Summary: It is interesting to see the distribution of reviews for this product. Apparently, people either love or hate this wireless adapter. I am firmly situated in the camp of people who are very unhappy with this piece of equipment. My platform: Late 2011, core i7 desktop gaming machine running Windows 7x64. Router is a Linksys E100. My usage scenario: Have tried both cradle and directly plugging into the USB port.
Summary: I hesitated to order this because of the number of critical reviews, but I finally made the purchase because Netgear recommended this adapter as compatible with the Netgear router in use where I was setting up my PC. Installation, using the Resource CD provided, was a breeze. I was up and connected in less than 5 minutes and have had no problems since then. My only glitch was that I connected to the incorrect wireless network (my fault), but that was easily corrected.
Summary: I needed a wireless adapter in a hurry because I was moving the location of my router away from my PC due to a bad cable jack. This was one of the few options at Best Buy. It always seemed slow. I was having bad experience playing some MMOs also. I was getting 2/3 bars of signal. I ran speedtest, and it was about 3 mbps. I decided to try the cradle before giving up on it. 3/4 bars of signal. 18 mbps on speedtest.net.
Summary: Just received the adapter today, replacing a slower Netgear adapter about 10 years old that was giving me download speeds of 4-5 MBPS, one floor below an inexpensive "G" router. I have a dual core chip running Vista Home Premium. I set a restore point, uninstalled the old Netgear driver, inserted the installation CD and chose to install only the standalone driver. Plugged in the adapter when prompted, Windows recognized it and installed the driver.
Summary: Ihave a netgear wireless router and a Toshiba blu-ray player. The router is upstairs and the blue-ray player is in the basement.With the netgear WNA1100 I have solved the problem of dropped connections which allows me to stream movies without problems.
Summary: I got this unit to go with a Netgear RangeMax N150 Wireless Router WPN824N, which I have also reviewed. Installation of the Adapter was a breeze: pop in the CD, follow the instructions (more on this in just a bit), and start surfing...it's that simple. The gizmo itself works quietly in the background like it's supposed to: no muss, no fuss. It does take up a USB port, so if you have a lot of USB devices you may need a USB hub...or constantly unplug/replug something.
Summary: So far I do not have any problems with this adapter. It connects to my wireless router just fine, and I have a full 5 bars with it. Maybe it is because my router is right next to my desktop but who knows. The product is so far so good.
Summary: Just got an Acer Aspire One, dual core 64 byte bus, 4gb memory, 500gb HD, 7 HP for 299.00 and no shipping - a deal I couldn't pass up. Only two minuses: a 1ghz processor and an N wireless card that defaulted at 24mb (N router) and kept falling back to 5.5mb. Had the WNA1100 laying around from a previous experiment with N on my ancient Archos 10 netbook (which failed, the experiment, not the Archos) so I plugged it in, downloaded the driver and, wow, off to the races.