Wirelessly surf, email, stream HD video, on-line game, make Internet phone calls. Less interference and better connections using dual band Wireless-N. Better speed and range than other USB Wireless-N adapters. Easy and secure wireless connections. Works with older Wi-Fi as well as new Wireless-N networks.
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Works great EXCEPT for Windows 7 64-bit driver!
Posted by: bombuhdeer from: Virginia on
CAUTION, this product will disconnect during transfers of large file sizes on N networks. This major limitation is allegedly due to driver incompatibility issues with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7. This issue is well documented on various forums, support sites, etc. Large file transfers cause the driver to malfunction requiring a reset of the device (unplug USB). The only recommended solution that works is to use the lower-bandwidth G network which is unsatisfactory and asinine.
I first installed this device on a PC with Windows XP SP 3 and it worked flawlessly with my Netgear N750 Wireless N router. I then installed it on a PC running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with similar results UNTIL I started to transfer large files, ~200MB and greater. Smaller files were transferred with no apparent issues. The status light is a steady blue when the device is operating correctly, i.e. connected to a network. Within a few seconds of transferring a large file the connection dropped and the status light turned to a blinking amber. The only way to re-establish a connection was to unplug the device from the USB port and then reinsert it. Netgear does not (as of July 2011) have a solution for this issue, no timeframe and barely acknowledges the issue. This issue does not occur with HD content streamed over the N network.
Other than the issue transferring large files the device performs well. Installation and setup from the CD was simple. The device has its own MAC address which must be used if the wireless network uses MAC address filtering (instead of the computer it's connected to). This was undocumented and caused some initial confusion since my Linksys G network didn't require this.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: barryf from: Wauconda, IL on
Too bad that I can't give this thing and this company 0 stars.
I have previously purchased Netgear routers and other items and not had an issue. Apparently, this company has changed.
I purchased this item in March to replace a USB adapter that became outdated due to my move to AT&T UVerse internet. I use this item on a desktop that is on a different floor than my router.
When I purchased it, setup was simple and it worked fine, until a few days ago when my signal was terminating on it's own. Since I have only owned it for a few months, I called Netgear to see if they could help me. I spoke to a rep who was more than helpful but did point out that you only get 90 days of support for free from Netgear with a purchase. She granted me a "one time exception" for free support to help me with my issue. After being on the phone with her for almost 2 hours, it seemed that the issue had been resolved until today when the same problem returned. Since I had a case number, I called Netgear back to have them help me because the problem was not resolved. The support person I spoke to today, two days later told me that they could not help me without a payment to them for technical support. I asked for a supervisor who informed me of the same thing. Obviously this company does not stand behind their product and the items they are selling now are nothing short of complete garbage. If you know what is good for you, you will not buy any Netgear items. This company clearly does not care a lick about the consumer and is only out there to suck as much money as they can out of your pocket. I would have expected at least a year of support for their product but apparently I am living in a dream world.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Not 64-bit compatible
Posted by: Mike84 from: Indianapolis, IN on
This adapter gave me nothing but trouble. It installs fine, but inevitably after a period ranging from a few minutes to a few hours, it drops the network connection. It still detects the network, but has no internet. Unplugging and replugging it fixes the problem. Until it drops again. What starts as mild annoyance quickly changes to rage after going through the cycle a few dozen times in a single day. Some quick online research showed that this is a common problem. Contacted Netgear support to find out that while the adapter itself is technically 64-bit compatible, the drivers are not, and there are no plans to release 64-bit drivers for this product. Since 64-bit systems are now mainstream, I see this as an unforgivable defect. Apparently this is one of the better adapters out there if you are running a 32-bit operating system, but if you're running 64 like most of us these days, go with something else.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Fast, easy to use and user friendly!
Posted by: TimTheGamer from: Bossier City, LA on
I'm a gamer and just don't like wires running everywhere so I decided to try out some wireless adapters. I started with internal ones and they were normally tedious to install and one even required me to go on the internet for the drivers... I was like really? lol Most of the other ones just didn't work very well or didn't give me the speeds I needed for gaming.
So I decided to try some USB oriented adapters just for the heck of it. I'm glad I did, I'm using this product right now paired with myD-Link - Xtreme N DIR-665 Wireless Router - IEEE 802.11n and it's giving me a solid 300Mbps through walls. Which is amazing for wireless! Setup was easy and with Windows 7 I just plugged it in and Windows found the drivers for me, no having to stick in a disk or anything. Was playing my video games and surfing the internet almost instantly!
Amazing product overall, just be careful as with any USB item not to bump into it when walking past it or keep it on the backside of your computer where it wont get hit because if you damage the stick at all your internet won't work. The stick does come in a well protected hard plastic case though, so I would imagine damaging it would be difficult! I recommend the product for people who aren't very good with computers since the setup is so easy. Don't have to open up the computer like with other internal adapters.
Hope you all found my review helpful! First time doing writing a review, but I had to with such a great product!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Not a good choice for 64-bit Windows 7 machines.
Posted by: RickenBat from: RanchoCucaWanda on
I followed the instructions provided with the product. I installed the drivers from the CD (Note: it asks at this point to check internet for updates. Huh? I'll have NO INTERNET CONNECTION at this computer until I install the device.)
The manual shows a screen appearing for the adapter to connect to your wireless router, it did not do so automatically. I had to click on the icon at the bottom toolbar to get the screen to appear. Once I got this screen, the manual says to press the "N" button to get the LED to blink blue. The Adapter was already blinking blue so this step seemed confusing and unnecessary. Moving forward, the software says you have 2-minutes to press the button on your router that looks like a padlock to automatically connect to the USB adapter. I have the Netgear WNR2000 that includes this button shown. it took multiple attempts to get the two to link up.
One feature that convinced me to buy the product was that it said it had the "best range." I have the router upstairs and this computer in in the kitchen, which is located downstairs. It taking multiple attempts of pressing the button before the devices finally linking up does not convince me of its range capability. Once, they were connected, I had internet, but not without lost connections! A search of the internet discovered that Netgear knows that this device does not behave well in a 64-bit environment, and they have no plan on making a driver that will work! So, I found this site http://wnda310064bit.webs.com/ that provided a fix that has, so far, made the thing behave.
Unless you're tech savvy or enjoy fixing computer problems with your 64-bit machine, I'd pass on the Netgear WNDA3100v2.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Much better than the old one
Posted by: rottndandie from: GA USA on
Like a dork, I'd bought the cheapest USB adapter I could find, not realizing it was cheap AND slow, not just cheap. When I bought a new router, I was annoyed that my internet connection hadn't sped up. Then I realized... DOH! The adapter I had was literally the slowest on the market. It even had a picture of a turtle on the box.
I picked up this little baby and plugged it in. I think I got whiplash the first time I typed in a URL. I'm going to replace my other SLOW adapter with one of these suckers. It's like surfing the internet on a racehorse instead of a plow horse.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT
Posted by: DMAN1983 from: SSF on
I bought matching a N600 router and N600 adapter they worked perfectly until the new firmware came out "v126.96.36.199" it disconnects every 10-20secs, I step down to the old firmware that i used to have which is .38 and it bottled neck my speed connection. I should be getting 35mbps but I only get 2mbps. I get full speed when I'm connected via Ethernet cable but poor speed when I connect to WiFi even if the adapter is sitting on top of the router. I have a lot of WiFi devices TV, ps3, xbox360, PC, laptop & mobile phones this won't work efficiently if you'll buy this product.
NO TO THIS PRODUCT!
P.S. I called Netgear to get this issue fixed and they want me to pay extra $179 to troubleshoot this **** thing.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Works great with my panisonic tv
Posted by: Augustk5 from: on
Only non panisonic wireless adapter that works on my new plasma. Plugged it in, connected with push to connect, updated software on tv and was watching Netflix in 5 minunites without wires. Great product
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great Netgear Dual-Band Wireless N Adapter
Posted by: WillieNetgear101 from: Brooklyn, NY on
The Netgear WNDA3100 is an excellent wireless adapter for high performance users in conjunction with the Netgear WNDR4000 Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless Router operating in the 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz range at 802.11n. With this wireless adapter using the Netgear SmartWizard driver can push 'n' connect to automatically set the wireless connection or manually do it on your own. One of the best features of the adapter is the dual band feature which allows, other devices that use the 2.4 gigahertz range a different wireless setting, for instance in legacy backward compatibility 802.11 b/g/n at 300 mb/sec and allow the 5 gigahertz range running in 802.11 a/n which includes bluetooth compatiblity and an operating mode of 450mb/sec, without changing settings constantly like most other routers require you to do. This adapter allows WEP passphrase or keys used for encryption with at least 64 bits, WPA TKIP/WPA2 AES and of course MAC Filtering just as most of all adapters do. It allows handling of multiple channels for the best reception on higher operating modes if left on AUTO on the router. The adapter comes with a cradle and USB Cable and a couple of stickers you can attach and remove the adapter easily from a wall or other surface that allows good reception. When operating in the 5 Gigahertz range the adapter LED is solid blue. If the adapter is operating under 2.4 gigahertz than the LED is solid amber. If a connection is not made to the router it blinks blue and amber repeatedly until a conection is made.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Havinfunincolo from: Thornton, Co on
Installation is quick and easy just remember to install the smart wizard software that comes with it BEFORE plugging in adapter this will save many headaches as windows native drivers do not work correctly also this is a simultaneous dual band so make sure you have a simultaneous dual band router as well or you will only be able to use one band at a time also make sure you're router is set to run both by default my netgear router is set for only 2.4ghz at up to 270Mbps so if you want to use both at the same time you have to set it for 270@5ghz and 54Mbps@2.4ghz in the wireless settings, most laptops,smartphones, printers, tv's, dvd players with built in wi-fi only run on 2.4ghz so once you understand how dual band works- 2.4ghz gives better range but less bandwidth with more interference and 5ghz gives shorter range but more bandwidth with less interference then its a lot easier to get things working correctly. Example: I have a 30Mbps internet connection and only run my tv and dish dvr on the 5ghz while everything else runs on 2.4ghz with my tv or dvr on 2.4ghz it streams movies around 11 Mbps where as on 5ghz they stream at 27 Mbps, so basically out of the box default 2.4ghz settings should get everyone connected but may not give best performance depending on what you are using it with. Hope this helps people out