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1.0 out of 5 stars A few problems..., 12 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Netgear WNDA4100 N900 Wi-Fi Dual Band USB Adapter (Accessory)
The initial impression was favourable. I've bought a few Netgear products in the past and overall have been pleased.
This item was for a new-build windows 8 desktop in an upstairs room about 5 metres, as the mice crawl, from the router (also Netgear n900) with 50 mb/s broadband. Reception was not particularly great through one wall and one floor... getting between 1-3 mb/s with 2-3 bars reception. Something that by comparison my laptop wifi card did not struggle with... at >14mb/s in the same place
This was less than ideal but would have been acceptable if it had been the only problem...
Unhelpfully, shortly after installing it, I kept having system startup problems that led to the "dreaded BSOD" and an eventual need to system restore windows 8 to a state before the Netgear had been used.
The problem? A hardware conflict traced to the Netgear adapter. This didn't make sense as, apart from the initial connection to the internet via ethernet, the computer has never had any other internet adapter present. The computer is 2 months old and free of other software as I built it myself. There do seem to be more problems reported with USB wifi adapters than any other internet connection - whether pci/pcie or mini pcie cards. The last time I had such a problem with connectivity was about 3-4 years ago... with (sadly) another Netgear wifi adapter. One expects these things to be addressed with advances in technology and, as I said, Netgear are usually ok. I could go down the route of contacting Netgear support and as previously happened, try repeatedly replacing the wifi adapter for one that works but the whole point is that this is an item that has caused major system problems already. Usually Netgear are reliable... however, usb adapters do not seem to be their forte. The pcie wifi card now in place has had no such problems and perhaps implies I should have avoided USB in the first place.
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