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n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Hello, i am having trouble installing my device on a 32 windows vista machine.

I put the cd in to install the adapter, and everything is fine until the install asks me to put in my adapter, when i do that the installation just sits at detecting adapter and doesn't do anything.
the adapter works fine on my newer machine, which i preferred to use a wired connection with though.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Luminary
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

make sure that USB port you are using are not sharing with other USB products.

USB are paired up as block so check on that....
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

how do i determine if usb slots are being shared
Luminary
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

each USB is in block of pair...Smiley Happy

if you have four in backplane of PC. then two block USB and each is paired up
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

oh ok, thats what i figured, and thats not going to be the problem, they are all vacant. thanks though.
ill try the alternate drivers and post a reply
Luminary
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

also..

when you install the driver and ask for to insert, look at c:\program files\netgear, it will leave driver folder.. copy it and save to desktop

shut pc down, insert the stick and see if it finds it. if do, you can use it's driver .
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

still having the same issues with the newer drivers, i read somewhere some people had the same problem because they had to turn off their wired connection, i think i did that correctly but that could still be a problem. THe computer i am trying to use my adapter on has always had a wired connection, so could that be an issue?
thanks.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Should not cause issues

Install these before on laptop with Ethernet adapter had no issues
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

how do i make sure wireless adapters are enabled then, i know this sounds like a dumb question but other people had the same problem because they used to use a wired connection. What im thinking is that i changed some network settings and its causing my wireless adapter to not load properly. Others were saying that they reinstalled windows and it worked fine, but i cant go through all those steps because i am trying to get vital information off this machine.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Make sure Ethernet cable is not used while installing the adapter
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

it wasn't connected. This is one of the strangest errors, my computer does detect the device but the install cant detect it
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Did you they suggested?

http://forum1.netgear.com/showpost.php?p=312925&postcount=7
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

yes, still doesnt work it does not find the drivers when i use the windows utility to search for them
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

I FIXED IT!!!! I FIXED IT!!!!!

I had to completely uninstall kapersky internet security, because it was locking up the setup.
I did try to turn off my firewall beforehand and allowed it to not be blocked but that still didnt get through to kapersky.
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Smiley Very Happyall internet security app will cause issues..
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

I also have Windows Vista, 32 bit system and Kaspersky Internet security [KIS]. It initially installed after I disabled my built in adapter and I had 11Mbps until this past week. I am 300' from the main house/router.

My Netgear wnda3100v2 adapter is functioning, but this past week I am only getting 1Mbps and just spinning wheels.

Network and Sharing shows multiple networks plus the original setup. They both say default network, if I delete the default network it keeps coming back.

I don't think KIS has anything to do with my current connection speed, but I have no clue at the moment.

Any suggestions for a fix?
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Wow..300' that is way far most are able to use

Whatever the reason you were only able to pull 11Mbps so you just looking distance issue in general.

There is no remedy but to shorten distance.
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Obviously the 300' distance would be a issue, but I was good with the 11Mbps until this past week. I had the adapter attached to a velcro sticker on the sliding glass window, until the cold weather loosen the velcro sticker and the adapter fell to the tile floor. This happen twice before I moved it to the window frame. The light on the adapter appear to be functioning normally, flashing from blue to yellow. So I don't know if this jilted the adapter to malfunction or whatever, no clue? Maybe I should return it and try another one?

I also note that even though I disabled my Intel adapter, it somehow re-enabled itself somehow? I am not sure if both adapters are supposed to be operating at the same time? Or if they are conflicting with one another? I would think with both adapters being on, that might explain why I have two different connections showing in Network and Sharing Center?
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

You need to disable built-in wireless regardless if you are using USB adapter

Also I assume you do not own you own router ? I would not get legal / illegal of doing that but been a holiday season adds more new router around , it is possible channel interference with the router which is located at
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Both the router and adapter belong to my landlord. I route off his Embarq DSL connection. There are 4-5 computers using this connection in the household, if this matters?

I live on a rural dead end street, with no houses in the immediate area.

Do you think I need to return the adapter because it was dropped as explained on the floor twice?

Thank you for your responses.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

I think you need two solution

You need wireless router has more power

Engenious Router whch has more power output then most routers
http://www.engeniustech.com/

Or

Use wireless adapter that can use e external antenna
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June Mizoguchi-
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

My landlord's son purchased a Netgear type N router for max-range, to replace a G type router. I got a connection initially with the new N-router, but I still had problems keeping a connection.

We then went and bought the Netgear wnda3100v2 adapter, I plugged it into the USB port and that produced a more stable connection at about 5Mbps from what I recall. I then used the 3-4' ext. cable that comes with it and attached it to the sliding glass wndo w/velcro. That produced a better line of sight to the main house and I got 11Mbps. I can live with that.

Right now I have 1Mbps. Late last night I had 11Mbps when it appeared everyone else in the main house was asleep. So for some reason connectivity is nil during the day?

I looked at numerous range extenders, antennas, etc. I ass-u-me a range extender might help me at another $60-$70. Netgear has a range extender, appears the reviews on Amazon are pretty good, but it also appears electronic gadgets are more or less a hit or miss deal. Either its great or it or is installed incorrectly and then it sucks.

I have been looking at a Alpha AWUS036NH Adapter w/a antenna, the reviews on Amazon appear to be pretty good. Reasonably priced at $35, and one guy claimed he got a good signal from 400' away in a RV park, can't complain about that.

Does it matter what USB port I use? I have 4 USB ports on my Acer laptop. I moved the adapter to another port and it went from 1Mbps to 5Mbps, not a big leap in numbers, but it seemed to help somewhat. I don't know if that is just a coincidence, but I believe some USB ports generate more power or a better connection?

I keep plugging away at it, maybe exchange adapters for the one I mentioned. I'll have $10,000 worth of equipment before I get the right deal?

Thanks again for your input.
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I would broadcast stronger at router then wifi client side

Engenious wireless router has over 1000' distance

But anyway , doesn't matter what USB ports you use
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

jmizoguchi; I would broadcast stronger at router then wifi client side
R. Are you saying I should consider replacing the Netgear N router with a Engenious? I believe he has the max range N-router.

Engenious wireless router has over 1000' distance
R. Sounds like a strong signal strength, I'll look into it.

But anyway, doesn't matter what USB ports you use.
R. OK. I was just curious about all those homemade jobs you see on YouTube with the aluminum foil, etc. Sounds dumb, but foil is cheaper than adapters, shipping, etc. So I was curious and tried it with a spare aluminum throw away pie plate, cut a X in the bottom, fished the adapter and pigtail threw the hole and pointed it toward the house 300' away. I went from 1-2Mbps, 10-20% signal w/o the aluminum pie plate to 24Mbps, 40% signal with it. I am fairly impressed with that, just have to find some way to keep it in a stationary position. Or spend more money on another router/adapter?

Thanks again.
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