Gigabyte GN-WMAG01by Brian Ng on September 15, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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IntroductionWireless communications have come a long way in the last of couple years. From 802.11a/b to the current 802.11g and and various implementations of Turbo G, wireless communication speeds are now at what was considered fast LAN speeds only a few years ago.
Like ASUS, another Taiwanese computer electronics manufacturer, namely Gigabyte Technology, is known more for their motherboards than anything else. However, as any forward-looking technology company, they are expanding their product lines to include notebooks, servers, and network communication products. Today, we will take a look at the GN-WMAG01 from Gigabyte Technology.
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BrianNg - Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - link#2 Unfortunately I'm not an LINUX expert and I don't think Kris has the time to do LINUX networking. There's to many variables, packages, configurations that you can do in a LINUX environment.
#4 Since AT is new to networking reviews, vendors are hesitant to send a large selection of cards to test. When I do get additional cards, I do a quick retest of the old versus new cards to see which performs better.
Also, the WMAG01 is an Atheros AR5213+AR2112.
#5 I'll add that in my next wireless review.
mindless1 - Thursday, September 16, 2004 - linkPerformance for a G card isn't something I really care about (assuming it's not crippled somehow) but range is. Please include comparisons of attainable range from similar offerings, of course with a breakdown of what the loss is at certain ranges.
overclockingoodness - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - linkI agree with #4. I think AnandTech should've done a huge round-up of these cards and then by creating a base for these reviews, they should've reviewed single products. They have done quite the opposite this time. :)
3Suns - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - linkWhat is the real point of Anandtech reviewing one wireless card in a sea of largely identical cards? Unless they are going to start comparing lots of wireless cards, this review only says "Yup, they work. Not as fast as wireless though", which is pretty pointless.
Also, I agree with #2 and would go on to say that Anandtech should report on the Linux compatibility of everything they review within reason (yeah we know the monitor's gonna work =P). There is a distinct lack of Linux-related hardware reviews today, mostly because only big review sites like Anandtech, TomsHardware, etc. see a large variety of hardware come their way. It'd be really nice to see Anandtech load up Linux when they test the machine, and maybe do a performance test as well. And please not the "works by default in Fedora Core 2" compatibility reviews that one sees everywhere.
At least they should mention the chipset/hardware family. Is this a Aironet-based card? Intersil? Orinoco? Intel? No mention is made what underlying chipset it is, or if it's something completely new.
overclockingoodness - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - linkI doubt AnandTech is going to do Linux Video Card reviews simply because it is not a matter of plugging it in, firing it up, and doing a quick tests. If they say "Brand A works great in Linux," people will want more and more evidence. They will want more benchmarks and by the time you know it, AnandTech will either have to conduct seperate video cards reviews for Windows and Linux or they will completely stop the Linux testing.
I don't think it is a wise idea. I strongly suggest that you visit some Linux/Hardware forums and ask the members. They will better help you decide and answer you since they are regular users, I think they will be your best bet.
darksarin - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - linkThis may be obvious, but I would REALLY love to see information about how well these wireless cards work under linux. Same in video card reviews. I know that some wireless chipsets don't work too hot, so when a new card comes to you guys, it would be cool to see that mentioned.
Second, for video cards I have had the unfortunate experience of some brands not working (even though there is chipset support (nvidia) in linux). So if you could just fire it up, test it real quick, and comment on that (works? good) in your reviews, that would be great!
SpaceRanger - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - linkCouple of suggestions:
1) When you have your tables, I presume that the larger the # the better the performance? The article doesn't state this.
2) I have the Inspiron 8500 w/ the TrueMobile 1300 MiniPCI card in it. It's capable of doing 802.11g (using it right now infact), and would like to have seen its performance compared to the Gigabyte card.