Wireless PC networking: SpaceLink WL-300 wireless access point

For wireless home or small office networking, the 802.11b Wi-Fi standard is excellent for sharing Internet connections and transferring data among two or more computers. It has a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 11Mbps, which is more than adequate for transmitting most types of files across a network and will easily accommodate a broadband connection.

The ASUS SpaceLink WL-300 is an access point for this type of wireless connectivity and it can connect to your PC’s network card or to a hub on an existing network to give network access to other wireless clients in your home or office.

We set up this access point in a home environment to test its capabilities with a wirelessly equipped notebook computer. Installation under Windows XP Home went as per the instructions for the supplied management software and we were able to roam from room to room without losing too much signal strength, and maintained relatively good transfer rates. Through two rooms, the access point and the notebook maintained a signal strength of 67 per cent. Obviously, the cleaner the space between the access point and your wireless devices, the better the signal and transfer speeds will be, as walls and other obstacles become a hindrance.

The WL-300 only supports 10base-T networking and can only be connected to networks that are purely 10Mbps or of the 10/100Mbps switching variety.

If you’re looking for other wireless components to equip your notebook or PC, the ASUS SpaceLink range has dual-band PCMCIA adapters for notebooks and a USB Wi-Fi radio for PCs.

At $225, this access point is worth considering if you require simple wireless networking capabilities. n

In brief: ASUS SpaceLink WL-300 wireless access point
The SpaceLink WL-300 provides good functionality for sharing broadband connectivity and transferring basic data files, but if multimedia streaming and higher transfer speeds are required you should look into a product that features the 802.11a or 802.11g standard.
Price: $225
Distributor: Core8
Phone: (03) 9642 2988
URL: www.core8.com.au

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