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1. Netgear WGT624 Super G 108 Mbps
$51.49 $50.95 list($109.99)
2. Netgear WG511T Super G 108 Mbps
$105.99 $94.45 list($216.00)
3. NETGEAR Wireless Digital Music
$36.99 $23.79 list($69.99)
4. Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless
$57.41
5. Netgear USB Mini Print Server
$35.49 $24.99 list($59.99)
6. Netgear MA521 802.11b Wireless
$54.99
7. Netgear WG121 Wireless 802.11g
$9.85 list($19.00)
8. Netgear Power Adapter For Rt328
$29.99
9. Netgear Powerline USB Adapter
$84.90 list($99.99)
10. Netgear CM212 Broadband Cable
$23.99 $19.98 list($35.00)
11. Netgear Replacement RJ45 Dongle
list($60.00)
12. Netgear PA-101 Home Phoneline
$51.90 list($89.99)
13. Netgear ME101 802.11b Wireless
14. Netgear ND508 8GB Network Disk
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15. Netgear PA-301 10MBps Phoneline
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16. Netgear DB-104NA Dual Speed Starter

1. Netgear WGT624 Super G 108 Mbps Wireless Router
list price: $108.00
our price: $70.99
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Asin: B0000C0XS0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 387
Average Customer Review: 3.26 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 108 Mbps with Super G Technology (when used with Netgear WG511T PC Card)
  • Smart Wizard gets you up and running in fewer than 5 clicks
  • Over 10 security and privacy features including Double Firewall (SPI & NAT)
  • 802.11g standard compliance; interoperable with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks
  • Compatible with Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Mac OS, NetWare, UNIX, or Linux

Reviews (92)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good...but not without problems
I purchased my WGT624 v2 from amazon.com. As soon as I pulled it out of the box it was constantly rebooting (dropping me off the internet both wired and wireless). I was able to fix it though and I will tell you how and what happened. When I had this problem out of the box, I called for netgears free 90 day support. They were horrible! They answered the phone without a long wait, but they knew very little about this product. They gave me an RMA and I received the new router. Unpakced the replacement and same problem. Updated firmward to latest, and followed all the troubleshooting on the netgear site and I still coudln't fix it. Just when I was ready to return it to amazon I found out how to fix the problem. There is a setting on the router for preamable and it is set to auto by default. Auto is supposed to detect if the card(s) support short preamable (short is usually only useful when there is a lot of interference from other wireless devices in and around the home and most cards don't even support it). I changed the setting from auto to long and that fixed the reboot problems. I have gone around to as many forums as possible to try and post the solution so that others can cure themselves of this problem. It works great now that I found out what the problem was. This is not a router for a novice computer user. If you are a novice I suggest you get a linksys product. This netgear has a lot of features for the price though, and this is just a stupid problem with the firmware.

Hrd2k

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality Hardware
I own the MR814v2 802.11b router. That is a very stable product, so I figured since I had a WG311 wireless card in my desktop I'd buy another Netgear router for 802.11g. Many of the reviews here were favorable, so I bought on the basis of that.

This product is simply not stable, at least for me. It has to be rebooted constantly. For sure it cannot hold a wireless connection more than 24 hours. I upgraded to the latest firmware, which at the time of writing is 4.1.11. No help whatsoever. I checked on-line, and sure enough many many people have reported similar problems with it (broadbandreports.com). I tried disabling the 108Mb features, but that also didn't help.

So in the end, I'm just returning it after a frustrating weekend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Router
Set up easy. Read all reviews, and bought with some reservations as several negative reviews indicated problems. However, I believe Netgear has them fixed with the version shipping now. Excellent out of box set up, configured both WEP and WAP, settled on using WEP. Use a Netgear 511 wireless card and get 54MBPS thoughout house, about 24-48 outside. Distance of 50+ feet. I have an old house, lathe and plaster walls, hardwood construction and still great reception. Also, have the router in the basement, between an old brick chimney and the furnace. Still, great reception. Recommend!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad bad bad - stay away from this one!!!!
I bought this in the hope of setting up a fast network, but this is one worthless piece from Netgear. The router is totally incapable of holding a connection up to both wired and wireless connections on the network. I have v2 HW, and have tried 3 different firmwares. I am convinced that the only people who are happy with this one are the ones that turn their computer off after reuse. If you plan on leaving computers on forget this one.

Netgear's service is even worse. They finally agreed that this is a problem with the router, and that its not a first or uncommon thing for the router. The WGT634U is equally bad. The problems seem to stem from 108Mbps not being a stable standard yet. I would get a 54G router for now, and revisit 108 in a year or so when such issues may just be behind. For now I am returning this and if Netgear does not agree to give me another product in return or my money back, i am never coming back to their products again either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy setup, good performance, no problems
I purchased the WGT624 and the WG511T as a pair. Installation was easy (followed the manual) and performance is obviously better than the 802.11b router/WAP this replaced. After getting everything to work I performed the autoupdate for the WGT624 with no problems. As expected, I don't get 100mbps performance, but with notebook in the same room as WAP I get solid 45mbps file transfers. I use this router in combination with some remote 802.11b WAPs. I configured two profiles for the WG511T (11b only and superG only)and apply the appropriate profile for the WAP I want - works great.
Also, the range is better than with my older 11b system.

I clearly haven't experienced the problems others have expressed - I'm completely satisfied with these products. ... Read more


2. Netgear WG511T Super G 108 Mbps Wireless PC Card
list price: $109.99
our price: $51.49
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Asin: B0000C1ZNV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 464
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Up to 108 Mbps to your notebook PC with Super G technology (when used with the WGT624 router)
  • 802.11g standard compliance; interoperable with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks
  • Setup is quick and easy with Netgear's Smart Wizard install assistant
  • 128-bit WEP encryption, upgradeable to Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
  • Compatible with Windows XP Home, XP Professional, 2000, Me, 98SE, and 98

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Be Happier
After reading some bad reviews, I was a little concerned, but bought the card anyway. I was glad I did!!! I have a two year old Sony Vaio PCG-R505EL with XP Home. Setup was cake. I plugged in the card, loaded the software, it found my wireless router, and total installation to online time took about 2 minutes. It has great range, even detecting what must be my neighbor's wireless network and when on the road, it has no problems tapping into hotel networks. And with it being Super G, I know the technology will last awhile. I don't know what went wrong with those other computers, but I can tell you my experience has been nothing but great. No heat problems, no range problems, no installation/software problems...I can't name a thing that has gone wrong with this card, it even looks great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic card!!
I picked this baby up and have had no problems with it. Before I had this card I thought that there were only 2 wireless hubs in my apartment building, now that I have this card I know that there are 8 wireless hubs in my apt building. The reception on this card is incredible. If you are needing range and speed this is the way to go!! You don't need to have a super G router, it hooks up to my regular G router with no problems. It's great for Wifi spots too. I hit Panera and am on their wireless network in about 1 minute. It is expensive, but now that I have it, I think it's so worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It works great
I dont want to repeat all the good things said about this product. I have always been a netgear fan, because they make solid network equipment. This is my first netgear wireless equipment, and it works great just like other netgear products.

One thing to remember though...you need to download and install the new driver in order to take advantage of the new WPA firewall security feature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome speed, range, and features.
This card is amazing. It works with 802.11b and 802.11g networks up to 108 mb/sec which is speeeedy fasst. The range is like three times as good as my old 802.11b network, and it is at least ten times as fast. It is easy to install and configure, and it looks nice. I have found no flaws. So buy it now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 108 Mbps Wireless PC Card
My entire wireless network is now made up of Netgear components and this card works great just like the rest of them.
The main feature I like about the card is its ability to operate at 108 Mbps with my WGT634U router (in 108 Auto mode) while still allowing my other notebooks to operate at their 54 Mbps maximum.
The supplied software is just as great as the version that came with my Netgear WAG511 card. So setup and security was a snap.
I am using the card primarily on a KDS laptop running Windows Me (I know) which is a small wonder in its own right. It runs great without any problems or blue screens (knock wood).
From time to time, I use the card in my Dell Inspiron 8100 running Windows XP Professional. I have to interchange it with a Xircom NIC/Modem card I'm using though but still no major issues in doing so.
I originally got the WAG511 card because of its dual band a/b/g capibilities but it only achieved 108 with my router in 108 only mode which would not allow my other 54 cards to function. Hopefully, Netgear will release a new driver for 108 auto support like that of this WG511T card. ... Read more


3. 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


4. Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter
list price: $69.99
our price: $36.99
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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


5. Netgear USB Mini Print Server (PS121)

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Asin: B0001BXVA4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 6787
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Connect a cluster of PCs to a USB printer on your home or small office network
  • Multiple PCs can access a printer via the PS121, reducing the number of cables needed"
  • Use with any wired or wireless router from any vendor
  • Setup made quick and easy with a new Smart Wizard install assistant
  • Compact size saves valuable desk space, allowing the PS121 to be tucked into a convenient space

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution to network your USB printer!
Works great right out of the box. It can be set up in minutes by following the simple instructions. I wanted to get my HP PSC 2200 printer on my wireless network using Netgear's WGR614 router. The printer's USB cable goes in one end of the Netgear PS121 print server, Ethernet cable comes out the other end and into the router. Now I can print wirelessly using my IBM laptop and Netgear's WG511 wireless card. A fraction of the cost of wireless print servers. If you want to network your USB printer, this product's for you! ... Read more


6. 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


7. Netgear WG121 Wireless 802.11g USB Adapter

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Asin: B0000DBMDM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 9026
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 54 Mbps standard 802.11g wireless Internet access
  • USB 2.0 powered
  • Easy setup via Smart Wizard install assistant
  • Works with all standard 802.11g and 802.1b wireless routers and access points

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Fine
I bought this same product. I use it with a Netgear 802.11g router. I use all Netgear products to hopefully prevent any conflicts between hardware, but I'm not an networking expert so I'm not sure if that will really prevent any problems. But from my POV this is a safe buy. No problems so far. What I like about this product is that i can place it on a high shelf out of the way of metal objects and other stuff that would potentially interfere with the radio signal, because it's connected by USB.

3-0 out of 5 stars Didn't work with my TiVo, worked fine with Windows XP...
...but sadly, I purchased it for my TiVo Series 2 (240 series). It's not on the recommended or even the 'reported compatible' list for the TiVo (see http://customersupport.tivo.com/tivoknowbase/root/public/tv2006.htm? for that) but I figured it was worth trying. All the ones on that list are 802.11b, and since I have an 802.11g network I didn't want to slow it down by adding a b client.

I will probably keep this, as it is very lightweight and portable, and it will probably be handy for adding wireless capability to computers I'm doing short-term evaluations on, esp during business travel.

Setup on Windows, for those of you concerned with such things, was a snap. I particularly liked the NetGear software's more detailed signal strength graph than the standard Windows XP wireless software; this made it easier to position the adapter for best reception.

4-0 out of 5 stars Netgear WG121 Wireless 802.11g USB Adapter
This works great with newer computers utilizing windows xp. Have been using 3 in my home with a netgear wgt624 v2 wireless modem for months with trouble free daily usage. Set up was a breeze.

1-0 out of 5 stars Computer freezes
Setup was fine. But after a few days, the computer would freeze up. It took awhile to determine the cause. I finally found that it was the wg121 causing the issue. It's a random occurance, basically it could happen in a few minutes or several hours. Tech Support is a shame. Still trying to get it to work, but from the www.broadbandreports.com forum, it doesn't look good. This seems to happen if you have an AMD motherboard.

1-0 out of 5 stars Blue Screen
Packaging is misleading. Did not work on Win98. Tech support answered quick enough, but told me to upgrade from Win98 to at least Win98SE. Package says mimimum requirement is Win98 and a USB. Got a "KEBUGCHECKEX Error 44 Blue Screen" on several install attemps. ... Read more


8. Netgear Power Adapter For Rt328 Rh348 Rm356 Xm128
list price: $19.00
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Asin: B00004Z631
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 26507
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9. Netgear Powerline USB Adapter (XA601)

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Asin: B00006F6ZH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 14091
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I have been using Netgear Powerline in my house for almost 10 months some of that time with 4 computers. Have "horse hair plaster walls" and many doors. No problem with using the product and not worried about security issues like with wireless

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, reliable networking for the network novice
Both my wife and I work from home two days per week, and we both need high speed Internet access to be our most productive. We created a network in a previous house by purchasing a router and running a cable between two office areas. Now we were in a new home and needed to setup our network again, and running a cable would have been a major construction project. What to do?

We immediately thought of a wireless network. But, as we did our research, we saw repeated reports of the network "dropping off" unexpectedly. Neither of us liked the idea of being in the middle of a discussion with a co-worker, boss, or client while looking at information online and having that information disappear. We wanted reliability and simplicty.

The answer? Powerline networking. New technology had overcome some of the earlier electrical interference problems with powerline networking. We already had a Netgear router from our previous home network that had worked flawlessly for several years. So we purchased the Netgear powerline adapter.

The setup couldn't be much easier: connect the adapter to the router with a standard supplied network cable and plug it in; in the second work location plug in a second adapter, and connect it to your second computer, in our case, my work-supplied laptop.

We've been using this product for 18 months without any problems. On rare occasions my laptop won't "find" the connection. If I unplug the adapter for a minute or two and plug it in again, I'm re-connected. My connection has never dropped off once I'm connected.

The powerline solution isn't quite as "elegant" as a wireless network; you do have to be plugged in to a power outlet, so you don't have the same mobility that you get with wireless. But if you're a serious teleworker, you probably have a work space established, and papers spread out around you anyway. You need to be "at work" not roaming around the yard with your laptop. And if your going to be at work for 8 to 10 hours your laptop will also need to be plugged into an outlet.

If you're looking for a reliable, easy to setup home network system, I highly recommend this Netgear product. ... Read more


10. Netgear CM212 Broadband Cable Modem
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00006LHM7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 7282
Average Customer Review: 1.81 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Always ON, high-speed Internet access
  • No more dropped connections
  • No need for a dedicated telephone line
  • USB and Ethernet interface options
  • Included stand for vertical positioning

Reviews (16)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad product and bad customer service
The product failed after one day of serivce. For the next week it would intermitently connect to the Internet for a few hours and fail again for a few hours until it died completely. I called Customer Service, which seems to be overseas, and their technicians were terrible. In two calls I had conflicting answers and they did not seem to know how to troubleshoot the problem; they kept asking me to ping addresses unrelated to the modem and they kept refering to it as a router. Once they decided that it is defective they asked me to pay for shipping charges to replace my brand new modem which amounted to 25% of the cost of the product. I would never buy a Netgear product again.

4-0 out of 5 stars works for me
i've had this modem running on my Mac for over a year and it's never given me the hassles listed below. bought it, plugged it in--it connected immediately, and since then i've pretty much forgotten it's there. been a solid performer (knock on wood). the case even complements my Mac nicely.

1-0 out of 5 stars AVOID THIS MODEM LIKE THE PLAGUE!!
Stopped working after 3 months. Netgear customer service is a joke.

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly bad experience
Like others, I've had a bad experience with this product. After less than a month, it refused to synchronize with my cable company's signal. The cable company brought out a new modem of its own that worked just fine. A month later, I tried the Netgear CM212 again and it worked--for no apparent reason. Last night, I accidentally bumped it and it stopped working again. If I tap the right spot on the case, the lights will come on for about ten seconds indicating that it has a signal, but then it goes back to the "searching for signal" routine. There are no moving parts in this thing. I opened up the case; it's just a circuit board with components and connectors soldered to it. And all the solder connections looked fine. Yet just a tap makes it behave differently!!

Netgear's support was a joke. Even after I gave them lots of details through e-mail, they insisted that I call a technician to get authorization to return the modem. After sitting on hold far too long, I got to deal with a technician who didn't want to hear what I'd done for diagnostics and didn't care that I had the modem plugged into a router. Instead, he wanted to lead me through a flowchart that applied to people who had the modem directly attached to their PC.

All in all, this purchase has been a waste of money and time. So I just bought a Motorola Surfboard SB5100 modem after reading great reviews.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Half Bad....
No more sitting and waiting. No more busy signals. NETGEAR's Broadband Cable Modem gives you an uninterrupted connection plus lightning-fast speeds for streaming music, online gaming, and sharing digital photos so you can be involved and productive anytime and every time you want. When combined with a router, it lets you share your ISP connection among multiple PCs. It's DOCSIS certified, which means no worries because this cable modem is guaranteed to work with your local cable service provider, both now and if you move. Its streamlined design saves valuable desk space - you can position it vertically or horizontally.

Features:
Always ON, High-speed Internet access
No more dropped connections
No need for a dedicated telephone line
USB & Ethernet interface options
Included stand for vertical positioning ... Read more


11. Netgear Replacement RJ45 Dongle FA510C PCMCIA Card
list price: $35.00
our price: $23.99
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Asin: B00004Z6MA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 33863
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Features

  • 10/100 network performance
  • Plug-and-play support
  • 32-bit card bus compatible
  • Free 24-hour phone support

12. Netgear PA-101 Home Phoneline USB Adapter
list price: $60.00
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Asin: B00004SYLO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 18142
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The PA101 USB home phone-line adapter from Netgear turns your home phone lines into a high-speed computer network. Just plug one end into the PC's USB port and the other end into a telephone wall jack (phone cable is included). Within minutes you can play multiplayer games, share files and printers, and even access the Internet on all the computers in your home at the same time. Netgear's do-not-disturb technology designs are conscious of your phone use, so you can enjoy continuous data exchange without any disruption to your phone service.

Netgear provides a limited lifetime warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • Turns your home phone lines into a high-speed network
  • Provides Internet access and file and printer sharing for all your PCs
  • Takes 20 seconds to transfer a 15 MB file
  • Allows you to use the phone while online
  • Plug-and-play compatible

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars It, quite simply, rocks
After recently moving into a new house, I soon found there was no feasible way to get a wired ethernet setup going, what with architectural constraints.
I just wanted to share cable internet access among our 3 computers, without going wireless; the low throughput and limited range of an affordable wireless solution (802.11b) doesn't appeal to me.
After a bit of research, I picked up a Linksys HPRO200 router and ordered this litte gem.
It took one week to receive the PA-101, and within 5 minutes, my network was up; and I didn't have to configure an access point, WEP encryption, or any of the hassles of wireless. No need to route any ethernet cable between floors either.
It's too bad this technology is being rendered obsolete; sort of reminds me of the way Beta VCRs were supplanted by VHS. The inferior product was marketed more aggressively...
On the bright side, HPNA 2.0 adapters can be found for as litte as $5 now.
And yes, the PA-101 works just fine with windows ME, and 2000, and 98. I've tested all of them, and recommend this for anyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product overall
It works as advertized, and good for laptop use since phoneline PC card choices are limited and so-so. It would be good for desktop use if you do not want, or know how, to install a PCI card. However, for desktop use I would recommend the PA-301 PCI card. It is a great way to network home computers and share a high speed (broadband) internet connection without running wires through your house. The 10Mbs is very adequate, and comparable to wired ethernet, considering that (broad)bandwidth usually gets you 2-5Mbs. To some extent, the 10X phoneline networking through your existing phone wiring is more dependable than 802.11b wireless. However for laptop use, the whole idea of being mobile is to be free of wires. I bought it initially for laptop use, but decided in the end to go wireless. I use wired 10/100 for my main desktop, phoneline connection (PA-301) to network each of my kid's desktop, and wireless for my wife's laptop as well as mine. However, the PA-101 really works and does not interfere with regular phone use. You CAN actually surf the web (high speed connection) and talk on the phone at the same time....

5-0 out of 5 stars Positive - from comp. eng. student
I don't know why these things don't exist in the market very much. Ethernet is all over the market, but you would need cabling for that. I connected my Windows XP computer to my father's (also XP) in the other room, and it's working very well, and couldn't be cheaper. You don't even need their software, XP recognizes the device and you can set up a small office or home network with XP - very easily. Arrived fast too. Really fast. Maybe because I'm in CA, and they ship from CA too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, simple, convenient
Highly recommended! An easy way to have a network installed in your home or office within minutes. Never had any problems connecting my 2 laptops running Win98 and WinXP. Internet sharing, worked same well. Consider savings over wireless equipment that would give you the same data transfer rate, but for 10-15 times more money. It is not worth it to pay that much just for the convenience of walking aroung the apartment with your laptop (What if you have only desktops?). I believe anybody still prefers working at the desk, and not on a porch, toilet or in a bath. Use wires you already have at home - your phone line. This device is simple and thus brake- and error-safe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good way to set up a fast, efficient, simple network at home
No problems setting up this system which transfers data between rooms via the phone jacks . I have broadband internet access which works plenty fast on the networked computers in the house.
I'm under the impression that this system is being phased out as it's not being offered any more at the large stores in my area (Best Buy, Frys, etc.) I'm attributing this to the wireless push being made by Netgear and others. ... Read more


13. Netgear ME101 802.11b Wireless Bridge
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00008XOLT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 2726
Average Customer Review: 1.81 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Sleek, compact, wall-mountable chassis
  • 4 dBi detachable antenna
  • Small, light, power adapter
  • Extends a wireless network to include Ethernet devices without having to add Ethernet wiring to your home
  • Powerful 40/64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars It's easy and it works
I was hesitant to purchase this bridge due to the poor customer reviews, but I'm glad I did. I had my old Bondi Blue iMac, running Mac OS 9.2, on the Internet within five minutes. It only took that long because my wireless router's set up with shared key encryption, MAC filtering, and no beaconing. This little unit does what it's supposed to do right out of the box, and it's easily configurable, if needed, using the Web browser of any machine you plug into it. I haven't even opened the CD.

The only drawbacks--which are all minor--are 1) it doesn't seem to get as good of a signal as my other devices, but since it has a replaceable antenna and comes with very long cords I can fix that; 2) its form factor and LED displays don't match other typical Netgear products' style (like their routers and access points) so it looks kind of odd; and 3) whenever you click Apply in the Web configuration screens, it requires the bridge to reboot, which takes a minute or two, and if you switch from a static IP to DHCP, you'll probably lose your connection entirely and have to figure out what the bridge's new IP is to get back to the configuration page.

None of the complaints I have are a big deal, and I'm very happy with this product. I just wish it was a little cheaper, since it's basically just a wireless "card" for PCs that can't use a real wireless card.

1-0 out of 5 stars Happy-meal network hardware
I am in total agreement with the poor reviews of the ME101. It is a clunker of a product. I returned it after a week of fiddling and well-meaning but useless support from Netgear's phone support temps. In my case, it would only work if WEP was disabled and I used static IP addresses on client PCs behind the bridge. If the ME101 was a product released into a older, well-established market, it would be recalled immediately. It is only because consumer wireless networking is relatively new that Netgear can get away with selling this junk with a straight face. The ME101 is not worth your money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for online gaming...
Just to let everyone know: the ME101 now comes with firmware v2.0 and configuration utility v2.0 out of the box, so there's no need to download and install anything when you buy it.

I bought this wireless bridge for the sole reason of hooking up my PlayStation 2 to my home network for online games without running 50 feet of Cat5 cable down the hallway. And, for this purpose, the ME101 is perfect. Simply: this thing just works.

I configured the bridge with another computer, but found that it actually works best with the default settings. I plugged one end of the cable into my PS2's network adaptor, and the other into the ME101, and a few minutes later I'm online! One of the great things about this device is that it just "disappears" on the network when another device is plugged in (when checking my attached devices on my router, only the PS2 and my other PCs show up, not the ME101). Throughput is great, no lags, and my wireless router is two rooms and 30 feet away.

Granted, the signal strength is lower than my other wireless devices on the network, but it's speed that's important to me, and this thing delivers.

In conclusion: if you need to hook up a device such as a PS2 or Xbox, and don't want to run yards of ethernet cable thru your house, this little number does the trick. It's simple to set up, and does what it's supposed to do. I recommend it for this purpose.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor performance, 35% to 65% packet loss
In its defense, version 2.0 of the firmware will make it a real bridge and pass thru the DHCP requests to the DHCP server, and it will assign itself an address from the DHCP server. But this is not the DEFAULT configuration, so you have to install their configuration (PC-only) utility to force that mode (BTW the password is "password").

After upgrading the firmware and seeing 12 hours of fine performance, I started getting HUGE packet losses. I'm running 3 PCs and 2 Mac OS X boxes thru it. Rebooting cleaned up the problem for about 5 minutes. It is UNUSABLE in this state.

I called their customer service -- which they've outsourced to India -- a corporate trend I cannot support.

It's going back to the store >:-p

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Product
I set this unit up 6 inches from the wireless router, upgraded the firmware, talked to tech support, and it still didn't work. I have over 20 years of experience with networking and have to say this is a very disappointing product. I have the Netgear MR814 wireless router and Netgear 802.11B and G PCI wireless cards that work fine. This product is no good. ... Read more


14. Netgear ND508 8GB Network Disk Drive FS

Asin: B00004Z8VK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 65534
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great techno-toy for everyone.
The first file server I configured and installed (in 1988) was for the USS Valley Forge. It had a gigantic 500 MB drive and a whopping 8 MB of RAM. The cost for the hardware was astronomical; the additional expenses of network engineers such as I could easily double it. A network was an expensive investment.

Installation comparison:

Then:

Adding drive space generally included reconfiguring the operating system along with the hardware, restoring all data, verifying security, training administrators, granting rights -- basically whatever was needed to make it easy for my clients to use and understand what they had. If the existing system would not support more drives, then an additional file server, operating system, and the infrastructure to support it, had to be added -- and installed by a network engineer.

Now:

* Remove device from box.

* Plug it into your Microsoft Windows network

* Use the 8 GB of shared storage.

Does it work?

My home network consists of one Windows 95 and four Windows 98 systems, and all were able to connect to this drive immediately after I plugged it in. Netgear also supplies client software to make using this drive more convenient, but the software is not required.

Today technology moves so quickly that new equipment will be out dated within days, if not immediately. That does not negate the value of a simplified solution to add 8 GB of disk space to a network, and all without the aid of a network specialist.

Why add space:

* Burning CD ROMS requires sufficient disk space to create the temporary files before actually blasting the data onto a nifty CD that fits into a briefcase.

* Back up files -- by simply using Windows Explorer anyone can make a copy of their critical data on this network drive. I lost digital pictures from my system, but, fortunately, they existed on this drive as well.

* Sharing files without having your personal system accessed by others.

* Mapping (telling your system where to look) is easy. This drive could be drive M for "more," N for "Netgear" or any drive letter that is available. It is virtually part of your computer.

Access speed: I had no problems accessing and using this across a 10 mbps, 10BASET network. If you access this from a wireless platform, it still works fine, but at approximately 2 mbps, which is faster than DSL or a T-1 line.

Star quality:

Saving my data, providing space for storage and temp files, turning my 6 GB drive into a 14 GB drive with plug and play technology, and never once failing since I installed it rates this addition as five stars all the way.

Victoria Tarrani

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product, but only if you have a 100 mbs network
This is a great product, for any type of network storage. I liked it, but when I tried it on 10 mbs it dragged! Don't waste your money if you don't have a 100 mbs network. Besides that it's a nice drive. 8GB good for mp3's or whatever else you want to be able to publicly acess. All in all, a good hard drive for those of you with 100 mbs networks. ... Read more


15. Netgear PA-301 10MBps Phoneline PCI Adapter Card
list price: $36.00
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Asin: B00003G1LP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 24638
Average Customer Review: 2.65 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The PA301 PCI phone-line adapter from Netgear turns your home phone lines into a high-speed computer network. You can link your PCs to a single Internet account and share files and printer access without installing any new wires. The built-in telephone line splitter means you can use the phone even when using the network.

Simply install the Netgear PA301 adapters into your computers and plug them into a phone line. Within minutes the cards in your PCs can exchange data and share Internet access. If you swap files, the Netgear PA301 takes approximately 20 seconds to transfer a 15 MB file. Netgear provides a limited lifetime warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • Turns your home phone lines into a high-speed network
  • Provides Internet access and file and printer sharing for all your PCs
  • Takes 20 seconds to transfer a 15 MB file
  • Allows you to use the phone while online
  • Compatible with plug and play

Reviews (26)

2-0 out of 5 stars Now I know why Netgear has discontinued this product
Now I know why Netgear has discontinued this product. The product consistency is very poor. I have gone through probably about six of these network (PCI) cards, all outside of warranty. I did have one that lasted a little over a year. I recent bought two used PA-301's and they gave up the ghost in less than a month (one died in just the first day). I would recommend purchasing the PA-101 instead. I have that on my laptop ( it is the USB model) and it has never given me any trouble. I'm going to replace my PCI card with a USB one. The PCI cards don't seem to stand up well against power bumps or static discharges. I use a UPS for my computer, so I think I'm well protected against power spikes, but the card still gets fried. None of my other PCI cards (video, sound, etc) gets damaged. If you have to go the HPNA route, I recommend the USB model PA-101 instead of the PCI cards. They're too inconsistent. When they work, they work great; they just lack the stamina to go the distance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I bought two of these cards to network both my children's computers which sit in each of their bedrooms at one end of the house. The card physically is very easy to install, provided you have an empty PCI slot (if not, then use PA-101 USB adapter). One computer runs W98SE, and the second runs ME. The driver CD works fine, even better with ME since driver installs automatically. It plugs into any working phone jack, and you're all networked and ready to surf the net. Everything needed is included in the package. You can be on line and still use your phone without any degradation in either signal. The 10X connection is quite fast and not noticeably different than your 10/100 wired ethernet connection. I have a broadband cable modem, hooked to my router. One of my router's LAN ports is hooked a phoneline bridge (Netgear PE102, another great product), and the bridge to a phone jack. I definitely recommend this card, with a bridge, if you want to set up a home phoneline network.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the eventual frustration.
I had written a prior review last March with 5 stars, and it came back to bite me. I had bought 2 of these in April 2002, and they worked great for just about a year. Shortly after I wrote my first review, one just died completely, and about a month later the second one started acting up. Other reviewers have had the same problem with it, and I wouldn't have normally cared, except the aggravation I went through with Netgear. Their tech support at several levels was a total waste of time (several hours and days). Granted, they were all polite on the phone, but it seemed they have a "pre-programmed/robotic" response and trouble shooting steps, which had me going in circles over and over again. Never did any one ever even acknowledge that the card could actually have "died", and thus did not want to stand by their so called "life time warranty". I could only blame myself for going through that tech support charade. I have since abandoned phoneline networking, in favor of wireless. I have put Netgear in the same "outcast" category as Linksys,... and Hail to (that's how I spell networking relief) D-L-I-N-K.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't tell you how bad this thing is
I have gone through 3 of these. Every time there is a power failure while my PC is on, it fries this card. Tried using customer service the 1st time it happened. Took forever to convince them it was fried even though I could prove that it did not work in more than one PC. When the replacement was never delivered (most probably a FedEx problem) company ignored my request to ship a replacement and take the problem up themselves with UPS. This is the last Netgear product I ever buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this card!
I bought two of these in September 2001, thinking to network multiple PCs and share a broadband connection. Installation was a pain, requiring me to pin an IRQ in the BIOS for a Windows Me machine. The board ran-- for one day-- and then died. I got the other one working intermittently until I upgraded to Windows XP. Under XP, for one glorius month, everything worked great. In January, my machine locked up and the board stopped working.

I tried everything, including doing a complete reinstall of Windows 95 on a spare machine, to determine if it was XP. It wasn't. Neither board worked on a simple Windows 95 setup. I have a computer background and I even tried debugging the device driver initialization before determining that the boards were fried.

Buy another vendor's product. ... Read more


16. Netgear DB-104NA Dual Speed Starter Kit
list price: $149.00
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Asin: B00000J4MB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 34382
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Looking for a quick way to network a couple of PCs? Consider the Netgear DB104NA Network Starter Kit, which uses 10/100 Mb per second Ethernet components to ensure high speed performance but is so easy to install that even novices should have no trouble.

The kit comes with a few basic PCI 10/100Base-T Ethernet network-interface cards (NICs), two 25-foot long cables to connect the cards to the included 10/100Base-T four-port hub, and a power adapter for the hub.

The most impressive part of the package is the hub, a solidly built and compact metal unit with plenty of status lights. There are four Ethernet ports on the front of the box, and if you have more than four PCs to connect you can use the fourth port to uplink to another hub. A simple button is used to switch between normal and uplink modes, making it easy to upgrade when the time comes.

Installation is easy since the products are designed to work with one another and the NICs are plug-and-play devices. It took about 20 minutes on each of our two test PCs to install the NICs, about two minutes to attach them to the hub, and less than 30 minutes to configure the network. You should have similar success with the hardware installation, but the network configuration time will vary depending on your experience. Performance in file transfers and LAN gaming was right up there with other 10/100Base-T networks with hubs that we've tested in the past.

The few problems we found with the kit were minor. The cables were stiff, so snaking them around objects was more difficult than it should have been. The included network cards don't support Wake-On-LAN features, but that likely won't be a problem if you are connecting only two PCs. We also would like to have seen a switch rather than a hub at this price, but for home or small office use it really shouldn't matter. Other than that, this is a nice kit for beginners, offering fast speeds and a decent amount of scalability should you decide to add more computers to your network in the future. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Kit comes with everything needed to connect 2 PCs
  • Easy installation
  • Fast performance

Cons:

  • NICs have no Wake-On-LAN support
  • Stiff cables
... Read more

Features

  • Cost-effective entry-level networking product
  • 4 Port 10/100 Mbps dual-speed network hub
  • Includes two 10/100 PCI NIC cards (32-bit)
  • Two 25-foot patch cables
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for home & small office
I was tired of file swapping between two desktop computers and my laptop using floppy and zip disks. This product works as advertised. The Netgear card was instlled in my 5 year old Windows 95 machine. My new Dell 8100 series came with Windows ME and already had a 3-com fast ethernet card installed. My laptop has a US Robotics combo modem/ethernet PCMCIA card and Windows 95.

I was a little concerned that with different operating systems and three different brands of cards, that there might be a problem. It works perfectly. File transfer and sharing is a cinch on each machine. I haven't even hooked up my HP Laserjet to the new Dell because it is set up to share the printer with any computer hooked into the hub. I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Home Network!
I have bought two of these for home and office use. They work flawlessy and for the price you cannot beat the functionality. I was running at least Windows 98 on all computers I hooked up to the ethernet hub. Windows makes it easy to set up file and printer sharing.

After you are hooked up to a network you will not need to swap disks all the time in order to exchange information or to move files for printing. You can transfer a hundred megabytes in a minute or two depending on the kinds of files.

Setup is a breeze if you have ethernet cards installed already. Even if you do not have cards installed already there are instructions to walk you through step by step.

By the way, if you are just using this for a home network, pick out the Netgear hub combo that gives you the most stuff for the cheapest. I have bought at least 3 different ones and the all provide the same functionality as far as I can tell. It is just that sometimes they come with one more port, or an extra cable, or multiple speed compatibilities.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great starter kit!
We installed out Netgear network kit over a year ago. It was a cinch to put together and the components all went together without a problem. The kit is expandable to four PC's and is suitable for a DSL or similar connection for internet.

There are a couple things I'd recommend, especially if you plan to use the network for internet access. First, you need to understand that the "hub" is basically set up so that it allows one PC to access one computer, or your internet connection at a time. So, be prepared for waits if more than one of you is attempting to be online at one time. If you want to avoid that problem, you will want to install a "switch" instead of the "hub" which allows simultaneous traffic to flow at at the same time. We just upgraded our Netgear network with a switch and it has made all the difference.

The other thing-- you will need some kind of routing mechanism to handle the Internet connection. This can be hardware based (like the Netgear RT311 Internet Access Gateway Router) or software based. We chose to use Wingate software (available online at their website) and it has served us well.

Finally, we had trouble getting a D-Link network card to work with the system, though my laptop's Linksys card works fine. My advice, if you want to avoid problems, pick up the Netgear network cards. I've got a spare D-Link card sitting here in my office if you need one!

All in all, we've loved the system. The documentation is simple to follow and the quality is first rate!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect starter kit
First of all, this starter kit lets you do exactly for what its made: start you out. It is a great networking product out of the box, but once you add users, it is highly expandable via its 10/100 platform and uplink port.

The hub is great. Has a status light for every imaginable problem. Solid medal case makes it real sturdy. Even has a kit for attatching it to a wall. Has an odd transformer setup so you dont need 2 plugs worth of space on the power strips.

Cards: Great cards. Easy to set up. Has 5 lights on the back to see problems w/o going to the hub. Kit includes instructions not only to install the cards and software, but how to set up file and print sharing.

Cables: What can I say, their cables. However, their good ones, and serve their purpose.

Overall: Great kit. WONDERFUL price. I recommend this to anyone what wants a 100/10 MBps starter kit. A+ ... Read more


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