by R. K. Bloom

Testing the wireless network adapter Edimax

Testing the wireless network adapter Edimax

Introduction

Fortunately, the wireless network with each passing day more and more part of our lives, evidence may be considered not only the appearance of the equipment from top manufacturers, but also on brand new companies. Thus, we tested were two Taiwanese adapter with PCMCIA interface for networks 802.11b and 802.11g – Edimax EW-7106PC and EW-7107PCg, respectively. Actually, before we have tested these wireless adapters for laptops, such as review of GN-WLMA101 from Gigabyte, you can read here.

Key Features

Edimax EW-7106PC and EW-7107PCg are PCMCIA adapters, the first supports the standard 802.11b, second – 802.11g, while, in contrast to the aforementioned adapter from Gigabyte, none of the adapter does not support extended modes, allowing to increase the bandwidth . And can only operate in the 2.4GHz band, which itself can not be considered a disadvantage, at least for Russia – we have not officially allowed to use the 5 GHz range.

Both adapters are Cardbus Type II. And can be installed into the appropriate slot without any problems – the thickness of both models is identical, and they have no protrusions that could interfere with other equipment. Externally, the model do not differ from each other – the design is maintained in the same style. On the upper outer part of both adapters present on two indicators: Link / Link and Network Activity / Tx / Rx. Under the semi-transparent top of the adapter built-in antennas are visible: the antenna adapter 11g-represented in the form of two letters E, located opposite each other, symmetrical axis line adapter. 11-b adapter also uses two symmetrical antenna, but a different form – as a flattened top and bottom of the letter S.

Cards supported security standards WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), TKIP (Temporary Key Integrity Protocol), AES (Advanced Encryption System), security tools 802.1x. WEP allows you to work with the keys of length 64 and 128 of the adapter is intended for networks of 802.11b, and 64, 128 and 152-bit adapter for 802.11g. In addition, we note that the adapter 11b supports 802.1x. If we talk about the differences, we should also mention the availability of support for draft 802.11e standard adapter standard 11g, which allows for transmission of time-critical data delivery, such as multimedia. On the drive, complete with a map supplied drivers, utilities and user manuals.

In the same way as in the case of most PCMCIA adapters for both models Edimax possible to connect an external antenna, however, the built-in antenna powerful enough, so you should have no problem in most cases.

Speaking of chips, then all we have to remove to find out is that the adapter 11b is based on the chipset Reltek, and 11g – based on the Philips.

Referring to the adapter supplied: in the card comes bundled, instructions for setting up a hard copy, CD with documentation and software. It remains only to add that all this is offered in a beautiful cardboard box.

Features

Installation

We tested the adapter on the Dell Latitude laptop running Windows XP Professional. As we expected, problems with the installation we did not have the map and was installed without any problems. Problems with drivers and utility, we also have not noticed.