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Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter

by Netgear

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  • 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
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Netgear
  • Model: MA111NA
  • Weight: 0.60 pounds

Product Details

Product Manual [1.13mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00008XOHI
  • Item model number: MA111NA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 21, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Fast and Easy 11 Mbps Wireless Connectivity
Netgear has designed this Wireless USB Adapter to give you fast, reliable Internet access. There's no need to open up your PC, or install expensive Ethernet cables to connect wirelessly. The MA111 effortlessly connects your desktop PC at home, or even your notebook PC at a hotspot over any 802.11b network. With its automatic rate fallback, the MA111 lets you move to extended distances without losing your connectivity. Attractively styled, this compact device simply plugs into an external USB port on your desktop or notebook PC. High-level WEP encryption gives you secure data communication and shields your network from wireless eavesdroppers--at no sacrifice to performance. With Netgear, Everybody's connecting, and with the MA111, they can connect everywhere.

Simple
Wireless connectivity at 11 Mbps that's powered by USB 1.1 means there's no need to open the cover of your PC and no need to buy or install Ethernet cabling. The included 5 ft cable allows you to position the adapter for peak signal strength to your desktop.

Capable
Automatic rate fallback adjusts to greater distances. Hardware-based 40/64 and 128-bit WEP encryption protects your privacy. Pre-configured to work with other Netgear wireless products, this USB adapter works with Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, and XP.

Reliable
In addition to seamless signal strength and dependable operability, NETGEAR provides a 3 year warranty. Now you can enjoy fast wireless access without unexpected interruptions.

Product Description

Get fast, reliable Internet access with this Netgear 802.11b 11Mbps Wireless USB 1.1 adapter—powered by USB 1.1. It connects effortlessly to your desktop or notebook PC and with its automatic rate fallback, you can move extended distances without losing your connectivity. Features 128-bit WEP encryption to protect your privacy against wireless eavesdroppers, and operates with Windows 98 and higher. 5' cable included.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I feel so bad at buying this product.
tech guyIL
Every time I tried to install the adapter, it would cause my computer to crash.
Jeanne
Very small and works great with my laptop.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Noah Lazar on November 20, 2004
Just as a warning, Amazon.com is now shipping v2 of the MA111 adapter. Only the original version 1 is currently supported by TiVo, so do not purchase this if you want wireless connectivity with your Series2 box. See tivo.com/adapters for the latest list. The product box will list "MA111v2" if you have the newest version.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Erin on May 18, 2004
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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lubos Motl on June 21, 2005
I like this product. The design is sexy; it is able to detect the signal well. The most problematic part of the package are the drivers.

The manual pages tell you that you must first install the software from the CD and then insert the gadget, otherwise your computer will crash.

You should know that when you first install the drivers from the CD and then you insert the device, your computer will crash, too. The reason is that your computer most likely has Windows XP on it. The drivers on the CD are not XP-certified and they will crash your computer.

If you've already installed them, try to uninstall them - and/or make a "system restore" and return your system to the pre-installation era. If you're lucky enough that you have not started yet, just go to [...] and find the drivers for MA111. You should choose the newest drivers - which means 2.5 beta. Although it is a beta version, it is actually the only version that is compatible with Windows XP Service Pack 2 which I suppose most of you want.

Install the 2.5 beta version only by running the SETUP.EXE program from the UTILITY subdirectory, nothing else, and your gadget will work very well.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Jackson on October 26, 2003
I have two of the MA111 adapters. The first, installed on a Shuttle XPC running Windows XP SP1, has been troublefree from day 1. However, the second adapter, installed on my Dell 2650 (also running XP Home SP1) was giving the "blue screen of death" reported in several other reviews on this page. I got the screen 100% of the time. It turns out the problem is a conflict with the standard Dell Synaptics touchpad drivers. If you download the new Synaptics A02 drivers for XP and install them, the MA111 will then work perfectly. I suspect that any laptop running the original Synaptics touchpad drivers for XP will have the same problem.
Now that the drivers are resolved, I am hitting speeds of 1.85G with my MA111. Not too shabby for 802.11b.
By the way, if you download the new Windows XP update for interactive error reporting, it will tell you the blue screens are likely coming from the Synaptics touchpad, not the MA111.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Berry on September 10, 2004
Verified Purchase
My husband and I bought three of these Wireless USB Adapters for TiVo 2. We noticed that the new ones work great with the TiVo and allow us to stream music to TiVo and transfer recordings from one TiVo to another.

I want to make one note that we got what seems to be an older version of this model and TiVo get dropping the network adapter after about 10-20 minutes. Amazon sent us another one and it worked fine. So, if you have this problem, don't give up, but try a different USB adapter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 14, 2005
There are two version, V1 & V2. V1 had problems with XP SP2 but the latest driver solves this problem. V2 works fine with XP SP2. In both cases, you MUST install the driver BEFORE plugging in the card! This is very important! If you do that the card works flawlessly.

The range is superb. Better than my Netgear MA401 which is a PCMCIA card. The MA111 works from 4 floors up in my apartment building, which is an amazing range. I am truly impressed.
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