 54Mbps! And for added versatility, it can also interoperate with all the up to 11Mbps 802.11b products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. And in either mode, your wireless communications are protected by industrial-strength WPA, so your data stays secure.
Quick Glance
Device Type Wi-Fi Adapter
Network Architecture Supported Wireless Ethernet - 11 Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - 54 Mbps IEEE802.11g
Frequency Band 2.48 GHz
Slot/Port Type PCI
User Reviews
It works, but could be better.
4 Star Review   By member user527 - Mar 21, 2007   

Strengths: Small size - good for case airflow, short antenna, simple installation, works under XP and Linux.

Weakness: Not as sensible as other wireless cards.

I got this card today after reading a lot of negative (and also some positive) reports from other users. I needed a simple card for occasional work with Windows, found this one for $8 on sale and decided to give it a try. It works fine, the installation is straightforward, Windows XP recognized it right away and installed a driver from the supplied CD. No problems with the installation and establishing a WEP-encrypted connection with the router. My computer is located in the same room with a Linksys wireless router, about 15' apart from it in a wooden table drawer in a corner of the room. I am the only obstacle on the straight line between the antennas. My router has a third-party long antennas, about twice longer than the original ones (I do not remember the gain guaranteed by those antennas). The reported by Windows strength of the signal for this card is flipping between 3 and 4 bars, which drops the communication speed. A similar complain is reported by other people. Maybe it is partially due to a relatively short antenna of this card. I remember getting 5 bars by using a Linksys wireless adapter in a similar setting. So, if you are serious network user, this card is probably not for you. I am, however, satisfied since I got a cheap card for testing and experiments. Update added two months later: I am still happy with this card, it works very stable under 32-bit Windows XP. Today I experimented with it under openSuSE Linux 10.2. Installation is easy with ndiswrapper but there is no direct drivers for Linux for Marvell chips yet. However, no slowdown is noticeable with my 256 Kbps Internet connection. The card does its job pretty good.

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Product Details
Description
The Wireless PCI Adapter connects you with 802.11g networks at up to an incredible 54Mbps! And for added versatility, it can also interoperate with all the up to 11Mbps 802.11b products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. And in either mode, your wireless communications are protected by industrial-strength WPA, so your data stays secure.
Quick Glance
Device Type Wi-Fi Adapter
Network Architecture Supported Wireless Ethernet - 11 Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - 54 Mbps IEEE802.11g
Frequency Band 2.48 GHz
Slot/Port Type PCI
Summary
Product Title Zonet ZEW1602 IEEE 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless LAN PCI Adapter
Manufacturer Zonet
Power Score 4.0 | 1 Review
Networking Standards
Wireless Transmission Speed: 54 Mbps
Wireless Security Features: WEP Encryption Length: 64/128-bit WPA
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Speeds Supported: 54 Mbps
Number of External Antennas: 1
ISM Band: Yes
ISM Minimum Frequency: 2.40 GHz
Antenna Connector: SMA Connector
Interfaces: PCI Card
Product Model: ZEW1602
Brand Name: Zonet
Antenna Gain: 2 dBi
Network Status Indicators: Link Status
ISM Maximum Frequency: 2.48 GHz
User Reviews
It works, but could be better.
4 Star Review   By member user527 - Mar 21, 2007   

Strengths: Small size - good for case airflow, short antenna, simple installation, works under XP and Linux.

Weakness: Not as sensible as other wireless cards.

I got this card today after reading a lot of negative (and also some positive) reports from other users. I needed a simple card for occasional work with Windows, found this one for $8 on sale and decided to give it a try. It works fine, the installation is straightforward, Windows XP recognized it right away and installed a driver from the supplied CD. No problems with the installation and establishing a WEP-encrypted connection with the router. My computer is located in the same room with a Linksys wireless router, about 15' apart from it in a wooden table drawer in a corner of the room. I am the only obstacle on the straight line between the antennas. My router has a third-party long antennas, about twice longer than the original ones (I do not remember the gain guaranteed by those antennas). The reported by Windows strength of the signal for this card is flipping between 3 and 4 bars, which drops the communication speed. A similar complain is reported by other people. Maybe it is partially due to a relatively short antenna of this card. I remember getting 5 bars by using a Linksys wireless adapter in a similar setting. So, if you are serious network user, this card is probably not for you. I am, however, satisfied since I got a cheap card for testing and experiments. Update added two months later: I am still happy with this card, it works very stable under 32-bit Windows XP. Today I experimented with it under openSuSE Linux 10.2. Installation is easy with ndiswrapper but there is no direct drivers for Linux for Marvell chips yet. However, no slowdown is noticeable with my 256 Kbps Internet connection. The card does its job pretty good.

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