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Wireless USB Network Adapter
Linksys WUSB54G Wireless USB Network Ada

Linksys WUSB54G Wireless USB Network Adapter

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The Linksys WUSB54G (compare prices) shown above is a typical WiFi wireless USB network adapter. These adapters connect to a standard USB port available on the back of most newer computers. In general, USB network adapters are not much larger in size than PC Card adapters. Two LED lights on the adapter indicate its power and network link status.

Installation of a wireless USB adapter is simple. A short USB cable (normally included with the unit) joins the adapter to the computer. These adapters do not require a separate power cord, as the same USB cable also draws power from the host computer. The USB adapter's wireless antenna and circuitry remain external to the computer at all times. On some units, the antenna can be adjusted manually to improve WiFi reception. The accompanying device driver software serves an equivalent function as in other types of network adapters.

Some manufacturers market two kinds of wireless USB adapters, a "basic" model and a "compact" model designed for travelers. Their small size and easy setup make these adapters an attractive choice for those who want to simplify their network setup.

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