Summary: I don't think I needed this purchase. I was trying to trouble shoot my laptop on my own and I thought the original PC card was bad, turns out that wasn't the problem. In any case, delivery was prompt and efficient and I got the product as ordered. Can't ask for much more than that.
Summary: This wireless laptop PC Card works out of the box with Ubuntu 10 Linux. I had to reboot the system a second time after inserting the card for the system to recognize the card and load the proper drivers.
Summary: it doesnt connect half the time. and the router it worked with had major technical issues Not Recommended If anyone has any questions about this please don't be afraid to ask me. I'd be more than happy to answer any and all of them.
excellent product w/ software upgrade to version 5.2
JULIA H., Newegg
16 August 2008
Summary: advertised by Netgear as Vista compatible but I didn't test with Vista.
Pros: An excellent deal for the knowledgeable user. Good range with my Linksys WRT54gl router. Works with XP and linux (openSuse 10.3) Do *upgrade* the card with Netgear's version 5.1 setup (wg511t_5_2_setup) for XP to get the more secure WPA encryption (by default card only supports older, less secure...
Cons: advice for linux users - may have to apply Win based version upgrade to allow card to use WPA security *before* using on a linux laptop (not a "con" but a heads-up for penguin lovers). To get full super-G speed, must have compatible home router.
Pros: I found the range to be great, often picking up networks from other appartment buildings in the area. I got a great price on it because I purchased it refurbished from Netgear. Driver software worked well at retaining secure log-in info. Never had an issue with it.
Cons: Occasional drop, that would last a max. of 30 seconds until I was connected again.
Summary: What people need to understand (especially with linux) is that there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" networking card. With the thousands of combos out there, no one card can meet all the needs. If you want to use this card with linux, generally people have had much success.
Pros: Have used the card in three different laptops all running different on a different OS (two linux distros and WinXP) and have had no problems.
Pros: I ordered this product after reading several mixed reviews. I original bought the wireless card for Linux distros Ubuntu and Linux Mint. The card worked fine out of the box in Ubuntu 7.10 and Linux Mint. The card worked great for Linux, but still suffered from small range from router.
Cons: I tested in my laptop and desktop computers with Windows OSs. The Wireless PC Card barely detected my wireless router with a line-of-sight of 20-feet. When placed in my desktop computer in room only 25-feet way it only had poor or low communications with the router. This product does not match th...