"Junk Junk Junk"0.5 starson by thebiggarbonzo
Pros: Was able to take it back
Cons: Purchased it
Summary: I have the Belkin N1 wireless router. But my wireless connection on my Toshiba satellite M55 kept dropping. I had already researched and done all the tweaking I could to get a stronger signal and still my connection was dropping. So I thought why not get a wireless card to speed things up and get a strong signal.
I thought by purchasing the same brand as the router that it would work well and be compatible. I was wrong.
I'm not 20 feet from my router and the signal is so weak that my page turns are at dial up speeds. I get 3 feet from my router and it works great. I get frustrated with this piece of junk turn it off and leave it alone for a while.
I come back and now it won't work. In fact my computer will not recognize the card any longer in the slot. After installing and uninstalling 10 times. I give up, uninstall it, and go back to using the computers original wireless connection.
This Belkin N1 Wireless Notebook Card is the biggest piece of trash!!!!
Where is the great connection from 200 yards? I can't get six feet away without crashing this piece of trash!
Belkin, what are you doing? Pay attention. You're putting out crap!!Updated
So I took this card back to bestbuy and got the N Wireless Notebook Card, thinking if this didn't work then I'd be really pissed!
I fiddled around with this card for about 2 hours. I got excellent signal strength, unlike the N1 card, but the router would not let me connect. So I knew I was close.
I got hard wired to the net then downloaded the firmware update for my router. Then updated it. Check your version on the bottom of the router, for your certain firmware,I have vers. 1xxx. I then downloaded the the most recent n card software from the belkin site and installed it.
After doing this my wireless card worked. Not only worked but is now blazingly fast!!! I used to have a inconsistent signal from my built in wireless connection from my laptop that ranged from 54 but mostly 24 Mbps, and couldn't get page turns or emails sent out.
Now it's 270 consistent Mbps!!!!! It's too bad that Belkin is not user friendly!!
Leave it to the CNET faithful to figure it out!!