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NETGEAR N150 Wi-Fi USB Adapter (WNA1100)

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  • Wi-Fi Standard-IEEE 802.11n (draft).Wireless Security-WEP .WPA-PSK .WPA2-PSK..Physical Characteristics-Depth-2.4.
  • ISM Band-Yes.Interfaces/Ports-Host Interface-USB.Physical Characteristics-Weight (Approximate)-2.61 oz.
  • ISM Maximum Frequency-2.40 GHz.Physical Characteristics-Height-0.3.
  • Wireless Transmission Speed-150 Mbps;Physical Characteristics-Width-0.7;
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The Wna1100 Wireless-N Usb Adapter Provides Better Range And Speed Than Wireless-G Adapter. Surf, Email, Stream Music, Play On-Line Games, And Make Internet Phone Calls. Easy Secured Setup With Push 'N' Connect Using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Wps). General Information-Manufacturer-Netgear, Inc. General Information-Manufacturer Part Number-Wna1100-100Ens. General Information-Manufacturer Website Address-Netgear. General Information-Brand Name-Netgear. General Information-Product Model-Wna1100. General Information-Product Name-Wna1100 Wireless-N Usb Adapter. General Information-Product Type-Wi-Fi Adapter. Miscellaneous-Compatibility-Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows 7 Microsoft Windows Xp Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64-Bit). Technical Information-Wi-Fi Standard-Ieee 802. 11N (Draft). Technical Information-Ism Band-Yes. Technical Information-Ism Maximum Frequency-2. 40 Ghz. Technical Information-Wireless Transmission Speed-150 Mbps. Technical Information-Wireless Security-Wep Wpa-Psk Wpa2-Psk. Interfaces/Ports-Host Interface-Usb. Physical Characteristics-Height-0. 3". Physical Characteristics-Width-0. 7". Physical Characteristics-Depth-2. 4". Physical Characteristics-Weight (Approximate)-2. 61 Oz.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Wireless Type 802.11G
Brand Name Netgear
Item model number WNA1100-100ENS
Hardware Platform Pc
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7, XP, Vista (32/64-bit)
Item Weight 5.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.4 x 5.3 x 1.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 6.38 x 5.31 x 1.61 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B0036R9XRU
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4 out of 5 stars 506 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #120 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Wireless Access Points
#186 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories > Wi-Fi Dongles
#1,780 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available February 1, 2010

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Style Name: N150 Verified Purchase
(1) This adapter easily provides 802.11n wireless connectivity to a PC or laptop with a USB port. In order to get the full speed benefit, of course, you need an 802.11n wireless access point. But it is backwardly compatible with the more widely deployed 802.11 b/g WiFi access points.

(2) The adapter has approximately the same size as a thumb drive and can be plugged directly into a USB port. Netgear also provides an auxiliary cradle with a 52" cable. The cable plugs into a USB port, and the adapter plugs into the cradle. The cradle is useful if you are using the adapter with a PC placed under a desk, for example. You can position the adapter for best RF reception.

(3) The adapter runs only slightly warm to the touch. It has an inside slot, which allows good air circulation. When plugged into the cradle, the adapter is held at an ~45 deg angle from vertical, again allowing good air circulation.

(4) The adapter does require you to load drivers. I'm using it with an old PC running Win XP. No problems. Just load in the setup CD and follow the step-by-step instructions. You should check for compatibility with other versions of Win.

(5) If you have a PC with a standard Ethernet port, an alternative adapter is the Netgear WNCE2001 Ethernet-to-802.11n adapter. That unit does not require drivers; however, it is a lot more expensive (~$60). It also runs hotter and does not come with a cradle (Netgear supplies Velcro strips if you want to mount the unit to a surface). Prices vary a lot day-to-day on Amazon. I bought this USB adapter a month ago for $35, now I see it's selling for $24. That's a good bargain.

(6) One word of caution concerning what this adapter will *not* do. It will not allow you to connect a non-network printer with a USB port to a wireless network. This adapter converts USB signals to 802.11n signals. It does not have a network protocol stack loaded in firmware.
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I've been using the Netgear N150 Wireless Adatper day after day, and it's just like having an ethernet connection, it's that fast and stable. I can connect to the internet nearly the second my computer boots up, I don't have to worry about it trying to connect to my wireless network, it just works.

I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64 with Service Pack 1. The one concern of mine was finding a wireless adapter that works with a 64 bit operating system; the package says it does, but I was worried anyway. Luckily for me, it worked perfectly fine! Anyway, so outside of installing the driver, I opted to let Windows 7 manage the device, instead of letting the Netgear software do it for me.

I bought the device from Staples. Mine did come with the stand, which I'm not sure what it's for, but it looks nice anyway. ;p

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I have now owned this wireless adapter for a month, and would like to say I still have no problems with it. I get incredible download speeds like I usually do, and it's never failed. As to people's gripes, just install the driver, and let Windows handle it; I have no idea how Netgear's included software works, but as I had no need to, the product works perfectly fine without it. I'd also like to note: I'm on a different floor from the main router, so I'm pretty psyched at how well this thing works.
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I'm an IT person with over 20 years experience working with PCs. As to be expected my home is wired or rather very wireless with over 9 devices that connect to the internet one way or the other (and the number is always increasing it seems).

I already owned two Netgear WNA1100 802.11n adapters and and I was happy to order two more from Amazon. I downloaded the drivers from the Netgear website, never looked at the drivers on the disk. Long story short they worked great and with no issues with Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit but this is not where the story ends, I got my best performance after I optimized my wireless network. In some cases I was able to double my connection speeds.

Let me share how I optimized my wireless network:

a) I used the websites speedtest.net and pingtest.net to determine my internet connection speed (use a wired connection to the router for this). This is your REAL baseline, it is very hard for a wireless connection to beat a shielded wired connection to a router. If your wireless connection equals the speed of your wired connection you are good and probably as good as you are going to get.

b) Find a wireless channel that is not in used near your house. The default channel in most routers is 6 and you have a choice from 1 to 11. Use the Netgear Network connectivity software and find an unused channel and test again. You will need access to your router settings for this. This is especially important if your neighbors are close like on apartments or townhouses. I have over 13 wireless networks in range of my house and using a channel that the others are not using was the best improvement I did to my wireless network.

c) Move the Netgear WNA1100 802.11n to new locations. Moving the Netgear WNA1100 802.
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I use this with a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows 7 on it. Installing the drivers from the mini-cd was easy. Encountered no problems connecting to my Medialink wireless N router. Checking my connection speed through Windows' Network and Sharing Center showed 54 Mbps. I found that strange since I was hoping to see something faster than that. Doing some research on the internet, I found my answer. I changed my security type setting from WPA personal to WPA2 personal and the encryption type from TKIP to AES on my router and laptop. Now my connection speed is 150 Mbps. Surfing the internet doesn't seem any different, but just knowing that something improved makes me feel better. The adapter is small and unobtrusive so I don't have to worry about accidentally breaking it off. Lastly, this thing does blink with a blue light. It doesn't bother me, but I know some might find it annoying.
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