Pros Great range, finds networks other popular cards miss. Beta software upgrade gives good information and control. Locks onto networks other cards were dropping.
Cons Greater antenna extension encourages damage. LED flash in pattern different from familiar data stream flicker.
Summary I own two other cards, a Linksys WPC54G and a 54G Motorola card. They are all good cards with each having certain endearing features. The Netgear card undisputably has the best range and sensativity. I have read some negative reviews on the Netgear WG511T and I had some trepidation while waiting for delivery. Fortunately I had no trouble whatsoever with the installation and within under five minutes I was up and running easily hitting my fairly well secured Linksys router and several other neighboring networks that I did not even know existed. I often use my notebook in a downtown area covered by public access wifi. Although the signal was strong, my Linksys card frequently dropped the signal or it would bounce between 1 MBS and 11 MBS. The dropping problem improved significantly with a software upgrade but I did not understand what was going on until I bought the Netgear card. Using the Netgear's newest Beta software I was able to see that my office is located between three points of transmission. All of the points were set to channel 1 with the same SID name. The Linksys card, for whatever reason would drop the strongest signal and scan for the weaker ones from time to time. The Netgear card and software allowed me to lock onto the stongest signal point and resolved my connection stability issue. Overall any quibbles I have with this card are minor. I find that the data transfer rate between my Linksys Router and Linksys card seems to be very slightly higher when the two are used together. However, whenever I leave home it is the Netgear card that I'm going to be carrying.
Pros I used this with a Lynksys WR54T, NetGear WGR614 & WGT624 and connects and stays connected everytime. Also used at hotels & airports without fail.
Cons Make sure to get all of the updats online to take full advantage of the products potential
Pros Cheap with rebates.
Cons Trouble is not worth the money. The card is incompatible with certain drivers and/or OS (e.g., XP). After several frustrating calls to Netgear's Mumbai call center, I drew one clear conclusion: this company neither cares about its customers nor about i
"Excellent wifi card"on by mterk
Pros Faster, better security
Cons Requires windows software update to WPA2
Summary This is an excellent wifi card, fast and easy to configure. Don't bother installing the netgear software--Windows XP handles the networking just fine. You will have to install the KB893357 update to add WPA2 support to Windows (the card supports WPA2 already). Purchased with WGT624 router.
Pros Well, it _looks_ nice
Cons Messy software install/uninstall, hangs, lots of problems
Summary Bought this thing 10/2004. It worked - sort of, but had hangs where computer would freeze. New software from Netgear trashes computer, won't allow normal uninstall. Frozen computer, improper install. Netgear forums are _full_ of complaints on this card. Stay away. And, no, I'm not a noob. I do major hardware/software systems for a living.Updated
Had this thing for a year, got occasional freezes. Then, got wireless router for a present and discovered that the Netgear card would freeze the comp after 30s to 30 minutes. Driver uninstalls, reinstalls, different versions, incomplete installs, uninstalls, cleaning out registry, cleaning computer, email to tech support, _talking_ to tech support, nothing worked. Company won't take back card.
Netgear forums are full up to the neck with tales of computer freezes under XP with this card and similar cards. Netgear has no response, and tech support has fishfood claim that 'too many resources on one interrupt will crash any wireless adapter.'
Replaced card with Linksys, now no problems. Others on forums have used Belkin, etc. - also no problems.
Netgear has no response. Stay away from this card!