Price range: $105.95 - $140.65 from 31 Seller with a available.
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Description:NETGEAR's Model WGTB511T 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router and PC Card supports both 802.11b and 802.11g at 2.4 GHz and provides whole-home wireless coverage with extended range at wireless speeds of up to 108 Mbps - up to 10 times greater .Reviewed by: ssides from TX on Oct 29, 2004
Experience: 23 Days
Strengths: Strong signal. MUCH faster than 802.11b. Easy setup. Good price on bundle with Netgear rebates.
Weaknesses: Windows XP SP2 incompatibility without update of driver. Seems to lose sync with cable modem and internet access occasionally (1-2 times per week running 24/7).
Summary: Easy to install and clean simple menus. Allows setup of one DMZ IP address. Wireless cards work very well. However, the cards did not want to work initially. I recommend that one uninstall and reboot if you have ANY previously installed wireless. And, be prepared to download newer drivers. The ones that came with the card did not like one of my laptops running Windows XP SP2.
I am running with two wired computers and 2 wireless laptops. I have it configured with max encription and one PC in DMZ (running emule plus). However, I did notice unlike my last 802.11b router from Siemens that the IP can be lost on the DMZ system after a reboot (in other words another PC may renew the IP configured for the DMZ). No big deal, but need to keep track of if you rely on a specific IP.
Wireless is configured for 108MB only, so I have not tested 802.11b or know how it works in a mixed environment.
Also as a tip, if you close the lid on a laptop and let it hybernate, it may take a minute or two for the system to resync up with the wireless when it wakes-up.
The only issue I have is that it seems to lose sync with the cable modem occasionally. Simply connecting to the router and renewing the IP on the cable modem seems to fix the problem, so I cannot say if it is the modem or the router's ability to talk to the modem (Linksys).
Keep an eye out for rebates as I saved substantially on this bundle vs. other 108mb setups.
Reviewed by: goombah88 from IN on Jan 8, 2005
Experience: 2 Weeks
Strengths: Fairly easy to set up. Can set it to only Super G (108 Mbps) for faster network speeds. Good security options.
Weaknesses: None so far. Have had no problems with it yet.
Summary: All-in-all this is a pretty good product. Having the wireless router and pcmcia card in one package made it much quicker and easier to set everything up and get online. Very good security options. I was able to set the router and the card to use 152 bit WPA-PSK instead of WEP for added security. I would recommend this package for beginners who want to get started in wireless networking.
Reviewed by: dozen from IL on Apr 23, 2005
Experience: 7 Months
Strengths: Great signal strength, fast speed
Weaknesses: expensive, there is a problem with MSN audio conversation
Summary: This routher has all its functions as it claims and reaches 108Mbps with the bundled card or WG311T PCI card. However, there has been always a problem though I have upgraded the firmwares several times within the 7 months I have it, which is that it blocks the audio conversation of MSN messenger. This is very annoying since I need to talk to my family and girl friend in long distance. I have tried to turn off the firewall or tried to use DMZ mode but they don't work. I called the customer service but they are of no help on this issue. This is why I only give it 3 out of 5.
Reviewed by: cindy0586 from CA on Apr 11, 2005
Experience: 15 Days
Strengths: Easy to set-up. Great speed
Summary: I have been using this boudle for 2 weeks. Speedy and stable connection are satisified me. Only spent not over $60 for this product ( After mail-in rebate). It really a great deal to me!
Reviewed by: zshen from VA on Jan 29, 2005
Experience: 1 Months
Strengths: High speed; easy to set up
Summary: I've only had it for just a month. I'm very satisfied so far. The set up is really easy. It only took me about 10 minutes to get online with this kit. The menus for changing the settings are well designed, and it's easy to add additional security features to the network. The speed for file transfer over the wireless network is fairly good.
Reviewed by: arubahounds from NY on Jan 29, 2005
Experience: 1 Weeks
Strengths: Easy to set up, configure. Very fast.
Weaknesses: WPA does not work out of the box. Intermittent stutters.
Summary: (Edited February 02nd by arubahounds) The kit includes the WGT624 108 Mbps router and the WG511T notebook adapter, plus drivers for the adapter and a Cat 5 cable.
The router set up was easy. The firmware menu is very well organized, and updating to the latest firmware version was a one click process.
The adapter was also easy to install, but the drivers are out of date. I never expect the absolute latest drivers to be boxed with a product, but these drivers were dated 7/03 and had no WPA settings. The boxed drivers work OK with WEP, but you need to download the latest versions if you want to use WPA-PSK. The router was capable of WPA-PSK out of the box.
Performance is fine for just connecting with the Net or moving data. But if you want to listen to music over the network, despite the speed, there are intermittent stutters in the signal that make it very frustrating. I listen to Rhapsody over the net, but the music pauses now and then, whenever the router has one of its fits. Same for playing music from one PC to another. I have SageTV client that allows me to watch TV over the home network, but it's unwatchable because of this issue.
There's 24 hour support by phone, and I didn't have to wait too long. I even got someone who spoke passable English. But he was pretty clueless and, other than telling me to turn off my security (which didn't help) and trying to blame my PC, he was out of ideas relatively quickly.
Given the rebates that are available on this kit ($35 from Amazon and others), it's very cheap. If you're not looking to do anything other than surf the net and maybe move data files, it should be fine. I replaced mine with a Linksys, which is a little slower, but doesn't stutter.
Reviewed by: rgpai from NY on Nov 12, 2004
Strengths: very easy to install and the router and pc card pack is of good deal
Weaknesses: firmware is not so good
Summary: (Edited January 17th by rgpai) Easy to install and clean simple menus. Allows setup of one DMZ IP address. Wireless cards work very well. However, the cards did not want to work initially. I recommend that one uninstall and reboot if you have ANY previously installed wireless. And, be prepared to download newer drivers. The ones that came with the card did not like one of my laptops running Windows XP SP2.
Reviewed by: arwalter from IL on Sep 24, 2004
Experience: 7 Days
Strengths: It has strong signal and was easy to set up. We got it and set it up that night in about 20 minutes. Soon after we had our home computers networked.
Weaknesses: Without a print server it makes it a little more difficult to share the printer.
Summary: It is small and un-obtrusive and looks good. It works great and was really easy to install. We bought one additional card and set up our moe network for about a hundred bucks.
Reviewed by: shinings from OH on Sep 17, 2004
Experience: 40 Days
Strengths: Good value. Cheap solution for Super G wireless 108mb.
Weaknesses: very seldom dropping.
Summary: Overall it's a great value of product. you could equip up your laptop with the fastest 108MB wireless network.
I recommend this product. It only dropped me once in the past 2 months. Other than that, it's fast and stable.
Reviewed by: OutdoorFuntime from CA on Sep 14, 2004
Experience: 17 Days
Strengths: 108 Mbps, who can say more? It was about time they got to the double bandwidth and this thing flies.
Weaknesses: Only problem is that you have to purchase the 108Mbps compatible cards, but hey, who doesn't love netgear?
Summary: Great price, great combo. YOu get 108Mbps speed, faster than an actual WIRED connection! Plus the range is greater on these versus 802.11g and b!