Getting one PC to connect with another has always been an infuriating exercise. The huge selection of wireless terms and protocols has only served to muddy the waters further. But with this package, USR (US Robotics) provides a one-stop shop to wireless connection.

It consists of a wireless modem router and an adapter. The router supports the 802.11g standard theoretically running at 54Mbps (megabits per second). With many manufacturers adding enhancements to the standard, USR's plain rendition seems dated. But this is the price you pay for an all-in-one set.

It's compatible with ADSL connections and will support ADSL2+, too. Pairing up a router with an adapter manufactured by another company isn't always successful, so it's good to know the adapter is 100 percent compatible with the router. The adapter is a USB version and will be at home on a desktop or laptop PC.

All relevant cables are supplied, although you'll need an ethernet connection. The manual gives a good run-down of the procedures for setting up your connection, but we did think the install could have been easier. It's an unfortunate fact with networks that, given the huge range of possible ISPs, it's not possible to spell out everything. Be prepared to hunt around for the necessary information.

Nonetheless, in operation the kit worked well. It gave a steady and reliable connection with more than adequate performance.

US Robotics Wireless ADSL2+ Starter Kit: Specs

  • 802.11b/g router
  • ADSL2/ADSL2+ support
  • 54Mbps
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • WEP and WPA support
  • Mac Address Authentication
  • 156x127x29mm
  • 5.5kg
  • 802.11b/g router
  • ADSL2/ADSL2+ support
  • 54Mbps
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • WEP and WPA support
  • Mac Address Authentication
  • 156x127x29mm
  • 5.5kg

OUR VERDICT

Installing this kit may not be as simple as USR promises, but at least you get everything you need in one package. It runs well and, even if the performance and features are bettered by a number of other routers, the price tag is reasonable for what is a complete wireless solution.

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