I love Linux! A true plug-and-play OS.

This post is a short note to express my appreciation to the entire community behind the Linux kernel (and Ubuntu).

I moved recently and have been working for 2 months on a laptop, waiting to get internet installed at home so I could turn on my desktop once again. Today I bought a Sitecom Wifi USB adapter, tried it on my desktop (still) running Ubuntu 8.04 and it didn’t work.

I went to the store again, switched to a Linksys Wifi USB adapter, opened the box and the first thing I found was a note “run the installation CD first!!!”. Of course, I’m a Linux user so a ignored the warning, plugged the device in the USB, started my desktop and… everything worked!!

Thanks Canonical, the entire Linux community, and Linksys for making my life less complicated so I don’t have to install anything. The true plug-and-play concept! 🙂

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  1. Update 10/31/10:This product has weorkd *flawlessly* for a year straight! Highly recommended without reservation!Update 10/2/09:New firmware update available from Linksys 8/31/09 (I went from 1.0.01 to 1.0.03 today). After applying new firmware, the reported signal strength increased significantly. So did the consistency and reliability of pings (previously would vary between 2ms and 410 ms as well as skip an occasional ping now consistently below 5 ms!). I would recommend this product, but be sure to be running firmware 1.0.0.03. This update may address some (but not all) of the issues that previous reviewers experienced.Original review:Quick shipment from Amazon. As much as I dread Setup wizards, I used the wizard supplied on the CD-ROM, which I ran from my laptop, which is connected wirelessly via the wireless router. Connected bridge to router with the supplied straight-through Ethernet cable. The wizard quickly detected available wireless networks (I selected mine not my neighbors’). Asked me for passphrase (it knew I use WPA2 encryption) for router (Linksys WRT54G), waited a bit, then wizard told me to disconnect bridge from router and then connect the bridge to my remote device (in my case a home-theater-in-a-box) (HTIB) with an wired ethernet connection. A bit later, wizard announced setup finished. Instantly able to watch streaming Netflix and listen to Pandora on the HTIB.Prior to running wizard, I added the MAC address of the bridge (it’s on the underside of the unit) to the allowed list of PCs ) on my router’s list of allowed MAC addresses. Second, I ensured that I had a sufficient range of DHCP addresses dispensed by the DHCP server on my router (total of 3 one for the laptop, one for the wireless printer, and now added a third for this bridge). Third, I had my router passphrase readily available to supply to the wizard.I think that since I was well prepared, the setup was flawless and quick. I totally understand why wizards are used they’re for novices to easily set up their stuff. In this case, I think it took the wizard less time to set up the device than it would have if I were to have chosen to set up the bridge manually (which is an undocumented option). A novice would have a struggle with a manual setup, I’m sure.Signal strength on the bridge indicates to be a bit weak for business use, but for home use, it’s working great for my sole application. One could certainly add more devices on the bridge side by connecting the bridge to a switch to provide additional Ethernet ports. Of course, the bridge will pass DHCP info to any device connected to any such switch. And of course, no address needed for a(n) (unmanaged) switch.The only thing I’m uncertain about is this product’s longevity. I did have an early Linksys WRT54G totally fail on me, but I’m hoping that having placed my current one on a UPS, this won’t happen again. I have confidence in current Linksys products.I hope Amazon buyers find this review helpful.I recommend this product.

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