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WG111v2 Release Version 1.4.0 Driver and Utility


Release Version 1.4.0 Driver and Utility

  • Supports Windows XP, 2000, ME, and 98SE
  • Driver version 5.1213.6.327
  • Utility version

This release is not compatible with model WG111 (or with TiVo), your adapter must be WG111v2 for this.

New Features and Enhancements

  • Adds WHQL certificated driver for Win2K/XP.

Known bugs

  • If the scan list is empty in the network page, a scan should be done automatically. However in this release, a scan must be done manually.
  • In Windows 98, the GUI aborts if not "safely removed" (read about this below).
  • If you use USB 1.0 or 1.1, the adapter can’t connect to a router using "11g only" mode.
  • European users may find that the utility will not pop up if WZC is checked and adapter is unconnected and reconnected.


For the latest troubleshooting, see the WG111v2 Support Page. Articles include:







To Safely Remove the Adapter

  • Do this to pull out the adapter before upgrading (or whenever you physically disconnect it):

1. Mouse over the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows system tray.

2. Single-click the icon. A list of removable devices appears. (If you double-click, or if using Windows 2000, a large pop-up window appears, which can also be used.)

3. Double-click the Safely Remove line with your adapter in it.

4. Pull the adapter out.


To Upgrade

1. Download using the button below to a convenient place such as your desktop. Note that this is a large file! ( 3.23 MB )

2. Uninstall the existing adapter software by selecting Start > Programs > NETGEAR WG111v2 Adapter > Uninstall NETGEAR WG111v2 Smart Wizard. The Install Assistant window displays. (Windows XP screens are shown however the process works similarly in other operating systems.)

3. Click OK.

4. Click Finish to finish to complete uninstallation.




5. Extract the Zip file you downloaded.

6. Open the Setup Program from the extracted folder by double clicking it.

7. Click Next.

8. Select the country where the computer will be used, and click Agree. Incorrect selection may cause performance problems or violate local laws.

9. Click Yes for the Warning Message and license agreement.

10. Click Next to install in the default directory.

11. Click Next to add this Program in the default program folder.

12. Click Finish to complete the software installation.

13. Insert your NETGEAR WG111v2 54 Mbps wireless USB 2.0 adapter into a USB port.

14. MS Windows shows a pop-up "found new hardware wizard". Click Next, Continue Anyway and Finish to install the driver.

15. Select Yes to use the NETGEAR Smart Wizard.

16. Now, the NETGEAR Smart Wizard is displayed allowing you to configure the Wireless Settings.

17. Highlight the Network Name you want to connect to. If the Network Name (SSID) is blank — as the second line in the screenshot — it means that network router is not broadcasting its SSID. To connect to that network, log in to the router, or ask your network administrator for the SSID.

20. You may leave the Smart Wizard utility open during normal operation, if you like. Some of the features to note in this example:

  • The user created a profile called "Profile".
  • The network he is connected to has an SSID of "NETGEAR".
  • The Network Type is Infrastructure. To connect, one has to use the same type as the rest of the network. For information, see Selecting between Ad Hoc and Infrastructure Modes.
  • In the status bar, you can see that the network is using channel 6. Again, one has to use the same channel as the rest of the network.
  • In Security, neither WEP nor WPA is selected, which is not a good idea. This example network is very vulnerable to hacking. See Improving Default Network Security.
  • The signal strength is at the maximum — all the lights in the status bar are green. However, anything but red is acceptable. For information, see Improving Wireless Range.

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