by April 12, 2005 0 comments

This ASUS wireless LAN adapter is good in features and great on performance. It did not give much trouble while setting up and worked well thereafter. Compatible with IEEE 802.11g, it works with most versions of Windows. It can work in both infrastructure and ad-hoc modes. A notable feature about this wireless adapter is the software support it provides. It bundles a management software named Control Center that launches applications and configures network settings. Using it, you can check for signal strength and link quality, know the status of the wireless network and switch between infrastructure and ad-hoc modes. The adapter provides 64/128-bit WEP, which can also be set using this utility. The Survey tab of the software scans for all available networks and connects to the one you select. The utility, Mobile Manager, is a convenient tool to set up and manage network location settings. It can be used to create, edit or activate a configuration.

We used NetIQ Qcheck in order to measure the adaptor’s streaming rate, throughput and response time. We managed to get a throughput of 12 Mbps and a satisfactory response time of 3 ms. It did well in the data streaming test and gave a throughput of 925 Kbps at the rate of 1000 KB for 20 secs. It showed good resistance to interference as well.

The Bottom Line: Given the performance, features supported and the price, the adapter is a good buy.

Rupin Vij

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