Summary: You MUST have a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA card for this to work! The intended audience for this product is people who already have a MA401 PCMCIA card (perhaps for their laptop) who also want to swap it into their desktop (and don't mind cracking open their desktop case each time they need to switch it back and forth). If you just want a regular desktop wireless card, you probably can get a better deal with something like netgear WG311 instead of buying a MA301 and MA401.
Summary: This product works great. The only complaint I have about it is there is no mention anywhere in the documentation on the correct way to insert the PC Card. The PC Card will go in both ways, and I had to experiment to see which way was the right way. Other than that, the card works great.
Summary: Ignore the Microsoft Warning upon installation that it is not compatible with XP. It is compatible with XP. I use it with XP and have no problems - once you get past the Microsoft XP installation warning. This apparently is a certification method recently installed by Microsoft in order to get additional control and income over the manufacturers. The Netgear website explains all this.
Summary: I spent a lot of time reading the reviews about wireless access points, wireless routers and wireless network cards. I finally decided on the Linksys router and the Netgear MA 301/401 interface card. So, here's the deal. I have a PII-400 running Win98 that is connected to the router using Cat 5 cable, which is then connected to a cable modem. For those of you who don't know, Cat 5 cable is simply the standard ethernet cable.
Summary: Be warned! You may think that wireless LAN is something pretty up to date and that you will be able to use a pretty standard PCI adapter with XP. You can't. The XP compatbility wizard managed to find this card and announce its incompatibility. And this is despite there being an XP drivers folder on the CD. The version I've got doesn't even run under 2000.
Summary: I loved the fact that this card installed without the PCMCIA card even present and worked perfectly when I put the PCMCIA card in. No messing around with installing drivers for this card, then for that card, etc. So overall a slick install and a good piece of work.
Summary: This adapter performs at a level above expectations. The only negative thing I have noticed is that it took more effort than expected to get the PCCard inserted. I had to take the side of the computer case back off to guide the PCCard into the slotof this card. In general it is my opinion that Netgear makes the best entry level, lower cost products, and this is another good one.
MA301 works well with MA401 and older WIN95 pentium
Konrad and Sharon Roeder, Amazon
17 November 2001
Summary: I bought an MA301 and MA401 for an older pentium that had no USB port and Win95. It was a quick install. It took me about 20 minutes to open the PC and install the MA301 adapter with the MA401 card. However, I would have to agree with the other review that there could have been card guides to better accept the MA401 card. The other difficulty is remembering which side is up when you remove and replace the MA401 card back into the MA301 adapter for some reason.
Summary: This is a decent adapter but could use a little work. Inserting and removing the PC card would be improved if they included some type of guide rails. So take a little care when inserting the card, which you will probably only ever do once. Also, this card will probably only work with the netgear 802.11b card. Other vendors implemented a more generic PCI-to-PCCard slot for their 802.11b cards, but this one seems geared only towards the matching netgear cards.