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Final Remarks

2.4Ghz wireless technology is only acceptable for casual interest browsing and tiny file transfers. When I complete my monthly backup, I transfer over 10GB worth of data. Using the IBM drives and DLink gigabit NIC's this takes 15 minutes with over 78,000 files. If this was (gulp) attempted with only a 4.98Mbps (611KB/s) transfer rate, that figure would climb to over 273 minutes.

If the 128-bit wireless encryption protocol doesn't function properly, your network could be exposed to anyone with a wireless card. It is also known that encrypting the data reduces bandwidth, but since I couldn't get it to work, I can't tell you by how much.

As far as practical distance goes, I would estimate that without the use of external antennas on the Wavebase and client card, you would be limited to 40-50 feet indoors and 200+ feet outdoors. I tested extensively in the 12-inch to 30 foot range however.

Is $399 a fair price for the Wavebase? If you must have IPSec, it may indeed well be, but keep in mind that there are similar products out there in networking land that duplicate most of the functions minus IPSec for about half the asking price.

Conclusion

At this time, I cannot recommend the Wavebase. There are simply too many problems to resolve about its functionality and reliability. The initial effort of Nexland to break into the U.S. pro-sumer market is good, but further product refinement is required. It pains me greatly to write such reviews, but such is the life of a reviewer. Not all products, even expensive ones, work as intended or advertised. If the situation changes or the Wavebase is revised in some significant manner, I'll keep you posted.

William Yaple
05/19/02





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