"Is this adapter right for you?"1.0 starson by _Degan_
Cons: Use as a network adapter, support
Summary: First, read up on the product before purchasing. I can imagine it is right for some people. (I don't know who they are.)
There are two versions of the product: WG111 and WG111v2. I did not keep my packaging, but what I have read indicates that they are the same. You will know by looking up the serial number, or opening the package.
WG111 works with TiVo. WG111v2 does not work with TiVo. Note that TiVo is selling their own branded adapter now, instead of Netgear. (It only lessens the TiVo brand to be associated with a product like this.)
The installation asks you to ignore that the drivers are not signed by Microsoft. I can understand this from a small-time operator, all it says about Netgear is they are not willing to submit their product to serious QA.
The installation wants to use their own wireless configuration, rather that the perfectly fine one built into XP. If you do already have the product, make certain not to ignore this advice as it is the only way to get any results out of it.
Support is beyond pathetic. Going to their site they have an updated (beta) installation package. It does NOT contain a new driver! Really it is just an update to their installer (put United States at the top of the select list instead of buried alphabetically) and made minor cosmetic changes to their wireless network configuration software. Maybe there are functional changes, I could not tell.
After reading all their FAQ's and knowledge base, I sent a message to a support tech. They respond (24 hours later) by sending an email that directs you to do back to their site and find their response. Good luck getting to their response. You have to sign-up with an ID and password (aka register your product) to send a message to a support tech. You had better remember it! The email that is send contains no link to their response, the support issue, or even where on their site they hide support responses.
I had described the problem, and in detail how I had gone about using their wireless configuration, using XPs, trying their beta install, etc...
I should mention that the problem is the adapter losing the signal every 5 to 15 minutes. Signal strength: Excellant at all other times...
Their first response was to ask for details about my home network, and contained no troubleshooting suggestions. I describe my network with two TiVo's and two other PC's successfully connecting all the time (using 802.11b&g) down to details about my wireless router, its configuration, and the network adapters working with the network.
Their second response was to tell me to turn off XP's firewall.
Needless to say that is unlikely to be associated with the sort of problem I am having. Looking at the event logs, it appears that the driver fails. Reading other posts, there is the suggestion that if CPU reaches 100% on other activities, the driver abends.
This seems like a good enough explanation to me.
I will be putting mine up on Ebay, and more thouroughly researching the next wireless adapter I buy.