54Mbps/2.4ghz PCI Wireless Lan Card With Device Driver Program UP TO 108Mbps

Creation date :2009-06-15 15:30:25  

Brand: D-Link
Price : 1790
Product part number : DWL-G520
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54Mbps/2.4ghz PCI  Wireless Lan Card With Device Driver Program UP TO 108Mbps
Choosing the D-Link DWL-G520 AirPlus Xtreme G PCI adapter over a wireless USB adapter is like picking an assembly-required toy over the preassembled trike on the show floor. Installing the DWL-G520 requires you to crack open your computer's case and poke around its sensitive innards, as opposed to merely inserting a plug into a USB port. Still, for folks with older PCs that lack USB 2.0 ports, installing an internal card allows you to bequeath fast wireless transfer speeds unto your PC. Additional advantages to the DWL-G520 are its removable, external antenna, which lets you add a better one if you're so inclined; tight WPA and 802.1x security features; and a proprietary Turbo mode that nearly doubles throughput. On the flip side, the DWL-G520 couldn't maintain its excellent performance in CNET Labs' mixed-mode tests, and it's compatible only with Windows. If you don't mind its laborious installation, the DWL-G520 is a solid wireless solution for your PC. Otherwise, we suggest an easier-to-install USB wireless adapter.

To install the DWL-G520, you must remove your PC's cover, locate a free PCI slot, insert the card, then screw the card's end into the back of your system. Sounds relatively simple, but PCI slots aren't always easy to access through the jungle of other component cords, and seating the card just right can be a pain. D-Link helps you through the installation process with a printed, color setup guide that includes lots of screenshots and photos. Once you've completed the process, you can rotate the wireless antenna that extends out of the card's end, moving it up, down, and in a circle to achieve the strongest signal. Because the antenna unscrews from the card, you can also replace it with another optional antenna to improve your range.

The DWL-G520 is a Windows-only device. Windows XP users have two ways to configure the DWL-G520's settings: the Wireless Zero Configuration software included in Windows XP or D-Link's own AirPlus Xtreme G Wireless Utility. The latter is essential for those running earlier versions of Windows that lack integrated Wi-Fi capabilities (the DWL-G520 works with 2000, Me, and 98 SE), and it will automatically load after installing the card. The utility lets you alter key card settings, such as SSID, data transfer rate, and channel. It also includes handy status bars that display link quality and signal strength.

The card offers the baseline standard in Wi-Fi security--64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption--and it keeps track of up to four different WEP keys. The DWL-G520 also works in conjunction with a RADIUS server to provide WPA protection via TKIP, or temporal key integrity protocol, which dynamically alters your security keys with every 10,000 packets of data you transmit combined with 802.1x authentication via the RADIUS server. Because not every home user has a RADIUS server lying around, D-Link has also built WPA's Pre-Shared Key capability into the DWL-G520. This feature doesn't require a RADIUS server, but it provides you with a new key every time you access your network.

D-Link offers a few additional features with the DWL-G520 that could be helpful under some circumstances. The external side of the card includes two status LEDs that light up to show when you're connected to and have activity over a network. Since the lights stick out the back of your PC, however, you'll have to poke your head around when you want to see them. The same goes when you want to adjust or replace the external antenna that shoots out the end of the card. Finally, the DWL-G520's Xtreme G technology has a scorching maximum speed of 108Mbps, but you'll reach that high only if every device on your Wi-Fi network includes the technology as well. When you add a standard 802.11g connection or an 802.11b connection to the mix, your overall network speed plummets, as evidenced in our mixed-mode tests.


  • Device Type Network adapter
  • Form Factor Plug-in card
  • Width 0.9 in
  • Depth 5.3 in
  • Height 4.8 in
  • Networking Device Type Network adapter
  • Interface (Bus) Type PCI
  • Form factor Plug-in card


  • Antenna External detachable


  • Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11b+
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless
  • Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
  • Networking type Network adapter
  • Max Range Indoors 330 ft
  • Max Range Open Space 1310 ft
  • Status Indicators Link activity
  • Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
  • Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11 , IEEE 802.1x , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b+
  • Spread Spectrum Method DSSS , OFDM
  • Line Coding Format CCK , BPSK , OFDM , PBCC , QPSK , DBPSK , DQPSK , 16 QAM , 64 QAM

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Expansion Slots Total (Free) None
  • Interfaces 1 x Network - Radio-Ethernet
  • Compatible Slots 1 x PCI
  • Connections None
  • Port(s) Total (Free) / Connector Type:Port(s) Total (Free) / Connector Type Port(s) Total (Free) / Connector Type 1 Network Radio-Ethernet:
  • Expansion Slot(s) Total (Free) None


  • Encryption Algorithm MD5 , TLS , 64-bit WEP , 128-bit WEP , 256-bit WEP
  • Windows Vista Readiness Certified for Windows Vista
  • Compliant Standards CE , FCC Class B certified


  • Power Device None
  • Power Supply / Device None

Software / System Requirements

  • Software Included Drivers & Utilities
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP , Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME
  • Min Processor Type 300 MHz
  • Min Processor Type 300 MHz
  • System Requirements Details Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - RAM 32 MB
  • Peripheral / Interface Devices PCI slot

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Service & Support 3 years warranty
  • Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 years

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature 32 ?F
  • Max Operating Temperature 131 ?F
  • Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95%

Expansion / Port(s) Required

  • Slot(s) Required 1 PCI
  • Port(s) / Connector(s) Required None