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Thread: Best (& cheap) USB wireless dongle?

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    You have a lot of interference in the room or something set wrong in your AP. Try resetting it with the button on the back.

    In wireless connection properties, under the advanced tab, you can set it to only connect to AD HOC networks. You might try the wireless network setup and net connection wizard to get the setup to work. Sometimes its a hassle, but the adhoc will eventually work. Both computers need to be setup the same way, and you'll need to give the wireless card on the HOST computer an ssid to broadcast. That'll make it easier to find.

    My only problem with the stick of gum sized dongles is that they freak out. Mine overheats, shuts down. And the way it sticks out of my laptop is a great way to snap it off if I wasn't careful. But I've had it for a year, so a $20 wifi card that lasted a year isn't that bad.

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    I bought a USB AirLink 802.11g dongle (looks like a thumb drive) at Frye's for $19.99. No rebates or anything. It was on sale, but their sales are cyclical. If it's not on sale now, it will be again in a month, and probably at the same sale price.

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    I definitely don't recommend the one I ended up getting. Even sat 6 feet from the AP, it was jumping repetitively between 24 and 36Mb/s as I copied a load of music onto a laptop. Very unsatisfactory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brain21
    I bought a USB AirLink 802.11g dongle (looks like a thumb drive) at Frye's for $19.99. No rebates or anything. It was on sale, but their sales are cyclical. If it's not on sale now, it will be again in a month, and probably at the same sale price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    It tends to only connect at 36Mb/s at bootup, repairing the connection then gives 54Mb/s.
    What does it mean to "repair the connection?" It that some magic Windoze thing other that OSes haven't gotten around to yet?

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    Assuming the lonely "yes" was a reply to my question re:"repairing the connection":

    Ah. Well, if you were to use Linux, you couldn't "repair the connection." You'd just have to settle for it working as intended - once Linux gets 802.11g support, of course. (Grrrr..)

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    The 'repair connection' mostly simply reinitializes the wireless card driver and hardware. It turns out that most of the hardware and most of the drivers blow chunks. And when it's misbehaving, it's generally their fault.

    Funnily enough, Linux has exactly the same problem with the more limited hardware support it has - it's just that since the driver source is available, someone usually fixes it so that if the hardware is supported, it's generally got an adequate driver sometime with the first year of support. Unfortunately that's not true for Windows - the hardware manufacturers keep shipping the same buggy and unstable drivers for as long as they can avoid spending money on fixing the problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    On sale for 10 buck today till Tuesday (I think).
    Work perfect.
    I picked up one of these. It seems to be the same hardware since the driver for the old one got used and they both show up as 'TrendNet'.

    However, the software for the new one has the ability to run one or more of them in AP mode, which is something I really wanted. Bonus!

    Anyone know if you can dismantle these and solder on an external antenna? At $10 it occurred to me I should have bought an extra one to experiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    I definitely don't recommend the one I ended up getting. Even sat 6 feet from the AP, it was jumping repetitively between 24 and 36Mb/s as I copied a load of music onto a laptop. Very unsatisfactory.
    From my experience and opinion, speed hopping can slow down overall performance. Renegotiating speed setting (often) is bad, takes up bandwith and processing power on both ends (ap & client). I would suggest hard setting to the slowest speed; 24mb. You will probably see an overall throughput improvement since it doesn't switch back and forth between speeds.

    It's sound crazy; but you may have been sitting too close to the AP- get a good 10+feet away.
    my 2 cents.
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