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Comments: This is not compatible with TIVO (Series 2) boxes. TIVO requires this adapter to begin with WG72 in the serial number's prefix.
Pros: comes with a little holder and velcro, plus USB extension cable. nice blue LED activity light.
Cons: I have installed 100's of wireless units in my job as a small biz IT guy and this one is the worst ever. the specs say it has a 100ft range but it is only 25ft from my AP and I have to wave it high in the air before it will lock on. not only that, I had to turn off WEP to get it to automatically connect to the AP in Vista. even when it does connect and has a "very good" signal, it is slow and takes up to 2 minutes to reconnect after a reboot.
I would avoid unless you are sitting right next to your AP.
Overall Review: this was originally purchased for use with embedded Linux WYSE terminals that have the WG111 on their supported list. not only did it not work, it would crash the unit. I suspect it may have worked, but I was over 50' away (that's a sad statement).
get's much hotter than other USB units I've used.
I'm so angry with it, I'm thinking about running CAT5 to be rid of it.
Pros: Excellent If you choose to use it in the 32Bit Arena.
Cons: However, if you are buying or building a New computer, this adapter will NOT work with Win xp pro x64 or the new Vista x64 platform (Netgear). However, it will work with the 32 bit versions of the aforementioned platforms. In short, if you are building Core2Duo or Quad system, on a 64 bit platform, the adapter is a dinosaur--obsolete.
Overall Review: NewEgg-- X-cellent!
Pros: I've used this usb networking device on computer after computer. I repair and construct units for friends & family and I use this to connect to my router to download updates, patches, and virus protection. It has never failed. Drivers included works with Win98II through XP (haven't tried vista yet)Range for me has been 10-50 feet (never tried any farther) in home and business environments. I'm about to purchase another one. (sold first one after demo on a WIN98II notebook)
Cons: None found, works every time I've tried it.
Overall Review: If you need a low cost reliable usb network receiver this rates high in my experience.
I must admit, I was using the utility that came with it. Maybe it would've worked better with XP's wireless connectivty, some users are having better luck without the Netgear Util.
Cons: I first wrote a review praising this device. I have since had nothing but problems from dropouts to won't work, then it works again then it won't, for long periods of time. I hard coded the IP and DNS from "IPCONFIG/ALL" and that seemed to fix it for a long time, then it started to drop again. Now nothing helps, it will only connect for minutes then I have to fight it for hours. I finally gave up, put my old D-Link AirPlus PCI card w/antenna unit back in and it never loses a connection. I will sell this WG111-V2 at a very low price to get rid of it.
Overall Review: With the many many bad reviews for this thing, I only hope every buyer goes to a different device. I have recently bought a Trendnet TEW-424UB V2 from New egg for my wifes computer, it was on super sale (yep I'm cheap), it has worked flawlessly so far, solid as a rock. It's util appears good too.
Pros: Fast, easy setup - still pulls solid download speeds.
Cons: None as of now.
Overall Review: I set this up in my friends apartment coupled with a router of the same manufacturer, and they work extremely well together. Software that comes with it is easy to use and straightforward.
Pros: Has excellent long range sensitivity, works flawless for hours on end. Really moves the data.
Cons: Warm to the touch.
Experienced many dropouts until I hard coded my IP, Subnet (hit the tab key), Default Gateway and Prefered DNS. (Use ipconfig/all at the cmd prompt to obtain these settings)
Continued to experience occasional dropouts, updated the driver w/ "Update Driver" in the Device Manager, now it's solid as a rock.
Overall Review: Netgear/Newegg, how can you go wrong!?!
Pros: Works even through 2 floors in my house. software was not needed, plug and play with XP
Cons: Gets hot !? sounds wierd but the little stick heats up alot when my wife uses on the laptop