Data Security Protection
More interestingly, the
GN-WLBZ201 will actually format the data partition if an incorrect password is
entered more than 6 times straight, destroying all data on the key.
This also removes the password
protection, meaning that you can use the device again if you forgot the
password, but also meaning that anyone who finds your lost key can easily erase
and re-use it just by entering bad passwords, reducing your likelihood of
getting it back. At least you won't have your data stolen.
We ran into a few oddities
while using the key with the security features enabled on one of our windows
2000 Professional systems. Access to the 'b:' drive containing the password
utility was no longer available in the 'normal' mode, essentially meaning that
you would have to insert the key in 'security' mode, disable the password
protection, then remove and re-insert the key in 'regular' mode again in order
to access your files.
Turns out that this is because
pre-service pack 3, Windows 2000 can only support a single USB memory space, and
since the GN-WLBZ201 is actually partitioned into two separate spaces, this
counts as two drives. The workaround that Gigabyte offers in the manual is to
insert the key in 'security' mode and copy the security program (UDP.EXE) to
your desktop, then remove and re-insert in 'regular' mode. You can then use the
security program from your desktop to gain access to your data. Not a big deal.
As a wireless network card, the
GN-WLBZ201 functions very well. Installation consisted of loading the drivers
from the CD, then plugging in the device itself and confirming the drivers.
After that, it picked up our test router (an SMC Barricade) just fine and we
were off and surfing.
It's worth noting that while
the GN-WLBZ201 received just about equivalent signal strength to the PCMCIA SMC
wireless network adaptor, the position of the 'antenna' (the body of the device)
made a HUGE difference. Straight up seems to be the way to go…
The software provided with the wireless NIC drivers
is Gigabyte's wireless LAN monitor suite, which was pretty
straight forward to use and similar in terms of options to any
other wireless network adaptor software that we've seen, with one annoying
When setting the Gigabyte GN-WLBZ201 to use WEP encryption with a preshared key, there is
no way to enter the actual 'friendly' preshared key
into the interface. Instead you must enter hexadecimal values, which you can
gain from your access point when you set up the encryption
This proved extremely frustrating to do, requiring that
the software (and in one case, the system) be restarted. This would certainly
put off anyone not well acquainted with wireless security.
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