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NETGEAR WG511 Wireless-G PC Card
List Price: $55.99

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Product Description

Netgear WG511 802.11g Wireless PC Card - When using the Internet, you have the ability to freely roam websites with ease. However, accessing this vast network of information is still a wire-based affair. You must be at a fixed location, tethered to the wall, like a dog on a leash. Now with 802.11 wireless technology, that connection has been severed, allowing you to wirelessly access both the Internet, and other computers wherever you choose. This 802.11g PC Card fits into your laptop's PCMCIA slot, allowing it to connect to any 802.11g, or 802.11b wireless access point within range.

The NETGEAR WG511 Wireless-G PC Card offers:
  • 802.11g wireless networking capability.
  • Backwards compatibility with 802.11b wireless networks.
  • 128-bit WEP encryption for extra security.
The NETGEAR WG511 Wireless-G PC Card makes it simple for you to provide wireless internet access to your notebook computer, letting you surf the web, check email, and chat online without the need for cables.

An antenna is built in for portability. View larger.
Easy Setup
The WG511 is a PC Card and requires a Pentium class PC with an available 32-bit CardBus slot for installation. It supports Windows Vista and is also compatible with Windows XP, 2000, 98SE, and Me. Setup is as simple as inserting the card into the slot and installing the included software. A built-in stub antenna helps you receive a strong signal for the fastest possible speeds.

Fast and Secure
The NETGEAR WG511 supports the 802.11g protocol standard for speeds up to 54 Mbps and a longer range than previous-generation 802.11b adapters. With a good connection, you'll notice the difference right away as you'll be able to stream high-quality music without any hiccups and load videos much faster. Downloading files is up to five times faster than it was with 802.11b. Since 802.11g is also interoperable with 802.11b, you don't have to worry about whether or not you'll get a connection at specific airports and hotspots; the WG111US will automatically detect the network and allow you to connect to it at the highest speed possible.

The adapter supports 40/64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption for security so you don't have to worry about anyone eavesdropping on your emails or stealing your passwords. The included software makes managing different WEP passwords a breeze as you can set up different profiles for each location you frequent, saving yourself the trouble of having to type in encryption keys each time you connect to a hotspot you've already used.

The NETGEAR WG511 Wireless-G PC Card is backed by a 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
WG511 Wireless-G PC Card, setup CD, installation guide, warranty/support information card.

  • PC Card provides 802.11g wireless capability
  • Delivers up to 54 Mbps of wireless throughput
  • Supports 128-bit WEP for enhanced security
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11b wireless networks
  • Device measures 4.73 x 0.28 x 2.13 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Very pleased.....
    Very easy installation---no problems with getting it up and running in 20 mins on my Windows 98 laptop. Works great with the NetGear router. Strong/fast signal 30 feet from my router. Be sure to follow install CD steps carefully and you should be fine.
    ...more info
  • Successful wireless fidelity card
    This card works great. It took me 30 minutes to install the software and get it running. It has great speed. The only issue it when connectivity is low it tends to disconnect and scan and you have to wait for it to reconnect. This can get annoying. Other than that it is a great card for a low price...more info
  • Good bang-for-the-buck
    I'm happy with this purchase. My very old laptop (HP Pavilion ZE4145) does not have WiFi built in and for the past two years, I've been using an Airlink 101 USB Wireless dongle. This PCMCIA card picks up more signals and is more secure on my laptop than any USB dongle could be. The software is ok, but I had difficulty entering a WEP password for use with my router. No problem, I just let Windoze control the card and it works exactly as I need.

    In all, the card picks up weak signals, provides a solid physical connection to my laptop, and performs exactly as I had hoped. ...more info
  • satisfied
    great product, I have not had any problems at all. Installation is super simple....more info
  • Very Unreliable
    Software and card install very easily, but once installed the card will not stay conected. It losses the wireless signal every couple of minutes.
    Technical Support is a laugh, unless you live in the far East you can't understand their instuctions, and the problen is with your other equipment not theirs.
    Card was returned, and a D-Link DWL-G650+ will replace this Netgear piece of #$%^^...more info
  • Learn from my install experience
    I recently added both a Netgear wireless router and PC card to my mom's computer. The router installed quickly and with no problem. The card was a different story.

    I started the process, followed all the steps and waited. And waited. The install seemed to have stalled, but there were no warnings, no update boxes of any kind. So I restarted the process; same thing, after a while it just stopped.

    On a hunch, I hooked the computer back up to the internet using the Ethernet connection and sure enough, this time the install ran like it was in the Indy 500 with no problems. So, even though it seems counterintuitive, when installing this wireless card make sure you're still hooked up to the internet....more info
  • Worked for a few month
    It has been working OK for 2 months, but somehow the signal got very week after that. Contacted Netgear by email, but no response for more than a week. Not recommended....more info
  • Be careful-does NOT work with windows 98
    I bought this card in November and had to return it. The technical specs should specify Windows98SE, not just Windows 98. Check your operating system before you buy.

    Amazon was very good about refunding my money (less original shipping cost) even though I had opened the package and software thus the 4 stars....more info
  • Netgear WG511 notebook card WORKS GREAT
    I currently have the Netgear MR814v2 router (802.11b), and got mixed results with my various notebooks. My HP workstation notebook (wireless a/b/g) and my Dell Latitude X1 (wireless b/g)...yes, the smallest one (rock-on!!!), both connect fine with it. However, my HP Pavilion (wireless b) can connect wirelessly if in the same room or the next, and still the connection is sketchy. I decided that the built-in wireless is not too good, so I bought the WG511 as well as the NETGEAR WGR614 router (802.11g) to upgrade. I decide to just try the WG511 card on the MR814 first.

    The results were not great at first, but that was because I had the router set to block the SSID broadcast. I was manually forcing the card to look for the router, but had problems with it the recognition (I'm not sure if the problem was on the router or card side). When I configured the router to broadcast the SSID, then everything worked fine and dandy. Overall time for setup was 3 seconds for ripping the plastic and opening the box, 3 minutes for install of the software and driver, 5 minutes for troubleshooting the router/card recognition issue, and 5 seconds afterwards to connect.

    I have the router sitting in the basement, and I still get signal on the second floor bedroom at the opposite side of the house. That is approximately 200 feet away from the router, through 2 floors and about 4 walls away. Also, I am quite impressed with the range this card was able to extend for me. I had coverage in every room of my house, plus the basement, garage, and the sidewalk across the street! Mind you, I also enabled WEP, so only specific wireless devices (MINE) were able to access the router.

    I was able to maintain file transfers (from PC to PC in my network) at speeds near the 11Mbps rate everywhere in the house, so I was quite impressed. My cable broadband downloads only up to 6Mbps (average 2Mbps mostly), so this card is more than capable of web-surfing wireless-ly.

    This card is compatible with the NETGEAR MR814 802.11b router.
    If the setup with the MR814 router was this easy, and the connection (and speed) is fast, then I can't wait to setup and try the NETGEAR WGR614 router with this baby!

    For the average user, this card is a great buy and works flawlesly with the NETGEAR MR814 router. Rembember that broadband ISPs transfer rate is only at about 1.5 to 3.0 Mbps for DSL, and about 3.0 to 6.0 Mbps for cable broadband (these are maximum speeds, not average speeds), so going for 802.11 b versus g is not going to make a big difference. The two big advantages of the g over b are 1) faster rates WITHIN YOUR NETWORK (transfering files from one computer to the next, or broadcasting music or video from computer to tv/receiver), and 2) increased security (added SPI firewall in addition to the NAT firewall available in most routers). Hope this review helps you. ...more info
  • It Worked!
    What can I say, cheap, came on time and it worked, what else could you want....more info
  • I like it
    I definitely like the V2 of this product. The GUI is an improvement over V1. I like that it shows what your rate is and when it gets an IP address it announces it....more info
  • good but dangerous
    I'm a college student on a wireless campus. This card gives great reception, stronger reception than some of my friends get with other PCMCIA cards.

    Only drawback is the 1.5" to 2" that sticks out of the computer... I always have to be putting the card in and taking the card out between classes while carrying my laptop, for fear of breakage....more info