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    TRENDnet TEW-202CF WiFi CompactFlash card
    Author: Drew Lanclos
    Date Posted: June 7th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: A surprisingly good performer in a tiny package.

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    Installation/Configuration

    Installing and using the card was a relatively simple matter, though not documented as well as it could have been. For installation on a PDA, you must have the device connected and then install the software during syncing. Relatively simplistic. The software also goes so far as to configure your Internet connection settings for you. For laptop installations, simply popping in the card and the CD was sufficient, but the driver installer never told me that I needed a reboot, and so I sat there dumbfounded as to why everything appeared to go well and the card hadn't yet fired up.

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    Once up and running, the performance of the card was simply magnificent. I'm actually using it as I type this article - I'm about 600 feet from an access point behind a wall, and as you can see above, the performance I got was excellent. The circumstances varied depending on the conditions (naturally), but I had no trouble connecting to three different router brands: Cisco, Linksys, and D-Link. The Linksys had really short range and poor transmission quality, but many of the other users in the area informed me that this particular router was always like that.

    I wasn't ever able to hit a bandwidth cap on the device. The theoretical limit in 11Mbps-transmission mode is 1.375 MB/sec, assuming a full link with no loss and no packet overhead. Downloading some 3-10 MB QuickTime movie clips took mere seconds - I saw my speeds go as high as 350 KB/sec during the downloads. Latency was also hardly a factor. I was able to run three simultaneous remote shell sessions to different systems while downloading another E3 movie clip with no noticeable speed drop.

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