Netgear WG311 Wireless PCI Adapter - WG311NA

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Overall Satisfaction
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Value
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Ease of Use
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After a good experience with Netgear's wireless router and wireless network card for my laptop - I naturally decided to buy two more for my desktops. I ended up wasting the entire night struggling with the software installation and will be happy to save you that time. My desktop runs Windows XP SP1 – it might be better with other operating systems but for me it was annoying: As you can imagine – once you get your new hardware the first thing you do is to install it in your computer and then turn it on and look at the installation instruction. That’s what I did and once I looked at the instructions it said – you should first install the software from the CD, then turn off your computer, install the hardware and then continue with the installation procedure – too bad for me, my computer is already on with the card assembled into it. Next steps were even worse, the instructions say you should then run trough the Windows setup screens and try to tell you what will happen – in real life you get different responses from the Windows and you have to guess the answers – since they are not in the manual. And finally when you get to the point that your driver is installed and detects your router you find out that it is only capable of receiving data but doesn’t send anything… So after about 5 times of install & uninstall, trying to answer the installation questions in each possible combination and even switching to the second card I gave up and went to the web in which I found that I’m not the only one who went through that pain and that the reason is that the driver that is shipped with the card doesn’t work. So I downloaded the newer driver out of Netgear’s site, installed it and it worked beautifully. In order to save you the pain here is what you should do: Download the newest driver from Netgear – for me the one at: http://kbserver.netgear.com/support_details.asp?dnldID=770 what good enough. Open the zip file but DON’T run the setup program – you don’t need it. When the Windows setup wizard tells you it detected a new hardware ask to specify the driver location and provide it with the path into the opened zip file (sub-folder: Driver\Windows XP). Ignore the warning about software signature and select the first driver from the list you get. Use windows configuration dialogues to set special configuration option (if you have any). That’s it, Hope it helps.

-Yossi quote

You can tell right away because the tuner on the v1's take the entire PCB with an enclosed box, the v2's are on an IC. The v2's have given me problems all over the place, lousy reception, driver issues, no WEP handshaking, etc. etc. I have a v1 in my home PC and I'm holding onto it as long as possible.

-cbach1997@hotmail.com quote

Not too bad

by Greg B. on 3/2/2008

This product is not that bad of a network adapter. Installing it was pretty easy. I think though having the computer on the opposite side of the house has an obvious effect on the performance of the adapter, much less the internet. What I'm trying to say is, if you buy a RangeMax Router, please don't buy the 54 Mbps adapter. Read More

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Once installed (and it takes time) works well

by Yossi on 10/4/2004

After a good experience with Netgear's wireless router and wireless network card for my laptop - I naturally decided to buy two more for my desktops. I ended up wasting the entire night struggling with the software installation and will be happy to save you that time. My desktop runs Windows XP SP1 – it might be better with other operating systems but for me it was annoying: As you can imagine – once you get your new hardware the first thing you do is to install it in your computer and then turn it on and look at the installation instruction. That’s what I did and once I looked at the instructions it said – you should first install the software from the CD, then turn off your computer, install the hardware and then continue with the installation procedure – too bad for me, my computer is already on with the card assembled into it. Next steps were even worse, the instructions say you should then run trough the Windows setup screens and try to tell you what will happen – in real life you get different responses from the Windows and you have to guess the answers – since they are not in the manual. And finally when you get to the point that your driver is installed and detects your router you find out that it is only capable of receiving data but doesn’t send anything… So after about 5 times of install & uninstall, trying to answer the installation questions in each possible combination and even switching to the second card I gave up and went to the web in which I found that I’m not the only one who went through that pain and that the reason is that the driver that is shipped with the card doesn’t work. So I downloaded the newer driver out of Netgear’s site, installed it and it worked beautifully. In order to save you the pain here is what you should do: Download the newest driver from Netgear – for me the one at: http://kbserver.netgear.com/support_details.asp?dnldID=770 what good enough. Open the zip file but DON’T run the setup program – you don’t need it. When the Windows setup wizard tells you it detected a new hardware ask to specify the driver location and provide it with the path into the opened zip file (sub-folder: Driver\Windows XP). Ignore the warning about software signature and select the first driver from the list you get. Use windows configuration dialogues to set special configuration option (if you have any). That’s it, Hope it helps. Read More

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Product Overview

At 54 Mbps, this wireless 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g PCI card is much faster than existing 11 Mbps wireless networks and will supercharge the delivery of media-rich content to your desktop PC as never before. It easily handles huge digital video and MP3 files, firing them through your network at blazing speeds. It gives you continuous access to your home wireless router or office network, saves the time and expense of installing Ethernet cabling when you want to set up or expand a network, and makes it simple to relocate your desktop PC without rewiring. Moreover, it allows network users to wirelessly share a broadband Internet connection for access to corporate resources, the Internet, and e-mail - all with the highest available level of industry standard WEP encryption security.

Specifications

Manufacturer Netgear
Mfg Part# WG311NA
SKU 10347706
UPC 606449028423
UPC 14 00606449028423
Features
Product Type Wi-Fi Adapter / Wi-Fi Adapter
ISM Band Yes / Yes
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.47 GHz / 2.47 GHz
Height 4.8" / 4.8"
Width 5.2" / 5.2"
Wireless Transmission Speed 54 Mbps / 54 Mbps
Brand Name Netgear / Netgear
Manufacturer Netgear, Inc / Netgear, Inc
Product Model WG311 / WG311
Product Name WG311 Wireless PCI Adapter / WG311 Wireless PCI Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number WG311NA / WG311NA
Package Contents 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter WG311Resource CDInstallation guideWarranty cardSupport information card / 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter WG311Resource CDInstallation guideWarranty cardSupport information card
Limited Warranty 3 Year / 3 Year
Host Interface PCI / PCI
Thickness 860 mil / 860 mil
Weight (Approximate) 4.41 oz / 4.41 oz
Tech Specs
Host Interface PCI
Product Type Wi-Fi Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number WG311NA
Manufacturer Website Address www.netgear.com
Manufacturer Netgear, Inc
Product Name WG311 Wireless PCI Adapter
Brand Name Netgear
Additional Information Blazing - fast: This high-speed 802.11g PCI card delivers large files in the blink of an eye - up to five times faster than 802.11b, allowing wireless video streaming for the first time ever. Dynamic rate shifting according to environmental conditions achieves the fastest possible connections. Efficient: Adds convenient mobility and reliable standards-based wireless connectivity to a network from a desktop PC via an 802.11b, 802.11g, or dual-band router or access point. Makes the most of your broadband connection, allowing network users to wirelessly share one IP address. Quickly and easily networks employees for ongoing access to corporate resources, e-mail, and the Internet. Safe & Simple: Secure 40/64 and 128-bit Wired Equivalency Protection (WEP) encryption allows for secure data transfer and increased shielding from wireless eavesdroppers. Supports Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through for protected communication over the public Internet. Simple to install and use.
Package Contents 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter WG311 Resource CD Installation guide Warranty card Support information card
Compatibility Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP
Certifications & Standards IEEE: IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11b Electromagnetic Compliance: FCC Part 15 Sub Class B CE
System Requirements Pentium III Class PC with an available PCI 2.2 compliant slot 20 Mb of free hard drive space
Thickness 0.86"
Weight (Approximate) 4.41 oz
Height 4.76"
Width 5.23"
Wireless Security 40-bit (also called 64-bit),128-bit WEP encryption
Wireless Transmission Speed 54 Mbps
ISM Band Yes
ISM Minimum Frequency 2.41 GHz
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.47 GHz
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Not too bad by Greg B. on Mar 02, 2008


WG311v1's are great, v2's are bad news by cbach1997@hotmail.com on Jan 20, 2005


Once installed (and it takes time) works well by Yossi on Oct 04, 2004

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