NETGEAR 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge (WNHDE111)
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Product Description

The 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge WNHDE111 creates a 5 GHz Wireless-N access point by connecting to an existing router/gateway. It features more wireless channels, less interference and better connections using 5 GHz Wireless-N band and boosts performance of Wireless-N notebooks to highest possible Wireless-N speed. The Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) ensures prioritization of voice, video and gaming traffic.

The NETGEAR 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge WNHDE111 offers:
  • Use of the 5 GHz frequency for less interference.
  • Wireless-N draft specifications for the fastest wireless data transfers.
  • Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) that prioritizes voice, video, and gaming traffic.
The NETGEAR WNHDE111 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge lets you create a 5 GHz Wireless-N access point by simply connecting it to an existing router/gateway. The resulting wireless network lets you transfer data at the highest possible Wireless-N speeds, making it an ideal solution for network gaming and streaming HD videos. By utilizing patented metamaterial antenna technology, the WNHDE111 offers a speed and range far surpassing the older Wireless-G standard.

By operating on the less crowded 5 GHz frequency, wireless connections are stronger and faster. View larger.
Easy Setup
Simply connect the WNHDE111 to your router/gateway. Setup is easily and securely done with a simple "Push 'N Connect" feature using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), which eliminates the need to remember or input security password keys. The device automatically configures itself to access point or bridge mode depending on the type of Ethernet enabled device it connects to.

You can easily extend your wireless network by purchasing more WNHDE111 units, or start with the NETGEAR HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit.

Minimal Interference = Outstanding Performance
Most wireless devices today, such as Wi-Fi devices, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, microwaves, and baby monitors, operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency, creating a lot of traffic and interference. The WNHDE111, however, operates on the 5 GHz band, which has up to 23 free channels and avoids the interference from most other devices.

The WNHDE111 complies with the latest Wireless-N draft specification for the fastest possible Wireless-N speeds. Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) ensures prioritization of voice, video and gaming traffic. It also supports wireless "ad-hoc" mode for wireless LAN peer-to-peer gaming and supports multicast point-to-multi-point HD video streaming.

The WNHDE111 supports WiFi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK), and 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption and is backed by a 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
WNHDE111 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge, stand, Ethernet cable, setup CD, power adapter, and warranty/support information card.

The WNHDE111 avoids interference from 2.4 GHz wireless devices.

Adding Wireless-N to your existing home network is simple. View larger.

  • Creates a 5 GHz Wireless-N access point by connecting to an existing router/gateway
  • More wireless channels, less interference and better connections using 5 GHz Wireless-N band
  • Boosts wireless performance of notebooks with embedded Wireless-N?
  • Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) ensures prioritization of voice, video and gaming traffic
  • Device measures 8.9 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Using as an Access Point
    Ok read all the reviews on Amazon. I have a Asus Eee Pc 1000h. I had to change the wireless card inside the laptop to pick up the 5ghz N signal. I knew this,and its very easy to do and Amazon has great deals on these cards. This Netgear is my second wireless access point on my home system, My other wireless access point is a Linksys WAP G band. The 5ghz Netgear does connect at 300mps and my wireless connection is fantastic, but the range isn't as good as my G access point and if I try to transfer large files it sometimes looses connection. If I go more than 25 feet away from the Netgear access point, the signal drops drastically. It may be because the 3rd antenna on my Asus wireless card is not fully compatible with the 5ghz range, so I ordered another type of antenna and will give that a shot! meanwhile to all readers, remember there is no adjustment to the 2.4ghz N band. You are on the 5ghz A or N band only. No G band, which is ok since I already have the Linksys G wireless. I would like to point out that I did like the second port on the back of the unit, my Linksys works fine connected to that port, which saves a used port on my wired router. Still far disappointed in the distance and file dropping....

    UPDATE April 2009
    Sold the Netgear on ebay. I purchased a Linksys refurbished 160N wireless N router and it blows the netgear away. Although I am connected at 144mbps in N wireless mode on the Linksys, it transfers large files faster without drops with much better distance.Goodbye Netgear, BTW, the Linksys is at 2.4ghz. If I could change my rating, I'd give the netgear access point a single star.

    UPDATE May 2009
    With the need for more speed and after reading the reviews on Amazon, I've switched to the 5ghz D-Link 825 dual band router. I'm now connected at 300mbps at 5ghz N wireless and can transfer a 1 gig file wirelessly on my network in less than 5 minutes without any drops!! My laptop wireless internet speed is exactly the same speed as my desktop Ethernet wired connection! For distance I connect to the 2.4ghz N mode. No hic-cups like the Netgear had. BTW, I set the Linksys N router to wireless G mode only for guests and sold my old G router. I'm finally set!...more info
  • Unobtrusive and excellent
    It does what it needs to do with no fuss. Very good coverage in the area it needs to cover. I particularly like the switch on the back that turns off all of the LEDs, which allows this thing to completely disappear.

    Because it's 5 GHz only, it might be a problem for some users. The 5 GHz signal will simply not penetrate the 12 - 18 inch thick adobe walls in the original part of my house. In my case this is fine, because I bought it to cover the frame addition which got a barely usable signal from my 2.4 GHz wireless router which lives in the adobe part of the house. Fortunately, I had thought to run Cat5E when we put in the addition, so the necessary hardwired connection to the front of the house was already in place. For my needs, this animal is perfect. It does what I want it to do, and you'll never see it unless I point it out....more info
  • It works, but...
    This is an incredibly difficult product to review.

    The good:
    It works exactly as it should. It is a 5GHz N wireless access point. It's product description states exactly what it is. It's range is enormous. I can still detect my home network from halfway down the street. I never get disconnects. It is really, really fast. In network transfers are just as fast as cat5.

    The bad:
    1. It's not a router. It's an access point. You don't have much control of the devices behind the AP.

    2. It's 5GHz. There's not a lot of stuff that operates at 5GHz. Make sure that you look for products that say "dual band".

    3. There's no 802.11b or g support. It only supports 802.11a @ 2GHz and 802.11n @ 5GHz.

    So, if you take out those three things - NONE OF WHICH IT CLAIMS TO BE - then this product is great.

    My final review is a (3). The things that it does, it does very well. But you will probably be disappointed because of the things that it does not have....more info
  • Excellent
    Very happy with the product.

    I've bought two of these devices to build a wireless bridge to the media room to feed TCP/IP to DirecTV DVR and Popcorn Hour NMT. The bridge works flawlessly, and is very fast at ~200Mbit/sec. I also run a MacBook Pro off the access point part of the bridge over 5GHz wireless-N with stable connection and no issues whatsoever.

    The device is well designed, with nice touches abound. It looks stylish with piano black finish on the sides and clear lucite panel in front, and fits nicely on a typical book shelf. There are two Ethernet ports in the back so if you have only two devices, you won't even need a switch on the bridge end. The genius touch is that you can turn off all LEDs on the box, including both front panel power/traffic and rear panel port status LEDs, so there is no annoying blinking in a darkened room!

    I understand that the lack of wireless-G and 2.4GHz range may be limiting for some people but I don't have this problem....more info
  • An excellent 5 GHz WAP.
    I purchased the WNHDE111 to replace my 6-year-old D-Link DWL-5000AP 802.11a WAP. Its Atheros SuperAG mode has provided my laptops with reliable and snappy 108 Mbps WiFi connectivity with a Linksys WPC51 802.11a/b card and my current TRENDnet TEW-501PC 802.11a/g card. While the D-Link supports 152 bit WEP, even with a complex 32 digit key it was still WEP and MAC filtering didn't offer much more comfort in the security department.

    (Early on, D-Link touted updates "to be made available in the future" supporting WPA (and DHCP among others); these never materialized. I have on file email from their support informing me of no intention to release ANY updates and in no uncertain terms indicated they could care less.)

    A few years ago, I had the only WiFi access point within several blocks of my house - smack dab in the middle of the Phoenix, AZ metroplex. Today, I can scan nine APs from my living room. I became uncomfortable having a so-so secure AP on the air, even if it was 5 GHz.

    The WNHDE111 does not support SuperAG, so in the interest of advanced security I have 54 Mbps speed tops. This is a trade off I can live with using 802.11a connectivity until I decide to spring for a dual band 802.11n laptop adapter. I'm now warm and fuzzy using AES WPA2-PSK with a nice complex 16 digit key. And MAC filtering. Given that 5 GHz WiFi is "obsolete," chances are my WNHDE111 doesn't even show up on any of my neighbors' systems. I probably have the most secure WAP in the 'hood!

    I can't vouch for functionality other than 802.11a. That meets all my expectations right now and even on low power, the WNHDE111 offers full bandwidth throughout my house and on my 1/3 acre property. Its close proximity to a TEW-430 802.11b/g AP presents no issues for either unit. Added bonuses are an additional RJ-45 port, a real on/off switch and a three position AP/Bridge/Auto switch.

    The WNHDE111 has a splendid Web configuration interface with a sidebar loaded full of helpful information. All aspects of this WAP's feature set are highly configurable and the automatic firmware update worked without a hitch. My out-of-the-box v1.2.3_1.0.1 went to v1.2.7_1.0.1 in just a few minutes.

    Based on the Atheros AR5133 radio and the MAC/baseband AR5415 chips, I would insist on nothing less than top performance in all phases of operation. Atheros has always delivered in that arena. My Netgear/Atmel ME-102 802.11b WAP went most of 7 years before failing and my Netgear/Zyxel RO-318 router has been plugging away for nine years 24/7. I'm trusting Netgear for this kind of reliability in this WNHDE111....more info
  • Never worked properly
    I wanted these to work, but after a lot of time messing around with settings I never could get a good connection rate even at 90% signal strength I would be experiencing constant connection interruptions while playing back media from my NAS. I read a lot on the netgear forums trying to track down a solution and everything I tried didn't help. There were a lot of people having the same issues and as frustrated as I was. The highest data rate I did see was 144kbps. I finally went back to the on board wireless on my PS3 and I can stream media perfectly with no issues. I'll be sending these units back as they certainly need some development before they are the solution. It could be a bad set but after reading the forums it just seems to common of a problem and I'm not happy with this product...more info
  • Not Dual Band 5GHz Only
    I'm sure this is a great product when used in a Dual Band setup, however I have not upgraded my router yet and expected it to be backwards compatible with the 2.4GHz existing setup. The device info is misleading with the 2.4G/5G statistics. If you look closely, this bridge only supports 5GHz. I returned this device for a dual band model....more info
  • Not a bridge
    I banged my head against a wall for hours trying to get this thing to work as a wireless bridge on my network. I already have a plethora of access points, what I wanted was a bridge (especially one with more than one Ethernet port). It turns out that this thing only works with another WNHDE111 (read another guy's review "not a true bridge") -- it's more like a WNHDE111 tunnel, instead of an 802.11n bridge.

    They need to make it clear that all the talk about buying two of these is not just marketing speak for "buy more of our products" -- there's a requirement to buy two.

    There is no excuse for this product not operating as a bridge with other equipment. I have an 802.11g bridge from Netgear (WGE111), and it works fine, why are they playing games with this product?

    Honestly, I can't be the only person with a pile of equipment that has an Ethernet port, but not wireless (or broken/sub-par wireless, or the desire to use wake-on-lan wirelessly, or some a number of other gotcha situations). I was ready to buy 2-3 of these, if they worked as bridges -- it's back to the search for me. :-(...more info
  • NOT a true bridge
    I was disappointed to find out after receiving the Netgear WNHDE111 that it provides bridge functionality only when paired with another WHNDE111. Amazon's return process worked flawlessly though....more info
  • USELESS as AP on a mixed G and N network
    This is USELESS as an access point on a mixed G and N network...(Not bashing Netgear... I have the WNR3500 which is excellent)
    Since this operates at 5GHz only, your 802.11 g devices WILL NOT WORK (which use the 3GHz spectrum)
    So for a network using n and g devices, maybe opt for the pricier WN802T or WN802T-200

    1 Star for NOT making this absolutely clear on the box.... most networks today are mixed....more info