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Registered: ‎2012-12-13

WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

Hello...

I recently upgraded to from Win7 to Win8 and loaded the beta driver for the WNA1100 (v10.0.0.20 10/15/12). Since making that change, connection quality between the PC and AP has gone from excellent to barely useable. Packet loss is consistantly 50% and available bandwidth has been cut in half.

Before and after the upgrade, signal strength has been staying in the -68 to -75dBm range.

I was wondering if there was anything settings-wise that I could change to try to improve the connection quality? Some things that I have already tried was to force 802.11b only, change RTS/CTS settings on the AP side, increasing transmit/receive buffers on the PC side.

I was also wondering when an updated driver would become available for download, or if there is somewhere that I could get a later version at this time, even if it is not ready for "prime time" yet I would still be willing to try it as anything would be better than what I have right now.

If there is anything that I can do assist in resolving this issue please let me know!

Thank you!
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Registered: ‎2012-12-21

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

How did you get the driver installed? I downloaded the driver and the files end in .sys My computer doesn't recognize the files as drivers and doesn't do anything. My PC keeps crashing when I plug the adapter in or try to connect to a network.
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Registered: ‎2013-02-28

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

I am having the exact same problem. Using Windows 7 drivers on Windows 8 = crash, Using the installed drivers from Adapter Software 2.0.0.5 results the same as just installing the Windows 8 BETA driver without the software... A dedicated packet loss of 5-20% It gets bad enough I cannot even stay connected to games. PLEASE fix the driver!!!
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Registered: ‎2013-02-28

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

Can anyone else confirm or deny this? possibly contribute to how its possible to fix? is it possible to disassemble the Win 8 Beta driver and attempt to fix it? This is ridiculous, the performance is virtually unusable, my connection scores a D-F on pingtest.net constant 5-50% packet loss. It worked fine on Windows 7 and I really don't want to have to revert just because a driver is broken.
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Registered: ‎2013-02-28

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

For anyone else experiencing this problem, I have contacted NETGEAR about the issue, and this is what they had to say.

"I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. However, we only have the Windows 8 Beta drivers released at the moment. We are still in the process of perfecting the Windows 8 driver for all our adapters and devices. Rest assured that we will release a new Windows 8 driver once it will be tested and ready. As of the moment, we do not have an exact date of release for the said update. Kindly continue on checking our support website for updates"
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Registered: ‎2013-03-14

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

WNDA3100 v2 is constant problems since my Windows 8 upgrade as well. Drivers listed as working with 8 don't fix it, beta drivers don't fix it. Constantly dropping connections despite full signal strength. Tried the adapter on 3 different windows 8 machines, problem occurs on all of them. Put the adapter on a Windows 7 Pro machine and it works flawlessly just like it always did before I went to Win 8. This is totally unacceptable.
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Registered: ‎2012-07-02

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

jaweaver,

Please ensure that you are using the Software Version 2.1.0.2 (Supports Win8).
Completely remove the previous software and install the Software Version 2.1.0.2.
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Registered: ‎2011-01-21

Re: WNA1100 and Windows 8 beta driver

jaweaver wrote:
Hello...

I recently upgraded to from Win7 to Win8 and loaded the beta driver for the WNA1100 (v10.0.0.20 10/15/12). Since making that change, connection quality between the PC and AP has gone from excellent to barely useable. Packet loss is consistantly 50% and available bandwidth has been cut in half.

Before and after the upgrade, signal strength has been staying in the -68 to -75dBm range.

I was wondering if there was anything settings-wise that I could change to try to improve the connection quality? Some things that I have already tried was to force 802.11b only, change RTS/CTS settings on the AP side, increasing transmit/receive buffers on the PC side.

I was also wondering when an updated driver would become available for download, or if there is somewhere that I could get a later version at this time, even if it is not ready for "prime time" yet I would still be willing to try it as anything would be better than what I have right now.

If there is anything that I can do assist in resolving this issue please let me know!

Thank you!


i just downloaded and installed 2.1.0.2 installed it and its still disconnecting
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