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Buffalo Wireless Adapter Review

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If you have a mobile or desktop PC with no wireless connectivity, or an 802.11b client card (or embedded chipset) but want to upgrade easily to the speed of 802.11g, Buffalo has come to the rescue.

Portability has been the single key benefit of wireless USB client adapters, but chances are that when you find yourself needing to make a quick wireless connection on someone else's PC, you won't have the CD with the drivers you need. And who wants to fool around with loading utilities and drivers from a CD anyway? The new AirStation 54 Mbps Wireless USB Keychain Adapter (WLI-U2-KG54-AI), from Buffalo Technologies, solves that problem for you. Though it looks like a conventional USB 2.0 key, it is also an 802.11g network adapter. The key contains all of the necessary drivers, as well as Buffalo's client app. Just plug it in and the driver and client autoinstall.

The AirStation Keychain Adapter ships with a two-foot USB extension cable for getting optimal reception or getting the key out of the way. In our performance tests, it outperformed most PC card adapters and was on a par with the best of the 802.11g notebooks with built-in wireless. At close distances, the AirStation Keychain turned in 23.4 Mbps of throughput on our non-compressible data test. At the 160-foot mark, we still recorded 4.8 Mbps of throughput.

The Buffalo client utility also has an easy-to-use interface where you can store multiple profiles. Each profile can have a different security setting, ranging from no security at all up through WPA-AES. A handy survey tool helps identify available wireless networks.

The AirStation Keychain also supports Buffalo's excellent AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) that allows you to configure a secure wireless network at the touch of a button on an AOSS-enabled Buffalo router—if you have one.

If you're in the market for a USB 802.11g wireless adapter, this is the one to buy.

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