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NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Adapter WNDA3100 v3

3.9 out of 5 stars 445 customer reviews
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  • Wirelessly Surf, Email, Stream Hd Video
  • On-Line Game
  • Internet Phone Calls
  • Less Interference And Better Connections
  • Better Speed And Range Than Other Usb Wireless-N Adapters
  • Supports Windows 8
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Product Description

Product Description

Netgear Dualband Usb Adapter

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When you're ready to connect your desktop or laptop to a wireless hot spot or new Wireless-N network, the NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter (WNDA3100) will get the job done with outstanding speed, minimal interference and robust connections. Featuring the latest dual band Wireless-N technology, the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter delivers exceptional range and speed of new Wireless-N devices while still offering backwards compatibility to older Wireless-G networks. This adapter will connect you to a Wireless-N network and let you surf, email, stream HD video, play on-line games, and even make Internet phone calls--simultaneously!

The NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter:
  • Lets your PC notebook connect to Wireless N networks and hotspots.
  • Is backwards compatibile with Wireless-G networks and devices.
  • Operates on both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands to minimize interference.
  • Is extremely portable--weighs less than one ounce.


This highly portable adapter lets you connect to Wireless-N networks for long range and high speeds. View larger.
Less Interference, Increased Range and Superior Performance
When you use the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter to connect to a Wireless-N network, you can take advantage of the new technology's outstanding range and performance. Utilizing the latest dual band Wireless-N technology, when used with Wireless-N networks, can deliver more than 10 times the range and offer a throughput speed of up to 15 times greater than existing Wireless-G networks.

Another notable advantage of dual band Wireless-N is that it works with up to 23 channels that operate on the 5GHz band. Wireless-G networks, on the other hand, operate on the 2.4-GHz band with only 3 channels, which is also home to some cordless phones, microwaves, and other devices that can cause interference. 5GHz Wireless-N avoids the interference that can interrupt Wireless-G networks, giving you greater reliability and performance. The RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter turns your computer into a new dual band Wireless-N device, letting you connect securely to all new Wireless-N gateways, routers and access points. While the adapter is backwards compatible with any Wireless-G network or hot spot, its performance is optimized for use with the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300), HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDE111/WNHDEB111), RangeMax Next Wireless-N Routers (WNR834B, WNR854T Gigabit version).

USB Connectivity for Immediate Performance
Offering better speed and range than other USB Wireless-N adapters, the RangeMax Wireless-N Dual Band Adapter--when used to connect to a Wireless-N network--lets you wirelessly surf, email, stream HD video, on-line game, make Internet phone calls--at the same time!

Depending on your Internet connection, the adapter can provide you with enough bandwidth to support quick music downloads, file sharing and HD multimedia applications.

This convenient and highly portable adapter, which weighs less than an ounce and is about the size of a lighter, is designed for your Windows XP or Vista notebook or desktop PC and simply plugs into any USB port.

What's in the Box
RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter (WNDA3100), installation guide, resource CD, and warranty/support information card.



The adapter is portable and easy to install, making it easy to use with all your computers.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.1 x 0.5 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 0.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001498LIO
Item model number WNDA3100-100NAS
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 445 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #107 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories > Wi-Fi Dongles
#917 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By Xin Li on December 27, 2010
having been in the computer business professionally for nearly a decade, and a hobbyist for twice that long, I've become very jaded about product performance claims. My rule of thumb is to take whatever is claimed on the box, and divide by two. But once in a while, even I am pleasantly surprised when a product does exactly what is promised. This dual band wireless N wifi adapter is one such product. I made this purchase so that I could stream 1080p movies, with DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 audio from a NAS 12ft away from my WDTV Live, which is directly wired into my Netgear WNDR3700. What this means is that I needed a card capable of ~25Mbps sustained throughput, with burst throughput of somewhere around 60Mbps to eliminate stutter

I started this endeavor with the purchase of the D-Link DWA556, thinking mistakenly that it was a dual band card capable of 5Ghz. It was not. Nevertheless, I gave it a chance, as it's theoretically possible to reach ~60Mbps with wireless N, even on the 2.4Ghz. But alas, no matter how I tweaked my channels, I couldn't get anything more then 30Mbps, max out of that card and my router. Then I gave up on the DLink, and instead bought this card. If I could've gotten anything close to 60Mbps out of this thing, I would've been very happy. Man was I surprised. I have gotten a sustained throughput of about 112Mbps, with a max of 150Mbps, and a minimum never dropping below 90Mbps. I tested by copying a 16GB file from my NAS to a laptop hooked directly into the router via gigabit ethernet. The entire copy took 17 minutes and 14 seconds, for an average of 126Mbps. The second test was to copy the same file from the NAS to my Macbook pro, which is also on the 5Ghz network. That process averaged about 48Mbps. Not great, but not bad at all.
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The WNDA3100 would timeout for 4 seconds approximately every 25 seconds plus other random 5-6 second timeouts. Was using latest drivers. Tried with 2 WNDR3700s in two different locations (one location had no other 2.4ghz channels in use.) Worked with Netgear on issue.

The problem was instantly fixed when I obtained and installed a WNDA3100v2, which has the same model number, although it uses a different chipset and has a light and button which are shown on the packaging. Because it has the same model number, you will need to buy it locally so you can tell the difference.

Returned the WNDA3100 (version1, 1 star) and kept the WNDA3100v2 (works, much better range, 5 stars)
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I just bought this with the WNDR 3700 router from Netgear and it is as though they are made for each other. No dropped connections, exceptional speed. I sit on the 2nd floor and my router is on the first floor about 100 ft away in a straight line and I can still use the full N speeds. Again this is the new adapter - the one with the light on the top. Make sure you are buying this one, the earlier one has a lot of negative reviews.

On ease of installation (Windows XP), I just plugged in the CD, followed the steps and it worked on the first try. IMPORTANT - The product ships with a male-female USB cable. If you dont want to connect the adapter to your laptop directly and move around a lot, i.e. if you are worried about bumping the adapter and breaking something, use the cable. I started using it and find it invaluable.

Buy this adapter only if you are purchasing the WNDR3700 or equivalent / better from Netgear or others. If you are not getting a dual band router, you can spend less by purchasing a single band adapter.
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I used this adapter for about 6 months with Vista 32 bit OS and it worked flawlessly giving me 300 Mbps speed. When I decided to upgrade to Windows 7, it did not work out so well. The netgear drivers do not support windows 7 (even now when its released), which sucks. I was able to find drivers for it but they kept dropping the connection every few days. So, if you are not on Windows 7, this thing works fine.
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The adapter (the latest WNDA3100v2 model) works very well if you don't use the Netgear Wireless Wizard software that comes with it.

I have installed two of these in the last two days, one in a Dell XPS 410 desktop running XP SP3 and one in an ASUS 1000H with Win7 Home Premium. I had problems in the past with connectivity issues with an older Netgear USB wireless G-only adapter in a Dell Optiplex with XP SP3 that went away when I removed the Netgear Wireless Wizard.

You don't need the Netgear Wizard, just use the native XP or Win7 wireless setup. Connect the computer to an active wired LAN internet connection, plug in the adapter, let the computer search the internet or use Windows Update for the driver (don't use the CD), allow it to do the setup, disconnect the LAN connection, and then use the XP or Win7 wireless setup to connect to your network. Takes 5 minutes at the most.
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I purchased this adapter based on tracing out reviews for the recommended Panasonic adapter for my new Panasonic G series 50" plasma. It was more than $20 less than the "P" version plus smaller. It was a good buy. I just plugged it in & it worked great.
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I returned this after one day of use. Even when paired with the RangeMax WNDR3300 Dual Band Wireless-N Router, connections consistently dropped. Wireless N performance was terrible--no speed increase was to be found when it actually connected. As others have mentioned, range is also quite terrible (lost 40% of signal through two wood doors, 20 feet away on the same level as the router).

Netgear again has produced a piece of junk with this one.
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