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MSI Mania - 3 of MSI's latest goodies - The Products - Wireless 11g Continued

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 27, 2004 5:00 am

Wireless 11g Continued



Now we move to the notebook Wireless g, that's right, MSI hasn't forgotten the mobile users. While Centrino units now have built in 802.11b wireless LAN, if you want to go to "g", you will need to either take out the internal "b" card or insert a "g" card. The other option is, and is for users of laptops without any wireless LAN to use the Cardbus adapter. MSI packs the unit in a similar Wireless g box with the Cardbus adapter logo on the front. Inside you simply get a driver disk and an information manual, as installation is just to plug the card into a free PCMCIA 32bit expansion slot, available on 99% of all laptops now.



The Cardbus unit itself is rather compact. MSI has placed all the circuitry under a metal protective layer to prevent EMI distortion within the wireless signal or the PC.


One cool feature is the Active and Link LEDs. The Active LED comes on when the unit has been detected within Windows and the OS has made a bus link. The Link LED flashes when sending or receiving data from the Network and the coolest part is the fact that MSI has used blue laser LEDs, which do look great in the dark.


One of the best features of the Wireless range MSI delivers is the SAP or Software Access Point program. If you don't have a hardware access point, you can use one of the PC's with the MSI Wireless controllers as an Access Point. You simply setup an AP name, IP parameters and any other wireless device can connect to your PC. This comes in especially handy if you want to share your broadband with other PC's in your home and don't want to sell out for a hardware Access Point router type device.


Overall the MSI Wireless G series was a great success with the Software AP making it the top of the range for a wireless setup.


- Pros


Supports 54mbps transfer rates


Backwards compatible with 802.11b hardware


Software Access Point program eliminates need for Hardware Access Point


- Cons


No compatibility with 802.11a


Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editor's Choice Award



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