Belkin N1 Wireless USB Adaptor @ Argos for £24.99 ( was £49.99) manufacturers lifetime warranty - HotUKDeals
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Wirelessly enables your desktop or laptop to connect to any wireless network.

Maximum transfer speeds of 300Mbps.

Uses intelligent MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology.

Maximum range of 425m.

Ability to stream HD video.

Backward compatible with 802.11g standards.

Manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
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banned#1
Expect all wirless adaptor to come crashing down in price over the next few years because MOST if not ALL new computers come with wireless built in now.
#2
All new laptops have been built with wireless in the last couple of years, but only some have wireless N - a much better standard. Great if you need to connect at a distance through a large building or down the garden where a standard G won't reach.
#3
You've also got to mention that 802.11n also supports 5ghz. The biggest problem with 802.11b/g was the already over-subscribed 2.4ghz frequency.
#4
Xb0xGuru
You've also got to mention that 802.11n also supports 5ghz. The biggest problem with 802.11b/g was the already over-subscribed 2.4ghz frequency.


Only it it's dual band :thumbsup:
#5
Hot ...
#6
Will this work with a Logitek Squeezebox? Iv been thinking of getting a Squeezebox for a bit but the wireless drive options baffle me.

When I say ‘work with a Squeezebox’ what I mean is just this and a Squeezebox, no pc in the loop.
#7
I've just sold one of these on an auction site for £30 - so HOT !
#8
sheely-wheely
I've just sold one of these on an auction site for £30 - so HOT !


In my experience, that's all it's good for!

Avoid this adaptor like the plague would be my suggestion. Ridiculous driver problems.

Some reviews here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-WIRELESS-USB-ADAPTER-N1/dp/B000M8B036/

It's a good price for it, but wasted money!

Chris
#10
If its anything like the expresscard version dont bother. Driver problems like evapor has mentioned. mine doesnt work anymore on the updated vista
#11
How can I use this to stream wirelessly to my tv from my laptop, I have a netgear n router?
#12
joylove
Only it it's dual band :thumbsup:


I was under the impression that supporting 2.4ghz and 5ghz was all part of the draft-n specification. Are you saying there's 802.11n devices out there which don't support 5ghz? I can't find anything on this :?
#13
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
Will this work with a Logitek Squeezebox? Iv been thinking of getting a Squeezebox for a bit but the wireless drive options baffle me.

When I say ‘work with a Squeezebox’ what I mean is just this and a Squeezebox, no pc in the loop.


You can't do it that way, you need something like the ReadyNAS Duo (on offer for £159 with the free Hard Disk at eBuyer), plus a wireless router, plus the squeezebox.

The readyNAS has a built in SlimServer to serve up the files to the Squeezebox.

Other options I think include the QNAP and I think Icybox.
bloaty
How can I use this to stream wirelessly to my tv from my laptop, I have a netgear n router?


You can't. You need a wireless media streamer or a wireless gaming console such as the PS3.
#14
Xb0xGuru
I was under the impression that supporting 2.4ghz and 5ghz was all part of the draft-n specification. Are you saying there's 802.11n devices out there which don't support 5ghz? I can't find anything on this :?


Mabye for adaptors, but that's certainly not the case for routers.
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Xb0xGuru
I was under the impression that supporting 2.4ghz and 5ghz was all part of the draft-n specification. Are you saying there's 802.11n devices out there which don't support 5ghz? I can't find anything on this :?


Operating at 40Mhz frequency on the 5GHz band (so called wide channel) is illegal in the UK and a few other countries in Europe, which means you cannot get the full 300Mbs speed to your router. If you have ever wondered why your speed is limited to about 130Mbs, then this is why. On some routers, this limitation can be bypassed by entering Ireland or France as your country code.
#16
Unfortunately, most manufacturers are cheap and you'll find almost no desktop pci cards or usb adaptors that suport 5ghz 'n'. Quite a few laptops have it now via mini pci cards, but desktop support is both sparse and expensive. Even 5Ghz 'n' routers are pretty hard to find, only Apple's airport extreme has had 5Ghz support for a decent amount of time, and they're still about £120. There are others, but not much cheaper.
#17
jebellenie
Even 5Ghz 'n' routers are pretty hard to find, only Apple's airport extreme has had 5Ghz support for a decent amount of time, and they're still about £120. There are others, but not much cheaper.


Apple's router now costs £139 thanks to the weaker pound. You can get a dual-band Netgear N router for under £60, which is a little more than you will pay for a dual-band USB dongle.
#18

Not sure why the Argos deal is still getting hotter when its available cheaper elsewhere!
#19
Good price for this. Got mine from PC world about 6 months agofor the full price. Was a bit fiddly to install on XP for some reason, but that may just be me. Got it working and it works fine now though.
#20
spraint
Operating at 40Mhz frequency on the 5GHz band (so called wide channel) is illegal in the UK and a few other countries in Europe, which means you cannot get the full 300Mbs speed to your router. If you have ever wondered why your speed is limited to about 130Mbs, then this is why. On some routers, this limitation can be bypassed by entering Ireland or France as your country code.


Thanks for the info - repped :thumbsup:
#21
jebellenie
Even 5Ghz 'n' routers are pretty hard to find, only Apple's airport extreme has had 5Ghz support for a decent amount of time, and they're still about £120. There are others, but not much cheaper.


Netgear do a 5GHz N access point kit (2 APs) and you can pick it up for <£100.
Bargain considering some dual band N routers/APs etc cost £~60+ each.

One thing to note and check though, a fair amount of older devices do support 802.11a which is a 54Mbps 5GHz protocol and if you buy a 5GHz only device, they usually support the 802.11a protocol, thus eliminating the need to purchase any additional kit.
#22
SS381
Netgear do a 5GHz N access point kit (2 APs) and you can pick it up for <£100.
Bargain considering some dual band N routers/APs etc cost £~60+ each.

One thing to note and check though, a fair amount of older devices do support 802.11a which is a 54Mbps 5GHz protocol and if you buy a 5GHz only device, they usually support the 802.11a protocol, thus eliminating the need to purchase any additional kit.


Another point worth noting is that if you put the router into compatibility mode inorder to support both 5ghz and 2.4ghz devices then you will not achieve full speed on your 5ghz device. I have this option on my apple airport and I can only achieve 300mbs when I lock it to 5ghz only, over here in 'Ireland'.

The only routers that can support all devices at max speed are Dual Tuners (Note, not the same as Dual Band) these are quite rare and expensive. I have a Netgear N router bridged to my Airport which has effectively given me the same.
#23
jebellenie
Unfortunately, most manufacturers are cheap and you'll find almost no desktop pci cards or usb adaptors that suport 5ghz 'n'. Quite a few laptops have it now via mini pci cards, but desktop support is both sparse and expensive. Even 5Ghz 'n' routers are pretty hard to find, only Apple's airport extreme has had 5Ghz support for a decent amount of time, and they're still about £120. There are others, but not much cheaper.


I had the same problem finding a 5ghz pci card for my desktop but an usb adapter was not a problem, I picked up a Linksys wusb600n for under £20 quite some time ago and never had a problem on XP/Vista/Win7. I agree with the negs on the Belching adaptor, I wouldn't spit on anything they produce after have hassle with one of their routers some years ago. Belching is just a glorified cable manufacturer.
#24
tommyturnip
Another point worth noting is that if you put the router into compatibility mode inorder to support both 5ghz and 2.4ghz devices then you will not achieve full speed on your 5ghz device.


Yes & no.
If you only attach 5GHz devices in compatibility mode you will get the full range, but as soon as you attach a 24GHz device, the router will drop down to the lowest attached speed (ie. if you attach a 802.11b device, your whole wireless suddenly runs at 11Mbps as opposed to its potential 300Mbps).

An alternative would be to keep your old 802.11b/g router and run it in parallel to your new N router.
Older devices can connect to the b/g router and newer ones to the N thus giving you the speed increase you wanted anyway.
#25
SS381
Yes & no.
If you only attach 5GHz devices in compatibility mode you will get the full range, but as soon as you attach a 24GHz device, the router will drop down to the lowest attached speed (ie. if you attach a 802.11b device, your whole wireless suddenly runs at 11Mbps as opposed to its potential 300Mbps).

An alternative would be to keep your old 802.11b/g router and run it in parallel to your new N router.
Older devices can connect to the b/g router and newer ones to the N thus giving you the speed increase you wanted anyway.


Yep, that's what I said, "to support both frequencies" but you are right to say that if the 2.4ghz device isn't on the network the you get better performance. In my case it is a WiFi network printer so it doesn't ever get off the network, hence why I bridged the Airport onto my Netgear to run as a dual tuner.
#26
This thing gets very HOT- and drops connection all the time.

COLD for me.
#27
roadrunner1
This thing gets very HOT- and drops connection all the time.

COLD for me.


That's Belcrap for you!

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