Introduction

The following picture is a graphical representation of the Local Area Network in my home.

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What this “graphical” representation does not portray is the actual physical layout of those devices in my home.  For example, one of the Xbox 360s is 6 feet away from the router, while the other Xbox 360 is a few rooms away.  In order to get Internet access to this second Xbox 360, I have to run a 50 foot Ethernet cable up and down walls, along baseboards, and …  Well, you get the picture.

Then I saw this WiFi adapter from Netgear.  No drivers.  Hook it up to anything with an Ethernet port.  Just what I needed for that Xbox 360, I thought to myself, as there was no way I was going to spend ~$100 for a Microsoft WiFi adapter for that gaming machine.  Many things I review are neat to check out, from a reviewers point of view.  Sometimes, there are products that I actually *want* to try out, not just as a review item, but from a personal perspective.

This is one of those products.

Introducing the Netgear WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet adapter.

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If this thing works as advertised, this is one of those items that I will probably put on someone’s Christmas list.  I would just love to get rid of that Ethernet cable.

What’s In The Box?

Before we get to what is inside, we have the front

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and back

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of the package which gives one an idea of what you are getting.  Digging down deeper,

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we have a Quick Installation Guide

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and the hardware consisting of the WiFi adapter, a power adapter, USB power adapter, Ethernet cable, and some Velcro strips.

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A closer view of just the adapter.  On one end, we have the Power, LAN and WLAN LEDs.  On the

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other side are the controls and connections.  From left to right: reset pinhole, Wifi Protected Setup (WPS) button, Ethernet port, and power port.

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