Edimax EW-7728IN / PCI Wireless N WiFi Card / 300mbps / 802.11n - £17.99 @ Play.com - HotUKDeals
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Ive just bought one as this is the cheapest n card I have seen so please dont bad mouth it lol.

I can finally make use of that n router I bought.

EW-7728In complies with 802.11n draft 2.0, the next generation wireless standard. With the advanced MIMO technology, it can support the data transmission rate 6 times more (up to 300Mbps) and the coverage 3 times more than IEEE 802.11b/g devices. EW-7728In stable wireless connection and high bandwidth enable you enjoying the network applications without any interruption. EW-7728In supports the WPS configuration function. This function provides easy procedures to set up wireless security.

Through the Edimax configuration tool to setup the WPS function then you can simplify the security setting. EW-7728In with easy-to-install 32-bit PCI interface - a very common expansion slot of desktop computers - even inexperienced computer user can get this wireless network card installed on his or her computer in just few minutes! EW-7728n also designs three detachable antennas, which recommended for use in combination with EA-MARS to increase wireless coverage.

* Features
* Complies with 802.11n Draft 2.0, 802.11g and 802.11b Standards.
* Provides further coverage, less dead spot and higher throughput (Up to 300Mbps) with MIMO technology.
* Supports WMM, WMM-PS and WMM-SA (IEEE 802.11e QoS standard).
* Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA (TKIP with IEEE 802.1x), WPA2 (AES with IEEE 802.1x) for high security level.
* Supports WPS configuration.
* Provides 3 detachable antennas.
* Supports operating system: Windows 2000/XP/XP64/Vista.
* Standard: IEEE 802.11b/ 802.11g/802.11n Draft2.0
* Bus Type: 32-bit PCI
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#1
Wow seems decent, voted hot. How well does this work under b and g? Recently any router i've tried has been aweful, just borrwed a dg834v3 to replace my o2 wireless box, still aweful quality. My old dg834v2 seems best out of all of them.

How good is n, should i take the plunge? What router do you recomend? Cheers
#2
Ive been using the Belkin N1 Vision for a few months now and its increased my network coverage a bit. The speed is more consistent and thats just with g cards.

It definately depends on your requirements to determine if you need n. I only got it as I needed a new router and didnt want to buy a new one for a few years.

There are some reviews of the card here http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16833315078&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=-1&PurchaseMark=&VideoOnlyMark=False&Page=1
#3
Also available at Amazon for those who want super saver or next day delivery through prime. Play can sometimes be so slow.
#4
I'm a bit disappointed in the lack antenae on the back of the card.
#5
RedOnRed
I'm a bit disappointed in the lack antenae on the back of the card.


Two words: spatial multiplexing :thumbsup:
#6
craig816;2443490
Two words: spatial multiplexing :thumbsup:


Sounds good, but after just seamlessly setting up a steady 200mbps homeplug setup I can't see myself going back to the hit and miss of wireless.
#7
RedOnRed;2443514
Sounds good, but after just seamlessly setting up a steady 200mbps homeplug setup I can't see myself going back to the hit and miss of wireless.


That is so true. I have my media servers connected with Home Plug (about £48 for x2 boxes from Novatech.co.uk) and I can't believe how easy it was.

I still use wireless for a couple of laptops but I'll never run another network solely over wireless. :thumbsup:

But hot deal nonetheless. :)
#8
http://images.play.com/covers/3475306x.jpg
#9
I bought the usb adapter version of this (though without draft-N capability) for £12.99 from Play.com and it works a treat.

I don't understand the "homeplug" business - what's that all about?
1 Like #10
teerex;2443631
I bought the usb adapter version of this (though without draft-N capability) for £12.99 from Play.com and it works a treat.

I don't understand the "homeplug" business - what's that all about?


Homeplug, or powerline, as it's sometimes called enables you to use your domestic electrical circuit as a wired network. It's more secure then wireless because your network is only within your property and it tends not to drop and isn't as prone to fluctuations in speed.

You'll need two homeplug devices to start with. You simply plug one into a power socket near the device you want to network and run an ethernet cable from the homplug device to the device to be networked - like a PS3. You then have to do the same thing with the other homeplug device but connecting it to your router.

The only downside is that it's not so mobile. So unless you've got a very long cable you wouldn't really be able to sit out in the garden with a laptop like you can with a wireless setup.
#12
just got o0ne of these delivered :)
gotta put it in a clients pc tonite
#13
RedOnRed
Homeplug, or powerline, as it's sometimes called enables you to use your domestic electrical circuit as a wired network. It's more secure then wireless because your network is only within your property and it tends not to drop and isn't as prone to fluctuations in speed.

You'll need two homeplug devices to start with. You simply plug one into a power socket near the device you want to network and run an ethernet cable from the homplug device to the device to be networked - like a PS3. You then have to do the same thing with the other homeplug device but connecting it to your router.

The only downside is that it's not so mobile. So unless you've got a very long cable you wouldn't really be able to sit out in the garden with a laptop like you can with a wireless setup.


---- Thanks for the explanation RedonRed. :thumbsup:

Sounds like a good idea and I now vaguely remember seeing something like that sometime ago on tv. You're right , the usb adapter is more versatile though more likely to drop connection. Touch wood, the edimax has not so far and i quite like the antenna and extension lead that came with it as it allows you to place the adapter on the desk for even better reception.
#14
teerex;2443743
---- Thanks for the explanation RedonRed. :thumbsup:

Sounds like a good idea and I now vaguely remember seeing something like that sometime ago on tv. You're right , the usb adapter is more versatile though more likely to drop connection. Touch wood, the edimax has not so far and i quite like the antenna and extension lead that came with it as it allows you to place the adapter on the desk for even better reception.


Basically, if you're intending to be fairly mobile with say a laptop i'd got for something like this. Otherwise for a static networked device i'd go for homeplug.
#15
I bought the WRT54GL router a few months back and that has given me nothing but solid wireless performance! Put DD-WRT firmware on it (I think) and it just performs so brilliantly, no drops in performance, you can boost the power to increase the range (if you want) and it lets you enable the booster so its 125mb as apposed to 54mb. Best £35 ever spent. Anyone who connects to it (laptop users etc) are connected instantly without trouble.

I don't think N is needed yet (tho my new Macbook has it) but for future proofing its good. Bargain at £18.
#16
kobirulali
Wow seems decent, voted hot. How well does this work under b and g? Recently any router i've tried has been aweful, just borrwed a dg834v3 to replace my o2 wireless box, still aweful quality. My old dg834v2 seems best out of all of them.

How good is n, should i take the plunge? What router do you recomend? Cheers


I was about to charge in and defend the dg834 until I saw that you were comparing the v2 to the v3, I'm still using my v2 and it's never let me down yet.
#17
This looks great, nice find. We're moving in a couple of weeks and I was concerned that I wasn't going to be able to put my PC near the broadband socket. With this, all I'd need to do is plug my router into the broadband socket and put the wireless card in my PC. Perfect. Great find!.
#18
RedOnRed
It's more secure then wireless because your network is only within your property


Realistically though, if you set your wireless router to filter by MAC address and WEP key what are the chances that someone can get in? They'd have to be very desperate to spend all that time for little return.
#19
There is a thread on dvdf about electricity usage and they seem to think the homeplugs use an horrific amount of electricity.

Here is a quote:-

Just a quick heads up, but I recently "invested" in a mains network system instead of wireless.

My electric consumption has absolutely soared since then. And I mean ridiculously so. I am pretty sure that it uses far more electric than my PC uses on its own.

The only reason I did this was so I could play online games again after the debacle of the wireless router. Great for downloads but shocking for gaming..........

Beware powerline networking could well be using more power than anything else in your house, like mine.....
#20
I have one of these in my machine at home, it's a dual boot with XP Pro and Vista, and i haven't had any trouble with it in either OS.

I think i paid £24.99 for it so this is a great price.
#21
Have bought this Edimax 2 months ago for £24.99 and am extremely happy with this - compared to my 54g or 802.11g wireless cards e.g. Belkin & Netgear .

I am using a Linksys WRT150N router with this - It has better range than my previous Belkin, WRT54g, DLink and Asus 500g routers (Yes, I have tried many :) ).

You can flash DD-WRT v24 on the WRT150N router (I returned my buffalo WZR2-300N router to get the Linksys 150N).
#22
nice one, i'll give it a try for 18 quid.
voted hot
#23
SimbaK2K
Also available at Amazon for those who want super saver or next day delivery through prime. Play can sometimes be so slow.


Based on that I vote cold then as Play don't have any exclusivity on price.
#24
Fat Bird
Realistically though, if you set your wireless router to filter by MAC address and WEP key what are the chances that someone can get in? They'd have to be very desperate to spend all that time for little return.


You really should be using WPA instead of WEP if its available to you.

http://www.webopedia.com/didyouknow/Computer_Science/2007/WEP_WPA_wireless_security.asp

Quote "The process of 'cracking' a WEP key used to require that a malicious hacker intercept millions of packets plus spend a fair amount of time and computing power. Researchers in the computer science department of a German university recently demonstrated the capability to compromise a WEP-protected network very quickly. After spending less than a minute intercepting data (fewer than 100,000 packets in all) they were able to compromise a WEP key in just three seconds."

Just a heads up and a little info for anyone interested :)

BFM
#25
Might get one of these as the usb wifi adapter I bought to replace my 5 yeard old Belkin pci wifi adapter aint any better. Thanks OP
#26
Fat Bird
Realistically though, if you set your wireless router to filter by MAC address and WEP key what are the chances that someone can get in? They'd have to be very desperate to spend all that time for little return.

It's very simple to break a WEP key if you know how - it takes as little as 20 minutes !
MAC filtering doesn't offer any security whatsoever (literally none, because the MAC addresses are listed in the Wireless packets in plain text, so anyone can snoop an "allowed" MAC and start using it).
Exactly the same applies when you hide the SSID - it's listed in plain text in each Wireless packet.

If you're running a WiFi network, then only WPA makes it secure.
#27
RedOnRed
Sounds good, but after just seamlessly setting up a steady 200mbps homeplug setup I can't see myself going back to the hit and miss of wireless.


Have you actually benchmarked that speed or is it just stable in operation? Every review I've read of homeplug stuff has never got anywhere near advertised speeds. I discounted it and went with lan cable.
#28
RedOnRed
The only downside is that it's not so mobile. So unless you've got a very long cable you wouldn't really be able to sit out in the garden with a laptop like you can with a wireless setup.


The other major downside is that they are expensive - both to buy and to run due to the insane amount of electricity they use! Your electric bills will go up big time with these!
banned#29
Nom
(1) MAC filtering doesn't offer any security whatsoever (literally none, because the MAC addresses are listed in the Wireless packets in plain text, so anyone can snoop an "allowed" MAC and start using it).

(2) Exactly the same applies when you hide the SSID - it's listed in plain text in each Wireless packet.

(3) If you're running a WiFi network, then only WPA makes it secure.


(1) I agree, but if no-one is using the wireless connection then you won't be able to gain access either.

(2) Not true, however it is very easy to reveal the hidden SSID.

(3) That or another form of network encryption :thumbsup:.
#30
Can somebody please explain to me if this is what I need. I have bought a router for my home pc to connect it to my laptop. I have been told that there is no wireless card on my desktop. My laptop has definitely got a wireless card. Is this what I need to get both online at the same time? Thanks for your help.
#31
MrsMondragon
Can somebody please explain to me if this is what I need. I have bought a router for my home pc to connect it to my laptop. I have been told that there is no wireless card on my desktop. My laptop has definitely got a wireless card. Is this what I need to get both online at the same time? Thanks for your help.


If your router is a wireless router then yes it is. You put this card in your desktop.
#32
Thanks very much, really appreciated.
#33
Anyone tried connecting these to an old G standard wireless router?
#34
Sharpe
Anyone tried connecting these to an old G standard wireless router?


It says so in the description..............:whistling:
#35
"MrsMondragon:
Can somebody please explain to me if this is what I need. I have bought a router for my home pc to connect it to my laptop. I have been told that there is no wireless card on my desktop. My laptop has definitely got a wireless card. Is this what I need to get both online at the same time? Thanks for your help. "
If your router is a wireless router then yes it is. You put this card in your desktop.

Now I'm confused. I've just set up a Wireless Network with a router from my Cable Broadband supplier, Virgin Media. My laptop is indeed connected by wireless, my PC is hardwired into the router though! The router is a Netgear WGR614-6VGUKS. Apologies if this is a Red Herring, didn't want MrsM to be misinformed :-)
#36
do these support 5ghz mode?
#37
kobirulali
It says so in the description..............:whistling:


Yes I know but I am saying has anyone actually bought this and had any problems connecting to a 802.11b access point.... :p
#38
Sharpe
Yes I know but I am saying has anyone actually bought this and had any problems connecting to a 802.11b access point.... :p


Why would there be problems? Its backwards compatible.

Although why anyone is running 802.11b is beyond me. :-\
#39
ozodimal
Now I'm confused. I've just set up a Wireless Network with a router from my Cable Broadband supplier, Virgin Media. My laptop is indeed connected by wireless, my PC is hardwired into the router though! The router is a Netgear WGR614-6VGUKS. Apologies if this is a Red Herring, didn't want MrsM to be misinformed :-)


sorry mate but your just going to get MrsM more confused than perhaps she already is :?

basically MrsM this is for a desktop computer ok and you have a decision to make...you can either

a) stick an ethernet cable in the back of your pc and connect the other end to your router (hard-wired approach)

or

b) you can buy this wifi card which you would pop inside your pc (if you have a vacant slot) and hey presto! You are wireless so you could have your pc virtually anywhere in your house and it does not therefore have to be restricted to where your router is :) (therfore having a wireless enabled desktop pc and you would also have your wireless laptop to use as well)
#40
I bought this card in a similar deal approx 2 weeks ago and I cant speak highly enough about it. I'm on Vista and I'd had 3 USB sticks prior all which caused BSOD's.

Range is great, signal quality is great and Vista is now as stable as a table. The 'manager' is a doddle. Both PS3's connect to this at above 90% quality. If you do a Google, you'll see this comes highly recommended.

Vista drivers are not on the included CD but can be found on the homepage.

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