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Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know if this works or not. It came with no software or user's guide. I don't know how to see if it works or not.Published on October 27, 2013 by James Gilley
sent it back for a refund chould not use this at all and so i went to best buy and pick one up which work great came with disk.Published on July 10, 2013 by Donald Barnes
Received product with dispatch and loaded the software and the installation was a breeze. Product worked as expected and I am completely pleased at how easy it was.Published on July 7, 2011 by Robert Walsh
I bought this product thinking that it would be the best choice in connecting to my Netgear router, but I was very wrong. Read morePublished on September 11, 2008 by Jeanne
This product works 80% of the time, and has great reception, but drops the signal often enough that I am forced to get a new product. Ugh.Published on December 29, 2007 by ChillsnThrills
i should have give this item more stars, but since it was so hard configuring it i will only give 3 stars.
Successful instalation steps:
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If i could give this thing a 6, i would!! it is the handiest tool for working on computers!!!Published on January 9, 2007 by Sean M. Martin
This refurb USB adapter works better than my brand new Netgear PC cards. It gets top reception every time. I am amazed. Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by M. D. Murray