ZyAir Client Adapter Does Double Duty
What distinguishes ZyXel's ZyAir G-220 from competitors is its soft-access-point functionality.ZyXel Communications ZyAir G-220 is one of a few 802.11g wireless client adapters Ive seen with a USB stick form factor. But what really distinguishes the G-220 from offerings by rivals Netgear and SMC is its soft-access-point functionality, which transforms a wireless-enabled computer into a fully capable access point, allowing multiple computers to share a single Internet connection without the complications that can occur with ad hoc wireless implementations. The USB 2.0-compliant G-220, which started shipping last month priced at $98, notched 21.4M-bps maximum throughput in my FTP tests, a significant jump above 802.11b-compatible USB sticks on the market.
Using Zyxels crude utility program, I could select available networks or create profiles for network and WEP security settings. However, I preferred using the included copy of Funk Softwares Odyssey Client for Zyxel, which is required to connect to WPA-enabled networks and is much easier to navigate on the whole.