I can't say enough about the
ease of installation that I experienced with this product. Once you've
setup one networking adapter the other installs mirror it. All too often
we are bombarded by a difficult install with a networking component.
what are my feelings now that I've used this setup for a few days? One thing
Sohoware doesn't advertise but I think they should is the seamless integration
with existing networks. The computers on my existing network access the
new wireless equipped computers the same as any other. If you are familiar
with Windows networking then there is no new learning curve to experience
with these new components. Networking protocols are setup the same so there
is no need to patch together different setups into a hodge-podge of a networking
any new technology the early adopters get hit in the pocketbook. The PCMCIA
adapter is $149.99 while the PCI adapter is $199.99. That is a little steep
but still a reasonable price considering how well they work. What may break
the piggy bank is the hub. At $249.99 I know some of you are already gasping.
Consider this though. Up to 128 computers can connect through this hub with
no additional cost in wiring. The hub does feature 40-bit WEP data encryption
which naturally is a step in the right direction when it comes to data security.
Another very interesting feature is that this hub can operate with any IEEE
802.11B compliant device. That is some assurance of future usefullness.
consider this revolutionary technology and think that in the next few
years we will see the death of wired networking. How's that for a prediction?
I was quite surprised by the stability of this network and have no reservations
recommending it to our readers. I'm impressed enough to give it my editor's
choice award for its ease of use/setup and the great benefits inherent
to wireless networking.
Oshiro March 22, 2001