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NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - network adapter

NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - network adapter

Product overview

Discontinued

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At 54 Mbps, this wireless 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g PCI card is much faster than existing 11 Mbps wireless networks and will supercharge the delivery of media-rich content to your desktop PC as never before. It easily handles huge digital video and MP3 files, firing them through your network at blazing speeds. It gives you continuous access to your home wireless router or office network, saves the time and expense of installing Ethernet cabling when you want to set up or expand a network, and makes it simple to relocate your desktop PC without rewiring. Moreover, it allows network users to wirelessly share a broadband Internet connection for access to corporate resources, the Internet, and e-mail all with the highest available level of industry standard WEP encryption security.

This high-speed 802.11g PCI card delivers large files in the blink of an eye up to five times faster than 802.11b, allowing wireless video streaming for the first time ever. Dynamic rate shifting according to environmental conditions achieves the fastest possible connections.

The card adds convenient mobility and reliable standards-based wireless connectivity to a network from a desktop PC via an 802.11b, 802.11g, or dual-band router or access point. It makes the most of your broadband connection, allowing network users to wirelessly share one IP address. The card quickly and easily networks employees for ongoing access to corporate resources, e-mail, and the Internet.

Secure 40/64 and 128-bit Wired Equivalency Protection (WEP) encryption allows for secure data transfer and increased shielding from wireless eavesdroppers. The card supports Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through for protected communication over the public Internet. It is simple to install and use.

Please note - this is not compatible with Windows 7

Specifications

Summary

Product Description
NETGEAR WG311 - network adapter
Device Type
Network adapter
Form Factor
Plug-in card
Interface (Bus) Type
PCI
Dimensions (WxDxH)
2.2 cm x 13.3 cm x 12.1 cm
Weight
0.1 kg
Data Link Protocol
802.11b, 802.11g
Data Transfer Rate
54 Mbps
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz
Compliant Standards
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years warranty

Detail

General

Device Type
Network adapter
Form Factor
Plug-in card
Interface (Bus) Type
PCI

Networking

Connectivity Technology
Wireless
Data Link Protocol
802.11b, 802.11g
Data Transfer Rate
54 Mbps
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz
Features
VPN support, dynamic rate shifting
Compliant Standards
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Expansion / Connectivity

Compatible Slots
1 x PCI

Miscellaneous

Encryption Algorithm
128-bit WEP, 40-bit WEP
Compliant Standards
FCC Class B certified

Software / System Requirements

Software Included
Drivers & Utilities
OS Required
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Min Processor Type
Pentium III
Min Hard Drive Space
20 MB

Dimensions & Weight

Width
2.2 cm
Depth
13.3 cm
Height
12.1 cm
Weight
0.1 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Limited warranty - 3 years

Customer reviews

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5* NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter
Reviewed by S Tweddle on 04/08/2007
Always been a fan of netgear for their easy to use software - which is fine but it disabled fast user switching on the XP PC that it was installed in. No big problem you might say but the PC was for my parents who aren't experienced users so it would've been another thing to slow them down. Might have been down to something else conflicting but I could'nt find anything, removed the netgear software altogether and just installed drivers and they now use windows wireless utility with no issues.- Hardware is robust and does the job. Slightly on the expensive end of the market but then again 'You get what you pay for' good quality and the name that you trust.
4* Don't always do what you are told
Reviewed by Anonymous on 18/10/2004
Decided to set up a simple ad-hoc setup with a couple of these cards. Arrived super quick and were installed easily enough. Then I spent a couple of frustrating days trying to get the two computers to talk to each other. Finally I ignored the netgear manual advice about not letting windows help with the settings and ticked the boxes. Set up one static IP address on the main machine and bingo everything jupmed into life. Works fine now but signal strength across the landing is variable so not sure how it would cope with a bigger distance. or a proper wall!
4* It does exactly what it says on the box
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/05/2004
Got this yesterday and installed and set up in about ten minutes. For those who like that kind of detail my PC is an IBM P3 1800 with 512RAM etc etc . Early days yet but signal strength is fine despite my router being two floors away and the other side of two brick walls and a stone chimney wall - not ideal i know but its the only place i can cover both the house and garden from.
4* Netgear WG311
Reviewed by AP IT Solutions on 26/10/2005
I have always found NETGEAR kit to be robust and reliable and the WG311 is no exception. It's also very easy to fit and the instructions are clear and non-technical.

At nearly £30 it is at the expensive end of the market, but you could waste a lot of time by buying cheaper cards and spending a lot of time getting them to work.

I have found the card works well with other manufacturers equipment and Windows XP picks it up immediately when installing (remember to install the software first!)
2* Netgear Card
Reviewed by Anonymous on 23/11/2005
Well ..it was easy to install and set up. It all went downhill from there on in . The card regularly looses connectivity even though its interface tells me its still connected. Sending back.
2* Doesn't work well with linux, s/w flaky in windows
Reviewed by on 03/05/2006
If you need to use this with linux, don't bother. It uses the windows drivers via ndiswrapper, which is a pain and prevents you using a lot of the features.

It also seem to have difficulty connecting in windows.
2* Does not work with Pentium II
Reviewed by on 16/04/2004
In my 266 MHz Pentium II system it started to to work but then crumbled before my eyes. Despite sustained tech support from Netgear, it could not be resurrected. By contrast, the Linksys WMP54G card works acceptably (if a bit flakily) into my Netgear DG834G router.
2* Doesn't work well with XP
Reviewed by Jenny Barnes on 01/04/2005
It worked for a while with XP, then refused to connect, despite being able to see the router, according to the list of networks. It does work under Windows 98. I contacted Netgear technical support, but no response. Easier to just buy a cheap and cheerful version - I used to think Negear sold quality, but no more
1* XP always freezing
Reviewed by Bryan on 12/09/2008
If you are going to buy this part for XP, don't. Part installs OK and then system will not boot up correctly. In the end had to re-install XP. Do a search for WG311 and XP issues and you will see.
1* 2 PC's 2 wireless cards, still no connection
Reviewed by Anonymous on 06/10/2004
Having looked on the web, it seems these cards apparently need PCI 2.2. Nice of negear/BT to let me know before i bought them :->. For people using machines that are not "state of the art", the following may or may not be of interest.......

I have 2 PC's that i wanted to connect to a Netgear wireless router....
The first machine has an ABIT KG7 motherboard running XP, when trying to install the drivers for the wireless card i get the usual message telling me that the drivers aren't approved by microsoft, then a "data not found" after error installing the driver.

The other machine has an Abit BX6v2 motherboard (medievil i know), and will not even make it to the bios screen after power up, when the card is installed.
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