Summary: All I did was plug it in and turn it on. I read a thousand reviews and this unit showed promise, I was shocked at the ease of installation!! Once I was online I was able to configure it through my web browser... Done!! I combined this with the Netgear - WAG511 on a WinXP laptop. May stump some real beginners to the networking field as the documentation leaves a little to be desired. I am able to get a strong signal from my porch and every room in my house.
Summary: I purchased the Netgear HE102 along with the HA501 cardbus card, after I had to return the Linksys WAP54A and WPC54A. There were many reasons why I had to return the Linksys. See my review of the WPC54A elsewhere on Amazon. At first, I was a little apprehensive about the Netgear after the Linksys saga. To my pleasant surprise, the Netgear's setup was a breeze. Every feature worked as advertised, including 152 bit WEP and Turbo Mode.
Easy to install... but be sure you have all that you need...
14 January 2003
Summary: It took me less than 10 minutes to get this up and running with my DSL line and my two remote pc's (one I installed the HA 311 PCI card, and the laptop with HA 501 cardbus). I have XP, and it was pretty much plug it in, and let it go to work. Then came the bad part... I couldn't network the two PC's, plus only one could use the DSL line at a time.
Easy to use, still not up to 802.11b range though.
Richard A Ambrose "ambrose01", Amazon
2 December 2002
Summary: This system was EASY to install. Basically, you plug it in and it broadcasts. It's speed level is fantastic. However, I found that its range was not nearly as good as with my SMC 802.11b system. I am still glad I bought this product, but it is shocking to me that the system doesn't always get good reception from but one room away (It works, but not always particularly well). I should mention how the system works speedwise.
Summary: I am writing this review from my second story bedroom about 50 feet or so from the access point. The speed is still great. Often better than what my company has through a T-1. The set-up was very easy. One of the easiest installations I have ever had. It was not working at first, and just as I was ready to call Netgear I realized that I did not have the stupid cable modem plugged in to the access point.
Another great Netgear product that meets expectations!
Todd Baker, Amazon
16 October 2002
Summary: The HE102 is a great product that meets all of the expectations of 802.11a technology. Contrary to some other reviews here, this product does indeed work through walls, and work well! I am currently writing this on my laptop (with a netgear adapter) about 60 feet, one floor, and about 3 walls away. The utility shows about 18 MBPS transmit and 24 MBPS receive. Contrast that with the prior 802.11b system I also use that works at around 2-3 MBPS.
Summary: The User's Guide for this product says "estimated setup time is 10 to 15 minutes." It took me over 10 hours to get this system to work in conjunction with a Netgear Wireless PCI Adapter. I had to hire a network expert to get it to work. Do not expect help from Netgear's technical support if you buy this product. Long hold times await you if you call them. If you post a question via e-mail, you will receive a useless response.
Summary: Bought both the HA501 802.11a PC Card and HE102 802.11a wireless access point. Installed and ran out of the box. Driver installation is a snap. Setup is a snap with Windows/XP. No reboot necessary. Changing wireless network SSID and setting WEP encryption is easy as well. I ran in turbo mode 72Mbps inside my house and connect to the cable modem for internet access. Very fast and good range too.
S. Huang "Looking for the perfect headset", Amazon
20 September 2002
Summary: OK, so I work in the IT industry and I concider my self very well versed in current computer technology. 802.11a was a technology that has somewhat become burried since the huge hype it experienced at the start of this year. I always wondered why, and wondered why a lot of the major network hardware sites (i.e. Practicallynetworked.com) had very little to say or to review when it came to 802.11a products. Well now I know why.