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BUFFALO WLI-TX4-G54HP Wireless-G MIMO Performance Ethernet Converter IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g Ethernet Port Up to 125Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA

  • IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
  • Up to 125Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.412GHz - 2.462GHz
  • WPA
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Learn more about the Buffalo Technology WLI-TX4-G54HP

Model

Brand
BUFFALO
Model
WLI-TX4-G54HP

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 125Mbps
Security
WPA-PSK(AES, TKIP), 128/64-bit WEP
WPA/WPA2
WPA
Interface
Ethernet Port
Frequency Band
2.412GHz - 2.462GHz
Antenna
External Antenna
System Requirements
Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98SE
Dimensions
5.7" x 5.1" x 1.1"
Weight
9.5 oz.

Feature

Features
802.11g Wireless 125 High-Speed Mode (Turbo G) Transfer Rates when Used with 125 High-Speed Mode (Turbo G) Access Points or Wireless Routers
Four Built-in 10/100 Ports for up to 4 Simultaneous Wired Devices
Easy and Secure Wireless Connections with AOSS
Can be Used Horizontally or Vertically
Compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g Wireless Routers and Access Points
Simple Web Browser Configuration, No Drivers Needed
Can be Moved from Device to Device without Reconfiguration

Packaging

Package Contents
WLI-TX4-G54HP
Resource Disk
Quick Start Guide
Ethernet Cable
Power Cord
Power Adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Christian P.
  • 2/3/2008 1:38:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThe best wireless solution for Linux machines

Pros: No software needed on your computer. All of the setup is done using a web-based interface (though you can use a software one as well if you use Windows). Better signal strength than a normal WiFi card. Data going between computers connected to it does not go over the wireless connection, resulting in much higher speeds.

Cons: Reconfiguring it is a pain. But this does not matter at all in a normal desktop situation, since you pretty much just set it up and leave it there.

Other Thoughts: This thing is perfect for Linux. You never need to worry about drivers again. Plus, it runs on open source firmware (though modifying it voids your warranty. At the time of my writing this, these units are not being sold in the states due to legal problems, but if you can get your hands on one, do it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/18/2008 7:24:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTOO BAD NO LONGER MADE

Pros: Connects up without a problem, worked with a Linksys WRT54G and then switched to a WRT100 and it really kicked in with what seems a higher speed. Currently running the 360 on it, but it doesn't even flinch when the laptop is plugged in. The directions included walk you thru setup without much problem. I'd highly recommend getting one if you can find it.

Cons: BEWARE - Buffalo has been enjoined from selling anymore wireless products due to an infringement problem - see their website.

The other thing I have found is that if you lose power to your router (say you unplug it) you need to cycle power on the Airstation to have it reconnect - not a big deal, but it doesn't see m to pick it up automatically.
I also had a problem with interference from the 2.4Ghz cordless phone causing the connection to drop when you pick up the phone - tried different channels and they all caused problems. Of course, this gave me an excuse to go to a DECT6 phone, but it still was a PITA to troubleshoot.

Other Thoughts: If Buffalo ever gets out of their legal problems and starts selling these again, I'd buy another for upstairs to connect the XBMC and the old computer.

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  • Richard S.
  • 12/27/2007 6:55:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsJack of all trades....

Pros: If you have a few devices in your home entertainment center that use an internet connection, this is one of the only solutions that you're going to find that allows all of them to access the internet at the same time. I've never had a problem with this adapater and I use it with my Tivo, xbox 360, xbox, and anything else that just happens to be in the area.

Cons: Something's going on at Buffalo Inc. Not sure what. Their website is offering support, but not pitching their product. Something about an injunction preventing them from selling in the states. They are still offering downloads and updates.

Other Thoughts: This really is a good product. Court cases aside, you're not going to find a better deal for the money. This is going to save you the hassle of having to purchase 4 separate wireless adapters. If you're uncertain, take a chance. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/12/2007 10:52:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great for my Xbox 360

Pros: I was looking for a way of getting my Xbox 360 online and the Buffalo Ethernet Converter was exactly the ticket. I'm using the Cradlepoint CTR-350 travel router to provide a wireless access point in my house. Following the instructions of other Newegg reviewers below I was able to configure the Buffalo adapter to connect to my router using WEP without installing any special software. Once I had it connected I just turned it on and plugged my Xbox 360 into it and up and running with zero issues.

When I bought it was only $60. The price has gone up but it is still a very good value especially compared to paying $90 for Microsoft's wireless USB adapter. Plus I can repurpose whenever I need a wired network connection.

Cons: Configuration is a bit goofy with the requirement of being on a specific subnet to browse to the configuration pages on the Converter. But if you just follow the instructions of the other Newegg reviewers below its really not that big a issue.

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  • Johnathan D.
  • 11/16/2007 6:18:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Pleased

Pros: 4 ethernet ports and costs about the same as a single port "game" adapter. Works like a champ after getting it setup.

Cons: Setup took a little bit of work. Might be easier with a Buffalo wireless router since you can use the button on the bridge but buttton didn't work with my Linksys.

Other Thoughts: Don't use the software that it comes with. Had to pull my PC off of my router, give it a static IP and go straight into the Buffalo units web configuration page. After putting in my WLAN info, set it to DHCP, set my PC back to DHCP. The Buffalo gave the PC an address and I was on the WLAN. Moved PC back to router and moved Buffalo to living room entertainment center. Working like a charm with my DISH ViP722 and 360

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  • Matthew G.
  • 11/15/2007 10:51:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDrops to no drops

Pros: Before installation, I was constantly losing the connection with onboard and Linksys USB. It was tricky to install it with Vista but once in, I have not dropped again. The four port switch comes in handy for security and connecting network storage at 100megs.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Get it while you can. Check out manufactures home page.

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  • Emmanuel H.
  • 11/15/2007 3:12:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs64-bit Compatible!

Pros: First of all, it is a 100% Vista 64-bit compatible. I had to find an internet solution for Vista x64 using wireless, and found this. Some people said it worked on 64-bit, others said it did not. Well it does work, all it takes is a little bit of knowledge. You will not use the CD included to make it work on Vista x64. Basically, plug everything correctly, and go in Start/Control Panel (make sure it's in Classic View)/Network and Sharing Center/ click "view status"/ click on "properties", then highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Then click "Use the following IP address" and set IP Address exactly to 1.1.1.2, when you will click OK, a message will pop up saying it requires a submask which will automatically be 255.255.255.0. Then go into your web browsesr and type in 1.1.1.2, they will ask you for a user name which is written in the instructions bottom of page 6. Click search to find your Access Point (SSID).

Cons: Took a little time to find out how to set it, I wish someone posted helpful directions to save me time!

Other Thoughts: Pros continued:
Now that you are connected to your SSID, click "back" and go to the advanced menu (bottom right), make sure that you are automatically obtaining an IP. Also you will notice that there's your MAC Adress displayed, if your router is filtering MAC Adress, make sure that you enter the MAC Adress displayed into your router's allowed list. I wasted 15 minutes by going through ipconfig /all because the network converter doesn't use the same MAC Adress as the one displayed. Now there is only one step left: go back to the options where you had manually set your IP to 1.1.1.1, remember that you clicked "Use the following IP Adress", instead click "obtain an IP adress automatically". Now either Vista will automatically connect, or simply right click on the network icon in the system tray (next to the clock) and right click and click "diagnose and repair". You can now enjoy wireless on Windows Vista x64 without the hassle of incompatible, lagging drivers!
Great buy! x64 solution!

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  • Bruce I.
  • 11/12/2007 10:35:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsCrash course in Windows networking!

Pros: There are 3 options for installing the Ethernet Converter (EC). I can't speak to the first which involves AOSS installation, since I don't own a Buffalo Router. But based on other reviews, this option should be no
problem when available.

Even without the AOSS option, I still had the Installation CD and the Browser options... so no worries right?

Cons: My PC that's wired to the router runs Vista and the CD won't work with it. OK. I do have a PC running XP in another room so I plugged the EC into this computer's Ethernet connector per Buffalo's website knowledge base (KB#000019) and inserted the CD. However, the Ethernet Converter Manager software never was able to find the EC. (The Quick Setup Guide contradicts the website stating that the Browser method vs. CD has to be used if you plug the EC into the configuring computer's Ethernet connector).

That left the Browser option that requires setting up a static IP address so that my computer can "talk" to the EC. Again I used the XP computer and plugged the EC into its Ethernet connector. This didn't work either as I kept getting timeout errors from my browser even after setting the XP
computer's TCP/IP network connection with a static IP address of 1.1.1.2, a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0,and not specifying a default gateway per Buffalo's website.

Other Thoughts: Now what? All 3 installation methods had failed. So I tried setting up the same static IP address as above on my Vista computer and plugged the EC into the router (not the computer's Ethernet connector) even though Buffalo's website advises against this. Finally, the browser "talked" to the EC by accessing it's web-based configuration tool. Then I could scan for wireless networks, enter my WPA encryption, change the IP address of the EC from its default of 1.1.1.1 to a static IP address within my network's subnet (192.168.1.x), change the
static IP address for my Vista computer back to a dynamic address (DHCP), and move the EC to the XP computer and finally everything worked!

Only one final question: Why does it have to be this hard?

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  • Clifford Y.
  • 11/12/2007 10:59:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as it should

Pros: Set it, forget it. I've had mine running for over 2 months in bridge mode in a remote location. Has never locked up or needed any fiddling. Hooked up to a video server for periodic video monitoring. Pushing 18fps at 640x480 video with audio through the Buffalo without a hiccup.

Cons: None, except a better manual in their PDF explaining why certain bridge settings (like inheriting your Ethernet device's MAC address is a good thing or a bad thing).

If you are not network savvy, this product will take some understanding to get configured properly IF being used as a addressable bridge.

Other Thoughts: If you are not forwarding any ports to your Ethernet device on the Buffalo (as in the case of a web-server running in a video server device), you can use the 4 ports to wirelessly connect 4 devices. If you need to forward ports, then you really can only have 1 Ethernet address publicized to your WAP since you will need to set the Buffalo in bridge mode and have it use the MAC address from your 1st wired device. This allows the ARP table to properly forward packets to the Buffalo where your wired device is hanging off of.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2007 4:33:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Excellent, can hook up PS2 and XBox360, no issues.

Cons: None.

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