Pros Strong throughput, reliable
Cons Utility doesn't add much
Summary This little dynamo has great throughput, and the cable gives you a lot of flexibility with a desktop. With the rebates that seem to be common, the price is great too.
However the utility adds nothing to the product and doesn't do anything useful that windows doesn't already do for you automatically.
The instructions direct you to install the CD first, then plug in the adapter. However, to load the driver without the useless and annoying utility, do just the opposite: plug in the adapter to the computer, then when it asks for the CD, insert it and the driver will load without the utility.
Pros I'm always on... Even when sleeping.
Cons 3 weeks in... None so far.
Summary Had two people arrive at my house with laptops... Later came to find they were picking up an internet connection. Being jealous and forkin' out $65/mo with comcast... I decided to make this simple purchase and push my luck for a connection.
Ordered from newegg.com, arrived promptly. Had it hooked up within a minute... And sure enough it's picking up a signal from some where in my neighborhood!!?!! I'm in the basement as well on a desktop. My signal strength is LOW, but I stream between 1mbps and up to the full 54mbps. Even low speed is as fast as my comcast wired modem, so I'm not complaining.
It did hop signals at first... But I download the firmware update and I was instantly connected at a safe 6mbps-18mbps.
It comes with a 4-5ft USB extension cable... So I ran the wire up behind the desk and far up the wall as possible.
Simple, effective, reliable... And FREE internet.
"Great Product"on by rlhammon
Pros Powerfull TX & RX supports USA 11 Channel & Other 14 Channel
Cons Perment mount hardware breaks male to female contact.
Summary I have used linksys PCMCIA cards B & G both connected to the Linksys wireless route with a very low contact acording to Windows XP Pro. The Netgear WG111 connected with a very good contact. All test were made with same laptop from the same location all around. On a 1 to 10 scoring range Linksys ( 2 ) Netgear ( 9 ). Netgear would be getting a 10 if the perment mounting hardware was better and if the unit ran a little cooler. But cooler usally cut down on the TX & RX power, so I preferre hotter.
Pros This unit works great with XP and I have not had an issue on my two XP Home PCs
Cons Allthough Netgears own website lists this on their Vista compatible list IT IS NOT.
Summary I have an entire home/home biz network built on Netgears products and checked out their site to see if purchasing an adaptor for my new PC loaded with Vista Home Premium would work. It indicated that they had a working driver for the WG111 but it was still considered BETA. I was not happy after buying it and having my new pc crash repeatedly when trying to install driver from them. So I decided to check it out online a bit more which never occured to me to do beforehand because I already had two that I liked and also checked their site for Vista compatibility. There are loads of really upset customers because they are now in the same boat as I am and Netgear will not say when or even IF working drivers will be produced. I will never buy anything from them again. FIrst they should have this issue solved by now Vista has been in circulation for a while now. Second, why couldn't they post HONEST info and say they are not ready and to check back? I could respect that and would have given them another chance in the future.
Pros no issues, just plug it in
Cons couldn't find any
Summary Bought this adapter to create my first home wireless network device. (MSNTV for my tv)
It is connected on the 1st floor of a 2 story home & have had no issues at all. Even faster than I thought it would be. Since it's in the living room, I have it clipped to a beanie baby as a decoration & no one knows it's there !
Good job Netgear ! Also have Netgear Wireless router.