Netgear WG511 Wireless PCMCIA Card

Netgear WG511 Wireless PCMCIA Card

Netgear WG511 wireless PCMCIA card delivers consistent wireless access on your notebook. The WG511 is standard 802.11g compliant and backwards compatible with 802.11b devices.

Speed and Range with Internet Security:
- Good for surfing the Internet, email and online chat
- Provides wireless access to your laptop, wireless router, office network or public WiFi hotspot
- Easy set up with Smart Wizard® installation software
- Maximum performance requires use with NETGEAR Wireless-G router

- Delivers consistent wireless connections—no more dropped connections or dead spots
- Simple and secure way to share a broadband Internet connection
- Designed for your notebook PC
- Supports Windows® Vista™

Important Specifications:

Device Type :
- Wireless PCMCIA card for notebook

- Notebook’s PC card slot

Wireless Network Standards:
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.11b

Wireless Data Transfer Rates:
- 54 Mbps

Security Features:
- Wireless Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2), WEP (64bits, 128bits)

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User reviews on

Solid Wireless G PC Card an808guy "an808guy" September 23, 2003
When I replaced my Netgear ME102 access point, I was mainly concerned with the lack of security features compared to current wireless 801.11x products on shelves today.

I ended up selecting another Netgear product, the WGR614 wireless G router/access point and chose the WG511 mostly to ensure the highest level of compatibility.

Overall, I'm very pleased. The card was simple to install, even given my previous experience with the ME102. Pop in the CD, use the HTTP-based menu to install the driver and software package, configure the security settings and you're done!

I decided to take a chance and downloaded the latest firmware which implements draft 802.11g compliance, SSID broadcast blocking, and minor fixes before hand. Once implemented on both router and PC card, I noticed no problems or difficulties. Those with mismatching brands of wireless devices may want to check with the respective manufacturer(s) before upgrading, however.

Performance and range were much improved in my two-story, 1600 sq. ft. home with steel frame construction. Where the signal of my old ME102 and D-link 650 would drop significantly from about 15-20ft away, I'm able to keep a full signal with the WG511 and WGR614 in the same location. Throughput was also improved, of course, although device specifications, antenna placement, environment, and infrastructure all play a part in signal strength and performance. As with any wireless network product, your mileage may vary.

Overall, the WG511 is solid wireless G PCMCIA card. It's broad antenna and easy-to-install software/driver package ensure good performance when paired with a Netgear wireless G router. At a price comparable to some 802.11b solutions, the Netgear is a very good choice for the home user looking for a new wireless G or add-on to their existing wireless G network.


Good reception but doesn't like to change access points The Grumpy Hacker September 4, 2004
This card installed and configured easily on Win2k for my home network (802.11b, WEP, no beaconing) and I immediately noticed better range and reception than with my Netgear MA401 card. But when I tried to reconfigure it for another access point, I ran into trouble: I had trouble getting WEP to work on the new network, and when I went back to my home network it took several tries to get this card to reassociate. The "Activate" button in the Profiles tab wasn't working, the "Connect" option in the Site Survey tab wasn't working, and even manually setting everything wasn't working--the card just kept scanning channels, never associating. The software has a channel menu but it's always grayed out. Finally I tried clicking Rescan just to see what would happen and it associated, but the status icon disappeared from the Windows System Tray and running the Configuration Utility (from Programs menu) didn't work. I also have been unable to upgrade to the latest driver.

I really like the Site Survey feature, it's almost like having Netstumbler but you can highlight an AP and click a button to connect to it (usually). I also like the Profiles feature compared to that of my MA401 card, having a summary of settings below the profile name, with Save/Delete/Activate buttons. Sometimes, however, "real" settings didn't match the stated "current profile" settings, which is confusing. I also like that this card has an activity LED, which my MA401 doesn't have--although sometimes the link light doesn't blink when scanning.

Overall I think this is just a so-so card due to the strange behavior I experienced. It was easy to install and configure the first time, it gets better reception than my old card, and I really like the Site Survey feature. There just seem to be some bugs in the driver/config software that I have to put up with and/or work around. It also doesn't do WPA, and there's no "wireless radio off" feature. Most brands of 802.11g cards are routinely on sale for $30-$40 so you might want to try your luck with something else.

Good bang-for-the-buck G. Salazar July 16, 2008
I'm happy with this purchase. My very old laptop (HP Pavilion ZE4145) does not have WiFi built in and for the past two years, I've been using an Airlink 101 USB Wireless dongle. This PCMCIA card picks up more signals and is more secure on my laptop than any USB dongle could be. The software is ok, but I had difficulty entering a WEP password for use with my router. No problem, I just let Windoze control the card and it works exactly as I need.

In all, the card picks up weak signals, provides a solid physical connection to my laptop, and performs exactly as I had hoped.

Solid, but slow... Ryan "Mac Geek" June 30, 2008
It's a reliable card, and for the price, you can't go wrong. By slow, I mean the bundled Netgear network "sniffing" software (program that finds and connects to networks) takes its sweet time connecting to a network. It took 30 seconds to connect to a Netgear router, while my Mac's AirPort Extreme connected in under 5 seconds. But the Netgear software was more reliable than the Windows supplied program on the ThinkPad it went into, so I guess you win some and lose some.

Exactly what I expected J. Royal June 17, 2008
Amazon has hooked me up with another great product! It was easy to install and has worked like dream. Thank you Amazon for providing great product at a great price!

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