I'm looking to purchas e aBelkin/linkSys router and PCI card for wireless internet - using cable (NTL).
Can someone who knows about these systems please help me out. I've been looking at some cards but the reviews keep talking about drop out rates being high and low percentage of maximum speed during use.
It is better to get the PCI card as opposed to the USB version?
Hmmm, the box didn't have a product code on it. I'll head down and recheck tomorrow.
Also, from looking at the diagram on the box, does there have to be one machine which is physically attached to the router? I noticed that on all the diagrams on the box one PC was connected to the router - why is this and is it necessary as a permanant part of the network?
Any ideas as to how I can tell if it is the 23 or 33 and version?
No, nothing to do with the host firewall at all, though your guess about the acronym is exactly right. It's a form of encryption that is a huge improvement over WEP. click here for the Wiki gen on how it works.
There's nothing wrong with Belkin PCI cards in terms of quality, though the cheaper ones that I have seen only support WEP. I have used the more expensive WPA versions.
I would suggest that you have a look at D-Link PCI cards as a good alternative.
click here That is the 1 I use with NTL cable and a Novatech own brand PCI card for the upstairs desk top laptop has built in and downstairs desk top wired as it is close to the router and the 2 wireless ones are running WPA no problems.