All Aboard

By Craig Ellison  |  Posted 2003-03-25 Print this article Print

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Each of the products has a configuration utility for installing the client adapter. You can use either the supplied client configuration utility or let Windows XP manage your wireless connection.

Each of the routers has a Web browser interface that simplifies configuration, and each Web interface provides a mechanism for easily updating the routers firmware—a feature youll need once a standard is ratified. Linksys stands out from the others for its excellent installation wizards.

That said, since the products we reviewed do not yet seem fully finished, we decided not to award an Editors Choice in this roundup. We would advise most buyers to wait until the standard is set before committing, if only to avoid the hassle of flashing firmware in a couple months.

But if you need the increased performance that 802.11g offers—and you need it sooner rather than later—you might want to consider the prestandard products. Just be willing to check the manufacturers Web sites regularly for patches.

Craig Ellison is PC Magazine Labs' director of operations. The Labs staff, in consultation with PC industry experts, develops procedures and scripts for the independent and impartial testing underlying all PC Magazine reviews.

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