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WG111v2 Release Version 2.0.0 Driver and Utility


Release Version 2.0.0 Driver and Utility

   Released: August 22, 2006.

  • Supports Windows XP, 2000, ME, and 98SE
  • Windows 2000/XP Driver version 5.1213.6.327
  • Windows 98SE/ME Driver Version 5.1214.6.504
  • Utility version

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

New Features and Enhancements

  • Added support for WPA2-PSK.
  • Supports network domain login.
  • Uses Touchless SMART WIZARD.
  • GUI hanging issue in Windows 98 is resolved.
  • If the region is selected as Europe, The utility will now pop up if WZC is checked and adapter is disconnected and reconnected.
  • Utility displays the correct signal strength in Windows 98.
  • Wireless network scan not properly detects all available networks.
  • When the Adatper is plugged into a USB 1.0/1.1 port, it will connect to a router operating in "802.11g only" mode.

Known bugs

  • The utility might not properly detect the internet connection status.


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! ( 7.06 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 Next.

4. Click Yes.

5. Click Next to complete uninstallation.

6. Click OK to finish the Install Assistant.




7. Extract the Zip file you downloaded.

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

9. Click Next.

10. Click Accept to accept the license agreement.

11. Click Next to install in the default directory.

12. Click Next. A message appears while the software is installing.

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

14. Click Next.

15. Select the country where the computer will be used, and click Agree. Incorrect selection may cause performance problems and violate the applicable law.

16. Select NETGEAR Smart Wizard (recommended) and Click Next.

17. Select Yes to use the Smart Wizard to help with connecting to a wireless network, and click Next.

18. The Selecting a Network window appears. Highlight the Network Name you want to connect to. If the Network Name (SSID) is blank, it means that network's router is not broadcasting its SSID. If you want to connect to that network, log in to the router, or ask your network administrator for the SSID.

19. Click Next. The screen advances to Saving Profiles step. You do not have to enter a profile, but it's easier that reentering the network information.

20. Click Finish to close the installer.

21. A confirmation message shows that your computer is connected to the Internet.

22. Also the wireless configuration utility is launched. Now that the installation is finished, this is the window you will use in the future to examine available networks, etc. You may close or leave the Smart Wizard utility window open during normal operation.

23. 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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