Summary: When you install this, Windows 8.1 will automatically find and install a driver for it. Don't use that one, it made be get downloads speeds for 1.5mbps on a 15mbps internet line... If on windows 8.1 do the following: 1. Right-Click Windows logo on the bottom right. 2. Click Device Manager. 3.
Pros: I was able to make it work properly with Windows 8.1. See Other thoughts.
Cons: The bulky antenna gets less range than my USB stick sized adapters. So much for "RangeMax NEXT"... Netgear does not support it, even if you just bought it new.
Pros: Easy to install. Just don't use the included CD.True Plug and Play in Windows 8. No need to install any software. From UPS delivery to install to get online in less than 10 minutes. Excellent signal level. Great deal with rebate.
Very good device But educate yourself a little on networking first!
11 May 2014
Summary: I bought this item as a replacement for another wireless card I had picked up for my wife's computer. The other card worked great but we discovered some odd things that any user of wireless should be aware of. In our particular setup, Our living room is where everything is.
Summary: For starters I work for a networking company. For the install of this product do not install any drivers! I have this running on a Windows 7 machine. Let windows install the default drivers. These work perfect and will cause no issues. No need to update those drivers, use as is.
Pros: The portable antenna works great. I get mid 200's for my transmission rate on the other side of my house. Granted I have a really nice router to go along with this. I've had none of the issues others were reporting. Read below for my install steps to avoid any issues.
Pros: PCI adapter.?. that shows the age of the product. Am able to use the antenna Dual Connector on my old Asus card that I was trying to improve! Believe it did improve as I always have 5 bars and the router is upstairs!
Cons: Does not work with 7 64bit. Support not available since 2011 manufacturing halting (I guess I can understand why netRear discontinued manufacture). Consistently Dropped connection. When win7 sleeps, time consuming to make the adapter connect again! (My Asus 15 does not have that problem. EVER.
Summary: total waste of material. probably will never buy netgear anymore.
Cons: number 1 issue is not reliable. number 2 issue is that with bulky antenna it still can not connect to Netgear router just 2 feet away. I was too busy to fix this, so after one month or so I bought Asus n56u, still no luck with this card, though all the other wifi cards in various pads or laptops ...
Summary: I love how these other reviews says to find the right driver and don't tell you where so here: Broadcom_wifi_22.214.171.124-win.zip 03/19/2012 can be found on the site driver-wireless dot com where I downloaded and it scanned clean with Avast and Hitman Pro, though I'm sure other sites will host it.
Pros: Nice antenna, good range and speed **with the right driver, download went from 7mbps to about 11 upstairs here, almost as good as the repeater I have set up **see Other thoughts
Cons: PCI, most motherboards these days will require a PCIx 1x slot so I had to use it in one of my older machines.