NETGEAR WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet Adapter - Manufacturer Refurbished
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- This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty
- Connects HDTVs, game consoles, and Blu-ray players to the Internet
- Connects any device with a network port to existing Home Wireless Network
- Universal - works with any network enabled device - No need to buy a Wi-Fi adapter that only works with one type of device
- Wirelessly connects networked home theater devices to your home network
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Top Customer Reviews
I own three of these Netgear devices. Two of them I purchased new at local big box stores and the third one was ordered refurbished from Dealville through Amazon. The only difference I found with the refurbished one is that the serial numbers have been blacked out and I don't believe it came with the sticky pads you can use to mount these somewhere out of the way.
What is included:
The device - measures approximately 2" x 3" x 0.5" in size. It's very small and easy to put out of the way.
A short cat5 ethernet cable. ~3' or so.
An AC adapter.
A USB power cable.
Upon reading some reviews before purchasing I read that powering the device via USB often doesn't supply enough juice so I have only used these with the AC adapter.
Set up can be done via WPS or through your computer. I set them all up through my computer and have never used the WPS setup option. You basically plug this into your computer's ethernet port and launch a web browser. The browser will take you to the setup configuration and you input the info for your local wifi network and it connects. It's fairly easy if you're accustomed to setting things up via wifi.Read more ›
I bought this to add to a sprinkler system controller that only had a wired ethernet port when I needed wireless.
I bought the refurbished one as these devices have no moving parts so they generally either work or don't work and there aren't any motors or moving parts in them to go bad.
I received the adapter in plain cardboard packaging with a netgear logo on it. It came with an ethernet cable, wall power adapter, USB power adapter, a small strip of velcro, and a single instruction sheet. The adapter looked to be in new condition except that the serial number on the back of it had been blacked out (most likely at the factory where it was refurbished in order to keep it from being sold as new).
I already have a Netgear router, which this was able to connect to out of the box by simply pressing the quick connect button on the router and the quick connect button on the wifi adapter.
If that suited my needs then I would have been done, but I needed to set the adapter up with a static IP address. This is where things got a little more complicated.
In order to connect to the device to configure it manually, you need to attach it directly to a computer (not through a router) and open your web browser. I disconnected the wire on my Windows 7 computer from the network router and plugged it into the adapter, powered on the adapter, waited for the lights on the adapter to come on and turn green, then opened internet explorer and... nothing. The wizard didn't come up and it seemed my pc wasn't detecting the adapter.
I was worried that I had a dud and started beating myself up for buying a refurb.Read more ›
Since this device is not the gateway, computers that have their DHCP requests answered by this device's rogue DHCP server can no longer access the Internet.
I can understand the need to fall back to configuration mode if there is no upstream network, but to answer DHCP on the UPSTREAM interface is just boneheaded.
Case in point: this thing.
It works great if you are connecting to an access point that advertises its SSID.
It pretty much doesn't work at all if you're trying to connect to an access point that does NOT advertise its SSID.
It'll connect if you use WPS but if you shut it down it'll forget it was ever configured and won't ever find the access point again. If you try to configure it manually it won't work at all. A little googling shows this to be pretty consistent behavior for these things and Netgear's done nothing to fix their firmware.
Since I've got all our access points configured not to broadcast SSIDs and I'm not going to change that for one ancillary product, as far as I'm concerned this thing is junk.
But if you can count on using it only with broadcasting WAPs then it should be fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked very good and was easy to connect. But it only lasted a little over a year before it just quit.Published 10 days ago by WayneB
It's an okay product. It helped me to get an Internet connection in my basement apartment where I only had access to my landlord's wifi upstairs. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Dave H.
I needed to connect an Ethernet device to a wireless hotspot. This did the job. Easy to set-up. No problems with the connection.Published 28 days ago by Richard Frentzel
Most of the time it works fine but every couple of weeks it drops offline and I have to go through the setup again.Published 1 month ago by dogbaitdoug
Even though you disable its embedded DHCP server, it will without notice re-enable it. It will then hijack your network and cause headaches, until you power-cycle it, and it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Sparks
This works great.! I have it upstairs in my bedroom for my Xbox, computer and Samsung smart tv. I never have an issue with itPublished 1 month ago by Shannan Carlock