WPC55AG Dual-Band 802.11a/b/g Wireless Notebook Adapter
Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: WPC55AG
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price range: $79.00 - $79.43
- Reviewed by: Brian Nadel and Brian Nadel
- Reviewed on: 05/30/2003
- Released on: 05/05/2003
The good: Painless installation; good price; excellent range.
The bad: Lacks printed manual; three-year warranty.
The bottom line: As versatile as it is inexpensive, the Linksys WPC55AG is an excellent choice for those commuting between 802.11a and 802.11b/g networks.
software messed up windows
by donking! on December 30, 2005
Pros: did actually work, sort of
Cons: software messed up windows. had to reinstall system.
Summary: This card is very buggy and I highly do NOT recommend it. I got the wireless card for my R505TLK Sony Vaio, running W2K. It did work. But every time ...
Summary: This card is very buggy and I highly do NOT recommend it. I got the wireless card for my R505TLK Sony Vaio, running W2K. It did work. But every time I plugged it in and it connected to the internet it would take about five minutes to connect to the wireless router and occupy all of my processor power during that time, making the computer effectively frozen. Even when I didn't have the card plugged in, when I was starting up my computer and it was negotiating network connections through a ethernet cable, it would get caught in this five minute loop. I think it was the drivers fro the card that did this. In the end, I could only fix the problem by entirely reinstalling windows.
I replaced the card with a Proxim Orinoco card and it has been great. Stronger signal. Works quickly and simply.
Rated '1' because zero isn't an option
by neilparks on April 4, 2005
Pros: Can't find any
Cons: Doesn't work worth a cent!
Summary: Bought this piece of junk from Dell and have been trying for days to install on an Inspiron 8000. Software keeps throwing errors in MSVCRT.DLL. Linksys tech support put ...
Summary: Bought this piece of junk from Dell and have been trying for days to install on an Inspiron 8000. Software keeps throwing errors in MSVCRT.DLL. Linksys tech support put me through several install-uninstall-reinstalls and then blamed Microsoft.
Avoid this product at all costs!Updated
No thanks at all to the incompetent tech "support"(?) people at Linksys and Dell. I managed to modify the software to get it working without errors, and the card now works nicely for me.
However, that's just me. A non-technical user would never be able to do what I did.
Bottom Line: If you buy this product, don't buy it by mail order as I did. Buy it from a reliable local computer store and have them install the software for you.
No fuss, no muss
Pros: Competetive price, easy software installation, easy set-up, no bulky antenna, nifty plastic case.
Cons: None yet.
FIX for after Standby issue
Pros: Great card easy and fast
Cons: http://oca.microsoft.com/dcred ir.asp?FamilyID=d96edb1c-79f0- 443b-ac96-8b5dca23f395 I finally got this link from Microsoft to down load HTTP.sys that fixed the issue of card disconnecting after Dell 8200 Inspiron went to standby and card would not conne
Works but stops after Dell STBY
Pros: Easy to config. I have had OK range with A & G and B better.
Cons: I was using LINKSYS WPC11 and it was Great. WPC55AG works great also until Dell Inspiron 8200's I support go to STBY, then, NO CONNECTION until hard boot. Everything BIOS and WIN XP SP2 Updates up to date. No help yet from Linksys...
Trouble connecting to different routers
Pros: Great concept. When I did finally get it connected to my D-Link 624 Xtreme G Router, it worked wonderfully!
Cons: The problem comes when you take your notebook computer elsewhere and try to get a signal...this is no simple task! After hours at a friend's house, I finally connected. Then I went back home and could never get that signal back! So no internet for me :(
It works for me in almost all places
Pros: Works at home with b network, starbucks g network, hotels with a, b & g (that I have experienced so far. Very realiable for my uses work & play.
Cons: Occassional signal problems after coming out of stand-by in Windows XP on my Dell Latitude D600.
It works with all our Gear...
Pros: Many of the network cards I have seen in the past require extra software (even in XP) to operate properly. You can often remove it once deployed but I would rather not do that. I'm an OS purist. The LinkSys card only required the driver and used the full
Cons: The card is fairly new and development of binary driver RPMs for Linux is slow to come. Not everyone is comfortable with compiling their own drivers. I still suggest that people interested obtain the card as building the drivers is not difficult in many o
Good ABG, lousy range, worst tech support
Pros: Has A in addition to B/G. Has been working for 8 months and 4 continents (i.e., pretty durable).
Cons: Lousy range (even on B) with linksys drivers (possibly due to A compromises). Tech support has NO clue (and India dialect of english languge was difficult to understand, probably since speaker had never even been to the US). Interface software uninstall
Good Idea, Poor Drivers for Linksys
Pros: Not sure
Cons: Tryed it on 2 my note books win98 & xp. Got verry poor range on both a & b networks. Had issues on my win98 notbook with it corupting my winsock when it could not find a conneciton. Would not recomend to anyone.
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: WPC55AG
- Description: The Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter lets your notebook communicate with all three wireless network standards. With one PC Card, you can connect to Wireless-A (802.11a), Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) and Wireless-B (802.11b) networks. Wireless-B networks have a data rate of 11Mbps, and are commonly found in corporate environments and in homes for household Internet connectivity without the need for running cables. They're also popping up all over the country in coffee shops, airports, hotels, convention centers, and other public spaces offering "on the go" connectivity to mobile users. In high-speed or heavy usage environments, Wireless-B is quickly being replaced by a new standard, Wireless-G, which using the same 2.4GHz radio band, but at 54Mbps, is almost five times faster. The third wireless network standard is Wireless-A, which also runs at 54Mbps, but operates in the less-crowded 5GHz radio band. Wireless-A is mostly used in corporate installations. Whichever standard you encounter, the Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter is ready to connect. And it's simple to use. Just pop it into a PC Card slot and run the included Setup Wizard, which will walk you through the configuration. All wireless communications can be protected by up to 152-bit encryption, so your data stays secure. Join the wireless revolution. With the Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter, you'll be ready to connect to all three types of wireless networks, wherever you go, now and in the future.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Network adapter
- Form Factor Plug-in module
- Networking Device Type Network adapter
- Interface (Bus) Type PC Card
- Form factor [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] Plug-in module
- Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.11a ,
- Connectivity Technology Wireless
- Networking type Network adapter
- Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
- Status Indicators Power,
- Network / Transport Protocol TCP/IP
- Line Coding Format DBPSK,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b,
- Antenna Internal integrated
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) x None
- Compatible Slots 1 x CardBus
- Connections None
- Expansion Slot(s) Total (Free) None
- Encryption Algorithm 152-bit WEP,
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Power Device None
- Power Supply / Device None
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP,
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME
- Min Processor Type 200 MHz
- Min Processor Type 200 MHz
- Min RAM Size 64 MB
- Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.7 in
- Depth 2.1 in
- Height 0.5 in
- Weight 1.4 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 131 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%
Expansion / Port(s) Required
- Slot(s) Required 1 CardBus
- Port(s) / Connector(s) Required None