Pros None that come to mind.
Cons Corrupted my entire Wifi setup, does not have extra reach with RangeMax adaptor, does not work as advertised.
Summary This adaptor was the biggest headache I've ever experienced with any computing product.
I was at my beach house in south-america and my old router would not go past a final wall where I needed wifi. So I purchased the RangeMax router thinking that would do the trick, and it didn't. So then I shelled out $250 between the adaptor, shipping, and import duties thinking it would do the trick and my problems were ONLY getting started.
I installed the adaptor EXACTLY as the instructions said, and it did not work. In fact, it corrupted my entire WIFI setup to the point where my OLD adaptor didn't work either. So I had to make a long-distance call and ended speaking with someone in Bangalore who was completely unhelpful. After an hour of attempting different things, none of which worked, I was told that I would need to speak with a Senior Case officer to solve my problem. So I left them my number and they never called.
After meddling with the Windows Registry file, I got it to FINALLY work...expect it worked NO BETTER than my old router. At this point I was fuming becase I had shelled out $250 for this $80 adaptor plus the RangeMax router and it could not get past a final, regular wall any better than my old router setup.
I cannnot begin to describe how bad this experience was.
Netgear, if you are experimenting with new technologies that are not standardised, do not bait your customers into being your guinea pigs.
Pros better range than any other major brand
Cons there might be newer better(?) upgrades by netgear now (had this since 2005)
Summary Tried about 8 different cards (from different brands) to find the one that picks up the most number of wifi signals. this card beat the rest hands down. whatever "range max" technology they profess to use really does seem to make a difference. In your average cafe in santa monica I pick up about twice as many signals as most other people with builtin wireless. Btw, installation is smooth, and software is lean , just as much as you need.
Pros Easy Install - Works perfectly - Neighbors Impressed
Cons Might Not Really Need It - Detail Manual on Disk
Summary When I read the reviews on this card I was stunned, and had to post a review to support this fantastic product. I bought my card in June 2005, and one year later I haven't had any problems. Technically there isn't a 'detailed instruction manual' in the box, just a simple sheet, but there is one on the setup disk. But this shouldn't scare the newbies, as the instructions are clear and take you through each step. Read thoroughly and completely. My computer runs Windows XP, w/ an internal card and it has intergated seemlessly. I have heard that 2.4Ghz phones might interfere with the signal, but I use a 5.8Ghz with no problems.
I have the card paired with the Netgear's RangeMAX WPN824 router, and the range on this thing is phenominal! I share the router with my family, were we live in two seperate homes on the same estate and no problem. I live about 100ft (house limit)from the router; through cement walls, in the bathroom! Even the neighbors can pick up the signal! No problem. Actually this is the only issue I have with the system, because my 54mbps/g internal card works out to this range as well. So I'm trying to figure out if I am really using the card to its full potential. I would recommend that you use the WPN511 with the RangeMAX if you think you might have obstructions in the signal path. NOTE, there is an option to 'TURN ON' the 'Range Extender' in the router setup, so if you have range issues you might want to start there. Security setup is easy as well, to keep out those pesky neighbors
Pros Flawless installation
Cons Few that I can see
Summary I was amazed by the three negative reviews. I followed the instructions enclosed and it installed in minutes. I bought it to talk to a new Netgear DG834PN RangeMax router, similarly installed in a few minutes. They talk just fine with WPA-PSK security; I didn't try them unsecured. I have no other wireless cards in my notebook PC, built-in or otherwise.
It doesn't overheat, installation didn't corrupt my standard XP SP2 PC, it connects just fine even when the PC is re-awakening from Standby. Do the UK versions of these products have different or more up-to-date firmware I wonder or is there some other difference?
Anyway, that's it; simple to install, works as advertised.
Pros Easy to install and set up
Cons Easy Installation sheet would be better.
Summary I am quite computer literate, so I installed the card in (what I regard as) the normal manner (ie install software first, THEN insert card into laptop). the router (also Netgear) recognised the computer and the computer installed itself into the network. If only driving to work were this easy!
I think that a simple sheet for those who are less computer literate would be handy for other people, but this is a minor complaint since anyone who is not computer literate should not be attempting to set up a wireless network (and are probably not reading reviews on CNET anyway!).
In a nutshell, installed eaily, worked flawlessly.