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    wireless question

    i need a recomendation for a good wireless usb adaptor.

    i need to pot wireless access points in 34 locations. tht director bought the stuff and then asked me. we have linksysy wireless-G (WRT54G) broadband routers, which i have no probelm but the adapters are real mickey mouse. he bought 5 to try out they are wusb854g. they loose the signal from 10 feet away. just close a flimsey hollow-core door and the connections gone.

    the director seems to favor a usb solution so if anyone knows of one.....TIA
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    Ted,
    I have used a Netgear MA111, 802.11b, wireless USB adapter. It works fairly well, but does not have the range or the gain my Belkin PCI card does. I don't know if they make one for 802.11g but this one says it is compliant and compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g devices (so they must).
    It was approx. $50 USD from 'Staples' about 6 months ago or so.
    It comes with a setup disk (drivers and utility).

    http://www.netgear.com/products/prod...odID=173&view=
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    We've been using some of Linksys adapters at work and they seem to be working great for us.

    They're a 802.11g standard but can work with 802.11b wireless networks.
    http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...spx?EDC=543916

    That to of course comes with all the stuff you'll need.


    Now if your wanting something a little smaller you can get the smaller USB adapters that look like pen drives, but I can't really tell you how well their range is.
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    cheyenne1212 the one your using at work is the one im talking about. it's supposed to have a range of (under) 300 feet indoors. have them installed at three locations and in three locations...they work on occasion. maybe im doing something wrong although i cant see how they'd be working when i left, stay up for three days and just stop. im taking a ride up to new city ny tomorrow. thats the closest one to me. ive got so much to do i hate to be wasting time dicking around with this. i would like to just get a solution that works.

    its like trying to pick-up a short wave broadcast on a portable receiver. move the antena around and point it in differant directions...ahh there it is. and im only talkin about distances of 15 to 40 feet. theres gotta be a better way
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    That Linksys should do alot better than the little pen drive style I have. But the Netgear would reach approx 50' and through a floor and two walls. It wasn't 100% signal, but still came up as good according to the XP signal graph. (oh and it does have a short USB cable so you can move the antenna around forthe best signal).

    Maybe you need to look at the WAP instead of the receiving points.
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    Remember to tedob that if you have any type of Fluorescent lights, they will interfere with your wireless signal.


    You might want to look into Wireless range extenders?
    http://www.cdw.com/shop/search/resul...rm=all&x=0&y=0

    But perhaps if that isnt' working for you, then you should look into what moxnix said about using a WAP.
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    Tedob1,

    I have a linksys wrt54g at home, and indeed i find it a real charm. There's even a patch to open up its linux, but this aside.
    I assume the wireless connections will be for laptops prior ? I have a Linksys WPC54G pcmcia card and that has good range and stability. And while you're at it, never buy the Linksys pci wireless cards (WMP54G). They are a bunch of ****, and don't seem to like asus mobo's.
    Unfortunately i have no experience in usb g sticks. Good that i know not to buy the linksys ones though.

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