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Belkin Wireless 802.11b Networking Review

Belkin Wireless 802.11b Networking Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Data is sent over the radio waves at a frequency of between 2400~2483.5 MHz using Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technology.
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External Mfg. Website: Belkin Apr 16 2002   Max Page  
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Conclusions

We've focused a lot of this review on the security measures you should be enabling when using these 802.11b wireless products from Belkin because a lot of people are laregly unaware of the issues that wireless networking bring to the table. For a consumer level Wi-Fi setup the wireless components we tested from Belkin are first rate - the design and ease of use is for the most part excellent.

The installation problems we experienced could be easily resolved with a more descriptive section in the manual (which is otherwise very good). Even with that short stall, we were able to install the AP, and network cards on a Windows XP based system and Windows 2000 notebook in a matter of minutes with no problems.

Belkin have produced some very good wireless products, and the signal strength and connection quality brought the internet wirelessly to our test computers without incident.

With WEP enabled your WLAN will be reasonably secured, but since the passphrase is not dynamically regenerated it is important to change it from time to time. If you work with sensitive information it may be better for you to play it safe and stick to hard wired Ethernets.

For home users, or small offices on the other hand, a wireless network makes it incredibly easy to roll out the network with almost no Cat 5 cabling requirements. Bandwidth is of course limited to a maximum of 11Mbps, but as far as email and web surfing are concerned this should be more than adequate.

Despite the inital problems with installation, we were still impressed enough with the build quality, documentation and ease of use that the three Belkin wireless components we tested offered. The AP is firmware upgradable which is great to see as well. I would recommend them to anyone considering adding wireless networking in their home or small office - just as long as you enable your WEP!

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Contents of Article: Belkin F5D6130
 Pg 1.  Belkin Wireless 802.11b Networking Review
 Pg 2.  Installation, Rough At The Start
 Pg 3.  Protecting your Wireless network data
 Pg 4.  Talking about signal strength
 Pg 5.  — Conclusions

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