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May 3, 2005

NetGear RangeMax Reviewed

By Glenn Fleishman

I review NetGear’s RangeMax MIMO device at Mobile Pipeline: I found its range extraordinary and worth the price. It sits in a middle ground in cost and feature claims between the Airgo-based Linksys, Belkin, and Buffalo gear and plain old 802.11g.

It calls itself MIMO, and I can’t really say that it meets the spec in that MIMO requires spatial multiplexing. Or so the inventors of MIMO—founders of Airgo—would say. (Nanotech used to mean little machines but now means anything small, too.)

Posted by Glennf at May 3, 2005 11:06 AM

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I bought a RangeMax too and it performs very well in my house. I can finally connect on the 3rd floor in the home office - my modem/router is on the ground floor. I bought a RangeMax adapter for my desktop, but my laptop has Centrino, so I didn't buy an adapter. Both desktop & laptop both connect on 3rd floor.

Posted by: Dionne Brasco at May 3, 2005 12:28 PM

I bought a RangeMax, and the range is a little better than my old SMC, but not what I was expecting (1000% better? not even close), and the auto 108 mode (default) seems a bit flaky when I use it with my Centrino. When trying to associate I had to wait about 4 minutes before the Centrino could see the AP, and then, after some investigation, I figures out that my other laptop (that I am using a RangeMax cardBus in) works about half as fast when the Centrino is connected. Also, my laptop with the RangeMax cardbus blue screened a few times.

Posted by: Anthony at May 3, 2005 9:57 PM