The SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility includes a site survey feature. When the adapter is connected to a wireless network, the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility lights up in the Windows system tray. The setup for Windows XP systems installs an abbreviated version of the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility, leaving you to use the Zero Configuration utility built into the XP OS to configure the adapter's more advanced settings, such as SSID (or network name), wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption of up to 128-bit security, and your transmission channel. /sc/20605104-2-388-CH.gif' width='388' height='310' border='0' />The adapter's throughput performance in CNET Labs' tests was acceptable but nothing to write home about. As its benchmark, CNET Labs uses NetIQ's Chariot 4.3 software on a console system with clients running NetIQ's version 4.4 Performance End Points. Our throughput results reflect the payload throughput of a network adapter transmitting at varying distances and at an adapter's dynamically chosen fallback rate. This allows you to see both the maximum throughput of a device as well as the decreased throughput you are likely to see with increased range.
Throughput can vary widely from the bandwidth speeds vendors typically advertise and is a much better gauge of what you are likely to experience with a standard file transfer. For more details on how we test networking devices, see the CNET Labs site. While the SpeedStream 1022 worked flawlessly under most conditions, it can't be used with a USB hub and refused to connect with our Linksys WPS-11 wireless print server. With 4.4Mbps of throughput, it lacks the high-speed punch of other 802.11b adapters and can't hold a candle to the throughput of 802.11g draft-based gear. Its bandwidth also falls off faster than others as it gets farther from the access point.
At a range of just more than 75 feet, it drops its connection, while other PC Card adapters we've tested can reach to 100 feet and beyond. With a two-year warranty, the SpeedStream 1022 provides more coverage than Linksys's typical one-year policy but less than Netgear's three-year warranty. Should something go wrong, Siemens provides 24-hour phone and e-mail support.
The Web site provides the basics: drivers and several Adobe Acrobat files for troubleshooting, specs, and a quick-start guide. The 39-page manual has in-depth procedures for setup, configuration, and tweaking a wireless network, as well as step-by-step instructions for installation with all Windows operating systems that this adapter supports.