Product Type: Netgear in Wireless LAN
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Netgear WGE111 Wireless Game-Adapter
Member Name: codiak
Netgear WGE111 Wireless Game-Adapter
Date: 11/07/07, updated on 12/07/07 (336 review reads)
Advantages: Wireless freedom for your console
Disadvantages: Can only connect 1 device
I only recently got my hands on one of these because I wanted to start connecting my xbox to the xbox live service.
So picture the scenario, I have my ADSL connection and a wireless router in the upper floor of my property and my xbox downstairs in the living room, so I have a choice, lay some cat5 (ethernet) cable around the place and try my best to make it look pretty or make use of my wireless infrastructure I had already setup.
So bit of a no brainer I went and ordered the Netgear WGE111 as it was pictured on the box of my wireless netgear router.
So what do you get for your money, in the box you get the game adapter, power adapter, an ethernet cable and a cdrom.
This device supports upto 54Mbs connection using 802.11g but will support the older 802.11b connections.
the device itself is no bigger than my wallet and it has 2 modes selectable with a switch on the back, you have infrstructure mode and ad-hoc mode.
Infrastructure mode allows you to connect to a wireless access point and join a network, Ad-Hoc mode is simple to use if you have 2 of these game adapters, as you can go head to head on 2 console without changing anything in the setup (so they say I aint tested that)
So being a bit of a techy im not one to reach for the book right away so I started setting this up myself.
With my laptop I hooked it up to the ethrenet port on te WGE111 and connected to the routers default home page.
At this point-----
I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU CHANGE THE ADMIN PASSWORD.
all information about connecting to most routers is public knowledge so be safe and secure your devices.
Once on the home page I logged in and did a search for available wireless networks to join and I saw the SSID of my wireless network, what next, well I have secured my network with WPA encryption and MAC Address filtering, so I looked on my xbox and on the outside of the game adapter and noted the MAC addresses of both devices to be sure and added them to the filter table on my router. I then typed in my WPA Key into the game adapter and hoped for an immediate connection..WRONG it still said scanning, so I checked my wireless router and noticed a 3rd MAC address that id not seen before, (trying to connect) so I also added that to the filter list, and rigth away I was connected. What they failed to put on the game adapter was the MAC address of the wireless network card, they only mentioned the ethernet MAC address.
You may have issues if your network SSID is nor being broadcast bu thats no big deal you just type in the ID name when you set things up.
So in a nutshell if you use simple WEP or WPA security you will probably encounter no trouble getting this running.
After all that tho, turns out you can configure an awful lot of the settings direct from your xbox without needing a computer, once yo uhave setup the basics.
Plus points - connect your console with no wires
Bad points - cant plug it into a switch to use more wired devices, but I cant see a reason why I want to do that right now
hope this review helps your decision.
Summary: Easy to use and reliable
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