I’ve been eyeing the network adapter for the Sony Playstation 2 for awhile now as I already enjoy playing games online with my PC and it seems like the push is on to make a lot of future games for the PS2 online compatable, but I didn’t relish the idea of trying to run network cable from the back of the apartment where my router is to the living room where the PS2 is. The obvious solution is to use a wireless network, but until now there wasn’t anything that would hook into the PS2’s network adapter that would work because the drivers to run it aren’t built into the PS2. Now Linksys has come to the rescue with the Wireless-B Game Adapter.
- Lag-free head-to-head or Internet gaming, without stringing wires!
The Wireless-B Game Adapter gives any wired-Ethernet-equipped game console wireless connection capabilities. The Game Adapter can be used in two different ways. If you have an existing home wireless network with a cable or DSL Internet connection, the Game Adapter lets your PlayStation2, XboxΙ or GameCube attach to the network so you can get into online games without running wires to the game room. Or, use a pair of Game Adapters to form a “cable-less cable” between two game consoles for head-to-head gaming—in the same room, or all the way across the house.
It’s completely driver-free, so there’s no software-installation hassle, and it works on any platform. And the innovative Channel Selector Button with LED display makes wireless network configuration into child’s play. If you’re using two Game Adapters, just press their Channel Selector Buttons until the channel numbers match, and you’re connected. To connect to an existing wireless network, press the Button to select Infrastructure mode. If your setup’s a little different, there’s an easy-to-use PC-based Setup Wizard to guide you through. Then just plug the Adapter into your game box, and go.
The Wireless-B Gaming Adapter provides lag-free gaming with communication speeds up to 11Mbps. So spend your time gaming, not stringing wires, with the Linksys Wireless-B Gaming Adapter.
How sweet is that? It looks like they are offering an 802.11G version as well. Of course, you’ve got to have a wireless router to use it with, but that just gives me one more good reason to buy one. Only a couple of places online offer it for sale as of yet and the suggested MSRP for the B version is $79.99 and the G version is $129.99. Not exactly cheap, but hopefully the price will come down quickly if enough early adopters pick up on it.