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NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - network adapter

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WG311GE

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NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - network adapter
Discontinued

Description

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 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - 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
Width
2.2 cm
Depth
13.3 cm
Height
12.1 cm
Weight
0.1 kg

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

Manufacturer Warranty

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

Customer reviews

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NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - network adapter
3.0 14
£21.27
NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter - network adapter
NETGEAR WG311 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter
Reviewed by . Review Posted 04/08/2007
5 5

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.

  • Overall 5*
  • Ease of use 3*
  • Value for money 4*
 
Netgear WG311
Reviewed by . Review Posted 26/10/2005
4 5

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!)

  • Overall 4*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 3*
 
Don't always do what you are told
Reviewed by Anonymous Review Posted 18/10/2004
4 5

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!

  • Overall 4*
  • Ease of use 4*
  • Value for money 4*
 
It does exactly what it says on the box
Reviewed by Anonymous Review Posted 11/05/2004
4 5

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.

  • Overall 4*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 5*
 
Doesn't work well with linux, s/w flaky in windows
Reviewed by . Review Posted 03/05/2006
2 5

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.

  • Overall 2*
  • Ease of use 3*
  • Value for money 2*
 
Netgear Card
Reviewed by Anonymous Review Posted 23/11/2005
2 5

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.

  • Overall 2*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 5*
 
Does not work with Pentium II
Reviewed by . Review Posted 16/04/2004
2 5

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.

  • Overall 2*
  • Ease of use 1*
  • Value for money 2*
 
Doesn't work well with XP
Reviewed by . Review Posted 01/04/2005
2 5

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

  • Overall 2*
  • Ease of use 3*
  • Value for money 1*
 
XP always freezing
Reviewed by . Review Posted 12/09/2008
1 5

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.

  • Overall 1*
  • Ease of use 3*
  • Value for money 1*
 
Never got it to work
Reviewed by . Review Posted 27/11/2007
1 5

Tried three different cards and couldn't get any of them recognised by my PC. I tried installing them on a different PC and they were recognised OK. My PC and PCI slots easily meet the minimum specification for the card, yet none of the online help nor the Netgear helpline could offer me a solution. So I've given up and returned the card to Dabs (who have been very helpful) for the last time. The various forums (including Netgears) are full of other tales of woe exactly like mine, and similarly unresolved. Strikes me that Netgear are selling a product they know won't ever work in some PCs.

  • Overall 1*
  • Ease of use 1*
  • Value for money 1*
 

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