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May 23, 2003

Amazon Shopping Spree

A few weeks ago I received my quarterly gift certificate check from the Associate Program. After much personal debate as to what I should buy with it I finally decided to pick up a few convenience items: a 256MB secure digital flash card, a USB multi flash card reader, a WiFi 802.11 a+b+g combo card, and a 802.11b+g access point.

I selected the Viking SD256M 256MB Secure Digital Flash Card because of its price and the rebate offered this month. I've had the card for about a week and been using it in the Pentax Optio S. (Which by the way I still have no idea who purchased for me.) It has worked flawlessly.

I just received the Viking IntelliFlash 6-in-1 USB Flash Card Reader today and only used it once so far but installation was a breeze and it has performed as expected. Installation only consisted of plugging it into my XP machine and watching the drivers install themselves. Then I just had to insert the flash card and it automatically opened an explorer window which views the contents. With this reader transferring files from any type of flash card to a computer couldn't get any easier!

The Linksys WPC55AG Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter and Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Access Point arrived earlier in the week and I had a chance to install them a few days ago and test them over the past few days. To my surprise I am getting transfer speeds exactly at 54 Mbps. Its been my experience that data rates that are advertised on products are usually estimations, are under best case scenarios, or under lab conditions. In any case they are rarely achieved in the wild! The range has also been much better than expected as I'm able to receive a strong signal from any room in the home and also outside in every spot of my garden. Setup was also also a breeze. Very impressive.

One thing that should be kept in mind when setting up a wireless network is to always change the default passwords on your access points. It also a very good idea to enable WAP (at the highest encryption supported), disable the broadcasting of your SSID, and use the MAC Filter to only allow your specific wifi cards' MAC addresses so that it would be very difficult for anyone else to utilize your connection, access your network, or sniff your packets.

Posted in Product Reviews & Purchases by usrbingeek at 2003-05-23 21:31 ET (GMT-5) | 4 Comments | Permalink


What is that Amazon appreciation? I want money! Email me about it, please?

Posted by: Phoenix at May 24, 2003 12:00 PM

I'm a member of the Associate Program, so I have Amazon advertising on all my web sites. Each time someone clicks on one of the ads and then makes a purchase I get a commission on the sale. Since I operate several dozen web sites and since some of which are quite busy I am able to earn a significant amount of commission each quarter.

To find out about the associate program click this link:

Posted by: #!/usr/bin/geek at May 24, 2003 02:20 PM

You wasted your money; should've gotten the USB 2.0 version. ;)

Posted by: Chris Pirillo at June 7, 2003 07:32 PM

Moot point. Don't have USB 2.0 on any of my machines. Also most flash cards are so slow it doesn't matter if the USB is operating at a faster speed.

Posted by: #!/usr/bin/geek at June 7, 2003 09:30 PM

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