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Counterfeit / Fake Cisco WIC-1ADSL: Photograph Comparison Guide or the "Andover Test"

Counterfeit Cisco or Fake Cisco WIC-1ADSL: another counterfeit card for your viewing pleasure!

The Andover Test rolls on to look at how to tell a fake or counterfeit WIC-1ADSL from a real WIC-1ADSL. There are fewer easily distinguishable points than the WIC-1ENET and WIC-1DSU-T1s, but still observable.

Look at the two Cisco WIC-1ADSL cards below. Can you tell the real from the Fake or counterfeit card?

Compare real and fake WIC-1DSU-T1

If you have been following all the Andover Tests, then by now you should be picking out points to compare. (Its kind of like that test in Highlights magazine!)

But before you do, BOOKMARK this page as the "Andover Photo Test for Real/Fake Cisco WIC-1ADSL ". Avoid claims: bookmarking this page will save you time and money.
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The Excuse section
(or why many feel "above taking the Andover Test!")

Does everyone know that they are selling counterfeit? Or better, does anyone know they are buying counterfeit? Many sellers know. Some sellers don't. But guaranteed, all buyers do not. However, informed buyers avoid counterfeit.

So ask them to take the Andover Photo Test! Those that most often sell counterfeit or fake cards refuse to take the Andover Photo test by saying

  • "We do not sell counterfeit period." If you do not sell "counterfeit period" then you must be a counterfeit sleuth. How do YOU tell real from fake. Is there some super secret handshake?
  • "We looked up the serial number at Cisco." Good. So please assure that the counterfeit is not smart enough to copy a good serial number.
  • "We bought these directly from Cisco." ...and your dog ate the receipt last night.
  • "I am a CCIE. Do you think I would let a fake card get by me?" So what is the CCIE approved test for real versus counterfeit?
  • "We bought these from the US Government." And we know that local, state and federal buyers are expert counterfeit sleuths and never make mistakes.
  • "We bought these from a Cisco VAR." So how do they tell real from counterfeit?
  • "I already tested them by powering them on." When counterfeits are powered on they do not say 'Psst - I am a counterfeit card'. Oddly enough, they work exactly like real - except with a super high failure rate.

"The Andover Photo Test" - How to tell a counterfeit WIC-1ADSL

Seeing is believing. Power on tests tell nothing. So, follow along by setting up a second window with a search on eBay seeking WIC-1ADSL and become a counterfeit WIC-1ADSL sleuth!

Counterfeit Cisco WIC-1DSU-T1

0.1 Use this photograph for following ANDOVER PHOTO TEST.

Study the NINE POINTS of the WIC-1ADSL ANDOVER PHOTO TEST. Some counterfeit cards will have some of the attributes; none have all the marks of GENUINE. These are:

  1. FRONT OF CARD: Font should not be thin nor easily scratched off. The front metal plate should not be shiny but should be somewhat fuzzy. Too shiny with thin letters indicates counterfeits. (See photos below.)
  2. EMBEDDED NUMBER ON TOP OF METAL: On all genuine Cisco WIC-1ADSL cards, there is a number embedded into the metal on top of the plate. This embedded number is a number that is stamped onto the reverse of the metal and comes through on top as an imprint. This number is barely visible on cards but it must be there. Most of the imprinted numbers are to the left side of the card where we have drawn the circle. (See photos below.)
  3. COPPER ON THE CARD: Counterfeit/fake cards have copper points on some areas and silver on others. Look near the part of the card that is inserted into the router. If there are copper points, then it is likely counterfeit. (See photos below.)
  4. BAR CODE - SERIAL NUMBER - FONT: For genuine Cisco, the bar code must align on the top of the sticker. Unlike many other Cisco products, the serial numbers are white and the font is standard. The serila number sticker may appear on the bottom of the card. Fake Cisco WIC cards have a variety of fonts and colors. (See photo below.)
  5. HOLOGRAM: Some Genuine Cisco WIC-1ADSL cards have holograms. So far, every card that we have seen that has one is genuine. Fake or counterfeit WIC-1ADSL cards do not have a hologram. (See photo below.)
  6. RJ11 JACK FONT: There are no secret STEWARTs on the inside of the jack. The only point to observe is color surrounding the letters ADSL. More dull pink/purple is correct. More bright pink or purple, the more likely counterfeit (See photo below.)
  7. DROOPY SCREWS: Genuine WICs do not have droopy screws. (See photo below.)
  8. CANADIAN FLAG NOT TOUCHING: Although we do not mention this in other tests, on all WIC cards, the Canadian flag must always touch the top of the sticker to be real and not counterfeit. (See photo below.)
  9. CAPACITOR COLOR: On all the Genuine WIC-1ADSL we have observed, the Capacitor color is blue and not red-brown or dark red. (See photos below.)

The WIC-1ADSL "Andover Photo Test":

1. FRONT OF CARD: Font should not be thin nor easily scratched off. The front metal plate should not be shiny but should be somewhat fuzzy. Too shiny with thin letters indicates counterfeits.

Counterfeit - Real comparison font front of cards

1.1 Front of card comparison

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2. EMBEDDED NUMBERS IN THE METAL: Most fake Cisco WIC cards do not have any numbers embedded in the metal. In the photo, the numbers are to one side on the left card. Sometimes the embedded number may run the length of the top of the metal.

Compare Embedded numbers on Counterfeit WIC-1ADSL

2.1 Embedded number comparison.

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3. COPPER ON THE CARD: Below are two photographs comparing different parts of the card. Again, if you see copper where silver should be, you have a counterfeit card.

Counterfeit - Real - copper points on WIC-1ADSL Comparison

3.1 Copper point comparison

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4. BAR CODE - SERIAL NUMBER - FONT: The next shots are close ups of the serial number tags on the WIC-1ADSLs.

Counterfeit - Real Serial numbers WIC-1ADSL

4.1 Serial number / Bar Code Comparison

Note the differences in the serial number tags. Unlike other Cisco products, the Serial number stickers are white. The bar code should touch the top of the sticker. If there is any space, the card is counterfeit.

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5. HOLOGRAM: The GENUINE RJ45 jack has three attributes: a. Stewart, b. High - low connectors and c. should stick out of the card between 1/32" to 1/16' of an inch. We have observed more. Most important is that the RJ45 jack should not be flush with the card. Close up photographs of the front of the cards are below.

Cisco Hologram WIC-1ADSL

5.1 RJ11 Jack Comparison

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6. RJ11 Jack : STEWART in the center of the Jack is required. The connectors must also be high on the left and low on the right. Below shows a counterfeit RJ45 jack. Note also the mid-mid connectors and the extra lip on the bottom.

Counterfeit - Real Color RJ11 Jack front of card

5.1 Counterfeit WIC-1ADSL Jack - GLG

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7. HIGH - LOW RJ45 CONNECTORS: While this is the same photo as above, focus on the connectors. Sometimes you will only have a glance at the connectors in a photo to make a determination if the card is real or counterfeit. Note that some counterfeits coming out have hi-low connectors.

Counterfeit Real Droopy Screw WIC-1ADSL

7.1 Real versus Counterfeit Screw Comparison

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8. CANADIAN FLAG NOT TOUCHING: The Canadian Flag must always touch the top of the sticker. If it does touch, it is a sign of a counterfeit card..

Counterfeit WIC-1ADSL Canadian Flag not touching

8.1 Counterfeit: Canadian Flag not touching the top of the sticker

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9. CAPACITOR COLOR: Genuine WIC-1ADSL cards have BLUE colored capacitors. Other colors, such as red, red-brown or brown are indicators of fake or counterfeit cards.

Counterfeit WIC-1ADSL Canadian Flag not touching

8.1 Counterfeit: Canadian Flag not touching the top of the sticker

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Quiz: can you recognize the difference?

Now that we have shown the difference between Genuine and Counterfeit. Click on the link below and see if you can tell which of these items on eBay are legitimate and which are counterfeit.

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