Product Features and Specifications

Overview

icon wifi Hands On: Netgear WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet AdapterWirelessly connects networked home theater devices to your home network

icon universal Hands On: Netgear WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet AdapterUniversal—works with any network enabled device. No need to buy a Wi-Fi adapter that only works with one type of device

icon nocable Hands On: Netgear WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet AdapterAvoid long stringing cables. Freedom to place your home entertainment center anywhere and still connect to the Internet

icon tv Hands On: Netgear WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet AdapterOption to power by USB port means no exposed wire hanging from the TV

Specifications

Package Contents

  • Universal WiFi Internet Adapter (WNCE2001)
  • Mounting kit
  • Ethernet cable
  • USB power cable
  • Power adapter, localized to country of sale

Warranty

  • Localized to country of sale

System Requirements

  • Existing wireless home network with Internet connection – 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n AP/ gateway/router
  • TV, DVR, game console or home A/V device with Ethernet port
  • Optional – USB port on A/V device to power WNCE2001
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0 or Safari 1.4 or higher for configuration

Standards

  • IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 at 2.4 GHz

Features

  • Connects to any existing 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi access point, gateway or router
  • Push ‘N’ Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup® for easy setup
  • Dynamic LEDs display real-time network connection status
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK) and WEP
  • One (1) Ethernet port to connect to home A/V devices

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 81.3 x 62 x 17.9mm (3.20 x 2.44 x .70 in)
  • Weight: 60 g (2.12 oz)

Installation and Configuration

Before obtaining and using the WNCE2001 adapter, you must first have a wireless router.  No wireless router means no need for this product, so I will have to assume you have a router configured for use with wireless adapters.

Initial installation of the Netgear WiFi adapter consists of plugging in 2 cables.

  • One is an Ethernet cable between the WNCE2001 adapter and the device you want to have LAN/WAN access to.
  • The second cable provides power to the adapter via one of two methods.
    1. Through a USB port or
    2. Through a small wall wart
    Netgear provides cables for each method.

Once the adapter has been connected to a device, it needs to be configured to access your wireless router.  The WNCE2001 can be configured to connect to your router using two different methods.  The easy way is to use the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS).  The first time I tried this when I hooked it up to my son’s Xbox 360, it did not seem to work.  Later on, I tried it again and all worked just fine.  The key thing to remember is to be patient (*not* one of my virtues) as it takes time for the handshaking to occur between router and adapter.  The procedure to use the WPS method is as follows:

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Once configured, you can move it from device to device without having to reconfigure anything.  Once initially configured, the adapter is plug-n-play.

The second configuration method is to (temporarily) replace a wired Ethernet cable from a computer in your network with the Netgear adapter and follow the instructions below.

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Step 3 from the above procedure is documented as follows:

Choose your language, click on Continue, and wait a short time.

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Assuming the Netgear adapter is within range of your wireless router, select your network,

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type in your security code,

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wait,

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and done.  Please note I have erased my network information in these screens (to protect the guilty!).

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At this point, you are done.  What is really nice about configuring this adapter is that once properly setup for use with your wireless router, the Netgear WNCE2001 is seen by devices as a direct wired connection, so no drivers are required for use.