Refurbished - Netgear RangeMax NEXT WN311B Wireless PCI Adapter - WN311B-100NAS

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Overall Satisfaction
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Value
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Ease of Use
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Performance

This card does what it claims! the whole buying and shipping experience was flawless. Seconds to buy from Buy.com, arrived in less than a week on free shipping. Items in box all new and in the expected condition. Once it was installed, and the software glitch was cleared with netgear support, the signal was much faster (registered 14532 on speedtest.net, and my pc is in the basement a floor and 2 rooms away from the 834n router)... However,the reason I gave it 4 out of 5 in overall satisfaction is we had to go through 3 hours of support and 2 supervisors to find out why the card was showing that it is not recognized by the system(Vista 64). After one operator clearly lied saying that he asked his supervisor who told him this card does not work with vista 64, we finally got to a supervisor that told us that the card is actually there (we tested it) but Vista 64 is too powerful, it overwhelms the cards software and while it does not show any improvement in signal in the computer test icon while it actually is there! we tested the signal and confirmed that it is performing beautifully! I do have the netgear rangemax 834n router, which is listed as the best match for this card(it does say that it improves b/g performance also. I am building up a second pc for my basement, I will get this card again!

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I bought this card for my wife's Win 7 (64-bit) box downstairs because: 1) I (used to) love the Netgear brand (am using a Netgear WGT624v3 router that has been flawless) 2) her machine is too far from the router for wired to be feasible I have been an IT professional for 13 years, and a hobbyist for much longer than that, so this is not any sort of a user error issue (no ID Ten T error ;-) I installed the card and drivers following the doc to the letter (using the CD that came with it), and it connected with no problems. Immediately after it connected I went to grab the latest and greatest driver set for Win 7, and again, following the instructions, installed them. The drivers installed as a Broadcom card, and the card stopped functioning. So I rolled back to the older drivers, and within 2 days, the card stopped functioning again. Spent 3 hours on the phone with netgear support, where I finally got them to admit that, even tho they are listed as win 7 compatible, they are truly not. Checked the netgear forums, and I found many complaints about this card running (or not running, more precisely) under win 7 64 bit. Jerked the card, and back to best buy it goes. No more netgear for me. This card may or may not work with older MS OS's, but if Win 7 is your game, avoid this card.

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excellent !!!

by Tony on 2/18/2009

This card does what it claims! the whole buying and shipping experience was flawless. Seconds to buy from Buy.com, arrived in less than a week on free shipping. Items in box all new and in the expected condition. Once it was installed, and the software glitch was cleared with netgear support, the signal was much faster (registered 14532 on speedtest.net, and my pc is in the basement a floor and 2 rooms away from the 834n router)... However,the reason I gave it 4 out of 5 in overall satisfaction is we had to go through 3 hours of support and 2 supervisors to find out why the card was showing that it is not recognized by the system(Vista 64). After one operator clearly lied saying that he asked his supervisor who told him this card does not work with vista 64, we finally got to a supervisor that told us that the card is actually there (we tested it) but Vista 64 is too powerful, it overwhelms the cards software and while it does not show any improvement in signal in the computer test icon while it actually is there! we tested the signal and confirmed that it is performing beautifully! I do have the netgear rangemax 834n router, which is listed as the best match for this card(it does say that it improves b/g performance also. I am building up a second pc for my basement, I will get this card again! Read More

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This card is garbage

by Matthew on 11/19/2010

I bought this card for my wife's Win 7 (64-bit) box downstairs because: 1) I (used to) love the Netgear brand (am using a Netgear WGT624v3 router that has been flawless) 2) her machine is too far from the router for wired to be feasible I have been an IT professional for 13 years, and a hobbyist for much longer than that, so this is not any sort of a user error issue (no ID Ten T error ;-) I installed the card and drivers following the doc to the letter (using the CD that came with it), and it connected with no problems. Immediately after it connected I went to grab the latest and greatest driver set for Win 7, and again, following the instructions, installed them. The drivers installed as a Broadcom card, and the card stopped functioning. So I rolled back to the older drivers, and within 2 days, the card stopped functioning again. Spent 3 hours on the phone with netgear support, where I finally got them to admit that, even tho they are listed as win 7 compatible, they are truly not. Checked the netgear forums, and I found many complaints about this card running (or not running, more precisely) under win 7 64 bit. Jerked the card, and back to best buy it goes. No more netgear for me. This card may or may not work with older MS OS's, but if Win 7 is your game, avoid this card. Read More

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Product Overview

RangeMax NEXT with Steady-Stream technology complies with draft 802.11n and delivers up to 300 Mbps. This next generation draft standard and Steady-Stream technology enable stable connections at greater range for all your applications, all over the home, all at once. You can simultaneously share files, download MP3s, make Internet phone calls, play network games, and stream high-definition videos. RangeMax NEXT products interoperate at up to 270 Mbps speeds with other wireless products powered by Top Dog technology, plus they are compatible with all legacy b and g wireless products.

Advanced design and 11n-True-Test high-performance testing and tuning ensure maximum draft-11n performance every time. Setup is easy thanks to NETGEAR’s Smart Wizard and 24/7 technical support. Touchless WiFi Security simplifies establishing the highest level of wireless network security with WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK.

Specifications

Manufacturer Netgear
Mfg Part# WN311B-100NAS
SKU 202865651
UPC 606449047189
UPC 14 00606449047189
Refurbished Yes
Sales Rank 43788
Features
Complies with draft 802.11n, backwards compatible with .11b/g WiFi
Delivers stable, application enhancing connections using Steady-Stream technology
Interoperates at up to 270 Mbps with other products powered with Top Dog™
Ensures optimal performance with internal antenna design
Tech Specs
System Requirements:2.4 GHz 802.11n draft specification wireless network or 2.4 GHz 802.11b/ g wireless network
Microsoft®Windows® 2000 SP4 or Windows XP
Intel® Pentium®-class notebook PC of 300 MHz
or higher with an available PC Card slot
We recommend using this product with the
RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router (WNR834B)
Dimension: 120 x 128 x 27mm(4.72 x 5.04 x 1.06 in)
Weight: 54g (1.9 oz)
Wireless Speeds:802.11b: 1,2,5.5,11 Mbps
802.11g: 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
EWC/ 802.11n Draft: 6, 6.5, 13, 13.5, 19.5,
26, 27, 39, 40.5, 53, 54, 58.5, 65, 78, 81, 104,
108, 117, 121.5, 130, 135, 162, 216, 243,
270Mbps
Improves network performance up to 50% when
used with legacy 802.11b/ g wireless routers
Security:WiFi protected Access (WPA2- PSK, WPA- PSK)
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) 64- bit, 128-
bit encryption for IEEE 802.11b and
IEEE802.11g
Warranty:NETGEAR 1- year warranty

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This card is garbage by Matthew on Nov 19, 2010


excellent !!! by Tony on Feb 18, 2009

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