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Networking X-Micro Style - Cheap, Stylish and Simple

By: Cameron Wilmot | Editorials in Networking | Posted: Nov 8, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: X-Micro



X-Micro should be congratulated for producing a range of networking products which are relatively cheap, definitely very stylish and simple to use and setup.


These combinations of networking products from X-Micro would be perfect for a home environment where you are looking to connect a few computers by CAT5 cable and have one or two other portable computers (such as notebook) which you want as part of your network, without spending a truck load of one hundred dollar notes on the project.


As far as the wireless adapters go, the PCMCIA adapter is far better than the USB - as proved by our testing results today. If you want to add wireless LAN capabilities to your notebook, you would be silly to choose the X-Micro USB adapter over the PCMCIA adapter. On the other hand, if you want to add wireless LAN capabilities to a non-portable computer, you are dead out of luck. While I've painted the picture of the X-Micro USB adapter as being useless, it will do the trick but with a few cons compared to the PCMCIA adapter - those specifically being reduced transfer speeds and higher CPU usage.


If you're looking to formulate a solid and cheap yet stylish home network with wireless LAN capabilities, the three products we looked at today from the Taiwanese X-Micro company should be given some serious consideration and thought for your home.


- Pros






Easy to Use


802.11b Wireless Capabilities


Web-based Admin


- Cons


No Gigabit Ethernet


No 802.11g Support


USB adapter slower compared to PCMCIA adapter


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's Best Value Award



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