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Gigabyte GN-A17GU 802.11g WiFi Access Point Review

Gigabyte GN-A17GU 802.11g WiFi Access Point Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Business users have been among the first to jump on the 802.11g bandwagon, as the new standard offers increased security over the previously flawed implementations of WEP.
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Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Feb 02 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Gigabyte GN-A17GU 802.11g WiFi Access Point Review


As we have stated in previous articles, 802.11g is the future of wireless networking. Combining complete compatibility with the now-standard 802.11b with improved speed and security mechanisms, WIFI ‘g’ does not really have a downside.

Business users have been among the first to jump on the 802.11g bandwagon, as the new standard offers increased security over the previously flawed implementations of WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol). Wireless Protected Access, or WPA is the latest wireless encryption scheme to come along, and most WIFI ‘g’ products now support it.

For today’s review, we take a look at Gigabyte’s entry into the WIFI ‘g’ business arena, the GN-A17GU wireless access point. Gigabyte has released several wireless ‘g’ products recently, and the company is starting to make a name for itself in the business wireless market. The GN-A17GU can be considered their first foray into ‘corporate’ 802.11g products.

Gigabyte GN-A17GU
Includes:

Manual, driver CD, AC Adaptor, Two pair Ethernet cable, Stand, instructions.


The GN-A17GU comes with a decent bundle of equipment, at least for a networking product. Inside the box (ooh... shiny) are a couple of CAT 5 Ethernet cables, one crossover and one patch, a stand that doubles as a wall mounting bracket and the screws necessary to attach said bracket.

Also in the box is a decent 53-page print manual which, though it does not go into depth on the various features of the Gigabyte GN-A17GU, is still extremely useful for beginners. It goes step-by-step through all installation procedures, including configuring your PCs to work with the access point. The CD containing Gigabyte’s access point utility rounds out the contents.

The GN-A17GU itself is very utilitarian in appearance, obviously intended for business environments. Plain white and unobtrusive, with a single row of four LEDs indicating power, LAN and wireless LAN connections.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GN-A17GU
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte GN-A17GU 802.11g WiFi Access Point Review
 Pg 2.  Capabilities and features
 Pg 3.  Support for other standards
 Pg 4.  Configuration Options
 Pg 5.  Security Configuration
 Pg 6.  Options and Ease of Use
 Pg 7.  Wireless Performance Tests

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