NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access Point
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Product Description

NETGEAR's WG602 Wireless Access Point lets you add IEEE 802.11g wireless access to your network. With its high-speed data transmission of up to 54 Mbps network users can share a broadband Internet connection, access e-mail, download large files, videoconference, and distribute and play digital images, videos, and MP3 files. Easy to set up and use, NETGEAR's Smart Wizard install assistant makes installations a cinch. And with Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK) security, you can rest assured that your wireless network communications are private.NETGEAR's WG602 Wireless Access Point simultaneously supports both IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g standard devices and networks. This dual mode capability protects your 802.11b wireless investment and, at the same time, has you ready for the up to five times faster 802.11g. Provides connectivity to a wired or wireless network for expanded bandwidth. Higher speeds expedite large file downloads and facilitate videoconferencing and the distribution and playing of high-quality multimedia content.

The NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access Point offers:
  • 802.11g wireless network access point for home and office.
  • Security options including WPA and 128-bit WEP encryption.
  • A removable antenna for maximum flexibility.
The NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access Point lets you easily set up a wireless network in your home so you can share a single internet connection with everyone in your household at speeds up to 54 Mbps. Note that to share an internet connection you will need a router into which you can plug the WG602 access point. If you do not have a router, consider NETGEAR¡¯s Wireless-G Router WGR614."



The WG602 offers speeds up to 54 Mbps with the 802.11g wireless standard. View larger. View back.
Easy Setup
The WG602 makes it easy for even a novice to set up a wireless network: just plug the included Ethernet cable from your LAN into the device and insert the included CD into any computer on the network, which will provide step-by-step instructions. The WG602 offers a myriad of placement options by including a stand for vertical placement and slots on the bottom for mounting on a wall or ceiling. The default 2 dBi omnidirectional antenna can be removed and you can install an external antenna most suited for your needs onto the standard SMA connector.

The WG602 employs a web-based interface for configuration, allowing you to adjust settings such as the beacon interval, RTS threshold, and DTIM interval. The firmware is also upgradeable via the web interface so you can be sure your access point will always be up-to-date.

Fast and Secure
Supporting the 802.11g standard, the NETGEAR WG602 offers data speeds of up to 54 Mbps, making it possible to share a broadband internet connection, stream music without hiccups, watch videos with less load time, and videoconference without problems. Downloading files is up to five times faster than it was with 802.11b. If you still have computers that use 802.11b, don't fret as the access point is backwards compatible with the older wireless standard and can be set so all your computers can connect to the network and the WG602 will automatically figure out the connection type and work accordingly.

The WG602 offers many security options to ensure your data is private. Both 40/64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption is available, as well as Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK). You can also use MAC address authentication to allow only authorized users onto the network.

Bridge and Repeater Mode
In addition to functioning as an access point, the WG602 can also be used as a bridge and as a repeater. Used as a bridge, the device allows you to connect two LANS wirelessly; as a repeater, your wireless signal's range is extended so even the remote corners of your home or office can be covered.

The NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps Wireless Access Point is backed by a 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
WG602 54 Mbps Wireless Access Point, vertical stand, power adapter, Ethernet cable, resource CD, user's guide, warranty/support information card.

Features:
  • 802.11g access point offers an easy way to set up a wireless network
  • Delivers up to 54 Mbps of wireless throughput
  • Supports 128-bit WEP for enhanced security
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11b wireless networks
  • Device measures 6.9 x 1.1 x 4.7 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • A great "G" Wireless router
    I have several other Wireless-G routers, This one has the best
    signal level and compatibily of any of them. Setup was a cinch
    and the unit works extremely well....more info
  • WARNING Get V2 or V3!!!
    Be careful when shopping for this-I got an old version without realizing the firmware was basically broken (version 1), so make sure you buy versions 2 or 3. The (others I have) device works great if you have version 2 or 3....more info
  • reboot at least once per day
    I have the WG602V3 with the current firmware updates appled. This is the first Netgear product that I am truly disappointed in. I need to reboot this unit at least once per day. It completely drops out of sight on the wireless network as well as the wired network. The only way to solve the problem is to remove power and let the unit restart. After reading other reviews, it's not even worth trying to call netgear support, this unit is going back to the store for a refund....more info
  • WG602 WAP
    My laptop built-in wireless picks up more networks then this AP. I purchased this so that I could pick up MORE not LESS. LAME....more info
  • WG602 Access Point product review
    The NetGear WG602 Wireless Access Point is a fairly easy to use device, and has a WPA security feature that is relatively easy to set-up. Connecting to the Access Point with a laptop is very easy, and if I don't deliberately connect to the Access Point, it will be automatically connected, as long as it is within range. The range of the device is sufficient also, and it is able to reach all areas of my home with no problems, or interruptions....more info
  • Extremely bad performance
    My title is my way of being kind. What I really wanted to say is that fits the term "POS" to a "T".

    It will not perform well in an environment with more than 2 or 3 other access points - like in residential multi-dwelling units (apartments/condominiums) and/or office suites/towers for those brave enough to even try this unit in such an environment.

    Yes, it's easy to install, and yes, it **should** perform well if you are the only one in your neighborhood who has discovered the beauty of wireless networking as of 2008. If this is your environment, then I guess this will work for you and at a great price.

    However, if you are in more metro areas, where cordless phones exist, microwave ovens, etc., litter the landscape, and have neighbors as wired as you are, please stay clear of this unit. You are not saving money and only gaining aggravation. Spend wisely and go for newer units, costs more, but will be worth every penny.

    Issues:
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    - constant disconnects/reconnects

    - it seems to have the weakest radio in the market, it will disconnect you even if you are literally 3 feet away if the channel is "packed" (re: other access points in the vicinity use the same channel)

    - it will not automatically adjust/change the channel for best reception, which isn't a fault, its the way it is (re: it doesn't have that feature)

    - if you need to change the channel, pray that you have a laptop, to access the unit directly (plug directly via Ethernet). As stated, auto channel selection isn't a feature of this unit, you'll have to change channels manually. The only way to do that is to connect directly - why? the only reason you'll have to is if you can't connect to it wirelessly (so if you can't connect wirelessly, you can't do anything)....more info
  • Missing (important) information...
    I bought a WG602 to extend my wireless network (being established by a WGR614) - after two hours of trying, I gave up and started searching the internet for results. Just then, my friend google *told* me that the WG602 only works with a limited number of other APs (the WG602 and WG302 seem to be the only ones compatible as far as I know..). But that doesn't seem to bother Netgear, they don't give any hint at all, neither on the package, nor on their website. This is a darned cheek! It's almost like having them say "Hey, we're selling cars!" and after buying one of them you discover its disability to drive...

    CONCLUSION: If you need a AP, try it, it might actually work - if you need a repeater, just keep your hands of the WG602's!!!!


    ...words from a frustrated consumer......more info
  • Wifi for my IPod Touch
    I purchased this unit so I could connect to the internet with my IPod Touch. I wanted to keep my wired router for security reasons, so I needed something that could plug into my router, and act as a access point. I read that you could attach a wireless router to a wired router, but the instructions were long and complicated. Since I'm not an expert in networking, and since I do not want to spend hours trying to make it work, I decided the extra cost is worth it. This unit was easy to install. The only problem I had was the instruction manual, or lack of it. I had to hunt down all the PDF files on the web. There are different manuals for different versions, so look on the bottom of the unit to see which rev you have (v1, v2, v3, etc). The installation guide was the most important, but the other manuals covered the security settings in depth.

    I recommend you first leave it in default mode, then try to connect to it with your device. If everything works, and your device can see the network, then you are ready to customize the AP. Go back and plug it in to your PC, and change the network name, and enable security encryption. You could read the manual, and learn about all the different encryption options, but all you really need to know is which standard your wifi device is capable of using. Then, you just set it to the most advanced method it can handle. I used the WPA/WPA2 setting, and it was easy and straight forward to set up, because there are only a few things to enter. After I was done, I hooked it back to my router, and waited a few minutes for the AP to initialize. My IPod connected easily after I entered the password. I can't stress how important it is to enable the encryption. One of my neighbor's wifi is wide open to eavesdropping, and hacking, because they did not enable this security feature.

    Overall, this was easy to install, and it works great. I did not test the max range, but I can connect while in the backyard, and that's far enough for my needs. I can't say much about it's reliability, or performace, since I only use it occasionally with my IPod. I've owned Netgear products in the past, and they have always been a quality brand....more info
  • Works as I hoped
    I read other people's reviews recommending its functionality but complaining about its documentation. It did take me a number of tries to get it to work and to find a location for it. But it works fine in the end. I did have to give up on WEP and turn to MAC-based access control. The instruction apparently is too simplistic and assumes you have a Netgear router. I use it to extend a Hawking 54g wireless router to cover 2 floors, with WG602 in repeater mode. The antenna give better signal than a 7db one I was using. If it were not for the lame documentation, I'd give it 5 stars....more info
  • WG602v2 is a way to go. And it's fast!!!

    WG602v2 is a lot better than the WG602 802.11g.
    When you update the latest firmware, you'll get :
    - Access Point
    - Point to Point bridging
    - Multipoint bridging
    - Repeater
    - Support for WPA-PSK

    Compared to other access points with bridging, this AP is a lot cheaper. Detachable antenna also is a right way to increase your range. Just buy a 5.5dbi Omnidirectional antenna with RP-SMA connector, and you have a range of two times farther than before.

    Works great with WG511. It's fast. Transfering a 50Mb file on
    the network is only 20 seconds....
    ...more info
  • Very pleased!
    Mine came as a V3, but Amazon does not specify this, so I'm assuming they ship what they have. Also the V2 and V1 are a little old, so I don't think you will receive one of those.

    WPA Security worked like a champ for my laptops...although PocketPC (WM5 and 2k3) does not support it.

    Bought mine from Amazon in January 2006 (...)

    No complaints, the plastic housing seems cheap, the antenna looks a little flimsy and short, but none of these things affected performance....it simply works great out of the box!...more info
  • Good Bridge
    This thing is handy as it will do a variety of things. It works as an access point but you can also put it in bridge mode which is quite handy. I got one for my dad and I have one as well so we can connect our PS2's to the internet. Works like a charm....more info
  • Misleading feature list.
    The wireless bridging that the WG602v2 and WG602v3 of this model claim to support are only compatible with other WG602 units. In order to connect it to a WGT624 or a WGR614, I have discovered that the WGE101 is what we are all looking for. Virtually plug and play compared to the extremely misleading and frustrating experience of the 602. If properly marketed the 602 would be a quality product, but due to the extreme number of people who have misunderstood, I give this item only 2 stars....more info
  • WG 602 very limited
    Purchased the wg 602 to expand my current Netgear wireless system only to find out that as a repeater it will only work with another wg 602. The box that the AP came in shows a typical network setup utilizing a wgr 614 wireless firewall router and the wg 602. Why would netgear clearly show this compatibility when its not the case? Support on this issue was a joke. ...more info
  • Just hope you don't get a broken one
    I've had my access point for about a month. The wirless connection (which gives 2 computers the internet) has been randomly going down, which was fixed by unplugging and replugging the unit... which was annoying but not to drastic.

    However a couple of days ago the wireless connection went down and refused to come back on. After 20mins on the phone to customer support trying this and that (restoring it to factory settings, pinging it etc) the guy resolved that it must be a faulty unit and put me on hold to talk to a senior tech guy about a replacement.

    AFter a 30mins+ of waiting music I finally got though. I was told I had 2 options:
    - PAY to send it back myself and they would send another one out...which would take some time. I would NOT be reimbursed for the shipping.
    - PAY THEM $30 to send another unit straight away (which would still take 10-15days to arrive) and pay to send my unit back. Again I would not be reimbursed.

    I am fuming. I freelance over the internet with my partner and the internet to both of our computers is essential. I am therfore forced to pay the $30 + shipping to get a new unit although they have admitted that I was given a faulty one from the start. Disgutsing. I will never be buying a netgear product again....more info
  • review of Netgear WG602
    In an attempt to increase the range on my Netgear MR 314 router, I got this WG602 access point but I could not get it to function. I was told I needed two of them, so I got a second one and I still could not make it work. I gave up and replace my router with a RangeMax WPN 824 and it is terrific. Gives me all the range I could want, letting me send and receive at 24 Mbs where the MR 314 would not reach at all. ...more info
  • There are security issues with this product
    The U.S. government has posted a security alert regarding this product (see http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/bulletins/o-159.shtml) and classifies its vulnerability as "HIGH RISK". As long as you get V2 you are OK but otherwise you are wide open to hacking....more info
  • bridging use..
    I bought this product to use it as a bridging client in an existing belkin wireless network and it failed to pass any data even though it showed connected to the belkin Access point. According to the Netgear docs this access point can operate as a access point or as a bridging client but what the fail to tell you is that it bridges only in a netgear environment. After spending 20 mins on the phone with Netgear they told me i needed to buy a different model which is non netgear-proprietary or more netgear access points....

    How can a company like this be selling proprietary hardware in todays day and age...

    Leon McCalla...more info
  • Bridge functionality extremely limited
    I bought this item, because, on the back of the box, it shows the WG602 being used as a bridge to connect to a WGT624 access point. This is extremely misleading, and well, plain wrong, as a couple of other reviewers have pointed out. I was on the phone with extremely unhelpful tech support (that they outsourced to India, I believe), and it took several hours of run-around for the support guy to actually admit that the two products are not compatible (he had to ask someone else). Had he researched this properly in the beginning, hours would have been saved. I was eventually informed (after being told to upgrade firware, change numerous settings, etc.) that the WG602 would only bridge to another WG602. THE BACK OF THE BOX IS WRONG! Don't buy this if you're looking for a bridge that's compatible with any other AP. ...more info
  • Buy WG602 v2, not WG602
    As of today, Amazon doesn't specify whether WG602 on this page is WG602 v2 or not. Product specification on this page indicates it is WG602. WG602 hardware isn't software upgradable to WG602 v2 which has WPA and other additional functionalities.

    I purchased WG602 more than a year ago. It's been working fine without any trouble. Just like GW511, I was hoping WPA would be added to WG602 through firmware upgrade. However, Netgear released WG602 v2 which doesn't share the same firmware with WG602.

    Irecommend you to confirm which version your are purchasing.
    ...more info
  • Why doesn't amazon sell version 3?
    this product is wg602 v1. does not support wpa encryption....more info
  • Need to reboot daily
    I've had this for about 3-4 months now. Really love Netgear products but this is the first one I've found disappointing. It seems to hang up about once a day and needs to have a hard reset (can't reach it via the web). Since its up in the attic this is a real pain. When I sent a question to the service group about this they told me to load the latest firmware (my message to them said that I was already running the latest firmware--I don't think they even read it). This replaced a Netgear "A" access point which was MUCH more reliable. On a positive note the signal strength is very good for B (nobody in the house is using G)....more info
  • Fast & Easy Installation with included CD
    Truly a fast and easy installation. Make sure you do the steps correctly (there are only like 4 of them!) and you'll be wireless in no time. It took me 5 minutes from box to install. Truly the way to go if you want to have both wired for some computers and wireless for others....more info
  • Total Junk
    I have to reboot this at least twice per day. Netgear refuses to acknowledge that their Access Point sucks....more info
  • DO NOT BUY
    I wish I had read the problems and netgear.com forums before purchasing this product.

    Huge flaw in this product requires that it be restarted daily. This requires you unplug and plug back in the AP in order for it to stay visable to your computers.

    Second problem I am noticing is that the 54mbps speeds are very rare, and even at 3-5feet from the AP the unit is around 11-36mpbs.

    Do not buy this product, find another company who stands behind there products. All of my contacts with them have landed me somewhere in India. People on the phone dont know how to help you and email support is a joke. Latest firmware fixes none of the problems....more info