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1. Netgear WAG511 802.11a/b/g Dual
$48.99 list($399.99)
2. Netgear HE102 802.11a Wireless
$13.45
3. Netgear WAB501 802.11a/b Dual
list($229.99)
4. Netgear HA501 802.11a Wireless
5. Netgear HR314 Cable/DSL 802.11a

1. Netgear WAG511 802.11a/b/g Dual Band Wireless PC Card
list price: $159.99
our price: $72.99
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Asin: B00008PGJ8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 6715
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Wirelessly connect from your office, home or public access locations with a single card
  • Works with all WLAN standards – Fully compatible with IEEE 802.11b, 802.11a and the current 802.11g draft specification
  • Up to 152-bit WEP network security helps to keep your wireless transmissions private
  • WLAN Manager - users can set up location specific profiles and provides a station list of the available WLAN access points in the area
  • Simple to install and use

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, easy to use.
I've been told that I bought a better wireless card than I needed, but I really don't regret it. This is my first wireless card, so maybe this is true of all of them, but it was a cinch to install and works great. I'm thrilled. And, believe me, if I think it's easy to use, ANYONE can use this thing. Connection speed is as though I was hooked up direct to my cable modem!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good product
The Netgear WAG511 802.11a/b/g wireless card works great in any environment. I also have bought the WGT624v2 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router and I can connect with it up to speeds of 108 Mbps.

In summary, a good buy

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are a mobile person, you need it
This card is great if you have a 802.11b router at home and 802.11a or g at work or University.

It is true that it is more expensive than the others, but you get access to three standards instead of 1 or 2.

If you'll always be working in a 802.11g or 802.11a network, buy another card, buy if you need access wherever you go, this is for you. ... Read more


2. Netgear HE102 802.11a Wireless Access Point
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000649CH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 19323
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 54 Mbps/up to 72 Mbps in turbo mode
  • Freedom to move from room to room with your notebook and stay connected
  • Quickly networks employees without the time/expense of Ethernet cabling
  • Standards-based, IEEE 802.11a reliability
  • Secure--industry standard 60/128/152-bit WEP encryption

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy setup, but weak signal
I purchased the Netgear HE102 along with the HA501 cardbus card, after I had to return the Linksys WAP54A and WPC54A. There were many reasons why I had to return the Linksys. See my review of the WPC54A elsewhere on Amazon. At first, I was a little apprehensive about the Netgear after the Linksys saga. To my pleasant surprise, the Netgear's setup was a breeze. Every feature worked as advertised, including 152 bit WEP and Turbo Mode. I was able to set up the wireless LAN in less than 10 minutes. Actually, the thing practically worked right out of the box. And this is with Windows XP. Now that I have been using the network for a little while, I do have one minor complaint. There were a number of times when my connection was dropped. Although the WAP and the laptop were on different floors, the straight linear distance between the two is only about 50 feet. And I really don't expect the connection to drop in such short distance. Miraculously, the connection was okay in other parts of the house. So, you really need to play with the location, orientation, antennas, and channel selection of the WAP to achieve an optimal/compromised result. Since there is no guidance in how to do this, you have to experiment. It may take you a long time to find the right combination. After a couple of days of experimentation, I now settled on the one combination that gives me no dead spot in the entire house, but I have to give up on bandwidth. I don't get the full 72 Mbps unless the laptop is in the same room as the WAP. Everywhere else, 48 Mbps is the best that I can do, and it deteriorates very fast from there. From a different floor, I mostly get about 12 Mbps. This is a good compromise that is also acceptable for my purpose. Your mileage may vary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy install, fast speeds, great product, great experience
I did a lot of research before purchasing a solution for my home wireless network. I read a lot of horror stories about people having a hard time setting things up, connections dropping, etc., so I was a little spooked about spending a lot of money for something that might be a pain. Boy was I in for a surprise.

I picked this NetGear product because I have had good experiences with their products in the past, and hadn't really heard anything particularly bad about this product. When it arrived, I was VERY impressed. I simply plugged it in, connected it to my Ethernet hub, put my new network card into my laptop (I bought the NetGear HA501 at the same time), and viola! It just worked! No complicated setting to configure, nothing to change on my laptop, my network, nothing. And its range is outstanding.

Also, for those of you trying to decide between 802.11a and 802.11b, choose 802.11a. While you might see just a little perceived increase in speed, the reliability of your connection is so much better. With 802.11a you don't have to worry about microwaves, cell phones, cordless phones, and other devices interfering. With 802.11b there is so much interference that connections can (and do) drop or be very flaky.

Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great unit for behind the NAT Firewall
All I did was plug it in and turn it on. I read a thousand reviews and this unit showed promise, I was shocked at the ease of installation!! Once I was online I was able to configure it through my web browser... Done!!

I combined this with the Netgear - WAG511 on a WinXP laptop.

May stump some real beginners to the networking field as the documentation leaves a little to be desired. I am able to get a strong signal from my porch and every room in my house.

Recommendations, combine this with a multi protocol PC Card to ensure that you get a good signal, add powered entenna's to strengthen the signal, locate this within eye shot of your favorite seat for maximum performance and remember that the internet moves at a much slower rate than this connection at 28% throughput.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install... but be sure you have all that you need...
It took me less than 10 minutes to get this up and running with my DSL line and my two remote pc's (one I installed the HA 311 PCI card, and the laptop with HA 501 cardbus). I have XP, and it was pretty much plug it in, and let it go to work. Then came the bad part... I couldn't network the two PC's, plus only one could use the DSL line at a time. So I did my reseach and found that you need a router/gateway to act as firewall (so you don't need to firewall the two pc's and thus they can network effectively) and to also allow simultaneous use of the DSL connection. I bought a Siemans 4 port router (circuit city 29.99 after a rebate) hooked it between the DSL and wireless access point and voila! Safety and shared DSL! All this extra work could have been saved had the product info on the Amazon site specified the need for a gateway/router... but I didn't find that out until I opened the box where in the manual it stated that you needed it for 'the recommended configuration'. It was still a good deal though, with the HE 102 Access Point costing less than ..., and the gateway ..., it was still cheaper than the NetGear HR 314 Wireless Router that performs both functions in one unit, but, sells for ... so I saved about ... bucks by accident. By the way, performance is great, though one site only gets 8Mbps throughput and a bit weaker signal, as my house has metal framing, but it is still waaay better that a 56k dialup!!! And I just love walking around the house with my laptop untethered, it is ever so cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, still not up to 802.11b range though.
This system was EASY to install. Basically, you plug it in and it broadcasts. It's speed level is fantastic. However, I found that its range was not nearly as good as with my SMC 802.11b system.

I am still glad I bought this product, but it is shocking to me that the system doesn't always get good reception from but one room away (It works, but not always particularly well).

I should mention how the system works speedwise. It's speeds are significantly higher than the 802.11b, but there is more of a lag. So, you might go to a website, get a slight lag where nothing shows up on the page, and then boom... it all appears instantaneously. I am sure that some of this delay is because I've created another point for data to go through - I am using this system through my SMC barricade.

The Netgear HE102 does NOT have a firewall built into it, and so you should really should route this system through one for added security.

So, should you buy and use this? Yes and no, depending upon your set-up.

NO: If you live in a big home where you don't have to worry about outside disturbances (ie multiple microwave ovens and 2.4 gig phones.) In this situation go with 802.11b for the greater range at a lower price.

YES: If you need to move massive amounts of data though your network. 802.11a is MUCH faster when it works, and you do notice the difference with larger files.

YES: If you live in a high density area such as a condominium were you have to worry about interference from your neighbors. This netgear system will bypass most interference since it operates at a higher frequency, and the lessend range actually becomes an advantage since it means you are less likely to get interference from other 802.11a systems as well. ... Read more


3. Netgear WAB501 802.11a/b Dual Band Wireless PCCard

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Asin: B00006RVPU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 7794
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal Wi-Fi solution!
I bought this with its matching access point NetGear WAB102 and could not be happier. Set-up took less than five minutes, although configuring the security and access settings took about an hour. The card and access point also include 3-yr warranties, 24/7 support and all that jazz. Excellent for those who don't wanna spend too much time figuring out how to connect Wi-Fi. A co-worker of mine has the Microsoft solution that claims total simplicity and zero uptime, but I fought the NetGear solution much easier. ... Read more


4. Netgear HA501 802.11a Wireless 32-bit Card Bus Adapter
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B0000649CD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 18609
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

You want speed and mobility for your small office. Netgear's ultrafast HA501 802.11a wireless CardBus adapter delivers the ultimate in wireless networking performance, running at 54 Mbps, or up to 72 Mbps in turbo mode. It gives you the freedom to roam throughout the workplace and stay connected to corporate resources, e-mail, and your intranet without interference. Send and receive large files, including high-quality audio and video, anywhere in your business or classroom. Share presentations and collaborate on graphics-intensive projects without being tethered to your desk.

Since there are no wires to install, networking your home or office PCs couldn't be easier. You'll immediately experience reliable, IEEE 802.11a LAN connectivity that's protected with industry-standard 64/128/152-bit WEP encryption. And Netgear's 802.11a solution makes it easy to add new clients or move your entire network to a new site. The HA501 supports most notebook PCs equipped with a CardBus slot. It does not interfere with IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth devices and also supports office roaming with uninterrupted network access. It also extends your Ethernet LAN by allowing secure, mobile access to network resources. Simply connect one or more Netgear HE102 access points to your existing network or broadband connection, then add a Netgear HA501 wireless CardBus adapter to each notebook PC. With high-speed wireless connectivity, mobile users can be more productive, wherever their work happens to be.

Eight nonoverlapping channels in the 5 GHz band (5.15 to 5.35 GHz) supply extensive coverage and bandwidth. Based on WiFi5 technology, Netgear's IEEE 802.11a solution supports Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP operating systems. The HA501 comes with a five-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 54 Mbps--up to 72 Mbps in turbo mode
  • Freedom to roam throughout the office and stay connected
  • Quickly networks employees without the time or expense of Ethernet cabling
  • Standards-based, IEEE 802.11a reliability
  • Secure--industry standard 60/128/152-bit WEP encryption

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great speed at a limited range.
This system was EASY to install. You plug it into your computer, insert the cd-rom, and it will pretty much install itself in a couple of minutes. This installation is almost as easy as the access point where you plug it in and it broadcasts. It's speed level is fantastic. However, I found that its range was not nearly as good as with my SMC 802.11b system.

I am still glad I bought this product, but it is shocking to me that the system doesn't always get good reception from but one room away (It works, but not always particularly well).

I should mention how the system works speedwise. It's speeds are significantly higher than the 802.11b, but there is more of a lag. So, you might go to a website, get a slight lag where nothing shows up on the page, and then boom... it all appears instantaneously. I am sure that some of this delay is because I've created another point for data to go through - I am using this system through my SMC barricade.

Besides the limited range, there is one other annoying feature of the product - it lights. They blink and flash in a way that I find rather annoying, although one does get used to it for a while.

So, should you buy and use this? Yes and no, depending upon your set-up.

NO: If you live in a big home where you don't have to worry about outside disturbances (ie multiple microwave ovens and 2.4 gig phones.) In this situation go with 802.11b for the greater range at a lower price.

YES: If you need to move massive amounts of data though your network. 802.11a is MUCH faster when it works, and you do notice the difference with larger files.

YES: If you live in a high density area such as a condominium were you have to worry about interference from your neighbors. This netgear system will bypass most interference since it operates at a higher frequency, and the lessend range actually becomes an advantage since it means you are less likely to get interference from other 802.11a systems as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars constant dropped signal and system crash
I used 802.11b wireless for 3 years and was very happy with it until I started using software that requires transferring of large files. I even mixed routers and pc cards from different companies, and everything integrated well. I jumped into 802.11a wireless when it first came out thinking that it'll be just as easy to install. 4 out of 4 laptops that I had crashed and locked within 5 minutes as soon as pc cards come close to the router (even with non turbo mode). After changing the router, it seemed to work ok for few days. Now, my Sony picturebook still crashes so I can't use pc card at all, signal kept getting dropped every 30 minutes or so on my other laptops, and sometimes it locks everything and crashes my server. After 2 months of wasted effort, I am very disappointed, and I am going back to wired networking (802.11b is too slow and 802.11a is too unreliable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mirror review of the HE102
I purchased the Netgear HE102 along with the HA501 cardbus card, after I had to return the Linksys WAP54A and WPC54A. There were many reasons why I had to return the Linksys. See my review of the WPC54A elsewhere on Amazon. At first, I was a little apprehensive about the Netgear after the Linksys saga. To my pleasant surprise, the Netgear's setup was a breeze. Every feature worked as advertised, including 152 bit WEP and Turbo Mode. I was able to set up the wireless LAN in less than 10 minutes. Actually, the thing practically worked right out of the box. And this is with Windows XP. Now that I have been using the network for a little while, I do have one minor complaint. There were a number of times when my connection was dropped. Although the WAP and the laptop were on different floors, the straight linear distance between the two is only about 50 feet. And I really don't expect the connection to drop in such short distance. Miraculously, the connection was okay in other parts of the house. So, you really need to play with the location, orientation, antennas, and channel selection of the WAP to achieve an optimal/compromised result. Since there is no guidance in how to do this, you have to experiment. It may take you a long time to find the right combination. After a couple of days of experimentation, I now settled on the one combination that gives me no dead spot in the entire house, but I have to give up on bandwidth. I don't get the full 72 Mbps unless the laptop is in the same room as the WAP. Everywhere else, 48 Mbps is the best that I can do, and it deteriorates very fast from there. From a different floor, I mostly get about 12 Mbps. This is a good compromise that is also acceptable for my purpose. Your mileage may vary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Stunner from Netgear
I am afraid that I am becoming somewhat of biased Netgear user. Having had nothing but unfettered success with their products, my selections are pretty much automatic. The card arrived and was plugged into my Dell Inspiron 7500 laptop. The installation was painless and in less than 5 minutes I was surfing the net over the wireless network. Granted, I have paired this with Netgear's HE-102 which probably contributes to the quality perfomance.

As I write this I am approximately 25m away from the WAP with about 1.5 walls and 1 floor. This gives me a 74% signal and a 24-48MBps transfer rate and a 36-54 MBps receive rate. The lowest rate I have seen in the house is 18 MBps which is still far better than 802.11b.

If you are on the fence, jump off on the side of 802.11a with Netgear's products. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works right out of the box
Bought both the HA501 802.11a PC Card and HE102 802.11a wireless access point. Installed and ran out of the box. Driver installation is a snap. Setup is a snap with Windows/XP. No reboot necessary. Changing wireless network SSID and setting WEP encryption is easy as well. I ran in turbo mode 72Mbps inside my house and connect to the cable modem for internet access. Very fast and good range too.
Monitoring the stations connecting and changing TCP/IP config via the AP web interface is very easy too. ... Read more


5. Netgear HR314 Cable/DSL 802.11a High-Speed Wireless Router

Asin: B00006OAJU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 31317
Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Share your broadband Internet connection, files and printers with up to 253 computers
  • Extend your existing network to remote building locations
  • 152-bit encryption and NAT routing assures total privacy, protecting your network against hackers
  • Included Freedom Antivirus and privacy software bundle seals the barricade against intruders
  • Smart Wizard and Install Assistant make setup fast and easy

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Junk
I just bought one of these and right out of the box it didn't work in wireless mode. Fails POST. It appears to be a very cheap WAP attached to a very nice wired router. After reading the reviews here, and reviews about their use of offshore technical support (sending american jobs to India). I would urge people to aviod this router and netgear in general.

3-0 out of 5 stars It Does have it flaws but it stills works for me!!
Ok when I first got the Netgear HR314 I played around with it on my wired network. Now I have 5 computer systems 4 wired and one wireless thats in another room. Now when I connected it to my cable modem and to my wired systems I had no problems, but the issue came when I tried connecting the wireless system. This was a problem. My network was two rooms away from the wireless system so its obvious I did not receive a connection. So after trying a whole day of unsuccessful tests my instructor at school give me a few ideas, so I tried them and they didn't work. But I found out that the signal must be strong not to mention you must not be around intefearence when trying to connect for the first time. Now this goes also if you set your connection and then you reboot your system and come back on thinking your going to connect which will not work unless the router is in the room, So I suggest you get a wireless access point and put it in the middle of all the areas you work at. Plus keep your router in a cool area away from heat cause that is your problem when your system acts a fool on connection. Also sit your router up in an elevated area that will help your connection also it will keep it cool a lil bit. Then beware of walls or metal walls that block you from your connection cause it will degrade your signal. This is what has helped me and if you don't have an access point between your network and the wirless computer then you need one that way you can shut your system down and not worry about going through the long setup trying to get a signal again just bootup and your connected. Also the price on this is wrong it is not a 100 dollars or more it's more like 40 dollars from Tigerdirect.com so go there and look for all your computer peripherals cause thats where I have been shoppin for my equipment.

4-0 out of 5 stars HR314
I have had this product for 2 months now, I have had no problems with it, the set up was extreamly easy. My only complaint, which I should have known, is that the signal degrades fast, especially thrue walls(due to it opperating at the 5MHz band). In the same room I get a 54Mb/sec connection, 40ft and two walls away I get a 6Mb/sec connection, which is fine for web surfing (Roadrunner = 1.5Mb/sec). I just have to bring the laptop into the room with the router for file transfers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on you, Netgear
I bought my HR314 wireless router and Netgear WAB501 dual mode wireless pc-card in April, 2003. I wanted to equip my laptop so that I may browse internet anywhere in the house.

At the time, I decided to go with Netgear because it was a reputable company and offer great value to its products. Of course, my opinion toward its products and services changed after my problem with HR314. Stay tuned.

On paper, HR314 offers a great set of technical features that will do great for any home network. It offers 4 LAN port and a wireless access point. It supports 802.11a (5GHz) protocol that allows transfer rate of ~50 Mbps at normal mode and 108 Mbps at turbo mode.

I liked that fact that it operates at 5 GHz range so that my microwave or my neighbor's cordless phone will not interfere with my router. Of course, I later learned it interfered with my wife's cell phone. :-( Furthermore, I like the fact it offers up to 108 Mbps with its turbo mode. I figured it is also as good as a T100 connection.

The installation of the router was very simple and straight forward. Just plugged in my desk top to its LAN port configured it (via its router web page at 192.168.0.1) according to its user guide, and there it went. Installation of my WAB501 pc-card was also a breeze. Just installed its driver, plugged in to my laptop, and it started to connect to my rest of home network.

After everything was set up, I walked around the house with my laptop and monitor transmission signal strength and expected transfer rate reported by WAB501 configuration utility tool. I noticed that transfer rate suffered quickly as I moved away from the router. Transfer rate dropped from 108 Mbps to 50 Mbps when I moved from my study (where router was located) to my kitchen/bedroom that is about 30 feet away. Keep in mind, for internet browsing, 50 Mbps was not bad at all. I could not get any signal if I moved my laptop to basement, even though it was still about 30 - 40 feet away from router. I guess wireless signal does not travel downward. :-? One more thing, HR314 runs hot and is a noisy little guy (electronic humming noise).

I was happy with the product for 4 months, and my trouble with HR314 started two weeks ago. It just would not connect with my WAB501. It first stucked in reset mode. According to its router configuration page, the access point was always "rebooting". I later found out that this problem only occurs after the unit is powered up for a few hours.

Right away, I called Netgear's technical support. It was busy and I left a message for it to call me back. After a few hours, someone actually called me back. That was a pleasant surprise. After trying a few things, the technical support gave me a RMA# and asked me to send the unit to its service center. I wrote down the instructions and quickly sent the unit out. After a week, it came back. I wish the story stops here, but it doesn't. Sigh...

I was very happy to see my HR314 to come back so soon. I right away connected it to my computers. The unit was no longer stuck at reset state. Good. I turned on my laptop and checked if WAB501 could connect to the router. Yes, great. As soon as I opened a web page from the laptop, I noticed a big problem. The connection transfer rate is now only 5 kbps. That is 10,000 times slower than before! Appearantly, its service center didn't perform a full diagnostic on the unit.

I called the technical support right away. After working with me for a long time, the technical support decided the problem was not of HR314. It believed that my computer configuration slowed down the transfer rate. What a nonsense! I could connect my laptop with a wired connection to my network and worked just fine.

I continued to work with the HR314 and WAB501 for another couple days, even reloading Win2K on my laptop, and this is what I learned.

1. HR314 stucks in rest mode after being powered for a few hours.
2. HR314 configuration web page becomes inaccessible after using it for an hour.
3. Transfer rate reported by the WAB501 configuration utility does not reflect the actual tranfer rate.
4. Its wireless access point becomes unstable and reboot frequently.

I am still trying to work with Netgear technical support on this problem, and I hope it will finally resolve this problem for me, but I will not get my hope up. It is likely that I have bought a $150 paper weight.

2-0 out of 5 stars Replacement unit also proved defective
The issue both times was that the WAP functionality was not working at all. The test light was on steadily. The replacement unit did not work at first, then I upgraded to firmware v1.2 and it did work. A day later I upgraded to firmware v1.4.2 and the test light again would not go off (i.e. as far as the implications for the WAP component, it said "AP is now rebooting" forever).
The non WAP components worked fine.
It looks like basic unit testing is not performed on these routers as they leave the factory in China. It boggles my mind that such simple tests as powering on the unit and watching the
test light are not being done and retailers are shipping defective routers. In my opinion there is a bug in the firmware
but instead of getting a fix, you're more likely to get a RMA number.

The support lines were unreachable in the first week of 09/2003.
"Due to heavy call volume we cannot answer at this time, try again later" was a message I heard at least thrice at different times of the day/evening. 24/7 support is being handled in India and the quality of the lines, as well as the competence of the staff leave much to be desired. I've worked in the areas of networking (including routers, switches, etc.) for over 10 years, and from the support calls I gather that 1st level support lack even basic understanding of this product. They did not even ask me to reset the unit to factory defaults, and sounded upset that I've tried to upgrade the firmware (as if this is proscribed)!!
I am not a happy customer. ... Read more


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