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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [07.07.05]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte
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With the drop in computer prices over the years, the number of computers in the average household has increased greatly along with broadband adoption. Chances are, most computers are in different areas of the house which presents challenges in networking them together. These challenges have been met with the likes of wireless products from D-link, Linksys and Netgear among others. With such a saturated market, is there room for one more product? Gigabyte seems to think there is and so they sent us their newest Wireless-G router to test.

Now, the first thing you'd undoubtedly notice is that well, it doesn't look like most routers out there! The router actually takes up a PCI slot in your computer and draws power from either the PCI bus or a seperate power adapter that draws from your power supply.

Included with the card is a HUGE antenna that lights up blue when the card is active. It has a cord which allows the users flexibility in the placement of the antenna.

For those of you with motherboards that don't provide power to the PCI bus when powered down, Gigabyte also includes two adapters that fit between your motherboard and power supply that can power your card at all tims.

So we have these parts... how does it all connect together?

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