NETGEAR WG102 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point
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Product Description

NETGEAR?s ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point WG102 delivers the secure, reliable, high performance wireless local area networks (WLANs) today's mobile workforce demands. This powerful device provides the industry standard access to corporate network resources, email and the Internet and includes support for MBSSID/VLANs, to enable more granualar access to the network. The ProSafe Wireless Access Point WG102 is fully compatible with IEEE 802.11g, (2.4 GHz), and can also be set for dynamic 108 Mbps 802.11g. With its robust security measures, simplified management and configuration, SNMP support, integrated IEEE 802.3af power over Ethernet (PoE), IntellilFi RF Management Technology and Wi-Fi certification, the WG102 brings standards-based enterprise-level functionality at a mid-market price. WPA2-Enterprise (802.11i) provides enhanced, interoperable wireless networking security. WPA2 and 802.1x support enables strong mutual authentication to ensure that only legitimate clients associate with corporate RADIUS servers. Supports MAC address authentication with 256-user Access Control List (ACL) and VPN pass-through.

The NETGEAR WG102 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point offers:
  • A simple way to create an 802.11g wireless network.
  • WPA2-Enterprise for enhanced security.
  • Integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) eliminating the need for power cables.
  • A lifetime warranty.
The NETGEAR WG102 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point provides a secure and reliable wireless network with enterprise-level functionality at a mid-market price.



The access point provides enterprise-level security with 802.11i, WPA2-Enterprise. View larger.
Fast and Secure
Fully compatible with the 802.11g wireless standard at 54 Mbps, with an optional turbo mode for a speedy 108 Mbps when used with supported NETGEAR adapters, the WG102 offers a network connection that is fast and widely compatible. As 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b, you needn't worry about your computers with older network cards not working.

Your data is secure, as the WG102 complies with industry security standards for user authorization and wireless data encryption; 802.11i, WPA2-Enterprise technology will keep your wireless network secure and interoperable. Also supported is MAC address authentication with a 256-user Access Control List and VPN pass-through.

Bridge and Repeater Mode
In addition to functioning as an access point, the access point 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.

Smart Design and Easy Setup
Thanks to support for the IEEE 802.3af-based Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard, the need for extra cables are eliminated and the access point doesn't have to be put near a power outlet. The Simple Network Management Protocol is supported, allowing you to use any SNMP-based network management software. NETGEAR's Smart Wizard browser-based interface makes setup a snap.

The access point comes with one detachable antenna. The NETGEAR WG102 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point is backed by a lifetime warranty (power supply is backed by a 3-year warranty).

What's in the Box
WG102 Wireless Access Point, one 5 dBi detachable antenna, resource CD, power adapter, Ethernet cable, installation guide, and warranty/support information card.

Features:
  • Wireless Access Point offers an easy way to create a secure, 802.11g wireless network
  • Enhanced enterprise-level security including 802.11i, WPA2 Enterprise
  • Integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) eliminates need for extra power cable and outlet
  • Backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Device measures 5.56 x 1.06 x 3.94 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Works great - once it's configured right
    This unit works great but it took me 3 days to figure out how to configure it. Netgear support was no help, although they did respond to my e-mail - which just didn't read correctly, so their answer was of no help. The problem turned out that the laptop needed the address of the Verizon DNS server. The Netgear instructions don't get you a clue about that; just how to configure the unit with it's address. I recommend the unit for experienced techies. I've only been working with computers and networks for 40 years - what do I know?...more info
  • No WPA Security in Bridge Mode!
    The NG102 works like it should--with one exception that I've found. If you set it up in Bridge Mode, it will NOT work with WPA security--you can only use the inferior WEP security.

    WEP can be cracked in under 24 hours (the netgear helpfiles built into the WG102 setup pages even say this), but they still force you to use WEP security when bridging.

    Additionally, Netgear's tech support is ABYSMAL. I have submitted several trouble tickets with questions, and it sometimes takes them TWO WEEKS to reply--and even then they did not give a reasonable answer to my question, they gave a stock answer to something I didn't ask. The user suport forum is much better, but you're not guaranteed to get any help there, either.

    *** UPDATE: 12/27 - I'd like to downgrade this product to ONE STAR! ***

    This access point would lock up at least once a day. The only solution was to unplug the power and plug it back in.

    I found it had particular difficulty when trying to transfer files over the local network and when running internet speed tests (such as www.speakeasy.net/speetest). Somehow they seemed to confuse or overwhelm the access point, and it had to be hard-reset. Neither of those activities should have caused it any trouble at all--especially not this (much more expensive) "business-class" access point.

    After spending way too much time troubleshooting the problem, I have finally given up and will return it....more info
  • Works as it should
    This product works as it should. I run a linux server off of my cable modem. I've tried multiple consumer priced wireless routers, but they all (3 of them!) had lock-up issues or slowness. I now have a complete "Netgear blue box" solution- the FR114P wired router with the WG102 wireless access point connected to it. I also have a Netgear GS108 gigabit switch. All are attached to my Motorola SB5100 cable modem. No lockups and my server is working wonderfuly well (I serve email and web for a handful of relatives.) It seems that this wireless access point is a bit more expensive than it should be, but I'm glad to finally have reliable networking! Now to get a wireless print server......more info
  • Misleading advertising and packaging
    Netgear advertises in various places and documents and even mentions on the box that it offers wifi bridging -- it does NOT mention the caveat that it can only bridge open or WEP protected networks not WPA protected networks.

    Back to the store it goes....more info
  • CANNOT support WPA2 in Bridge Mode.
    We purchased this unit to bridge our LAN between two buildings. But it cannot support Bridging in WPA2 mode. The manual claims WPA2 (which it can do) and Bridge Mode (which it can do) but it cannot do BOTH at the same time.
    ...more info
  • Netgear Prosafe WG102 Wireless Access Point
    This is a great wireless router for the network I'm supporting. I have several in service already and they give reliable wide area coverage at minimal cost....more info
  • WG102
    The Netgear WG102 is easy to set up and just about guarantees a connection on the first attempt. I liked it so much, I bought four more and am looking for more. Great product!...more info
  • Works exactly as described
    After researching several reviews from magazines and web sites, I decided to give this a try (mainly because of such great reviews on its range). I bought three of these and set them up to bridge our wired network from the main church to the MC building, with the third WG102 connected to the other end of the bridge, acting as an access point within the MC building for client use. I have been very happy with the results, but as a disclaimer I have to point out that it doesn't get a LOT of use. The great things about these have been:
    1) No maintenance. Zero. These have been in use for nine months now. I am just finally writing this review because I'm getting ready to buy another one to provide a wireless access point within the church. I have not even had to reboot one of these access points. We have had power outages, and no intervention was ever required to re-establish the bridge or access point service.
    2) Very good reliability for client connectivity: Even though the MC building has a lot of walls and distances, and signal strength is low in many places, we have no problems with client connectivity.
    3) No special antennas required for the two WAPS dedicated to the bridge. We went into this project fully expecting to need to purchase external antennas for each of the bridge WAPs. However, the buildings are close enough that this wasn't necessary, even though both bridge WAP's are located towards the center of each building. This was a great surprise.

    A word of advice - ALWAYS upgrade to the latest firmware when you buy any IT hardware. It eliminates one additional potential source of problems. Since there was a substantial firmware upgrade available for this product on Netgear's web site, I upgraded all three units without even trying the current version first. It probably saved me a lot of headache that others have experienced....more info
  • Works well and does much more than many WAP's I have seen.
    I decided to try this model because I was disgusted with other brands of access points, mostly because they either seemed to have trouble supporting simultaneous multiple wireless connections, or would stop assigning new IP addresses (via DHCP) to wireless units requesting access until I reset or restarted the access point. At last, this Netgear WG102 WAP works well and never fails to connect any Wi-Fi unit requesting access. Furthermore, I never realized that any WAP could support multiple SSID's with different encryption modes all at once. But this one does! So, for the first time, I have no complaints about a wireless access point! This one doesn't screw up, & it has more features than I ever thought could be packed into one unit for a decent price (I had ordered it using wishful "blind-faith" not realizing all its capabilities until I received it). Not a smart thing to do, but I was rewarded nonetheless. _Church...more info
  • good stuff
    This product is quite solid... I recommend it to anyone looking for a wireless solution for their home or office. The item was shipped in a timely manner and arrived by the estimated delivery date. I was very pleased with my purchase, two thumbs up!

    -Chris...more info