Netgear Ethernet-to-Wifi (Model no. WNCE2001) adapter review

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  1. Anon10W1z
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    Intro

    So the device is very small, at only 3.2 x 2.44 x 0.7 inches. It is light and comfortable to hold, because of its size and weight (60g). The device comes with a USB cable (for power source), a similar one which plugs into a power outlet (and that is NOT a USB-to-wall plug adapter, unlike what you would expect), some velcro straps (to mount the device on the back of a TV), the device itself, a piece of paper which tells you the device's product website, and an ethernet cable.

    Setup

    The setup is fairly easy. I will be covering the WPS method because that is the way to go, due to its availability on practically all modern Wifi routers.

    First, connect the USB and Ethernet ports to the adapter and the desired device (I use it for a network-ready TV). Now, there is a small WPS button near the Ethernet port on the device. Press that button, run to your router, and press the WPS button on the router. Wait a few minutes, and make sure all 3 LED's on the device are green. Simple!

    If you don't want to use WPS, connect the USB and Ethernet ports to your PC. Then, restart the PC. In your internet browser, go to mywifiext.net and complete the setup.

    When finished, unplug the Ethernet and USB ports from your PC, and plug them into the desired device.

    Usage

    This part is easy...all you have to do is harness the LAN capablilities software wise! Basically use the device as if the device was connected via LAN. The device now has wireless capabilities.

    Real-world testing

    This device was fairly easy to use.At 300Mbps download speeds, this device is extremely fast. I used it with a Sony Bravia HDTV, and Netflix had no need to stop to refresh in the middle of a 2.5 hour movie. I especially like it's small, compact size and feel.

    If you plan on using the adhesive strips, be warned - they aren't too strong, and they made the adapter fall from the back of the TV after just 12 hours (morning-night)

    Wrap-up

    If you plan on not paying a lot for proprietary USB TV adapter, or if you just want to use Wireless LAN on any LAN-only device, then this is the device for you!

    *I didn't put the non-WPS setup instructions because it's available on several of the latest and older routers.

    The device is on Amazon for $23.99 refurbished.

    Changelog:
    6/16/12: First version
    7/3/12: Revised guide
    7/4/12: Added steps for non-WPS routers
     
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    Member GreatZimkogway Touhou Fanatic

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    I wouldn't say this is much of a review at all...just saying it exists, and how to use it. No thoughts on ease of use, how well it works, stability, design, anything? Not even an actual link to the product on Amazon?
     
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    Might wanna add a bit more, like the above user mentioned. Maybe some speed tests, ease of install, usage, compatibility. Even a stock photo would suffice. :)
     
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    I would have liked some instructions on how to connect to a non-WPS router like mine which I have no intentions on replacing until it starts dropping connections like flies.
     
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    I've updated the guide.
     
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    Non-wps is easy just type www.mywifiext.net in a web browser and choose your wifi
     
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    Added them!
     

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