I shun Microsoft products, partly for religious reasons but mostly because I have to deal with that shit all day and I don’t like to bring my work home with me. But I’d always assumed that it was just the software side of things that I really couldn’t stand; Microsoft also makes hardware. They make very fine mice, for example. So maybe on the hardware side, they’re OK.

Or maybe not. I bought a Cardbus NIC/Router box set, because the card contains the coveted Orinoco chipset (where “coveted” means “known to work with Linux with a minimum of agony”) and the price of the set was right.

Fellow citizen, do not purchase this product.

To make this as clear as possible, if somehow your life ever brings you to a point where your only options are purchasing this product or getting kicked in the face by a Clydesdale, go limp and try to roll with it. Otherwise you can expect that you’ll have to reset it anytime you’re doing something the designers of your wireless router didn’t expect like, say, connecting to it wirelessly. Or downloading stuff. Bunch of losers.

Let me reiterate the point about this fucking thing breaking under load, which it has a habit of doing while I’m backing stuff up. Which is what I was doing five minutes ago.

Update: Failed, for the third… no, wait – fourth… consecutive time, on one large rsync job. Christ on meth, this irritating. This fucking thing is definitely going to the curb. Dear Redmond, do you bitches test anything before it goes out the door? Anything at all? I own a router, with your company’s name embossed on the side, that seizes up and needs to be unplugged every gig and a half or so of traffic. It is a router that does not route, and I get “no route to host” errors for two computers that are actually touching each other. It’s no wonder your legal department won’t even guarantee a “workmanlike effort”. What do you assholes do with your time?


  1. Posted October 31, 2004 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Crack me right up, you do.

  2. memeboy
    Posted November 3, 2004 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Could this be a problem with interference or is it just bad stuff? I’ve had hell on earth to contend with anytime someone starts using a wireless 2.4 phone around my home or office networks…

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted November 3, 2004 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think so – I’m getting cut off when I’m working at ridiculous hours, and when I’m not using a wireless connection… it’s all bad. Serious suckage.

  4. Posted November 4, 2004 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Sounds a lot like compaq’s abortive foray into the market. I bought one of their access point/routers, and it was agony. It would close connections after 15 minutes regardless of activity (a security feature, as explained by technical support), which made using anything with sustained connections next to impossible. I mean really, who actually uses terminal windows these days? If you connected to the WLAN with a card other than Compaq’s, there was a very good chance it would freeze the router (and even if you used a Compaq card, there was still a good chance it would die).

    I guess there’s a reason why Microsoft is getting out of that area. They are making new forays into the hardware market though, with some new point of sail and retail systems. Gonna be interesting to see how that works, because you can pretty much guarantee store owners aren’t going to put up with their legal-speak BS.