smartNIC - Page 2
comes in a regular cardboard box with a simple but neat
cover design. Its contents however, are a little disappointing.
Below is the list of the package contents :
A USB Cable
- 1.5 metres (approx. 4.5 feet).
of the Package
For a package
costing S$128, there sure isn't much to get. The User
Guide is rather skimpy and assumes a basic understanding
of network setup. Beginners attempting to set up their
first network may be stumped as the instructions do not
detail the settings and steps. Users with networking experience
should have no problem setting up the smartNIC.
I would have
liked network cables to be included in the package though.
There is no indication on the box to tell the potential
buyer that he has to separately purchase the cables. This
is only stated in the manual, which is rather pointless.
In fact, the packaging explicitly states that it is a
"complete all-in-one solution" and that "everything required
to get connected is included in the box".
Hmm… I can
imagine someone taking home a set only to find that he
has to make another trip to the hardware store just to
get a pair of network cables!
itself measures 92 x 67 x 27mm (3.6 x 2.6 x 1.1 inch),
making it small enough for any notebook user. It also
sports a RJ-45 jack that can connect Category 3 or 5 Unshielded
Twisted Pair (UTP) network cables. There is an LED on
the adapter to indicate connection status. There isn't
one to indicate data traffic though.
size of the smartNIC. (From Right : Lucent Technologies
WaveLAN, Xircom Credit Card 10/100, smartBridges smartNIC)