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1. NETGEAR WG111 Wireless USB 2.0
$39.24 $27.66 list($99.99)
2. Netgear MR814 802.11b Wireless
$51.49 list($121.00)
3. Netgear WG311T 108 Mbps Wireless
$105.99 $94.45 list($216.00)
4. NETGEAR Wireless Digital Music
$93.99 $40.00 list($145.00)
5. Netgear WGB511 802.11g Wireless
$36.99 $23.79 list($69.99)
6. Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless
$64.99 $49.95 list($96.00)
7. Netgear WG111T 108 Mbps Wireless
$105.98 list($59.99)
8. Netgear MA401 802.11b Wireless
$35.49 $24.99 list($59.99)
9. Netgear MA521 802.11b Wireless
$62.99 $53.99 list($96.00)
10. Netgear WG511U Double 108Mbps
$72.02
11. Netgear MA701 802.11b Wireless
$142.99 $129.99 list()
12. Netgear ME103 802.11b ProSafe
$49.00 list($99.99)
13. Netgear ME102 802.11b Wireless
$145.99 $134.95 list()
14. Netgear ANT24D18 Ant 18DBI Patch
$266.90
15. Netgear FWAG114 ProSafe Dual Band
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16. Netgear MR314 802.11b Wireless
$59.99 list($199.99)
17. Netgear FM114P 802.11b Wireless
$50.99 $43.16 list($62.00)
18. NETGEAR ANT24BDC Power Injector
$149.99
19. NETGEAR CG814M Wireless Cable
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20. NETGEAR FR114W ProSafe 802.11b

1. NETGEAR WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (54 Mbps)
list price: $72.00
our price: $48.99
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Asin: B0001LS0ZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 750
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Features

  • Fast 54 Mbps speeds for your desktop or notebook PC; up to 5x faster than 802.11b
  • Experience improved range above most W-Fi networks
  • Plug intoexternal USB slot for wireless connectivity at home, the office, or away
  • Compatible with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks
  • Quick and easy setup with Smart Wizard install assistant

2. Netgear MR814 802.11b Wireless 4-Port Cable/DSL Router
list price: $99.99
our price: $39.24
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Asin: B00006HYKM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 19
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

When you connect your cable/DSL modem to the Netgear wireless router, you'll enjoy wired or wireless Internet access for all your computers and be assured of protected communications on your home or small office network. This three-in-one router, switch, and wireless access point allows you to share your Internet connection, files, and printers with other computers on the network.

You'll be surfing the Web in minutes with Install Assistant to guide you through each step and onscreen help that's there when you need it. The unique Smart Setup wizard technology automatically detects your ISP connection type, saving you time and effort. Lighted, front-panel icons display status at a glance. The router works with PCs, Macs, and virtually all Ethernet devices.

A sophisticated Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall protects against Internet hackers, while Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through allows users secure access to corporate networks. Powerful encryption (40-, 64-, or 128-bit) protects against eavesdroppers, and address authentication restricts connections to specific wireless adapters--only those you approve are allowed to use your network. E-mails notify you of Internet activity, and content logging and filtering limit access to inappropriate Web sites.

Roam your home and office with the freedom of a WiFi notebook computer. Distribute MP3s, digital movies, and photos with ultrafast, wired LAN ports capable of speeds of 200 Mbps. Preprogrammed port forwarding setups simplify playing multiplayer games and hosting Internet services. Share a single broadband connection with up to 253 users to give everyone simultaneous access to the Internet. The Netgear wireless router provides a powerful 2 dBi detachable antenna for longer wireless range, and delivers double the memory and a 50 percent faster CPU than many popular routers.

The Netgear MR814 comes with a three-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Connect to a cable/DSL modem and get wired or wireless Internet access for all your computers
  • Compatible with most 802.11b wireless networking devices
  • Firewall, 128-bit Encryption, Parental controls
  • Smart Wizard automatically detects ISP type, Port Range Forwarding, Exposed Host (DMZ), URL Content Filtering, E-mail Alerts, and Wireless MAC Address Authentication
  • Compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Mac OS, NetWare, UNIX, and Linux

Reviews (583)

4-0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable value....
I bought this router to replace my great Linksys BEFSR41 wired router in order to gain wireless network access with my laptop. At under $50 it represents unbeatable value. It worked straight out of the box and its performance is excellent.

It has 1 x 10Mb/s WAN port, 4 x 100Mb/s Ethernet wired ports, as well as 11Mb/s 802.b11 wireless access. It makes an excellent replacement for my Linksys since it provides much of its functionality with wireless access added. It can be configured using a browser and it has one of the best configuration interfaces I've seen. The following comments related to the latest version of the firmware: 4.09.

It has a configurable firewall that supports port forwarding and can be set to block specific ports to selected internal IP addresses. All blocking can be scheduled to operate only at specific times. It can also block specific websites, a feature I don't have any use for. It cannot, however, block specific MAC addresses, which is an important feature if you are using DHCP. Even if you are not, static IP address can be easily changed by users on the network. Therefore, in my opinion, MAC blocking is a must for a future version of the firmware.

On the wireless side it supports up to 128-bit encryption as well as MAC filtering. It does not however allow you to disable wireless operation. For me, this is another important omission in the current firmware. Being able to schedule wireless operation times would be a nice security enhancement. Why have it run all night when you are sleeping, or during the day when you are at work?

I am hopeful that in the future the firmware will evolve to provide more useful features and perhaps drop some of the less useful ones. If it were to gain all of the functionality of my Linksys I would be extremely happy. As a minumum I believe that it should allow MAC blocking and it should allow wireless operation to be disabled/scheduled. Since this is a relatively new model there's a good chance that this will happen, especially given Netgear's excellent past record in home networking devices.

5-0 out of 5 stars great router... ! PPPoE only, pptp troubles
This router had me pull my hairs for the first 3 weeks, it kept hanging after several hours. I tried applying the firmwares, that didn't help.
Support was fine, but they instructed me to do a reset, and basic stuff like that.
So I decided to change my ADSL protocol from PPTP to PPPoE, having done so my connection is working flawlessly, over 100 hours of ongoing connection.
Wireless support is great, my tc1000 connections nicely, even through brick walls. (11Mbps), also using the Orinoco Gold, works nice.
didn't try WEP, I have it restricted by MAC addresses.
also UPnP works good with windows XP, especially when using Netmeeting.

aside from the fact that its 'old' 802.11b standard, its a great product once you get to tweak it for your system.

I'll recommend it to WiFi enthusiasts beginners with a very limited budget. If you got some more to spend, move on to the 802.11g where current-future resides.

Roth-Net

4-0 out of 5 stars Good buy for the price
The bottom line is that Netgear makes a decent product. I don't say great product because it has some shortcomings:
1) support isn't great. used to be top notch customer service and over the last couple of years it has really gone down hill. You get basic support for the first 90 days then after that you have to use the web site only or pay for phone support. To boot, the first level support just isn't sharp and is downright frustrating.
2) netgear is slacking on their compatibility testing. out of the box this did not work with my IBM Thinkpad computer (centrino based). I had to upgrade the firmware on the router before it worked properly.

That said, the upside:
1) Nice, slim, compact and visually appealing design
2) The wireless signal is strong through my two story home
3) The web based router configuration is fairly simple to use (with knowledge of these devices)
4) The out of box router setup wizard seems to work well
5) Solid wireless security: disable wireless SSID broadcast, 64 and 128bit wireless encryption, MAC address filtering
6) solid router functions: firewall, DHCP server, VPN support, URL filtering, etc. etc.

If you have the tolerance to deal with *potential* setup issues, this is definitely a 4 out of 5 starts product... good bang for your buck.

1-0 out of 5 stars awful!!!
the router drops my cable modem connection all the time. the only solution is to plug and unplug the router. wouldn't be a big deal, except that it happens several times a day. so i'm constantly interrupted when typing at the computer.

do yourself a favor--get a linksys.

(btw, this problem is documented all over the web--check the bulletin boards b/f you get one...)

5-0 out of 5 stars extremely happy with this product
finally got high speed INTERNET and needed a router so this is my very first one and I'm very happy with it work's great as wireless and hard wired and extreamely happy with it and the price ... Read more


3. Netgear WG311T 108 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter
list price: $121.00
our price: $51.49
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Asin: B0001N6LCM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 583
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Up to 108 Mbps to your desktop PC with Super G technology (when used with the WGT624 router), 10x the speed of 802.11b
  • New antenna technology allows greater range than ever before
  • Setup is quick and easy with NETGEAR’s Smart Wizard install assistant
  • 802.11g standard compliance; interoperable with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks.
  • 128-bit WEP encryption, upgradeable to Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars The technology isn't there yet
I put this PCI card into my 900mhz AMD Atholon 256mb, and it crashed windows on its very first try. After spending 4 hours reinstalling windows xp it would crash and restart my computer every time.
The product worked ok on my Dell Pentium IV 2.4ghz. Still I'd rather use a wired rather than wireless because the connection isn't very stable. I did keep the Netgearrouter WGT624, for my laptop which works pretty good, maybe because it's a pentium wireless card in there. But for the near futures I'll keep 3 of my desktops wired.
Don't get this unless you absollutely have to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overall, I am very pleased with the performance of this card
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I installed the NETGEAR WG3111T 108 mbps Wireless PCI Adapter while still utilizing my Microsoft MN-500, 11 mbps router. I find it easier to resolve any issues by taking things one step at a time. After the adapter card is operating correctly, I will then install the new NETGEAR WGT624 108 mbps router. I have Windows XP Home edition.

First word of advice, for this or any other piece of hardware: Go to the NETGEAR website (www.netgear.com) and check out the support area, and see if there is a newer version of the device driver and the utility software. If at all possible, download and install those BEFORE you install the WG3111T. It would have saved me a lot of time if I had done this myself.

Installation started smoothly. The Smart Configuration Utility setup the new network connection easily even while my old MSN-510 adapter was connected and operating. The utility listed my available network. I selected it and entered my encryption key. All I had to do was disconnect the old adapter and the NETGEAR WG3111T was up and going.

Then I restarted my computer... and I began losing connectivity. When McAfee VirusScan was installing, it would get "synchronization errors" and "VSMain errors". When AOL started up the network would lose connectivity and the IP address was getting changed to 169.254.120.96 or other variations of 169.254. The IP address was also getting changed when I uninstalled CyberSitter. If I ran the Smart Configuration Utility and hit APPLY, then everything would be fine until I restarted AOL. After going to the NETGEAR website and checking out the support area, I found a newer version of the device driver and the utility software. After downloading and installing these, everything is going just fine.

Since the antenna sticks out of the card, I was a little concerned about reception but the signal strength turned out to be a little better than with my Microsoft MN-510, 11mbs Wireless USB Adapter. I do have to remember to fold the antenna in before I move the computer around since I get the best reception by sticking the antenna straight out. (The computer is on third floor and router is in my basement ceiling.) The instructions tell you to point the antenna up.

After I installed the NETGEAR WGT624 108 mbps router, the WG3111T found the new network and was operating without any effort on my part. When the router broadcast channel was changed, the WG3111T picked-up the change automatically. The reception is consistently in the "excellent" range (and runs at 108 mbps), but it does drop to "very good" (and 54 mbps) briefly. Your reception will be based on the location of your router and receivers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and Easy
This card went in without any problems, setup was simple enough anyone could do it. I'm using mine with the WGT634U, which will have an external hard drive connected to it next. What more could you ask for? A fast setup, fast secure connection, and no operating problems, superior range, and a quality name brand. ... Read more


4. NETGEAR Wireless Digital Music Player
list price: $216.00
our price: $105.99
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Asin: B00011Y1MQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 2274
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Streams and plays MP3s and Windows Media format digital files from all of your networked PCs and Internet radio directly to your home stereo
  • Compatible with your existing 802.11b or 802.11g wireless home network
  • Remote control and vivid LCD interface for easy browsing of music collection
  • Listen through your stereo, boom box, headphones, or powered speakers
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
I'm not sure what the reviewer from England was reading as the datasheet on Netgear's website makes clear that a subscription to Rhapsody is required for the internet radio functionality -- in fact that's the main reason I purchased it since I already can stream MP3s via Tivo but got sick of stringing cable around to get internet radio to the stereo. (Additionally, keeping the TV on all the time when streaming music can get tiresome.)

One advantage to this product is that it wirelessly streams MP3s (and WMAS) at up to 320 rather than the standard 128 rate that some of the prior competing products knocked down MP3s to (so you don't lose the quality difference if you've encoded MP3s at a higher rate).

It can take some time to get through the playlist but not unreasonably so. And the price is relatively cheap compared to other wireless streaming solutions.

PS. Make sure you upgrade the firmware and software -- it addresss a number of the complaints of the other reviewers (dropped connections, lack of Internet radio etc.) I also found that its very sensitive to interference from other wireless networks -- and worked much better when I shifted my entire network up to a higher channel.)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for Wired Rhapsody. Beware otherwise.
Good: The unit is attractive and solid, the sound is great. The unit's interface is surprisingly easy to navigate with the remote. If you have cataloged your MP3 music properly (playlists or MP3 tags), you will have no problem navigating a large library. Cataloging is not an issue using Rhapsody because it's automatic.

Bad: The wireless mode fails to connect, even though my dhcp server (linksys wireless router with all default settings) says an IP address was provided. As a network professional, I recommend against wireless if wired is an option for reasons mentioned in earlier reviews. As far as I can tell, it's mandate if you are not using a netgear hub.

The included media server is so bad that it's almost inoperable. It fails to operate as a service, requiring PC login elsewhere on the network. I was hoping that the unit could directly connect to Rhapsody, but that also requires a login to a PC. To get around the deficiencies of the media server, I manage all cataloging and playlists through Real Player.

Ugly: It cannot play internet radio. For that there is no workaround, and I almost returned the unit. I can only hope that one day Real Player can integrate with the unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great !!
The only problem I encountered was with my software firewall (Zone Alarm). After I disabled it, the MA101 is flawless! Looking for a fix now. It streams my 300+ cd collection from my pc to my stereo with virtually no lag time. Also installed the free 30-day Rhapsody software. Again, hardly any lag time between songs...even when using the shuffle feature. I'm very pleased!!

FYI: Athlon XP 2500+
1GB Ram
2-160GB Hard Drives
3Mb Broadband Connection

1-0 out of 5 stars It is good
Good that is if you want a fancy looking paper-weight or a $100+ piƱata, this is the way to go. After 20+ hours trying to get it to work I almost hit it with a baseball bat.

Like many of the bad reviews, I encountered frequent (like every 15 minutes) loss of server contact, box locks up and needs to be unplugged to re-boot, remote is unresponsive once the system crashes, using the remote while playing a song will sometimes crash it, and even when it does reboot it rarely finds the network again. The server software locked up my computer numerous times and now I get this stupid "wjveiw" error every time I boot up. It would reliably ping from my computer for hours, but somehow the mp101 would always say it lost server contact or lock up.

This will be returned, I think the only people making money on this product are the delivery companies. I should of bought it at a local store, now I have to pay $20+ for round trip shipping ,since I was so excited to get it I paid for 2'nd day air, big mistake. I think Amazon should credit that at least.

Went out and bought the linksys WMLS11b at Walmart for $149. It rocks, comes with it's own speakers and external jacks, even an optical, if you want to use your own stereo. So far no major problems. Loads 100's of internet radio stations automatically (I'm listening to my old college station right now, pretty cool). News, international, and plenty of music genres. You can even can listen to air traffic controllers and police scanners where available. Yes I know, internet radio is available with out the server, but it makes it 100 times more convenient than searching on your computer.

Some minor problems with the linksys, are the shuffle function is not working (I'll call tech support see if they can help), the vertical and horizontal footprint is larger than the mp101. Remote looks like it should operate a 1980's betamax player.

Set up time was about an hour. I have no idea how people got the mp101 to work reliably, esp. with rhapsody (yes, the upnp was enabled). The firmware and server upgrades did not improve the quality.

Sorry to bash a product, but this is a stinker! I lost 20 hours of my life and $20+ in shipping. If you want to try it out I suggest buying it somewhere that it can be quickly and easily returned without cost. OK, no more thinking about this product, I'm done venting.

FYI: My System; 1.8 ghz, win XP, wireless netgear 11.b network, internet 3Mb connection.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Idea - Poor Software
Great Idea, Wireless network set up OK, loaded software and scanned for MP3 files. Everything working fine, couldn't be happier.

Then I started loading more of my CD's and LP's into MP3 format for use with the system. Problems, each time I added more music the software "broke" and the browse music function stopped working. Each time I tried to select by Artist I could only get half way through the "B"s before the list would loop back. Any attempt to search by starting letter would produce a "Search Failed" message.

Deleting the music and loading from scratch did not solve the problem. Neither did restarting either the computer or the MP101

So far the only thing that has worked is un-installing and then re-installing the software, complete with rescanning for music. Not a viable options for each time I add more music.

As for customer support ? I'm still waiting for a response. ... Read more


5. Netgear WGB511 802.11g Wireless Networking Kit
list price: $145.00
our price: $93.99
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Asin: B000117DGW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 1428
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Supports both 11b and 11g at 2.4 GHz
  • Speeds of up to 54 Mbps -- up to 5 times greater than 802.11b
  • Shared access to Internet and resources
  • Double Firewall with SPI and NAT
  • Highest-level WEP encryption

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple to use and hookup
Let me say that I know absolutely nothing about home networking. I had dial-up for so many years because it wasn't available in my area (and I live in Silicon Valley!). When our cable company started to carry it, we signed up immediately.

I found the Netgear router and card to be very easy and simple to use. I just plugged the router in, followed the instructions and off I went. The card was just as easy to set up. My desktop is running Windows XP and the laptop has Win98.

The only problem I had was running the "test" button after logging into the router's setup page. After inputing the router's settings on the setup page, you're supposed to hit a "test" button to see if you're router is setup correctly. It takes you to a Netgear web page where is says you're successful and you're now protected. For me, the success web page would never appear. After surfing the Netgear web site (and several tech support articles), you have to disable any popup blockers you have. When I did that, the success page finally appeared.

For research, I went to www.practicallywired.com where there's a lot of good, basic info for newbies like me.

Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy setup
First of all, I woould like to commend Amazon.com on their fast delivery. I ordered it on Monday morning and I got the package delivered to my front door the next morning. That was with the free shipping option, which was suppose to take about five days.
Now about the Netgear WGB511 802.11g wireless networking kit...I was able to get the router running with default settings in less than 10 minutes after I took it out of the box and that includes the time that I used to figure out how to use my old Linksys HPRO200 router as a bridge to my HPNA network. Upon inspecting the firmware version, I noticed that the version posted on Netgear's web site is newer and includes WPA-PSK so I quickly downloaded it and burned the new firmware. Except for the slow download from Netgear the whole process went very smoothly, however, the instruction for setting up WPA-PSK is minimal and it took a bit of guessing on my part to set it up (had to guess what needs to be done on my Windows XP, but only took couple tries.) The range of the wireless network is good and I was able to get excellent strength readings throughout most of the house. Over all, I am extremely pleased with the Netgear router so far, I just hope it won't quit on me prematurely as my Linksys wireless AP did right after warrenty expired.

1-0 out of 5 stars Did not work with IBM ThinkPad and Windows XP.
The following is a recount of my personal experience with this Netgear product as well as my own opinions about the products usefulness.

My background:

I am a computer programmer with about 10 years of work experience and a 4.0 grade point average from an Ivy League school.

I was not able to get this product to work with an IBM ThinkPad T22 running Windows XP. I got the infamous "Code 10" problem that many others are seeing with this product. (...)a google search for 'netgear wg511 "code 10"' to see more.

Besides the problems that users are having, the technical support requires that you traverse "Bangalore Hell", from which you will probably not receive the information necessary to fix the problem (which, from the above posts, seems to be a driver software problem).

I tried various versions of the drive software downloaded from Netgear, including the latest 2.7.0.0 driver. This was the latest software available as of July 17, 2004. I was never able to get my laptop to properly recognize the card. No combination of removing and reinstalling drivers, removing and reinserting the wireless card, or clearing out Windows registry keys helped.

There is a reference to this problem on the Netgear website. However, it is terse and does not seem to offer a solution -- none of the approaches listed helped solve my problem (...)personal "solution" to the "Code 10" issue was to pack up the Netgear router and card and return it to Amazon. I have since replaced it with a Linksys combination which worked right out of the box. I didn't even need to install software -- Windows XP's built in Wi-Fi support was all that was needed.

Please note that this is only my personal experience and the experiences of various other anonymous posters on the Internet. It may not reflect every user's experience (or even the most common experience), and must be taken with a grain of salt.

Thanks for reading all the way through! :-)

--(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Easy Setup--Up and Working <15 minutes
I have an "ancient" Windows 98SE laptop. The setup and configuration for this device could not have been simpler. I was astounded by how automatic everything was. The only problem (not Netgear's fault, really), that I encountered was that I already had a machine on my home network that I statically gave 192.168.0.1 and so there was a conflict. That was easily resolved.
I haven't had much chance to play with the security features of the router and haven't tested the range yet. So far, so good.
I was also pleased that I got a 4-port 100-Mbps switch in the deal, too. I had been thinking about retiring my 10-Mbps passive hub, and lo-and-behold the wireless router has 4 100-Mbps ports on it. How cool is that!

5-0 out of 5 stars Works well with other wireless cards, some trouble XP
I bought this WGB511 Networking Kit just this week (compliments to Amazon.com for fast shipment, BTW) after much consideration of different companies (Linksys, Belkin, etc.) and models (like the 802.11b wireless networking kit from Netgear). In the end, I decided buy this product because it seemed to give greatest bang for the buck (and reviews were up and down for all the products--for some people it worked great, for others, not at all). So far, it works great. My roommate has a Belkin 802.11g wireless card, and the router works just great with his computer--no spotty connections, and Internet connection as fast as connecting to the modem directly. As for me (with the included Netgear WG511 wireless card), the connection was somewhat spotty at the beginning. I think the problem was XP's (I'm not a great fan of M$) automatic wireless network configuration. It must have done something that increases (apparent) signal strength but makes the connection unstable. But, after configuring the router channel to the one with least interference (you can see which channels are in use by other wireless networks using Netgear's configuration utility--Site Survey) and setting up everything using Netgear's utility, it's working fine. So, five stars for working as expected, no points lost for the failings of the other company (er... M$?) ... Read more


6. Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter
list price: $69.99
our price: $36.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008XOHI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 118
Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • External, USB 1.1 802.11b wireless network adapter
  • Hardware-based 40/64 and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Automatic rate fallback
  • Compact and attractively styled
  • Compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP

Reviews (68)

4-0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy networking... for most...
First of all, let me warn users of Windows 98 that, in spite of product claims, this product may not work well with Windows 98. I bought this, intending to use it to plug my existing Windows 98 machine into an existing wireless network (with the Netgear WR814 router). Some five aggravating hours later, I learned (via Usenet) that many Windows 98 users had much trouble getting this (and other USB) network adapters to work.

Luckily, the timing was good for me to try an upgrade of this older (P3-500) machine to Windows XP Home Edition. Installation onto the same machine with the Windows XP OS took about 15 minutes. I now have a good solid working connection across the house from the router (40 feet away and through two walls).

Given that I was willing and able to upgrade my older machine's OS, I'm very happy with the MA111's performance. I can't be sure about its compatibility with other versions of Windows, or with other OSs, and would strongly suggest that you check out online reviews (such as on Amazon.com),or just ask around, regardless of what the product package might tell you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price...amazingly small size..laptop or PC..
I just bought this and paid more elsewhere (unfortunately). Amazon has a great price on this item, in fact, I recommend this and the Netgear 802.11b (MR814) router. I never have setup a network before myself and was hesitant...but it's not that hard.

Here is what I did:

First I installed the router (you can use any brand B standard router, but the MR814 is a nice choice). Use all software. Configure a WEP or anyone can access your wireless network (read the booklet...)

Next setup the USB on your other PC / laptop. DO NOT USE THE SOFTWARE it comes with (USB 1.1) or it will probably crash your PC, according to many online reports. I downloaded the newest 2.0.1 from netgear.com support page. DO NOT PLUG-IN THE USB ADAPTER until this software is installed. This will ensure no PC crashing (at least, my experience)....even the booklet warns against installing first. The software update is A MUST. You can actually leave the USB device plugged in all the time. I even shutdown with it on (no problems, it powers off with shut down and on with startup). After it's installed follow the book instructions. Make sure you use the same WEP and it should automatically detect your router (as long as your router name is broadcasted, if not type it manually).

Now the not-so-good:
The range on this little thing could be better. I get a 40-53% signal but this is my setup:
My router is downstairs in an addition at the very back room of my house. My wireless USB adapter and PC are upstairs toward the front of the house. This thing has to go thru electronic signals (We have a 2.4Ghrtz phone and other electronics) and at least three walls. Considering the size, I am pleased. I had doubts, I'll admit.

If you are debating between 'b' and 'g' standard and money is an issue go with the b standard. Why? It's still fast, and it's going for bargain prices now since 'g' came out. I have cable internet and I think my connection is just as fast thru the wireless.

Way to go Netgear!! My first time setting up a network and now I'm wireless. It took me two hours, but for someone with basic knowledge could have this up in minutes.

Final assessment: For the price this thing is pretty nifty. Works with laptop and PC (It's good for people like me that use both interchangeably). The range is not spectacular but decent. I'd say I'm at a distance of 70 - 75 feet with a 40-53% signal. My connection never goes to '0'. Perhaps people with this problem have old firmware or they don't have their wireless network setup in a good location. It comes with a cable, so I recommend adjusting it until you find a good spot (for me this changes daily).

Recommended without hesitation. There is better out there, but this USB is fast, easy, and affordable. Best of all, no opening up the PC. I experience no PC crashing at all, and no negative issues. 11 Mbps is pretty sweet in fact.

4-0 out of 5 stars Version 2.0 driver is the key to success
After reading several reviews on this site I purchased this adapter at Circuit City. I went directly to the Netgear website and downloaded the 2.0 driver, installed it, and plugged it in with no problems whatsoever. It has worked flawlessly, although I would like to see more of a range, but that could be the router or a million other factors involved. I am very satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plug in and Follow the directions - Tivo Connection
I was hesitant in buying this product seeing some of the other reviews but I felt I could handle it. Let me tell you I just plugged it in, followed the directions provided by Tivo for setup and I was up and running in 5 minutes. It pays to read directions!

5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied. No problems.
After reading the other MA111 reviews, I was hesitant to buy the MA111. I already have an MA101 on a Pentium IV, which has performed flawlessly for a year. So I tried the MA111 (v1) on a Pentium II running Win 2k Pro and it's working fine. Software install was error free. All works fine at 128bit encryption. No problems with Norton apps or Zone Alarm. (...) I'm happy with it. ... Read more


7. Netgear WG111T 108 Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
list price: $96.00
our price: $64.99
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Asin: B00067ARYQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear, Inc.
Sales Rank: 9310
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Features

  • Fast 108 Mbps speeds for your desktop or notebook PC; up to 10x faster than 802.11b
  • Up to 4x the range of 802.11b wireless
  • Compatible with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks
  • Quick and easy setup with Smart Wizard install assistant
  • Included 5 ft. USB cable allows adapter to be positioned for optimal signal strength

8. Netgear MA401 802.11b Wireless PC Card
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005B8HO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 3474
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Netgear's 802.11b wireless PC Card allows you to connect to your localarea network without any wires. Whether you're setting up a new office orextending your existing workplace, it lets you quickly network yourwork force--including employees in remote locations in your building--withoutthe time or expense of Ethernet cabling. With an operating range of 175 to 500feet indoors and 835 to 1,650 feet outdoors, the MA401 enables roamingthroughout your office from one access point to another to send and receivee-mail and share other network resources, such as files and printers, at ahigh-speed 11 Mbps data rate. Standards-based 802.11b technology and 128-bitwired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption ensure maximum reliability and privacyfor your network.

The MA401 performs with a wide range of wireless Internet services available inairports and hotels, and supports PCs running Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, and 2000and most notebook PCs. Netgear provides a five-year limited warranty on theMA401 802.11b wireless PC Card. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless connectivity for notebook PCs
  • High-speed 11 Mbps data rate
  • Operating range up to 500 feet indoors and 1,650 feet outdoors
  • Supports Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, and 2000
  • 5-year limited warranty

Reviews (151)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, consistent connectivity
I received this wireless card as a gift with the Linksys wireless access point. This card was VERY easy to install in my IBM T21 laptop running Windows 2000. The Linksys wireless access point works great, but there have been a number of reviews on the difficulty configuring the Linksys card--we ran into similar problems after purchasing a Linksys Card for a second laptop in the house). After doing my own product comparison, I would highly recommend the NetGear wireless card over the Linksys card. For range of signal and ease of setup, the NetGear card is far superior. With the NetGear Card connectivity rarely drops, and I had no need to download additional drivers to install the card. When placed equidistant from the Linksys wireless access point, we'd see an Excellent Link Quality on the Netgear card Configuration utility, but on the similar utility on the Linksys card, we would see either poor or NO signal. This Netgear card is a fine product, I'm definitely enjoying the freedom of no wires while surfing the web.

4-0 out of 5 stars Flat antenna - an advantage over the other wireless cards
I have a small network of laptops connected wirelessly with a Lucent Orinoco RG-1000 access point, and I buy workstation cards by price. I've used (or currently using) Lucent, 3Com, Microsoft, Linksys, and Netgear cards, and they all work find with similar range and speed (in my environment).

I decided to keep this card because it has an advantage over the other cards - its flat antenna. With the other cards, the bulging antennas are taller than the thickness of the cards, forcing you to use it at the TOP PC Card slot. This means you'll *NOT* be able to use a (necessarily) tall PCMCIA card such as an USB 2.0 adapter. With the Netgear, I can put the wireless card at the bottom slot, and the USB card can occupy the top slot. Perfecto!

The card works with XP Pro and my Lucent RG-1000 without any problem and was up and running in 5 minutes. I guess the only complain I have is that the system tray icon is kinda ugly and amaturish! :)

Update: After using it for a few weeks, I'm still very satisified with it. It keeps up at 11mbps at locations where my other Lucent cards drops to 6mbps (per XP system tray icon). I did notice that it does not have an Activity light (only a Link light), so you can't see externally that your card is transmitting data, which can be useful at times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
Wow. That was all I could say when I got this card and the MR314 router home and connected. I have to admit that I haven't used any other wireless networking products, so I cannot compare NetGear's products with any others. But I did do a good deal of research when deciding which company to use. At first I was only considering the Linksys and D-Link products, and had a tough time deciding which to try. Last week, Best Buy was offering a rebate on the NetGear products, so I thought that I would research them, too. I am SO glad that I did! I found very few (if any) disparaging remarks in regards to these products, and now, after using them myself, I know why.

Once I had the products home, I plugged the card into my wife's notebook (running Windows 98), inserted the installation disk into her CD-ROM, and 3 minutes later it was completed. Then, I plugged the router (MR314) into the outlet in my office and ran the ethernet line from the router to a NIC card in my PC in there. The LED lights for power and the local PC instantly lit up, but the wireless one did not. So, I walked back into the room with the laptop to check the status light on the card to see if it was lit. By the time I got back to the laptop, the light on the wireless card was lit up. So I walked back into the office, and the wireless light was not lit. It synched up that fast. I was amazed.

I then used the Windows XP built-in functionality on my PC to setup the network. This was also very simple, thanks to XP. I finished this, shared the folders/files/whatever I wanted to on my PC, did the same on my wife's laptop, and I was finished.

The entire process took approximately 15 minutes. And there was no issue whatsoever using Windows XP. I had read some reviews for both the Linksys and D-Link products, and some people had issues with XP, which was another reason I tried the NetGear products.

A few days later my cable company (Insight) came out to install my internet service, and I plugged my Motorola SB4100 modem into the router, and again had no issues (besides my own inexperience). I had everything running through the router in about 20 minutes. Again, very simple.

I would definitely suggest this product if you are considering a wireless network. This card will also work with any 802.11b network, so you don't HAVE to purchase the NetGear router with this card; but I would suggest you did.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just stopped working
After using this with the MR814 router for over a year, my computer no longer recognizes this product as a wireless adapter. When it's plugged in, it's identified as the MA_(four box symbols), and won't recognize the drivers that are installed because of this bogus product name. The last time this happened, tech support, which was previously very helpful with set up (terrible, incomplete instructions included in the box), had me try to ping my router a few times and then said they couldn't help anymore. Since this problem has happened multiple times, I have fixed it by uninstalling the bogus name from the device manager list and then plugging the card back in, which usually worked. Once I had to do a system restore--I'd like to not resort to that again.

This may be a problem with the "hibernate" as in some previous reviews (my computer has hibernate issues anyway), but this latest problem occurred after a full shut down. When it works, I was pretty happy with it (wireless is amazing), but I've had regular enough headaches that I can't recommend it, at least not with my low-end Dell laptop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, never fails
I have 2 wireless cards, one being this one. It works better, never fails me, and gets better reception than my other one. It was easy to install. It, as does any wireless card, does stick out from the computer, but it's very sturdy and I've never had a problem during my daily travels with the computer. ... Read more


9. Netgear MA521 802.11b Wireless PC Card
list price: $59.99
our price: $35.49
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Asin: B000093IRS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 451
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 802.11b wireless access with 802.11g compatibility
  • Speeds up to 11 Mbps
  • Superior range -- up to 300 feet
  • 40/64 and 128-bit Wired Equivalency Protection (WEP)
  • Supports any PC equipped with a processor faster than 400 MHz

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars So much better than SMC
I have been using an SMC wireless card for some time now (with XP Pro) and couldn't figure out why the signal was being dropped every 5 or 10 minutes. Incredibly aggrevating! My dad also had an SMC card and XP Pro with his laptop and was having similar problems. It wasn't until I read reviews on Amazon when I was looking for a new card that I realized it wasn't the router or the age of my card (dad had newer), but the compatibility of SMC with XP Pro. I ordered two of the Netgear MA521s for both of us and neither has had any problems since. It takes slightly longer on boot up for the card to recognize that the network is there, but after that, never drops the signal. It has good range, I've been everywhere in our two-story, four-bedroom house and have not had a problem anywhere. I would highly recommend this card, especially to anyone running XP Pro.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this card! !!
I bought this card after having lots of problems with a linksys card. I have a dell laptop and I'm running Windows XP Home. The linksys card had poor signal strength and repeatedly dropped signals, even if seated next to the router. This netgear card is phenomenal. The signal hasn't been dropped yet and I have a signal throughout my house (4000 sq. ft.) and outside! Avoid the linksys card and buy netgear! I can't say enough good things about this card. I love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Wireless Netgear MA521
At first it will now work on my Compaq Armada 100s 550MHZ AMD K6 (June 2000) 16bit card bus with Win98 (not SE) giving out " NDIS.VXD NTKERN.VXD device loader for this device could not load the device drive {code 2)" error and exclamation mark under device driver. I suspect it to be either the previous PCMCIA LAN Card I used and interfering with this new wireless hardware or the anti-virus program. I have no time to find out. So I reload my laptop with a clean install of Win98SE (SE this time). This time it works and no more code 2 errors. It averages 85% signal strength and 85% link quality thru walls and close doors.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good card but not as good as MA401
I found the MA521 at Staples for $39 with a $20 mail in rebate. I already own an MA401 which I use in my other laptop. I didn't realize these two cards differed until the installation completed and I recognized a difference in the appearence of the config util. I had hoped the 521 would outperform the 401 (not that the 401 is a slouch). The install went very smooth for the 521 as opposed to some minor problems I experienced with the 401. However, my laptop was setting on my desk barely 24 inches from the router and the signal strength of the 521 was in the 82% range with link quality about 10% higher. I was amazed yet totally disappointed! How could ANY wireless device not achieve 100% signal and link when so close to the access point?!? Two rooms away is my other laptop with it's 401. A quick check showed 100% for signal strength and link quality! There must be a big difference in the internals of the 521 and the 401. While the 521 is a nice card for a nice price after rebate, I prefer to have a better performing card and will be exchanging the 521 for a 401 (IF I can find a 401!). If your wireless needs are such that the very best in signal and link is not required, then the 521 would be a nice card to own. It's a great card, just not as good as the 401.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Technical Support
My Netwiking Card all of sudden stopped functioning afer 4 months in use. Reading the literature on web I was able to do basic debugging and found that Networking card is not able to pickup the signal and when could not resolve the issue I called there Tech Support who were not willing to help at all unless I agree to pay them 28$ service fee or agree 2$/minute charge of the call. Guys have you heard of this. My experience with Netgear is not good and would suggest you not waste your quality time and money on poor quality products from NetGear!!! And be carfull of their disgusting technical support ... Read more


10. Netgear WG511U Double 108Mbps Wireless A+G PC Card
list price: $96.00
our price: $62.99
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Asin: B0002ZH6Q4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 2620
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Features

  • XR Range allows range up to 3X greater than typical Wireless-G networks
  • Transfer even the largest video files within your home network at blazing speeds
  • A second 108Mbps network is accessed in Wireless-A band (5Ghz) when interference or congestion is detected in the 108Mbps Wireless-G band (2.4 GHz)
  • Setup made easy with a new Smart Wizard install assistant
  • Double 108 Mbps Wireless PC Card WG511U, Adapters Resource CD, Installation guide, Warranty/Support information card

11. Netgear MA701 802.11b Wireless Compact Flash Adapter

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Asin: B00006B9HN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 8292
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

If you're a mobile professional using a Pocket PC or other Windows CE-based mobile computer, you'll want to get hold of Netgear's MA701 CompactFlash card. It gives handheld devices a new level of connectivity and versatility. Slip it into either a Type I or Type II card slot on your handheld device and you can send and receive e-mail, wirelessly synchronize with your notebook computer, and browse the Internet--all from the palm of your hand. The indispensable MA701 delivers the ultimate in convenience to enterprise and public IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN systems for access to the Internet, e-mail, and corporate servers. Now you can work wherever you're most productive--in a conference room, on the road, in a coffee shop or hotel, or at the airport. The reliable MA701 protects your privacy with 40/64- and 128-bit WEP encryption and allows you to roam between 802.11b access points without resetting or reconfiguring.

The MA701 lets you make the most of your wireless network by giving you the freedom to roam throughout the office and stay connected. It plugs into your PDA so you can immediately share data, printers, or high-speed Internet access over your existing 802.11b wireless network at speeds up to 11 Mbps at distances as great as 500 feet (150 meters).

The ability to work on the road or away from the office or school is becoming more important to today's mobile computer user. Netgear's MA701 lets you take full advantage of public hot spots--such as coffee shops, hotels, shopping malls, and airports--as they increasingly offer wireless Internet access based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard.

The MA701 features built-in flexibility. It works with both Type I and Type II card slots. User-friendly software guides you smoothly through installation and configuration. Auto fallback automatically adjusts the speed of the adapter according to its distance from the access point. The MA701 supports both ad-hoc mode (for point-to-point wireless networks) and infrastructure mode (using your existing 802.11b wireless access point), and is compatible with Windows CE 2.11, 3.0, and later.

Hardware-based, secure 40/64- and 128-bit WEP encryption provides shielded data communication across the network without degrading network performance.

Thorough testing ensures quality and dependable operability, and Netgear backs this up with a three-year limited warranty. Upgradeable firmware allows for future enhancements. ... Read more

Features

  • Reliable 40/64 and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Roam between 2.4 GHz 802.11b Access Points without resetting or reconfiguring
  • Works with Pocket PC or other Windows CE-based mobile computers
  • Works with both Type I and Type II card slots
  • Supports Ad-hoc and Infrastructure modes

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars NETGEAR MA701 802.11b Wireless Compact Flash card on your Z
I have to say that if you are out there for a compact flash wireless network card and have a Linux PDA such as Sharp Zaurus SL5x00 Personal Mobile Tool, then this card may just be what you are looking for. This battery hungry monster will work right out of the box without any need for additional software or drivers and what not. If all you care about is compatibility this card will eat-u your batteries in about 4 hours(fully charged brand new Sharp Zaurus). It makes me charge my Z every 4 hours or so. I usually charge my Z every couple of days or so. Not when on the network. So. MA701 does not use a Prism2 chipset and eats up the battery on my PDA if it was honey to mad Grisly Bear. My assumption is that this card is designed for a laptop user with more powerful batteries then PDA user is able to have but other then battery life while using this card I am very pleased with its performance and can't say that it's a bad product. So if you got extra batteries and need Linux compatibility on your Z this is the card that will allow you to have your Instant Messaging and all the Internet you can allow yourself to grasp with your mobile, or personal mobile pc.

4-0 out of 5 stars It works on both PocketPC and PC
I use this card on my Audiovox Maestro. It works fine and makes PDA really powerful and having a lot of fun. Potability and mobility, that is really PDA should do. But without internet connection, the functions of PDA are really limited.

Another great thing is it also works on laptops if you buy a PCMCIA to CompactFlash adapter (less than $10 anywhere). Netgear doesn't provide the driver of MA701 under Windows, but you can install MA401's driver for MA701. It works perfectly. If you have both laptop and pda, it will save a lot of money to buy another PC wireless card...

Problem I have met: sometimes it (used on PDA) takes long time (more than 1 min) to get connection while the signal is weak. However no such problem if used on my laptop.

Overall it is a good product and highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars broke and broke again
I bought this card in early November, the first one quit working within a month, Netgear warrantied it, but now 3 and a half months later the new card is having the same problem. I expect it to quit working altogether soon. I know it is the card not my pda because I also have a CF GPS that has never given me a problem. I won't buy Netgear again when I replace this card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great!
I've been using this card for about a year now and haven't ever had any problems with it. First used it with my Audiovox Maestro and now my Dell Axim. I can go outside, to the garage, or anywhere else in the house and never lose my connection. Great product!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very unreliable
When I first got this card I had a jornada 568 (pocket pc 2002). After a few weeks of it working fine, my pda stopped recognizing it saying "Unrecognized card". I RMAed it and when I got the replacement it worked for just long enough for my warranty to run out and then did the same thing, by this time I had a pocket pc 2003 device (axim). I don't recommend this card to anyone, as 2 bad cards in a row is terribly unreliable. ... Read more


12. Netgear ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point

our price: $142.99
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Asin: B000093IRR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 18828
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Features

  • VPN pass-through support
  • Simple to install and use
  • 802.1x support with EAP MD5, TLS
  • SNMP MIB I and MIB II support
  • 2 detachable 2dBi antennas

13. Netgear ME102 802.11b Wireless Access Point
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005B8HU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 14485
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Netgear's wireless access point gives mobile users continuous,high-speed 11 Mbps access to corporate network resources, e-mail, and theInternet. It helps you quickly set up a new wireless network office or extendyour existing Ethernet network to remote locations in your building, without thetime or expense of Ethernet cabling. Equipped with a Netgear cable/DSL router,it lets all users on your wireless network share broadband Internet access.Multiple access points may be used to extend the coverage as well as increasethe number of wireless users. The ME102 supports roaming from access point toaccess point within an office and includes 40-bit WEP encryption to ensureprivacy.

Supporting 32 users per access point, the ME102 works with any 10 Mbps Ethernetand any IEEE 802.11b-compliant product. It comes with a five-year limitedwarranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless connectivity for PCs
  • High-speed 11 Mbps data rate
  • Operating range up to 500 feet indoors and 1,650 feet outdoors
  • Supports 32 users per access point
  • 5-year limited warranty

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great, inexpensive - but not for network newbies
I just received my ME102 today, and it was up and running in 5 minutes (not counting the time required to drive the screws [included] to wall-mount the unit near one of my Ethernet switches).

I didn't find the USB-based configuration to be ideal. To be sure, it worked well. But I don't like installing drivers and software on my PC that will be used only once or occasionally, and the rest of the time just adds more junk to the Windows registry and is yet another thing added to program groups. (I have issues with clutter.)

In any case, as others here have mentioned, documentation is sparse indeed. And frankly, if you don't know your TCP/IP network pretty well, and/or don't know the basics of wireless Ethernet concepts, you might well find yourself in over your head. The default configuration is far from one-size-fits-all, and the average home computer user will have trouble changing it -- especially with the somewhat non-intuitive interface to the config software.

All that said, once this baby is set-up and running, it's great. I get terrific range and excellent performance, even with a basement mounted access point.

My only caution: Beware of your 2.4 GHz cordless phones. This would be true of any 802.11b set-up, but some of these cordless phones will chew-up your data stream and spit it out in chunks on the carpet. Here, I have my choice between using the wireless Ethernet, or using a Panasonic 2.4 GHz phone... Any attempts to use both, and the phone wins. (The Panasonic is going in the trash very soon; a Uniden 2.4 GHz model cooperates fine.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive, but a little difficult to set up...
I bought this wireless AP to give my wife's laptop PC broadband Internet access around the house. It works pretty well and was easy to set up without encryption, but adding 128-bit WEP encryption was time consuming and frustrating. Netgear needs to improve its documentation on that. I ended up getting help from one of the USENET newsgroups as well as Netgear's tech support line. It required downloading and installing a firmware upgrade and updated configuration software from Netgear's website - something the average consumer may not be comfortable with. The Netgear tech support rep was helpful in configuring the AP, but declined to give me any advice on configuring the wireless card because it isn't a Netgear product (all I wanted to know was how and where to enter the encryption key). Also, there is a marked decline in the effective range of the unit with 128-bit encryption enabled.

Having said that, now that it's up and running, it's great. But if you're not a network or PC techie, be prepared for a fairly steep learning curve.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only way to go for the $$$
This unit performs extremely well! You must download the firmware upgrade 1.4h, which will fix security issues (others being able to connect via SNMP unauthenticated) and adds 128 encryption. The firmware upgrade also includes new management utilities, the ones on the CD wont work correctly. My Panasonic 2.4 GHz phone caused the card (MA401) to loose connection, so I changed the AP to run on channel 11 instead of 1 and that fixed the problem - 0 interference. I get 100% link quality and 80% signal strength 40 feet away and through walls. It maintains 11 Mbit over 100 feet away inside!

The downside is for the price Dlink offers more for the money by including router/print server in the unit. But I didn't need a router, I needed reliable and fast wireless access.

Netgear support is awful, don't expect them to help you if you run into troubles.

My configuration:

Cisco Router for DSL, Linksys 4 port Router/Hub, ME102 AP, ME401 card. The Linksys router acts like DHCP server, so I set the AP to run DHCP. I also use VPN with no issues under this configuration.

4-0 out of 5 stars sweet, but missing web config, and...
I had this ap for 3 years, this offers good range w/orinoco and linky WUSB11 2.6
the setup requires windows (sorry for mac, linux, and pda users)
I got the latest firmware, which claims bridge support
but after upgrading, no luck at all to set it up as bridge, the config is very confusing, how come use mac address instead of ESSID???!
the bridge setup of Linky is way easier and working, this one should have been good like linky
I don't try 128bit WEP yet, but the added mac filtering is handy
good: good range, mac filtering and 128bit WEP through firmware update
bad: windows only setup, bridge function is not working, antenna is not removable/upgradable
if you use it as ap, you'll like it, however, SMC 2804 works better, and antenna is upgradable, and NO PLATFORM

4-0 out of 5 stars Great connection for a great cost
After an intensive research into 802.11a due to potential cross talk with my 2.4GH wireless telephone and four wireless web cameras (X10 runs on 2.4GH) I decided I would *try* the 802.11b due to its cost and availability. I am pleasantly surprised that there is zero cross talk or interference. All cameras and phone in use, no problems! Though the phone does interfere with the cameras, it does not with the network connection...
Setup was brainless, plug and play 100% for both the access point and the pcmcia card (NetGear MA401) both bought at Fry's for an excellent price.
The marketing states 1650 feet-line-of-sight and 500 feet indoors (common construction, etc.) I walked my laptop, connected via the wireless connection, down the street a city block and the connection was still useable for web browsing. Did I mention the access point was laying on my garage floor, surrounded by motorcycles? I was impressed to say the least.
I have mounted the access point on the ceiling of the garage (connected to one of the remote hubs on the home network) and the signal strength and distance useable have doubled.
I highly recommend this unit, and NetGear pcmcia cards to connect to it. ... Read more


14. Netgear ANT24D18 Ant 18DBI Patch Panel

our price: $145.99
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Asin: B00009B5AH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 23395
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15. Netgear FWAG114 ProSafe Dual Band Wireless VPN Firewall

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Asin: B00009L1XV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 16002
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN connectivity
  • True Firewall routing with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Intrusion Detection
  • Denial of Service (DoS) attack protection
  • Support for two IPSec-based VPN end-point tunnels
  • Up to 108 Mbps wireless throughput

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I highly recommend this product, which can be used with their other NetGear connectivity products (PCI cards, etc) as well as Centrino-based laptops seamlessly.
Everything works right out of the box, first time!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a good WAP/router combo
Works very well.
Although it's a little slow for intranet transfers.
I use it with long (152 and 128 bit) WEP keys and maybe
that explains why local transfers are a bit slow.
SSID broadcasting can be turned off for both the A and G
APs which is a very desirable.
The radio signal is strong unlike other APs I've used before.
Highly recommended. ... Read more


16. Netgear MR314 802.11b Wireless Cable/DSL Router with 4-Port Switch
list price: $213.00
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Asin: B00005NOKT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 12025
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Netgear's MR314 cable/DSL wireless router with four-port switch and access point offers the easiest way to share and extend your high-speed cable/DSL modem Internet connection, either with or without wires. This high-performance IEEE 802.11b standards-based router connects all your PCs equipped with wireless PC cards, while an integrated four-port switch connects your devices that need Ethernet wiring. The integrated Web-content filtering and alerts allow you to restrict Internet access based on Web addresses, Web address keywords, or the time of day, and protect your family or business with a safe surfing environment. Network Address Translation (NAT) and virtual private network (VPN) pass-through provides your network with protection from hackers. Simple Web-based instructions get your PC network up and running in less than an hour. With the MR314 reliability, you can rest assured that your network will stay up and running, backed by the Netgear five-year warranty.

Efficient
The MR314 allows you to share and extend your cable/DSL connection to anywhere in your home or office, without the time or expense of Ethernet cabling. The built-in access point enables the MR314 to be used in larger wireless networks in conjunction with other standards-based wireless access points. For additional ease of use, Auto Uplink eliminates the need for cumbersome crossover cables.

Protective and secure
NAT security and VPN pass-through features give you a greater level of protection against hacker attacks, while 40/64 and 128-bit WEP encryption guard your wireless network for maximum privacy.

Watchful and informative
Web content filtering options let you customize restricted Internet access policies. E-mail reports and instant alerts keep you up to date on Web browsing activity.

Rugged and reliable
Sturdy metal construction on the outside, dependable 802.11b standards-based technology on the inside, all backed by a five-year warranty to give you high-performance reliability. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless or wired Internet access through a broadband modem
  • Enables Cable/DSL modem connection sharing via its built in 4-port switch or integrated wireless IEEE 802.11b Access Point
  • Robust control features including web content filtering, logging, reporting and alerts
  • Sturdy design, durable metal construction
  • NAT routing security and Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through support

Reviews (119)

5-0 out of 5 stars extra bang for your buck
This is a nice piece of gear because it saves having to get a wireless hub and router separately, which frees up the 4 ports for just computers, and eliminate extra wires and boxes and power cables.

Router:
A great feature of this particular router is that it can email you activity logs which show what websites were visited on that day through the router. You can also block access to websites or any site that contains a keyword, so this could be useful in small office and home (children) use. (By viewing the website activity logs, you can find out which sites to block so that next time the user tries to go there it will say "blocked by netgear" and you will be notified of the attempt.) You can also lockout times and dates.

This Router does NOT have a firewall built in- even though this box looks like the netgear firewall router (the one for the same price without the integrated wireless hub).

Wireless hub-
Average range. Security wise, you can set it up with 128 bit WEP and with MAC Address authentication, which secures your network to a reasonably safe level. ALSO MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE ADMIN PASSWORD FOR THIS ROUTER, AND FOR ANY ROUTER.
Cons: The antenna can not be changed or removed. The unit is not designed to be hung from a wall like the SMC wireless hub. (WHY would you do that? To get better wireless range).

THE UNIT
The unit itself, like all netgear products, is metal and a nice dark hue of blue, with several blinking indicator lights. I am happy with my one, which uses a DSL connection with static IP address to feed 4 computers and two wireless laptops.

3-0 out of 5 stars kept dropping wireless connections
I bought this router and MA401 wireless card for my laptop. It was pretty easy to set up everything. Within 10 minutes, I was already enjoying my wireless network. But, after a few hours, my wireless connection was suddenly dropped and my access to the Internet was denied on the laptop. I tried to restart the machine, reconfigure the network... but nothing worked. I called the customer service number. They told me to change some of the configurations and it worked. But then the next day the problem came back again. It kept happening for a whole week. And each time I called them, they would tell me to do something which seemingly solved the problem. But each time, it came back again. Everything became so annoying and frustrating now. I just wanted to return the products. Then the last time I called them when this problem happened again, they told me to upload a new firmware into the router. And bang, it solved all the problems. Their customer service is polite, nice and knowledgable. But I just don't understand why they didn't tell me to update the firmware in the very first place. Now I'm happy again, after all the pain I went through. So be prepared for big trouble if you want to purchase this router. And if you know what you are doing to your computer like me, ask them about the new firmware before they keep throwing garbage solutions to you. Other than that, the product is cool. Easy and fast to use.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wireless ATT@home user
I installed the Netgear MR314 today and had it working in less than 1 minute. During the time I ordered the product and the time I got it about a week. I read Netgear's Product manual. So I knew how to do it right away. The website has the ISP installation guide for all the popular cable and DSL connections. I have a 3 com cable modem and 3 wired computers and one laptop with the US Robotics 22 Mbs max cardbus. Windows 98SE, ME and XP all worked.

I also recommend reading about 802.11b security and suggestions like change defaults, SSID, password changing, WEP encryption and MAC address so you don't have any eavesdropping. Extreme tech was a good source.I don't believe you can turn off the SSID broadcast. I think that would be a nice feature.

It doesn't matter to have the 11 Mbs max connection since ATT@Home is not faster than this. I guess very large file transfers may take some time.

NAT is the only type of firewall for this router. It works well. I use black ice defender on one computer and nothing gets though, but what I want. There are some routers with SPI which is a true firewall. They cost more and I believe will protect you from denial of service.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing wireless range
I don't like it when people write reviews on here criticizing a product without giving real proof that it wasn't their fault. Some reviewer thought the router setup page didn't work with IE - but doesn't mention any attempt with a different browser. So beware of noobs.

I have a MR814 v1, MR814 v2 and a D-Link 514 and none of them have offered the range this beast provides. I acquired this model after returning a defective MR814 v1, and initially I was annoyed to get an older model. But I think they sent this for a reason - it's much more reliable than the 814. Someone on here complains that they can't get reception over 100ft from the AP - how big is their house?? I have the router upstairs on one side of the house and can get a signal fine outdoors on the other side of the house - i.e. travelling through all the walls of the house (approx 42 ft away). Also I have tested it with my PCMCIA SMC card and a Netgear MA111 USB wifi dongle, and the dongle provdies better connection than the pcmcia, so there is some proper evidence of testing being done here.

It doesn't look nearly as good (or as small) as my other routers but if it does the job as well as it has so far - it is my first choice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nicely built but has big issues
I bought this thing about a year ago and it worked pretty well. For a while. But after having to reboot the thing every few weeks I started to get a little tired of it.

Now, I am not trying to run a lot of machines through it - a Linux box on ethernet, a Sony Clie, Tivo, and an iMac over 802.11, plus Packet8 for my phone service over ethernet. No great strain on the processor.

So, why does the thing insist on locking up so much? To add to the problem, you can be going along just nicely on ethernet and suddenly the 802.11 dies.

Now, asside from the thing croaking and needing rebooting weekly, I get to do a complete factory reset once a month, wiping out all the stuff I have programmed into it (WEP keys, etc), because the thing will completely quit responding.

One would think that the problems are related to something overheating. But no, that is not it. That leaves the unit's firmware to be suspect. After reading about Netgear's sloppy code writing and their DoS attack against the University of Wisconsin time servers, I have to believe software is the issue. If they wrote code as bad as that which caused the UofWisc flood, I am sure awful code abounds in all their products. ... Read more


17. Netgear FM114P 802.11b Wireless Cable/DSL Router with Print Server
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00006B9HR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 2850
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Netgear's ProSafe 802.11b firewall delivers everything you could want in one mega-capable unit: router, switch, print server, Wi-Fi certified wireless access point, and firewall. This fully equipped, broadband-capable firewall is a true firewall and provides you with the utmost in business-class security--Denial of Service protection and intrusion detection using Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), URL access and content filtering, logging, reporting, and real-time alerts. VPN pass-through maximizes network security. And a built-in print server lets you share a printer on your network without leaving your PC on. With four auto sensing, switched LAN ports and Network Address Translation (NAT) routing, up to 253 users can access your broadband connection at the same time--including as many as 32 wireless users, which avoids the hassle of running additional cabling. Smart Wizard and Install Assistant get your network up and running in minutes. There's also a complete antivirus software bundle included at no extra cost to shield your network with additional protection. ... Read more

Features

  • True Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Intrusion Detection
  • Built-in 11 Mbps Wireless Access Point
  • Built-in print server and Network Address Translation (NAT) routing
  • Easy-to-use smart wizard and install assistant
  • Free, complete antivirus PC software bundle

Reviews (58)

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly great product!
After much research, I finally found this little jewel. It has a SPI firewall, 802.11b wireless, 4 switch wired router, and print server - everything I need in one box. I got it up and running, updated to latest firmware, all features working in about 45 minutes (without calling Netgear, so can't comment on support). Yes, I am computer proficient, but I would not classify myself as a network expert. This is really about as idiot-proof as you can get.

I am still learning about how to set up a more secure firewall, and the FM114P seems to have more than what I need. The logging, port-forwarding, e-mail alerts, are all there. You can even block your kids from using Instant Messenger based on a schedule. On the wireless end, I recommend anyone setting up a wireless access point to change the SSID and password, and enable MAC address filtering as soon as you one up. The latest firmware update allows you to turn off the SSID broadcast. Turning on the 128 bit WEP will further frustrate the casual wardriver.

My Compaq notebook and Orinoco Gold card gets a good signal throughout my house, and is connected using 128 bit WEP. I can get to my office VPN, and my Compaq MC-1 music server can connect without problems. The print server is seamless - all my PCs (Win XP Pro) can print to my laser printer, and the print server will queue the jobs.

My compliments to Netgear - this is truly a great product for a great price.

1-0 out of 5 stars broke down the 3rd time. I give up (although under warranty
I have mine broke down 3 times. Twice before Netgear replaced it for "free", since it still under warranty. But each time they charge $10-12 for shipping. At this rate I could have bought a new one instead of putting up with the inconvenience. I think this box is very sensitive to power on/off cycles. It broke first time during the east coast power outage.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad product, but...
Netgear has some issues with this product's reliability. The first one, I had for about 6 months. One night it just died. All the lights were on, and it wouldn't talk to any of the ports.

Calling Netgear's support line was an adventure within itself. The call center is located in India. Don't call this place if you're on a noisy phone or don't have lots of time to waste. The first person I reached could barely speak english. He was obviously reading from a script, because when I explained that the router did not work, I had followed the troubleshooting guides and this was the result, etc, etc, he still started reading questions and asking me to connect it to a network and do silly tests. That's hard to do at work on your lunch break. He hung up very abruptly with the classic "Thank you for calling bye bye now. " Call #2. Another person, who could speak marginally better english. I went through his troubleshooting script, connecting my "router" to an "air" network. He decided that it was indeed not working (duh!) and gave me an RMA number. Ok. What, exactly, is a doofulfife? Well, it's 55 (double five.) He did explain to me that the dash (in the RMA number) is the little line on the keyboard, you may find it beside your number 0. O-kay!

Got the RMA (I think.) Returned it and received a refurb unit and stuck it aside. In the meantime, router #2 was in use. It died one day, about 3 months after purchase. Started forgetting IP addresses and not communicating with the printer. It got returned to the store it was purchased from, and Router #3 went into service. So far, it's worked for about 9 months. Router #4 is waiting, and will be the last one.

This is really a good piece of technology, it has just about everything you'd need to set up and protect a home or small office network. It runs extremely hot, which may be the reason it dies so quickly. Now, if only it was more reliable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Requires Frequent Rebooting - Not acceptable
I had one of the first home Wi-Fi systems using an Intel 802.11b access point that cost about $1000. (Yup, this is how much they cost for early adopters. Of course, it was worth every penny as Wi-Fi changes your life.) The Intel access point was incredibly difficult to configure, requiring several calls to tech support, but the range was excellent and the unit functioned continously until it finally died after a couple of years. I decided to replace the Intel access point with the Netgear FM114P, assuming it was at the top of the Netgear line and I thought Netgear was a reliable manufacturer. How wrong I was. This unit is simply unacceptable. It will stop working every day or two for no apparent reason and require rebooting. Obviously, this is an irritation if you happen to be in another part of the house. Also, I have the impression that the range isn't as good as my previous Intel unit since I have more dead zones in my house. (The Intel access point had two antennas -- I don't know if this is significant.) Overall, I am really disappointed. I suggest you stay away from Netgear until they improve their engineering.

1-0 out of 5 stars awful product, awful tech support
I bought one of these when I got a laptop because I thought it seemed like a great idea to have a firewall, print server, and wireless router all in one unit. I still think it's a great idea, but I with I hadn't bought this router. I use the router with two laptops, and the wireless connection drops pretty regularly. I have to reset the router at least two or three times a week (sometimes two to three times a day). When I call Netgear's off-shore tech support, I rarely get a helpful response. They did replace my router for me after I called enough times, but the new one has the same problems the old one had, so I think the firmware is just buggy. I wouldn't recommend this product. I've owned good Netgear products in the past, but I don't think I'll buy another Netgear product after this experience. ... Read more


18. NETGEAR ANT24BDC Power Injector for the 500 mW Booster
list price: $62.00
our price: $50.99
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Asin: B00009B5AG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 25306
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Features

  • Zero configuration makes installation a breeze
  • Optimized for the ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point
  • Bi-directional booster adds up to 500 mW or 27 dBm
  • Reduces ambient noise and provides superior signal penetration
  • Increase the signal range by providing transmit gain as well as low-noise receive gain

19. NETGEAR CG814M Wireless Cable Modem Internet Gateway ( CG814MNA )

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Asin: B00007E6YB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 16769
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • DOCSIS cable modem
  • 802.11b wireless access point
  • USB port plus 4 ENET ports
  • USB port plus 4 Ethernet ports
  • Installation Assistant and Web browser-based settings

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Tech Support
This cable modem and wireless functions of this device seemed to be operational, but any time I tried to have two computers hooked up simultaneously, both computers would lose their connection with the gateway. This was indeed frustrating, but technical support failed to resolve the problem after a month of exasperating phone calls and one product exchange. I was twice promised a return call within 24 hours, and twice unapologetically snubbed.
I have been extremely disappointed and discouraged with this experience, and I am not inclined to ever purchase another Netgear product. I have returned this product and decided to go with Linksys after a recommendation from my systems administrator.

2-0 out of 5 stars Netgear CG814M and Comacst
My 3 star rating is based on my rating of this unit's features and Netgear support - I still do not have it working yet.

(I have made 6 calls to Comcast support, but the connection from the modem is still being refused by Comcast.)

I called Netgear support to see if they could shed any light, and after waiting 45 minutes, was answered by a call center in India by a technician that I could not understand. An e-mail supprt request remains unanswered after 2 days.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ALL-IN-ONE wireless package...
I just recieved and connected the Netgear CG814M 802.11b Wireless Cable Modem Internet Gateway... it worked fine although it took Comcast cable over 10hrs, two installers, 3 customer reps and finnally a competant technical advisor at 12midnight who simply entered the correct serial and mac numbers that others before him couldn't figure out (can you tell I'm not a fan of Comcast cable's customer service!!!) and within minutes I was up and running. An excellent, whisper quiet and sleek silver designed unit that accomplishes all that it was meant to do. The USB and Ethernet are all that I have utilized so far, I'm waiting to configure the unit and also waiting on my wireless USB adaptors, PC cards and CF cards to really get my wireless networking off the ground. So far so good, I HIGHLY reccommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, fast shipping
This product is great. I researched other sites and I found the best price on Amazon.com.... It was extremely easy to set up. There's a quick set up guide included in the box, but using the CD included may be a better choice if your going to hook up your 1st unit by a PC card or USB port. The quick guide gives instructions for hooking up your unit using an ethernet wire hook-up. ... Read more


20. NETGEAR FR114W ProSafe 802.11b Wireless-Ready Firewall Router
list price: $154.00
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Asin: B00006B9HQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 30684
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Netgear FR114W cable/DSL wireless-ready router has all the office network protection features you could want. Prepared for the future with wireless-ready capability, Netgear's ProSafe 802.11b wireless-ready firewall has you covered both ways. This true firewall is broadband capable, and provides you with the utmost in business-class security--Denial of Service protection and intrusion detection using Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), URL access and content filtering, logging, reporting, and real-time alerts. VPN pass-through maximizes network security with access control and encryption. With four auto sensing, switched LAN ports and Network Address Translation (NAT) routing, up to 253 users can access your broadband connection at the same time. Smart Wizard and Install Assistant get your network up and running in minutes, and a complete antivirus software bundle is included at no extra cost to shield your network with additional protection. ... Read more

Features

  • Upgradeable to Wireless networking
  • True Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Intrusion Detection
  • Denial of Service (DoS) attack protection and VPN pass-through functionality
  • Network Address Translation (NAT) Routing
  • Easy-to-use Smart Wizard and Install Assistant

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product but beware of the bad ports syndrome.
I bought this brand new FR114W last year end of July. It has worked like a charm ever since until recently. First let me give you the pluses.
_Automatic recognizes PPOE settings for easy authentication and setup.
_Firewall a plus nothing gets past it until you enter a ip:port map to your internal network.
_Logs, another plus, it gives details of all attempts of access to your current WAN ip. DDOS, ipspoofing etc. as well, it emails the logs acording to your rules...
_syslog entries to any internal syslog capable software of all activities that the FR114W fires at the logs.
_It registers your dynamic ip address from the PPOE connection to DynDNS.org which is a big PLUS. Although they can have more options like noip.com
_DHCP capable Lan Setup.
_Remote internet management. This is not recommended unless you restrict it to a particular ip but beware of ip spoofing.
_Wireless ready. WEP ready up-to 128 bit encryption, Trusted PCs by MAC although MediaAccessControl can be spoofed as well, but then they would have to try to guess the key for the encryption as well as the channel and if you have unchecked "SSID brodcast" and "Bridging to wired LAN" you should be pretty safe. Although they can still guess your pwd for the admin site of the FR114W and then your doomed.
_Block access to any site you wish. This is specially good if you want control any access to a particular site from your kids. Drawback is that you have to enter every site you want to block fqdn (fully qualify domain name ex. www.thissite.com) or ip address. But you have the control.

These are by far the most important features which are hard to find without a hefty price tag.

The negatives are
_With the 802.11b MA401 wireless card, access range is weak. At my house a radius of 30ft. is pushing its limit.
_The 4 ports at the back of my FR114W unit went bad after a year of non-stop usage. But Netgear has a 3 yr. warranty on this units so they are replacing it, but choose from three options.
1. send the unit and when we receive it we'll send you one back.
2. $15 +/- and we'll send you one then you send us the bad one back.
3. $25 +/- and we send you one overnight of course I have to send the bad one back.

Anyways, I did go with option 2 and I should be receiving the refurbished FR114W soon. Yeap, you read correctly "refurbished" which in the dictionary means "To make clean, bright, or fresh again; renovate." so I do not feel that bad.

Overall, I give this FR114W unit high ratings as I do not expect for everyone to go through the bad ports syndrome as I did. Also I hope that the refurbish unit does live up to my ratings of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent router, wireless signal slightly weak
This is an excellent router with rock solid performance. Unlike my previous Linksys BEFSR41 which needs to be reset every couple of weeks and drops game connections more often than I'd like. This one maintains game connection well. Router admin operations (most) does not drop any existing connections, unlike the Linksys which resets the router at the slightest configuration change. The SPI firewall works nicely and the latest firmware (beta as of this writing) supports UPNP (Windows Messenger Audio/Video). One nice feature is you can turn off the wireless to LAN bridge, so your roommates can surf the internet but can't physically access any machine wired directly to the router.

On the down side, the wireless signal strength (with a Netgear wireless card) is a little on the weak side. Hardly a surprise considering it's using the wireless card. You may re-consider if you need one that covers a lot of range. The telnet interface is also gone, but most people probably don't care. At one time, my router started to emit a high pitch hiss, caused by long usage of the wireless portion. I disconnected the power for a while and now it seems to be ok. Maybe they used a cheap component somewhere.

There's a different model called FR114P, essentially the same, except it lacks the wireless slot but adds a print server port. You may look into it if you don't need wireless capabilities. ... Read more


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