Pros None at all
Cons Poor drivers, overheating problem, connection flakey
Summary Don't buy this - It will corrupt XP SP2, knock out any other wireless cards you have (I have Broadcom built in)....unless you relish the idea of reinstalling Win XP from scratch
"Not Worth It"on by does_it_work
Pros Works Well - when it works
Cons BSOD - regular occurance after card install
Summary I bought this card thinking it would be a better option than my internal, which can be marginal. It was easy to install and fast - but after I installed it have I experienced all of the complaints mentioned in the other reviews here - Blue Screen, Corrupted Windows, Video issues etc... I am very dissapointed that a "reputable" company like net gear would put out a product that is so marginal and destructive.
Save your money on this card, it is not worth the headache and effort.
Pros plug and play if not using encryption
Cons does not get anywhere near 108 Mbps even a few feet away from house
Summary I did a lot of research before purchasing this product. I opted for Netgear WPN824 (router) and WPN511 (card) despite the fact that the draft-N routers and cards are now available. This pair had the best reviews on several websites and for good reason.
The router setup is a breeze, I did not use the setup wizard and was up and running in about 10 mins. When it came to setting up the wireless secured access, I struggled for about 2 hours. The main reason I upgraded to this pair was to use the WPA-PSK2 AES encryption (one of the strongest encyrptions around). The router side of the setup for wireless was very easy as well. However, the wizard for the card did not even show the setup options described in the manual. It just quit as soon as the installation was complete. So I had to use the Windows wireless setup - which in itself is fairly easy as well. However, try as I might, I could not get the card to work on a WPA-PSK2 AES encryption level. I finally figured this out - I needed a hotfix from Microsoft - KB893357. Had the manual or their online support been a little more detailed, it would not have taken me so much time to setup.
After reading the reviews, I was definitely not going to call the helpdesk in India - I was sure that they would not have been able to figure out the problem anyway.
As for the range, I knew to not expect stellar performance more than 15 feet away from the router. The bandwidth reduces dramatically and I typically get about 54 Mbps 20+ feet away from the router (instead of the 108 Mbps advertised). I am using it in a pure 'G' configuration.
So long story short: the product(s) are good and deliver on the promise, but the documentation is shoddy. So you may need to play around a bit before the router/card are up and running to your satisfaction.
Pros Pretty good range
Cons Blue Screen Crash
Summary Can't believe I paid this much for their router and adapter only to have it crash unexpectedly losing all data each time. I guess Netgear thinks that no one uses Windows XP. Stay away due to the crash problem. Sans crash it works. Just can't predict or outsmart the crash.
Pros Excellent range, easy installation
Cons A little expensive
Summary I never use the software on the CD. Get the latest drivers from the netgear website. It connected right away. Enabled WPA and tried the card with several routers including netgear wgt624 and US Robotics and no problems. I'm running all 802.11G equipment. Just waiting to pickup a Netgear WPN824 when the price is right !!!