Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: MN710
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- Reviewed by: Xiao Ming Wu
- Reviewed on: 03/21/2004
- Released on: 02/01/2004
The good: Fast; good range; compact; easy to install.
The bad: Software package lacks WPA patch for Windows XP; runs hot to the touch.
The bottom line: Compact and secure, the MN-710 is a good choice for home or small-business users looking for an easy, wireless way to connect a desktop to an 802.11g network.
Cheap, but Unstable and Unreliable
by Tomilius on March 26, 2005
Pros: 54mbps, Good signal strength
Cons: MONTHS OF FRUSTRATION: Stops Receiving Important ARP Broadcasts, Can Be a Pain to Set Up, Windows Sometimes Stops Recognizing Device
Summary: When using this device along with the WL-500g (and probably other routers, because other devices don't have this problem with it), it stops receiving ARP broadcasts (at least--maybe all ...
Summary: When using this device along with the WL-500g (and probably other routers, because other devices don't have this problem with it), it stops receiving ARP broadcasts (at least--maybe all broadcast frames) after a while. That means computers on the network will be unable to contact it because it won't receive or reply to ARP broadcasts. Ouch. The only solution to this is to have it very regularly attempt to access a nonexistent IP address and then remove the invalid entry for that IP address from the computer's ARP tables and repeat. It can broadcast no problem, and that way other LAN machines will learn of its own MAC address and be able to contact it, but every once in a while it stops receiving ARP broadcasts. This does not commonly affect internet use, but it isolates the computer from the LAN in an EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING way.
Other than that, this device is pretty good with good signal strength and speed, except that sometimes (after it freezes your computer), it will stop being recognized by Windows until you do a lot of fiddling.
I gave this product a 5 for months of personal frustration and because important functionality is unreliable, and that is simply unacceptable.
Pros: excellent price and features like wpa. good support
Cons: After a few months, 1 adapter would fail to be recognized by windows and would not power up. replacement unit often drops connections when transfer rates approach 80KB/s, rarely drops at around 40KB/s, and is reliable when used for web surfing and chat. I
Works When It Feels Like
Pros: it works....
Cons: when it feels like it, i can barely ever get it to turn on! or itll shut off sparaticly.. the range isnt that great either. no antenna jack to fix that problem. and hey, its microsoft.
Ease of Microsoft, value of 3rd party
Pros: This product was very easy to set up. The "Microsoft Broadband Network Utility" is also very nice and easy to use. It automatically checks for software and firmware updates for you.
Cons: Not the most feature rich wireless router.
No brainer, get 54mbps for the price of 11mbps
Pros: Best thing about the product is that it costs nothing compared to the competition. I understand it is available still for $40. Extremely easy to set up, don't have to tinker with the inside of your computer. Perfect for guys with limited knowledge of co
Cons: Like I said in the pros I get 24mbps, I wish i was closer to the 54mbps.
the best one for range
Pros: excellent range (consider can get connected at 37th Street from hotspot at 31st Street in Manhattan), the best one I used for 3 years (own good old orinoco silver)<br> WPA support (requires update from winupdate)<br> no-brainer driver installa
Cons: the cable and antenna are not removeable<br> have BSOD problem on desktop after returned from standby (no problem on laptop)<br> lacks attachment (buy velcro yourself)
Great - Ext. Antenna Misrepresented
Pros: Easy setup. Works great outside your car's moon roof with its long cord when wardriving.
Cons: Use BOINGO as MS interface doesn't auto-update. You can put it inside a large coffee can. Just right for a directional cantenna. Gets a little hot. Don't have it any closer than 8" from your head. Unless you want to microwave your brain... There is no ext
It works and it's the cheapest.
Pros: Installed in ten minutes out of the box on a system using all Dell hardware. My failure to follow directions caused the "long" install time! Comes withit's own usb cable which is long enough for any reasonable use, and it is small enough to fit in almost
Cons: Can't find anything negative to say at least not yet..
Good but no Antenna jack
Pros: It's cheap, It's fast and easy.
Cons: No antenna jack (positioning it just right on a metal desk works great) it does get hot. If you're upgrading to it other wifi software tends to go a bit crazy.
Good price and easy setup!
Pros: Ease of setting it up. I was online with it less than 5 minutes from opening the box. The price was not that bad, less than 50. For a "newbie" to Wifi, this is a must!
Cons: so far I have not had any. This setup is approx 3 rooms from my base and not a problem. Still 5X faster than DSL....
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: MN710
- Description: Broadband Networking Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter MN-710 lets you add a desktop computer to your 802.11B or 802.11g wireless network in your home or small office. Internal and external antenna maximizes your range with the state-of-the-art hardware with internal and external antenna. Transmit data more securely by using the latest in wireless encryption: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protection and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Get unmatched speed, freedom, and flexibility with state-of-the-art 802.11g wireless. Lightning-fast 54 Mbps delivers up to five times the network speed of 802.11b network.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Network adapter
- Form Factor External
- Localization English
- Networking Device Type Network adapter
- Interface (Bus) Type Hi-Speed USB
- Form factor [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] External
- Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b ,
- Connectivity Technology Wireless
- Networking type Network adapter
- Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) x None
- Compatible Slots None
- Connections 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Expansion Slot(s) Total (Free) None
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
- Encryption Algorithm WPA
- Power Device None
- Power Supply / Device None
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP,
Microsoft Windows 98
- System Requirements Details Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP - HD 28 MB
- Peripheral / Interface Devices 4x CD-ROM
Cable(s) / Peripheral(s)
- Cable(s) Included 1 USB cable
Expansion / Port(s) Required
- Slot(s) Required None
- Port(s) / Connector(s) Required 1 Hi-Speed USB 4 pin USB Type A