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NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100

NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100

Item: 819058    Model: WNA3100-100ENS

NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100
4.5stars
( 622 reviews)
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  • Provides Wireless-N speed for simultaneous downloads, voice and music
  • Backward compatible with Wireless-G
  • Desktop dock provides option for better desktop placement
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Provides Wireless-N speed for simultaneous downloads, voice and musicBackward compatible with Wireless-GDesktop dock provides option for better desktop placementEachWireless-N 300 USB AdapterProvides Wireless-N speed for simultaneous downloads, voice and musicBackward compatible with Wireless-GDesktop dock provides option for better desktop placementNETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA310034.99USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0351120_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0351120_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0351120http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0416423_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0416423_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0416423/NETGEAR-N300-WiFi-USB-Adapter-WNA3100/product_819058
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NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100
 
4.3

(based on 622 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (366)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (177)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (37)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (488)
  • Reliable connection (416)
  • Fast connection (358)
  • Fast (341)
  • Secure connection (293)

Cons

  • Unreliable connection (46)
  • Difficult to set up (43)
  • Slow connection speed (23)
  • None yet (3)

Best Uses

  • Home network (450)
  • Small networks (99)
  • Large networks (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (342), Low bandwidth user (173)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (457), Business (110)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (488), Other (8)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Works as expected

My several-years-old PC's hard drive failed recently and since replacing the drive would have been about 1/3 the price of a new PC, I got a new machine. Unfortunately, the old wi-fi...Read complete review

My several-years-old PC's hard drive failed recently and since replacing the drive would have been about 1/3 the price of a new PC, I got a new machine. Unfortunately, the old wi-fi adapter card wouldn't fit in the new PC, so I had to look for a USB solution.

I was skimming reviews on my phone and spotted an inexpensive product at Staples, but noticed that someone specifically mentioned its failure to work with 64-bit Windows (which I have). Ugh.

Well, I popped into the store, just in case there were other, similar products so I could get back online and I was surprised to find a more-recent model (this one) which specifically mentioned 64-bit on the package. Yay!

It was five bucks more than the older model, but I was willing to pay that.

When I got it home, the instructions were clear about installing the software first, then connecting the device, so I did that, but was irritated when NETGEAR's proprietary wizard/utility was installed, so I uninstalled that stuff, installed the Windows driver only, and connected the device. For some reason, there's still some lame NETGEAR tray icon that opens up not the connection wizard, but some anemic status window which I could totally live without. Right-clicking on that icon and disabling everything doesn't seem to make any difference, so I'm living with it.

I just find it a little irritating that NETGEAR thinks so highly of its software that even when I don't want to use it, I still get to see it in my system tray all the time.

Of course, maybe there's some finer point to all this that escapes me, but the bottom line is that it works and -- as best I can tell -- has had no problems.

(Since there was no "Irritating to set up the way I wanted" option in this review, I chose "Difficult to set up".)

Good value for the money, in my opinion. Oh, another plus is that -- being on the other side of the house from our wireless router -- the long USB cable permits me to place the adapter high up on a nearby shelf.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Lower your expectations

Reason: I bought a new preconfigured desktop PC with Windows 8. It did not come with a wireless card so I focused on buying a USB wireless adapter.

Decision: I was...Read complete review

Reason: I bought a new preconfigured desktop PC with Windows 8. It did not come with a wireless card so I focused on buying a USB wireless adapter.

Decision: I was just going to get something as cheap as I could find. Talking to a sale person and reading the different boxes/information, they indicated the cheapest ones may have speed and range issues. I decided to venture up a couple of price points to this one and thought it would be better given I was setting up the desktop a little way away from my router. Plus it had a fairly high reviewer rating so I figured it would be good.

Installation: Do not assume this is 'plug and play', it was not. I tried many times to get it working and it just stalled out on the install. I tried to go on-line with Netgear (from another computer since I had no Internet on this one yet) and did not find their site very helpful. Finally I called and, after a bit of a wait, was finally given some instructions on how to download the software upgrade I needed to get this thing working. It was fairly annoying as I had to get the update, save it onto a flash drive and then install the update to the new computer. Since the directions I were given were not exactly right, after a couple of attempts, I finally got it working.

Usage: I have been using this for a couple of months now. Other than initially getting it working, I have not had any issues with it not working. However, the range/speed on this is mediocre as I have not seen it get past 24 Mbps and is typically around 18 Mbps when I have checked. Although I was not planning on getting 300 Mbps (as the maximum speed on the specification indicates), I would have expected to get at least the 54 Mbps that I typically get from my other devices in the same location as this one.

Recommendations: I would not recommend purchasing this product based on my current experience. Paying the extra did not seem to get me anything extra and certainly did not meet my expectations. In fairness, I have not tried cheaper USB adapters to see if they work the same, but I would recommend others to do that first and only pay extra if you need it.

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5.0

Wire less connector

By George

from Murrieta,Ca

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100:

The Netgear wireless connector works for us. We are not super techie and needed something simple and easy to install. we have a home office with 2 desktop work stations and the Netgear wireless attachment was simple and easy to use and install. So far so good. it did and does everything we needed.

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5.0

Super Easy

By Kathleen M.

from Venice, Fl

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100:

This was super easy to hook up to my computer. I was surfing the net in no time at all!

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5.0

Netgear WiFI Adapter

By Richard

from Columbia SC

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100:

Had to replace PC and wireless adapter after power surge, we had a N150 adapter before and thought it was a good time to upgrade. Software loaded into new pc quick and easy. Connected to company WIFi with no problems, it has great reception, and downloads are now much faster. Great product,

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5.0

good stuff

By mick

from durham, nc

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100:

we changed our home phone system to cable and had to move modem, router and hard connection away from ('08) desktop to facilitate; thus needed wireless capability for the desktop. store personnel recommended this unit and it hasn't disappointed. installation and setup was a breeze; connection speed drop off is not noticeable.

I should note that the desktop is not used on a daily basis. considering the specific application, usage amount, and price, this was the route to go. better than expected so far -

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5.0

good stuff

By mick

from durham, nc

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR N300 WiFi USB Adapter WNA3100:

had to move modem, router and hard line connection from my home desktop due to addition of cable phone system. was skeptical how a wireless device would work with the (older) desktop. this unit was recommended by store personnel and didn't disappoint; not a drop off in connection speed from the previous setup. installation and setup was a breeze.

I should note that the desktop is not used daily. for the application, amount use and price, this was the right route. very pleased...

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