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- Wireless-N PCI adapter delivers exceptional speed and range
- Delivers up to 270 Mbps of wireless throughput
- Provides up to ten times the range of 802.11g networ
- Backwards compatible with 802.11g/b wireless networks
- Device measures 4.72 x 5.04 x 1.06 inches (WxHxD)
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Range Max NEXT extends the possibilities of your wireless home network by providing a Steady-Stream of up to 270Mbps, and is compliant with draft 802.11n. This next generation wireless standard utilizes advanced MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) technology, which delivers incredible speed and range, and for the first time provides wireless interoperability at the highest speeds with other products with Intensi-fi. A Range Max NEXT wireless network creates and maintains stable connections and enough bandwidth to surf the Internet, download MP3s, make Internet phone calls, share files, play network games, and stream high-definition videos, simultaneously at any distance or location in the home or small office. Because Range Max NEXT is compatible with all legacy b and g wireless products, you are sure to be connected.
Amazon.com Product Description
The WN311B is a PCI adapter and requires a Pentium 3 class PC with an available PCI slot for installation. It supports Windows Vista and is also compatible with Windows XP and 2000 SP4. Setup is as simple as installing the adapter into a PCI slot, connecting the included antenna, and installing the included software. The external antenna is housed in a small elegant white box that is pretuned for maximum performance and allows for extended range.
Fast, Backwards Compatible, and Secure
The NETGEAR WN311B uses the Wireless-N protocol (based on 802.11n draft) for speeds up to 270 Mbps and a range ten times that of 802.11g adapters. With this much speed and bandwidth, you can easily download large files, place Internet phone calls, download MP3s, stream video, and play online games -- all at the same time, without hiccups, and from farther away. You'll notice the difference immediately.
The WN311B is backwards compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b wireless networks so you'll be able to connect to any hotspot, and it improves network performance up to 50 percent when used with the older 802.11b/g networks.
You can feel secure about your information as the adapter supports Wi-Fi protected access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK) and 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption for IEEE 082.11b and IEEE 802.11g. The included software makes managing different WEP passwords a breeze as you can set up different profiles for each location you frequent, saving yourself the trouble of having to type in encryption keys each time you connect to a hotspot you've already used.
The NETGEAR WN311B RangeMax Next Wireless-N PCI Adapter is backed by a 1-year warranty.
What's in the Box
WN311B RangeMax Next Wireless-N PCI Adapter, desktop/wall mountable antenna case, installation guide, setup CD, warranty/support information card.
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Installation was a breeze, as was the initial software setup. After the drivers and software was installed, I ran my system a few times, and the connections were somewhat hit and miss, upon investigating, I found that there seemed to be a conflict between the software and Windows Vista. After uninstalling the software that came with the adapter, it has worked absolutely flawlessly. I haven't had any problems connecting or keeping a connection to the network.
I would definitely recommend this adapter.
The installation software and included instructions are not correct for Vista installations. I had to use trial-and-error, reinstalling the card 3 times before finally getting things to work. Perhaps downloading the latest version from Netgear would have helped. My final successful procedure - install the software from disk, turn off machine, install card, start machine, ignore the instructions and allow Vista to install driver, restart machine and violla - it works!
Another decent offering from Netgear. I bought this as an upgrade to my mother's computer. She is digitally illiterate, so ease of operation was a critical factor in selecting this hardware. It's being used in a machine with Windows Vista. The propriatary wireless connection management software clashed with the Vista wireless management software, causing poor connection quality due to frequently dropped signal and a need to perpetually re-connect manually. After re-installing the Netgear software and reconfiguring twice, I just uninstalled and used the integrated Vista software to management the connection, and there have been no problems since.
If you're using Windows Vista, it's easy to install and use, but only if you don't use the Netgear software to management the wireless connection.
After following the instructions to the letter, and wasted 90 minutes of my life, I had to call Netgear customer service who were not able to get my adapter to work. They finally told me to return it.
Before doing so, I decided to give it another try.
I first restore my Vista OS to a restore point 3-4 month old.
Then made sure the driver, or part of it, was deleted (used "Add remove software" from Control panel). I then reinstall the adapter driver but this time I waited roughly 15 minutes before turning off the computer to manually install the adapter in a PCI slot. Next, I turned on my computer and waited another 10-15 minutes before seing a window opening up asking me different configuration questions to finish the installation of my adapter, and then HOURRAY! My adapter finally started working. I think my initial problems were due to badly written instructions from Netgear. It tells you to run the driver instal file and then wait for a window telling you to turn off your computer and manually install your adapter. The issue is that when you get this window, the driver is not fully install yet. You can see a small pop-up message (that cannot be close) under the previously mentioned window that says something about the driver being install. YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS MESSAGE TO DISAPPEAR BEFORE TURNING OFF YOUR COMPUTER. ET VOILA! Just be patient and the rest will go find.
The metal "prong" on which the card sits was too big for my pc. At first I thought I was thoroughly upset with myself for buying what I thought was an incompatible card, had it boxed up ready to be sent back. I then purchased a NETGEAR USB WN111 which was reliable and quick to install from the moment it glided onto my PC's USB slot.
Then, inadvertently as I am now waiting to upgrade my PSU and GSU I thought, "wait a minute, it says PCI, and I know that's a PCI slot" and went to my car to get it out of the back since I was going to take it to the post office and send it with love back to Amazon in 2 days. I then tried the obvious putting it in and could see that the part would fit if it was shorter...
I then looked at the 2 screws and their placement on the card. The mental lightbulb came on and I took off the screws-
Slid in without a single struggle. It's a bit wobbly but I don't plan on moving the PC a lot after I finish my upgrading so it's fine.
Install was... awkward. I get a message that it did not install correctly but then my Wireless access icon emerges and the details state that I have installed correct with a Broadcom Wireless Adapter. NETGEAR's website will indicate that on Win 7 64 bit systems the drivers are built in and they do not have their own drivers to offer. Broadcom is the name of the chipset OEM so no need to be alarmed. I am writing this review while using the adapter and so far it gets better reception than the USB connector ever could..
So now, I have a USB Wireless N adapter I hopefully will not need to use anytime soon after this ordeal (unless I dual video card etc). Awkward install, definitely do not use the CD that comes with this product and you'll be ok.
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