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WG111
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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 164 reviews

68%would recommend to a friend.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Recommended

    Posted .

    Works well with my old desktop and old notebook so far. I have returned DX-EBUSB for this one, no dropped connection now. It's stable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Ignore NETGEAR Instructions/ Use Plug 'n' Play

    Posted .

    I shared the same aggravating installation problems with other reviewers. Using the NETGEAR CD and either the NETGEAR software fully or the Windows Zero Configuration process as an assist, I got into a situation where the system reported that my Access Point had a very strong signal, but that the connectivity was weak with the WG111v3. After disconnecting the Ethernet cable used during the setup to download software updates, a connection to the Internet could not be maintained or reinitiated. The workaround that some suggest does succeed: when the system is rebooted and a good signal is reported, deliberately disconnect (!!!) (using the tools from the tray to find the available networks). Then immediately reconnect. Things should now work, but this has to be done at every reboot, and is absurd. It can take the uninitiated hours to discover this, if at all. A better solution is simply to not use NETGEAR’s instructions at all. You will lose NETGEAR’s little visual meter that shows how much usage you’ve had, but so what? Here’s what to do: 1) Uninstall (using Windows Control Panel) the NETGEAR software, and remove the device, if you’ve already attempted to use it. 2) Temporarily hardwire your machine to the Internet with an Ethernet cable (move your machine this one time to your router). You need this for Windows to find the right drivers. 3) Plug in the WG111v3. Windows will tell you that it has found new hardware. 4) When Windows asks if you have a disk with software, say NO, even though you do. Force Windows to connect online to find the drivers in its database. It will, and then it will correctly install the device. All you have to do is enter the correct password for your Access Point when asked. 5) Disconnect the Ethernet cable and move your machine to wherever you want. It should now be connected, even after turning off the machine and then repowering it up. (Above based on a Windows XP Pro machine, connecting with a DSL Modem/Wireless Gateway). An installation process that takes hours to discover and results in a quirky system can be replaced with one that takes five minutes and works. Before I knew that, I would fail the product on ease of use and installation. After learning that a bare bones approach actually works, and sacrifices nothing of value, I would give it very good marks. But will the user know what to do? I would recommend this to a friend only with the instructions above, otherwise I would tell them to avoid it like the plague. So I average out my scores. I noticed no performance problems mentioned by others (cutting out, heat) using it diagonally across a 2200 square foot house, from first to second floor. It could handle an Internet download of a 250 MB file, and then wirelessly transfer it to another computer in the house. It could play a Hulu TV program for an hour, and not overheat.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solved our wireless connection problem, but...

    Posted .

    The wireless card in my 2007 Toshiba laptop is no longer usable. When I purchased this product, I found it easy to install (and I am not tech savvy). It does allow me to connect my laptop with my new Netgear wireless router, which is wonderful. However, I could not get it to connect with my original wireless router. I had a wonderful Geek Squad tech fixing my PC, so I requested that she set up a new (Netgeard) router and connect it to the laptop with my new adaptor. It worked very well. I thought the price is very reasonable for the importance of its function. On the down side, every time I go online with it, I have to go through a pop-up box clicking on this and that to ensure it is connected. That step is annoying and the info in the pop-up is confusing. The adaptor also sticks out awkwardly from the side USB port and is easily bumped around.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Too whimpy

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    Posted .

    Didn't work that well. Signal not strong enough to reliably connect to main router without drops

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    DO NOT INSTALL SOFTWARE INCLUDED

    Posted .

    This adapter will work perfectly if you don't install the software included. I had to wire my pc and just pop in the adapter, the drivers installed automatically and then I had no issues finding my router. Before, I had installed the CD it came with and had nothing but problems finding the router. I could get it connected but when I'd restart my pc it would go back to having issues connecting. Works just fine without the CD setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Finally a USB adapter that works for older Macs!

    Posted .

    For some reason my youngin's beloved G4 Mac would not work with the new Apple Time capsule, unfortunately the Airport card was not designed to work with the new technology according to Apple. I thought all was lost and almost dumped a perfectly good Mac as it would not connect to the home network (No web and wireless printer access), thankfully the Geek squad pointed me to the Netgear wireless USB adapter; not only was it priced just right, it easily recognized the home Apple network and it works perfectly with the Apple Time capsule. Downloads at incredible speeds. The one grip: The install CD did not include the Apple drivers only Windows drivers. (REALLY Netgear??). Unfortunately I had to drag the G4 to the Time capsule and hook it up with a land cable and download the driver from Netgear's site, after that no problems..... works fine wirelessly....

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very simple way to gain wi-fi connection

    Posted .

    My desktop has never been wi-fi capable... I was quite tired of my room being the only source to connect to the internet.. so I decided to move it to a different location while in mind I knew I needed a wireless adapter to keep it up and running... a thorough search online to find the best adapter well I kind of became mislead and hesitant on what to get because all the reviews were shaming the high class adapters (around $70) I thought wireless adapting sucked and I was going to try a pci card but I have never had any luck on putting things back together after having taken them apart for the first time... I was inspired by a relative to just go get a wireless usb adapter he had one and it worked great... so I went to best buy picked one up and ever since it has worked as a charm! Every review I seen about these little toys were fictional.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Connects - but a bit annoying

    Posted .

    This adapter installed relatively easily, and the connection was strong. My main issue with this adapter was that when I rebooted my laptop (Windows XP), it would say that I was connected, when in fact, I wasn't. I would have to go into my network connections and click disconnect; then I'd have to reconnect. Just seemed to be an inconvenience that I didn't need. I tried rebooting with the adapter in, and with the adapter out. Either way, manual intervention was required. Also, what's with that Netgear window that always pops up?!?!? Didn't seem to serve much of a purpose. Again, once this thing was really connected, it worked fine. I just found the manual intervention to be an unnecessary inconvenience. I ended up taking it back, and I replaced it with another brand - one that would automatically connect on startup.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The one that works is fine

    Posted .

    After loading the software drivers and plugging in the device, it was successfully probed into the USB bus and connected to my wireless hub. Unfortunately, after a reboot it disappeared. I reinstalled the software and the device came to life and then disappeared during rebooting again. After this it would not probe at all. Best Buy gave me a new one, no questions asked, and it has performed well for the last month. Its radio is more powerful than the PCI card I have been using and is much more convenient and portable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy solution

    Posted .

    I needed to upgrade my desktop from XP to 7. Unfortunately, my old wifi card was no longer supported so I could not get drivers for Win 7. A quick review online did not show a clear winner for an internal card solution so I went to BB to look around. This USB adapter was inexpensive and plenty easy to install. It works fine in its current location in my house.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wireless novice

    Posted .

    I purchased this to apprehensively delve into the home wireless network age and use it for a home desktop computer with Windows XP Home O/S. Istallation was a breeze with the included Resource CD and was able to access the Internet via my DSL gateway/router. However, after a few minutes the adapter would stop working and my computer would say it did not recognize the hardware attached to the USB port that the adapter was inserted into. I would reboot with the adapter in place and it tended to resolve the problem. But this would occur several times. I then decided to use Windows to configure my network connection instead of using the included NetGear Smart Wizard. So far have not experienced the problem again and remain connected to the Internet. All-in-all, am satisfied with product, as long as I don't experience any other unexpected connection problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Just what I expected

    Posted .

    Good standard dongle. It installed easily if a bit slowly. Allows you to have different profiles so you can store various network connection settings. The cap fits securely but it's only a matter of time before I lose it since it's not attached when the adapter's plugged in. Down side is that it's slightly wide and overlaps the neighboring USB port. There's a short USB extension cable included but I'd have preferred just making it narrower or even moving the plug a bit off center.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Ignore the Windows 7 sticker on the box

    Posted .

    They lead you to believe it will work with Windows 7 by putting a sticker on the box. It doesn't! You have to go online to Netgear and dl the software. That's kind of hard to do if your adapter you just bought won't work without the dl.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    good enough

    Posted .

    while its range is limited to about 150 feet the device works well with various systems including Linux. UNTIL you hook it to VISTA sp2 or windows7 using older drivers seems to resolve some issues but not entirely. i use this with Linux mint8 and ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10. either of which no additional support is needed plug it in configure security and your done no need to run NDISwrapper or other applications. it is actually found faster than my wired connection with mint 8. if you have an older install disk hold on to it or copy the .inf file this may come in handy should you choose to allow windows to manage this device instead of using the problematic supplied interface. which really does the same thing as windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good if you want a Adapter to quickly get wifi.

    Posted .

    I have bought two of these adapters because at my local best buy this is the only one they have that works with windows 7. When i got this for my brother it was incredibly hard to connect to wifi and it always disconnects and overheats and he is in the other room close to the router and is always has only 2 bars or wifi. the one i got for my mother works great it never disconnects and gets only a bit hot but this one gets 3 or 4 bars of wifi from the kitchen down stairs. all in all id suggest if this is the only one at your local best buy thats works with windows 7 DO NOT get it, get one online or at a different best buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good, but, a little blinky.

    Posted .

    The first time I installed it and tried to use it I got it up and running just fine. The second time, I couldn't get the darn thing to connect to my network at all. Being a bit old fashioned, I decided to pull the adapter while the pc was running and just plug it back in after a few moments and viola, it worked. I still have inconsistent success with the adapter though. I have a Netgear wifi router too, which is why I selected this brand. I thought they would work better together, but, something is funky and I still can't seem to nail down the problem. It's a little frustrating, but, fine for what I need right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Installation not fun.

    Posted .

    I bought this for my kids emachine that I bought them, of course I forgot to look for the already installed wireless network card. This one works but kicks off alot and when there is more than one account on the same PC it doesn't want to seem to work all the time. Just kinda frustrating for my wife and kids since they seem to always rely on me to get it working again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    easy to set up and everything but,

    Posted .

    the connection seems like there's a glitch. it keeps on disconnecting and connecting every 20-30 seconds it gets very irritable but when it is connected it's not slow but not very fast. just average i guess. i managed to make it keep its connection but it eventually disconnects again. overall i really would look for another wireless adapter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    What I wanted

    Posted .

    I wanted to get a wirelessG card, but they've stopped making them. My boss didn't want to spend the money on a wirelessN card so we went with this. It's not much cheaper then the N card would have been but oh well. It installed great and seems to stay connected just fine. Buy my coworkers say it doesn't always connect back after the computer is woken from stanby.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    works, but poor software

    Posted .

    install was easy enough but on a Win7 machine it fought with the Built in win7 wireless software. Just a driver and not a software suite would have been much nicer so I could use the built in win7 wireless. Worked fine otherwise, just over controlling software that non computer using people would find hard to use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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