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Does the Netgear WG511 card connect to a RangeMax Next Router/modem?

Just upgraded my router and devices with this card that could connect to my old RangeMax router don't seem to be able to connect to the Next version? Is this a compatibility issue or am I doing something wrong?
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NahThenLadCommented:
Hi Dave,

When you say can't connect, can you see the SSID in the WG511 utility?

If you haven't already, try turning off 802.11n capability in the router and also turn off encryption and see if it will connect thus.

HTH

Tony
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Dave_B_CAuthor Commented:
No, it can only see my neighbours' SSIDs and actually connects to an unsecured one!  I'll try different modes in the Router and see what happens.. Not certain how to turn encryption off..?
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Dave_B_CAuthor Commented:
OK.. I changed modes from 'Up to 270Mbps' to 'g and b' and the SSID immediately became visible and the laptop was able to connect.. I switched back and it disappeared so it looks like a compatibility problem? However, there is not much point having a fast router/modem if you have to use it in first gear!? (I have 3 other PCs that can connect at the faster speeds.) I guess I have to get a different card, dongle for the laptop?
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NahThenLadCommented:
It does look like a compatibility problem. You would have thought Netgear would have ensured backwards compatibility with their own equipment at least!

If you purchase a draft-N capable wireless usb card for the computer you are having issues with you should be able to make use of the full bandwidth capacity of your router.

Note that the N standard is still in draft (not yet ratified) so, make sure you buy a Netgear wireless-N card, as there is a chance that other manufacturers cards will not behave well with your router. I would opt for the one I have linked to below.

http://www.netgear.com/Products/Adapters/RangeMaxWirelessNAdapters/WN121T.aspx

All the best.

Tony
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Dave_B_CAuthor Commented:
It does say in the router blurb that 'up to 270Mbps' supports g and b, but it doesn't seem to..?

However, whilst doing some device checking I saw the laptop had an Atheros adapter that I was unaware of and which was disabled. I enabled it but nothing happened. I then tried to switch on the wireless capability by using FN and F8, but that didn't seem to do anything either. I did a quick Google and found that there was also a slider switch tucked away on the side of the laptop. I turned it on and Bingo, wireless indicator light fired up, and connection made!

Looks like I never needed the old card in the first place! Doh!
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NahThenLadCommented:
The 'up to 270mbps' and 'supports g and b' are two separate statements. The router does support g and b, as you could connect using g when you turned n off.

I am not sure why they won't work harmoniously though I can tell you its not only Netgear, as I have used other models with similar issues. I am not sure what model you have, or I would of had a look, but you could try searching the Netgear forums and documentation to see if there is an answer as to why.

You mention other devices... are these also wireless operating on 802.11n? What adapters are they using?



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Dave_B_CAuthor Commented:
Copied from the router's blurb..?

'The default is "Up to 270 Mbps", which allows all 11b and 11g wireless stations. The NETGEAR WN511B runs at 126 Mbps or 270 Mbps when accessing this router.'

Anyway the problem is solved as the onboard  facility I found connects just fine!  However, you can  have the points as it was your suggestion to go back to g and b only that got me on the right track.: )

The other devices are using either n or newer versions of Netgear cards/dongles than the one in the laptop.. No problems with any of them now!
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Dave_B_CAuthor Commented:
Many thanks
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