My wg111 worked for a long time, then stopped. Netgear 'help' had me install it again with updates. I then had a problem with \system32\ntoskrnl.exe. from running the uninstaller from Microsoft.The last thing I did was to start up in safe mode in last known good configuration. Now it will connect for about 30 seconds, then dies again. Could it be an IP address problem?
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I imagine you bought the WG111 Kit. It could but throught the Router and/or the adapter. Uninstall all netgear software and drivers. Unplug the adapter. Reboot machine. Plug the adapter in and install the software drives. Basically your starting over. This will take the quess work out of trying to repair what was lost. After reinstalling go to this web page to configure the SSID,IP and adapter. http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files/N101179.asp
-- check the device manager of your computer
-- for win xp - go to right click on my computer - manage - computer management - device manager - on the right hand side that the netgear adapter is listed under network adapters or other devices
Since you already did a uninstall and re installation of your adapter and still the same problem, you may want to try updating the driver of the adapter, so uninstall and reinstall the adapter using the latest driver from the manufacturers web site....
The error you get from Windows about the digital signature is normal. This only means that windows hasn't tested and approved it. just as the Netgear guys will tell you, the wireless adapter is compatible and will work fine. When you get that message, you'll usually allow it or continue with the installation.
I would ensure that the product is operational by swapping it with the other WG111, then ensure that you have the card setup properly, make sure you have the lastest drivers from Netgear, I have fixed some problem with the WG111 in this fashion. If that fails then I would try upgrading to a 2.0 usb. i'll try to see if I can create this with and old machine I'll keep you posted