Has anyone used the Proxim Symphony USB wireless adapters? A search through the forums showed someone mentioning them, but no experiences were detailed.
I have been looking into a wireless Ethernet solution to be able to commect my i-Opener to my home LAN without running any new wires, so I looked into the Linksys Wireless solutions. My brother-in-law has a Linksys wireless PC-card adapter for his laptop and an wireless access point, and it works very well. In fact, I think it's a killer setup. That said, I see two limitations with the Linksys setup:
I would need at minimum, one USB adapter and one access point. Combined, that adds up to well over $300.00. Seems a bit steep to me. I e-mailed Linksys and asked them if I could just buy two USB adapters and still be able to share an Internet connection. One adapter would be for the i-Opener and one for one of my PCs. The PC would also have an ethernet card connected to the Linksys router. They emphatically said "No." They say I would need the access point to share an Internet connection.
Though the Linksys devices are rated at up to 11MB speed, can I logically conclude that because USB ports have about a 1.5MB maximum throughput rate that I could never achieve 11MB through the adapter? If that's true, then I can't justify the cost.
OK, that said, what about the Proxim Symphony series of wireless adapters? The price for two USB adapters seems reasonable, at around $80.00 or so each. According to their documentation, I wouldn't need an access point to share an Internet connection, just two adapters.
Further, because it is only rated at 1.6MB speed, that seems to match the USB speed limitations.
I have a cable modem connected to a Linksys 4-port Broadband router to which are connected two PC's via ethernet cables. Basically, I want to add the i-Opener into the mix and share connectivity, but it will be in another room of the house where running new wiring will not be an option.