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Zonet ZEW1542 802.11n Wireless Cardbus

  • WPA/ WPA2; 64/128-bit WEP; TKIP/AES
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Learn more about the Zonet Technologies, Inc. ZEW1542

Model

Brand
Zonet
Model
ZEW1542

Spec

Type
802.11b/g/n CardBus Wireless Adapter
LEDs
Link/ACT
Interface
32bit CardBus
Security
WPA/ WPA2; 64/128-bit WEP; TKIP/AES
Frequency Band
2.4-2.4835GHz
Channels
1~ 11 (US), 1~13 (EU)
Modulation
OFDM, CCK, BPSK, QPSK
Transmitted Power
11n 20MHz/40MHz: -65dBm
54Mbps: -72dBm
11Mbps: -88dBm
Antenna
2 x 1.8dBi Printed Antennas
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Temperature
0ºC to 40ºC
Humidity
10-90%, Non-Condensing

Features

Features
High-Speed Wireless-N Networking for your computer
MIMO Smart Antenna Technology
Compatible with 802.11g/b devices

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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  • Anonymous
  • 9/18/2012 10:45:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor performance

Pros: Linux likes this card. It has a RT2760 chipset, and the rt2x00 driver stack happily binds to it with no trouble. (Don't forget the firmware!) Seems to work well with both wpa_supplicant and hostapd in nl80211 mode.

The antenna fob is flush with the body of the card height-wise, so it is able to be loaded into the bottom slot of a 2-card bracket without obstructing the top.

Cons: Very poor transmit and receive characteristics. Out of the box it is barely able to see an AP at a distance of 10 meters in my office environment. Other hardware has no problems picking up 20+ hotspots from the same location.

Other Thoughts: My card wasn't assembled very well. Dried flux was everywhere. The radio shield was tacked on by four blobs of solder in the corners instead of along the entire base. The shield wasn't even flush with the PCB--talk about interference! How does this even pass quality control?

Reworking the board gained me half-a-dozen new access points from the same test location. Still not great, but serviceable.

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  • Nicholas M.
  • 4/25/2012 9:48:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe absolute worst product

Pros: Up to 300mbps on good days.

Cons: Every other day I had dropout issues with these cards. Eventually, these cards just stop connecting to your network for no reason. The only thing that fixes this is uninstalling and re-installing the device. 2 days later, the same problem occurs.

Other Thoughts: The absolute worst product I have ever bought. I'm returning these immediately. BUYER BEWARE

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/13/2008 5:42:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot so good

Pros: Very nice install. It works with no issues and the provided utilities are informative and useful. Faster than the original.

Cons: I bought this to replace a failing internal G NIC as the Zonet was less than half the price of a new Acer replacement. The problem is range with the Zonet. It doesn't have the large antenna of the internal NIC.

Other Thoughts: Probably will return this and spend the extra money to get the original Acer NIC.

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