Netgear WG111 USB Wireless Adaptor
NETGEAR WG111 (WG111US) USB wireless adapter delivers consistent wireless access to your desktop, notebook or public WiFi hotspot, ensuring no more dropped connections or dead spots. The WG111 is a simple and secure way to share a broadband Internet connection. And, installation is fast and easy with NETGEAR’s Smart Wizard installation software. The WG111 is Standard 802.11g compliant and backwards compatible with 802.11g or 802.11b wireless routers.
NETGEAR’s Wireless-G PC Card (WG511), PCI Adapter (WG311) and USB 2.0 Adapter (WG111) are optimized for use with the Wireless-G Router (WGR614).
Device type :
- USB wireless adapter
- USB 2.0
Wireless Network Standards:
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.11b
Wireless Data Transfer Rates:
- 54 Mbps
- Wireless Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2), WEP (40bits, 64bits, 128bits)
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User reviews on www.amazon.com:
Does What It's Supposed to Do - No fuss Kofi Anim-Appiah (Allen, TX United States) September 9, 2006
This thing simply does what it's supposed to do - no fuss. Easy to install. I like the velcro attachment arrangement (if you need to keep it mounted - I do, on my Dell laptop with a dead PCMCIA slot). It connects with my Linksys WRTG54 easily and reliably at 54Mbps (router upstairs, me downstairs). Highly recommended.
Did not work on Windows XP J. Hutchinson (Massachusetts, USA) January 16, 2008
You've likely seen warnings from Vista owners already. Windows XP users should also tread carefully.
I was optimistic that this wireless adapter would work my well-patched and reliable Windows XP Pro desktop, and so I bought it to connect with my new Verizon FiOS router. Regrettably, I didn't read the reviews beforehand.
Following the initial installation, my computer would freeze every time I inserted the adapter, requiring a reboot.
After updating the software with NETGEAR's online update, the adapter still would not work. Each attempt to launch the NETGEAR software failed: there were no error messages, it simply refused to launch.
And so I was never able to launch this product to the point where I could even attempt an Internet connection.
These issues were not addressed on NETGEAR's support knowledge base. Following this string of failures, I have no intention of further troubleshooting and potentially jeopardizing my Windows XP installation with this unstable product.
Look elsewhere: there are other alternatives with solid ratings here on Amazon.
Was good, but... J. Leder "jrod37" (St. Paul, MN) July 31, 2006
Connects well and holds on to weak signals, but...
First of all, I am editing this review. Unfortunately, Amazon does not let me edit my rating. If I could I would give it 2 stars at best.
The adapter continually causes hard freezes of my PC while it is in use. In one night my computer froze twice while playing Star Wars Battlefront II online, and it has frozen two other times while viewing websites since then. That's 4 hard freezes in 5 days of ownership. My PC isn't the issue here, as it has never crashed or frozen in 4 years. I have 512 Mb of RAM and an Athlon 2400+ processor so I know the system is not being overloaded. I have a friend with similar issues and an even better computer. I'd take this thing back to the store and get a different model, but the store has a policy against returning opened hardware for anything but a 1 to 1 replacement.
Further, I had some issues with the v2 model and using different profiles on XP using the Windows connection wizard. When I would 1) log in to one profile, 2) install the drivers, 3) use the adapter with the XP connection utility, 4) log out, 5) log in as another user, 6) log out the second user, and 7) use the adapter with Windows XP connection utility, then 8) XP would no longer recognize the adapter when I unplugged it and plugged it back in on either profile. I had to uninstall and reinstall the drivers in order to get XP to recognize the adapter again. I'm a professional software tester, and this would not have made it past my desk. I gave in and used the Netgear connection utility.
Netgear WG111US RickDeckard February 15, 2008
I'm using this with a Linksys WRT54G wireless router and so far it works, most of the time. I say most of the time because at least once a day it'll drop the wireless connection for a few seconds. It's not the WG111 because I've tried other USB Wireless-G adapters and those also dropped connection at least once a day. It must be my room.
Netgear WG111US David J. Hvizdak "dhvizdak" (Spooner, WI) February 21, 2006
Great device. Very easy to install. Have had no problems since installation. I'd buy another one if I needed it.
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