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Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Router

Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Router - PCSTATS
Abstract: his device incorporates a fully wireless home router/Internet sharing device onto a PCI card which you install directly into your desktop.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 26 2005   M. Dowler  
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Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Desktop Router Review

While broadband Internet has become standard the world over, different countries and regions approach things differently when it comes to how the networking hardware is implemented. For instance, in Canada, just about every network appliance from home routers to DSL and cable modems takes the form of an external box which is connected to your computer(s) via CAT5 Ethernet cabling.

In Europe, things are considerably different. The trend there is more towards internal solutions which use a desktop PC as the host for these networking devices. Your DSL modem or home router would come in the form of a PCI device, and all connections would route into the back of your system.

Today we're going to bring a bit of European flavour to PCstats with a review of Gigabyte's AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g internal wireless PCI router. This device incorporates a fully wireless home router/Internet sharing device onto a PCI card which you install directly into your desktop PC. It also comes with a nifty, blue-LED tipped magnetic external antenna which is fairly high gain at 3dB.

The internal form factor of the Wifi Router AirCruiser GN-BC01 is new to us though, so we're interested to see how it performs and what kind of range it gets compared to conventional external wireless networking routers.

Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Desktop Router

Manual, software, 20 & 24-pin ATX power connectors, half-height PCI bracket, short ethernet cable.

The Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 is an 802.11g wireless router, supporting 54mbps of wireless bandwidth via its external antenna, which has blinking blue LED at the tip. Differing from most 'boxed' external wireless routers, the AirCruiser GN-BC01 does not have any additional wired networking ports. It has a single 10/100 Ethernet port which is intended to connect to the network adaptor in the computer that the router is installed in. Of course, you could connect this single port to an Ethernet hub or switch and support multiple wired clients that way.

Like most Internet sharing devices, the AirCruiser GN-BC01 uses NAT (Network Address Translation) to allow client computers to access the Internet.A built-in DHCP server distributes IP addresses to client computers. When using DHCP, certain IP addresses can be manually assigned to certain computers based on their MAC addresses.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GN-BC01
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Router
 Pg 2.  Technical features and more...
 Pg 3.  Antenna with a blue light
 Pg 4.  Configuring the AirCruiser GN-BC01
 Pg 5.  Wireless encryption and security
 Pg 6.  Wireless Networking performance tests

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