Do wireless adapters store information?

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#1 Posted by Meta-Gnostic (977 posts) -

I have a http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/adapters/WUSB54GSC 
Does it store any information or have any memory on it? When I plug it in it does not detect nor even light up but I don't know what to do with it in terms of throwing it out and recycling it, I'm worried it could have personal information on it. 

#2 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23836 posts) -
no, windows does.
#3 Posted by PEELEDbanana (2053 posts) -

I am not sure. From a hardware standpoint, I would assume it uses volitile memory (ie, it doesn't "remember" data after the power is turned off) if it uses memory at all. My guess is that is simply recieves data and sends data as I can't think of why it would need to save data when the OS is saving the same data beyond attempting to optimize if there is an interruption in the connection, but once again, I think that would be the OS's job. I'm sure you will be fine. 

#4 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

I have a http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/adapters/WUSB54GSC 
Does it store any information or have any memory on it? When I plug it in it does not detect nor even light up but I don't know what to do with it in terms of throwing it out and recycling it, I'm worried it could have personal information on it. 

Meta-Gnostic

As jiggly said, there is no storage on the wifi adapter itself. All the information is stored within the OS, not the card.

-Byshop

#5 Posted by Meta-Gnostic (977 posts) -
Thanks! Any recommendation on where to recycle it?
#6 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

Thanks! Any recommendation on where to recycle it?Meta-Gnostic

I have no idea where you live (or even what country), so it's difficult to make a suggestion. Just google "computer equipment recycling" along with where you live and you're bound to find something.

Most people would just toss it in the trash, though.

-Byshop