A Look at ASUS WiFi@Home
The Wireless Edition bundles both a WiFi 802.11b card and an omni-directional antenna. Omni-directional simply means "in all directions", do not let the external antenna fool you. It is no stronger or weaker than your regular WiFi antenna, but does allow complete portability around your work area. The external antenna connector on the front of the PCI card is proprietary in its own, disallowing use of other third party pigtails and antennas.
Included on the installation CD is sufficient software to manage your new WiFi card and antenna. Originally we were given the impression that this wireless AP card served as a stand-alone access point for the desktop machine you set it up with. Boy, were we wrong. The WiFi-b card not only acts as an access point for an existing wireless network in your area, but can also be switched to an "AP mode" where the antenna broadcasts an inputted local cable/ADSL connection from your desktop computer. That's right, this bundle can turn your computer into a full-blown wireless router! Stand-alone 802.11b routers regularly sell from $65.00 USD to $110.00 USD - and this bundle cost us an extra twenty dollars.
Although these benefits do outweigh the minimal cost greatly, there are a few drawbacks. To begin with, you have to manually switch wireless operating modes with the provided software. What this means is, you either use the WiFi card as an access point, or you use it as a router - not both at the same time. However, when examining the technology, this doesn't come as a great surprise. Additionally, this card in router mode obviously does not function when your desktop computer is turned off; therefore forcing you to turn on your desktop whenever you want wireless access from your mobile devices (laptops, PDA's, other desktops and so forth)
Reassuringly, the router and access point modes work flawlessly. They provide and receive a signal equally as strong as similar routers and access points (100ft range indoors, 1000ft range outdoors). The included software provides a plethora of features and even includes a built in security manager, sufficiently dealing with WEP/WPA protection. All in all, this package is impressive and is more than worth the persistent media, advertising and its minimal fee. This package alone weighs in as a great influence on my total score given to this product.
The ability to station your antenna anywhere on your desktop is a great advantage as well. Upon testing ASUS's WiFi package, we noticed impressive ranges (on par with standard 802.11b routers). The software's installation was straightforward, as was the ability to switch between modes: Soft Access Point (router) and Station Mode (access point). To top it off, ASUS has included a 40-page manual outlining every possible selection and clearly demonstrating correct utilization of the ASUS WiFi package and software.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks GLORIOUS in 1080p 60FPS
- Xbox One X day one 'Scorpio Edition' console teased
- Galaxy Note 8 might rock next-gen Qualcomm camera tech
- ASUS STRIX Vega 64 trades blows with reference Vega 64
- AMD addresses Radeon RX Vega pricing, stock issues
- Looking for Lian Li PC-C37 pdf manual as links from Lian Li website are broken
- Aerocool Project 7 P7-C1 Pro Mid-Tower Chassis Review
- ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Wireless Gaming Router Review
- corsair vengeance lpx 16gb ddr4-2400 problem on asus x370 pro motherboard
- Synology DS1817 8-Bay NAS (Tested at 10Gbps) Review
- Optimize system performance with new drive adapter
- Lian Li reveals new PC-Q39 tempered glass Mini-ITX tower
- Longsys' world-first 11.5x13mm NVMe BGA SSD drives new mobile user experience
- Thermaltake attends NVIDIA Gamer Connect
- ASRock introduces the X10 IoT router for smart homes