case modding
   how to guides

   about us

web site

"Despite all the above features, the WP11 wireless access point is a rather simple device."

Despite all the above features, the WP11 wireless access point is a rather simple device. Upon inspection one would notice the RJ-45 10Base-T wired LAN jack used as a bridging feature to connect one's wired LAN to their wireless. There are two movable antennas, with 2dB gain each, used for communicating with wireless clients.


As stated in the specifications this device supports most modern wireless and wired standards. Using the both the IEEE 802.11 & 802.11b DSSS wireless standard, and IEEE 802.3 10Base-T, IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX wired standards this device is compatible with most modern Ethernet based networks. The IEEE 802.11 is a much older wireless standard which is capable of communicating at only 2Mbps. The WP11 is also capable of the controversial 64-bit encryption, while this is not the most secure method of keeping one's wireless network private it is better than nothing at all.


The WL11-U comes with a manual translated into a few major languages, warranty card, and drivers on a 3.5" floppy. The floppy is something I can do without, and would much rather have any drivers and software on a CD-ROM. Our card also can with Compex's SoftBridge software which Compex claims is worth $150. I'm not going to be talking much about the SoftBridge software other than its basic use. The SoftBridge software is very useful if you do not have an access point and you would like your WL11 to act as a bridge between your wired LAN and your wireless. You must have both a LAN adaptor and a wired adaptor connected to the PC/Laptop at once though.

The WP11 is packaged very similarly to the WP11-U. Unfortunately the AP software was on a floppy just like the software that was bundled with the WL11-U. On my personal machine I have lived without a floppy drive for over a year now, and was quite appalled when I opened the package only to find two floppy disks smirking at me. Give me a CD-ROM and throw these damn floppies out with the rest of the garbage.

Next >>

<< Previous

Latest Articles
how we grade | | link to us | reprints

© 1999-2004, Speedy 3D . All rights reserved. By using this site you agree to all of these terms, and privacy policy.
It is illegal to copy or redistribute this information in any way without the expressed written consent of Speedy 3D.