How to Install a Wireless Netgear USB Adapter

The Netgear USB Adapter (Model WG111v2) is a high speed wireless USB adapter which can allow you to access a wireless network where there are no wired networks available. The WG111 simply plugs into the external USB port of your PC, eliminating the need to open up your desktop PC. Gain full mobility with your notebook, or place your desktop anywhere in your home, without the need to use unsightly Ethernet cables.

Steps

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    Download the newest installation of software from Netgear's website. From windows explorer go to http://support.netgear.com/product/WG111v2. Click on “Software Version 4.0.0 for Windows”.
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    Open up My Computer. Under downloads, you should see the file WG111v2 Software Version 4.0.0.zip. Uncompress the zipped file.
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    Select OK. Next open the software folder that you just downloaded by double clicking on the folder named “WG111v2 Software Version 4.0.0”.
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    Double click “Setup” to install USB wireless adapter software.
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    Wait for the Welcome window to pop up. Then click “Next”.
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    Accept the License Agreement by clicking on “Accept”. You can view the agreement by scrolling down the page; you must accept the agreement in order to install the adapter.
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    Select the folder in which you would like the software to be stored in by selecting the “Browse” button. Or install the software in the default destination folder and click “Next”.
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    Wait for the window to say “software installation complete” . You have just successfully completed the first part of the installation process. Click “Next” to continue with the hardware installation.
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    Insert the wireless USB Adapter into your laptop or desktop USB port. Click “Next” to continue.
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    Select the country in which you will primarily use the wireless USB adapter.
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    Wait for the USB adapter to scan available wireless networks in your area and come up with a wireless network SSID list. SSID is short for service set identifier. SSID is also referred to as a network name because essentially it is a name that identifies a wireless network. Select your own wireless network’s SSID.
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    Select an encryption type. Most wireless routers have several options available when it comes to security. You can typically choose between WEP, WPA-PSK (Personal), or WPA2-PSK. If you can, select WPA2 because it is the most secure form of encryption available for wireless networks. Some older routers don't have this option. Manually enter the Hidden SSID (eg. mywifissid) and select WPA2-PSK as the method of Pre-Shared Key.
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    Enter the WPA2-PSK password.
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    Check you're connected. At this time, you have successfully installed the software into your computer. The USB adapter scans the wireless network and joins the network with SSID and password you just configured. If you see in the Wireless Assistant panel, you have connected to your wireless network successfully. You will see your SSID, wireless speed (54MBPS), signal strength information as well.
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    Test your network connection by going to any website. You can also do this by issuing C:\user\myname>ipconfig /all command under the CMD prompt to verify the USB adapter has successfully joined the wireless network and received the IP address, gateway and DNS IP address from your wireless router. Do this by going into search and typing Command Prompt.

Tips

  • Make sure you have enough power in your computer and also don't run a lot of other programs that can slow down your computer.
  • Make sure you have the right SSID and password as you are trying to connect to the internet.

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