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The packaging for this 54g wireless card boasts that it's a doddle to set up, and they're not wrong. The instructions are excellent. From opening the box to using my new wireless network (including setting up my Netgear WG602 access point) took about 15 minutes and was right first time. Even the instructions for protecting the wireless network with high-level WEP encryption were logical and clear. The connection is reliable and I haven't reached its speed potential yet, so I can't complain. It's a pain that the card's aerial sticks out of the side of my laptop about 30mm, but almost all wireless LAN cards are the same in that respect. I haven't knocked it on anything yet, but I suppose I will. The card doesn't get at all hot in use, which makes a pleasant change from my normal 3com LAN card. Most wireless LAN cards will draw large currents from your laptop and this one is no exception. My battery life went from 2.5 hours down to 1 (if I was lucky). Carry your mains charger with you. So much for wireless computing! I have no way of comparing the WG511's wireless performance with other 54g products, so I have no idea whether signal quality, transmission speed or reliability are exceptional or poor. It's been fine for me and I can now surf the web, and sometimes work, in the garden with no trailing wires. I bought the card in a bundle with the matching Netgear WG602 54g access point for £117 from a mail order Internet retailer in June 2003.
Freedom of movement and flexibility of access - NETGEAR's 54 Mbps Wireless PC Card gives you both in spades! Designed to the 802.11g draft specification, this versatile PC card offers speeds up to nearly five times faster than widely deployed IEEE 802.11b wireless networks found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the globe.
This versatile PC card works with either wireless standard 802.11b or 802.11g, to keep you connected today and tomorrow. Put it in your notebook PC and no matter where you are, at home, at the office, at the airport or in other public access areas, this versatile adapter automatically selects the best connection available, giving you constant access to corporate resources, e-mail, and the Internet. Use it to quickly network employees, saving the time and expense of Ethernet cabling. Easy to set up and use, it auto-selects the best available connection and adapts the settings to match. NETGEAR's intuitive Install Wizard makes driver installation a cinch. And with up to 128-bit WEP encryption, you can rest assured that your wireless network communications are private.
|Product Description:||NETGEAR WG511 Wireless-G PC Card - network adapter|
|Device Type:||Network adapter|
|Form Factor:||Plug-in module|
|Interface (Bus) Type:||CardBus|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||12 cm x 5.4 cm x 0.7 cm|
|Localisation:||English / Europe|
|Data Link Protocol:||802.11b, 802.11g|
|Data Transfer Rate:||54 Mbps|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP|
|Microsoft Certification:||Works with Windows Vista|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|