"best range (tested many!)"5.0 starson by calisach
Pros: better range than any other major brand
Cons: there might be newer better(?) upgrades by netgear now (had this since 2005)
Summary: Tried about 8 different cards (from different brands) to find the one that picks up the most number of wifi signals. this card beat the rest hands down. whatever "range max" technology they profess to use really does seem to make a difference. In your average cafe in santa monica I pick up about twice as many signals as most other people with builtin wireless. Btw, installation is smooth, and software is lean , just as much as you need.