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Buffalo's WLI-U2-(S)G54HG USB adapters: 54Mbps at 1,600 feet


Sure, you can go pre-release 802.11n gear if you dare (read: stick with a single vendor). But if you're looking for the latest IEEE cred, then you're stuck with 802.11g for 54 Mbps (max) at distances of 150-feet or so. So check out Buffalo's latest USB adapters: the WLI-U2-G54HG (pictured, right) and WLI-U2-SG54HG -- sporting an extra "s" for suck. Let us explain. Both of these high-gain, 802.11g USB 2.0 WiFi adapters offer an impressive 1,600 feet of coverage. The G54HG does this via its directional antenna and signal strength indicator to dial in the maximum signal strength at those extended distances. The SG54HG on the other hand, packs an omni-directional antenna and a lovely pair of suction cups allowing you to lick'n stick the unit directly onto the backside of your laptop's LCD. Both products hit retail in May for about $49.

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