Windows 8 – Network hardware compatibility ..

After a week of moving my workspace around, tidying up cable runs, committing an aging Panasonic Fax/Phone machine to the local Goodwill store, I thought it best to try out some of my older network adapters.

The two adapters are:

  1. An Ultra USB 2.0 Fax Modem
  2. A D-Link DWL- G132 USB network adapter

I am pleased to be able to confirm that Windows 8 Pro 64-bit recognises and installs the Ultra Fax Modem without any user intervention. It still has to be set up manually for send/receive, auto answer et al.

The D-Link DWL G132 was bought in 2006, and it was not too long before D-Link decided to drop support for it. An outcry later, and the unit is still compatible and installs without issues. This is good for me because I am now a fair distance from the modem/router, and I don’t want to have to use multiple Ethernet cables when fixing client desktop machines.

Note that the older D-Link Super G adapters will NOT work in Super G mode when installed on a Windows 7 or 8 machine

So, I can breathe easier now, and my desk is a little less cluttered than it was a week ago.

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