Pros My Dell Latitude L400 could not use any of the cardbut 802.11g adapters (linksys, netgear, d-link, etc), but with this USB adapter, I was up and running in less than 10 minutes.
Cons Because Windows XP cannot configure this adapter, you must use Netgear's Smart Wizard for connection to wireless access point. I have not been able to set up home network for file and printer sharing due to this problem. Poor tech support due to outsour
Pros It works well with my TiVo
Cons The company is running a shady rebate scam
Summary I purchased a NetGear WGR614 G router and 2 WG111 USB to wireless adapters on March 30 and March 31, 2005. I used them to attach my two TiVos to my home network. They installed fine and are working great over 3 months later. Obtaining my advertised rebate has been another story.
I meticulously filled out the rebate form following all directions flawlessly. I even wrote my customer information in by hand TWICE on the same form as required by the instructions. The NetGear Promo Center received my rebate form on April 23, 2005 and I was told my $50 check would be mailed in 6-8 weeks. Sometime in May I checked the status of my rebate and it was rejected. I placed a telephone call to the NetGear Promo Center and my rebate was quickly accepted. In June I checked back and the website said my rebate check was mailed on June 1, expect delivery in 20 days. Twenty days? In July I checked back again and my rebate status had reverted back to “Your rebate is valid. Please allow up to 30 days to receive your rebate.” I again contacted the NetGear Promo Center and complained. I informed them that I expect some sort of compensation for how poorly they have handled my rebate request. They replied by telling me my rebate check will be issued in the next 15 days, but they completely ignored my request for restitution.
I have already earned my $50 through effort and stress. Now it is a matter of principle. I believe that NetGear is purposely denying and stalling my rebate in hopes that I will forget or give up. I would like to file a class action lawsuit against NetGear. If you have sent a rebate to NetGear and not received it or have been given the run around like I have, and you would like to participate in a lawsuit, please contact me. To be clear: no lawsuit has been filed yet but if I can establish a pattern of stall tactics and faulty rejections, I will have one filed. It is time somebody put a stop to these shady rebate deals. I need your help.
July 7, 2005
"Weak at best..."on by infinigral
Pros Small, easy to configure, works on most computers.
Cons Poor signal quality even when located up away from other objects in between two access points with excellent signal quality.
Summary I was hoping these USB adapters were going to make my life easier (instead of having to install network cards in desktop computers and have a consistant installation process for laptops and desktops alike). Tried this out at one of my customer locations and advertised it as a quick fix for relocating a desktop computer without the hassle of re-routing an ethernet cable. No luck. The USB adapter was placed on top of a wall mounted picture frame during my last ditch effort to get a good signal out of it. To set the scenario for it, an access point was located on the floor above, and a second was located on the floor below it (both in close proximity to the computer being tested). The best signal strenght that came out of it was 2 bars, slow data rates, and dropped connections. I am giving them the benefit of the doubt at the moment and I'm going to try another. If I don't write another review then there was no hope. It will probably work fine if you are sitting on top of an access point (although I was having trouble even in that configuration).
Pros I installed the Netgear WG111US Wireless G USB Adapter on my Windows 7 PC and it was done without hassles. Just plugged it in the USB port and it was ready to install.
Cons Signal strength is very unpredictable. Sometimes excellent and the next minute it's not there.Losing connectivity amidst an important work can be annoying.Being bulky, it impossible to use another USB port located close to where it has been plugged.
Summary It has a cover, so when not in use I can cap it to prevent dust accumulation and with 128-bit WEP encryption it is a safe option for data.Several times my computer failed to recognize. Need to unplug and then re-plug in. Just too many flaws for wireless stuff.
Pros Looks good runs hot!
Cons Keeps scanning for network with 70% reception!
Summary Vista machine installation. Thought the thing was working, it just takes 10 minutes to connect. Look elsewhere. This review is for the:
Adapter WG111v2 #3
2.4 Ghz 802.11g Adapter
Driver: 2/7/2007 6.1283.207.2007