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.
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.
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...
Easy to use, still not up to 802.11b range though.
Richard A Ambrose, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.