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Great it you want a speedier network connection on older laptops or some of the newer netbooks with only 10/100 network card built in. Especially useful if you have a NAS since 100 mbit is just a bit on the slow side.
Don't need the driver CD to install. But with XP you need to allow it to look for drivers on the internet. With Vista I don't know but I'd be really surprised of it doesn't work.
Seems to get a bit warm when running gigabit (which is probably why you've bought in the first place). However nothing I'd be worried about safety wise but heat = energy = might give noticeable shorter runtime on battery.
Think twice before using this for an older laptop. It might not be faster than the built 100 mbit network card since USB puts a strain on the CPU at higher speeds. So that depends on how fast your older laptop is.
Buy it of you want a speedier connection on those popular netbook or perhaps for an older laptop with fast CPU.
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