Edimax Wireless nLITE High Gain USB Adaptor
The adaptor comes in a sealed plastic affair, the type that requires scissors to be able to open. Packaging of this type is probably my least favourite as it can sometimes make products look cheap and tacky. In this case though, the package does look well presented and quite stylish. You get a sneak peek at the adaptor and it's base through the inner cardboard cutout. The inner cardboard also has the main features of the product printed on the front, with foreign translations of this on the rear.
The packaging does it's job well. All the contents were securely in place and overall, it does look quite attractive. As I mentioned, the welded plastic type of packaging is my least favourite, but that's a personal issue I have.
Upon opening the package, you will find the USB adaptor, a base unit, the software/manual CD, and a quickstart instruction leaflet. No frills, no fuss. For a product of this type, there is no call for fancy extras and everything you need is supplied.
As is the norm nowadays, the full manual is located on the CD in PDF format, along with the drivers and software for the adaptor. The quick installation manual gives clear and precise instructions, which when followed will have the adaptor up and running in no time.
The adaptor itself features a USB plug, to which the antenna is attached via a rotatable hinge. This allows you to move the antenna through 180 degrees, so as to find the optimum reception. Located on the USB plug is a single small button, and we shall discuss the purpose of this button later. There is also a single LED, which shows network activity.
The adaptor can be plugged as is straight into a spare USB port on the host computer, or it can be used with the supplied base unit. The base unit allows you to move the antenna around for best reception or to hide it out of view. There is over a metre's length of cable from the base unit. I quite like the look of the adaptor and the colour coordinated base unit. They look very clean and sleek, and the base unit is heavy enough to keep the antenna stable when it's pugged into it.
Next we shall take a look at what it takes to get this baby up and running, on the next page.