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Are Wireless adapters universal by brand name?


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#1 sharpfire

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 07:57 PM

Hello I Just bought a netgear wgt624 and i was wondering if i can buy any brand wireless adapter card or if i have to buy a netgear card. I know that the speed rating on the card and router have to match or the router has to support the speed of the card but i wasn't sure if brand name mattered. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 06:25 AM

Hi sharpfire,
It's all about conformance to "standards" and there are always grey areas round the edges of these standards which may make the difference between something only just working and something working well. If there are areas of 'fine tuning' then obviously manufacturers are going to tune their products to suit one another rather than a competitors product.
What i'm saying is if you have say an 802.11g router then any 802.11g card will probably communicate with it, but a card from the same manufacturer will probably communicate best.
If you have specific devices in mind do a search for a product review - that may give you a better idea of how they perform.

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 12:15 PM

I had an experience related to yours sharp. In my office, we have Dell Laptops, but our wireless (for the laptops) is a Linksys. I have had only one experience with incompatabilities between wireless NIC and wireless router, and it was with an older Dell laptop. I'd say it'd be easier to use components from the same company, but not necessary.
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