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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to set up, when it works it's great.

Cons: Random but frequent disconnects for no reason.

Other Thoughts: I've had these units for a bit over a week, I bought 2 pairs. It was easy to set them up to be on the same network, for the first day they worked reliably. After the 2nd day, I get random disconnects in both computers they're connected to, it is not noise related since when the disconnects have happened there's nothing in the house that's running except the PC, adapters and the router. I've swapped the units between locations, reset them, re-sync'd/paired them, same random disconnects. I've tried the firmware reflash, same issues. Wireless may have been slower but at least it was stable, unlike these units.

MSI PC60G Turbo G Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g 32bit PCI2.2 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good card, especially for price 09/13/2007

This review is from: MSI PC60G Turbo G Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g 32bit PCI2.2 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Easy to install, easy to get it running. Ability to move antenna around is a big plus. Having WPA2 security built in is also a big advantage with this card.

Cons: Supplied driver flakey as it kept dropping my connection after an hour of usage. Installed the Ralink reference driver and now works more reliably. Wire for antenna is a bit short.

Other Thoughts: This is a great buy, especially for the money. I installed the card in an 8 yr. old Dell PIII running Windows 2000. It was easy to install the card in the case, and it was easy to get it up and running. What I ran into was while the signal to my router was strong, the card would drop the connection after an hour or two of usage. I could easily manually reconnect but that was a pain. MSI's tech support was nearly useless.

I found a reference driver from Ralink, who makes the chipset this card is based on. I use that now and the dropping problem is gone. MSI hasn't updated their driver for this card for XP nor Win2k for a while. The new driver just adds the ability to use it in Vista. To find the Ralink driver, just do a google search for "Ralink drivers"and go to Ralink's web site. You'll find the driver under support-windows. The driver for this card is the RT256/266 one.


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Display Name: Thomas M.

Date Joined: 06/26/04

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 09/13/07
  • Last Review: 08/05/14
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