NetGear HE102 802.11a Wireless Access Point
Manufacturer: NetGear Part number: HE102
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CNET editors' review
price range: $59.00 - $105.16
- Reviewed by: Brian Nadel and Brian Nadel
- Reviewed on: 03/19/2002
The good: Top speed; easy setup; excellent warranty.
The bad: Status screen doesn't show Turbo mode.
The bottom line: The HE102 802.11a wireless access point combines outstanding performance with easy setup for small offices looking to make the plunge into wireless.
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Summary: First of all, I am a tech and I have installed many different brands of routers, hubs, and gateways, and it really comes down to more than just the router ...
Summary: First of all, I am a tech and I have installed many different brands of routers, hubs, and gateways, and it really comes down to more than just the router itself most of the time. As for Netgear, they have consistantly made quality components for years as well as Linksys and SMC. If your getting poor performance from your wireless router, don't just make your conclusion on just the one part. Just like on a motherboard, the processor will only perform as well as the chipset on the board will let it, and I don't care if your running an AMD Athlon, Celeron, or Pentium 4 at the highest level, if your board is crap, than your processor might as well be crap too. It sounds like many of you need to learn a bit more about computers and networking before your qualified enough to rate wireless network components and give fair reviews. Instead of blaming it all on the router, try looking at your wireless ethernet cards and your modem too. Put all the parts together and see what kind of quality you have overall and you might just be suprised to find out it was something totally different than what you thought, and at the very least, you would have learned something which leads to you making better decisions in the future when you purchase high end components. Normally, the rule of thumb is this; If you buy cheap, you get cheap. Of course that's not always the case but most often times it is. Make sure when your putting your wireless network together that all your parts are as compatible as possible, and if you can afford it, spend the few extra bucks for the better modem or ethernet hook up instead of taking your chances on a bargain and you will usually fare better. Remember this; the internet your using is usually shared bandwidth at best, so it's safe to assume that there's going to be at least 30% of the time that you will be losing bandwidth to whoever else is a customer of your local DSL or cable internet so you will never get 100% of your bandwidth ever or 24 hours straight of unhindered throughput, it's just the way things are. Just take some time to look over all your hardware and consider that it could possibly be a combination of factors that is causing your network problems and not just one. I hope this helps some of you and I type this with repect to all of you and I'm not trying to put anyone down, I'm just trying to help people come up with answers that's all. Peace to all.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Easy to setup, faultless operation
Pros: Very easy to install and get running. WEP security really works. Reliable and stable, turbo mode works a treat. Good wireless range in open space.
Cons: Clunky browser interface but better than most.
Could not obtain an Return Authorization for defective product
Cons: Download speed 5x slower than upload. Typically less that 250Kb/sec 3 ft. away from access point. Substituted another HE102 and everything worked as expected. Technical support did not seem to understand the problem and could not resolve it with 2 calls a
Excellent value, no interference
Summary: I went with the HE102 to prevent potential interference in the 2.4Ghz spectrum. What I got was an excellent system with fast setup - less than 15 minutes to ...
Summary: I went with the HE102 to prevent potential interference in the 2.4Ghz spectrum. What I got was an excellent system with fast setup - less than 15 minutes to setup and configure AP and two laptops with HAB501 cards - and secure speed. With WEP encryption, I still get transfer rates that peak at 108 Mbps. I consistently receive data at least as fast as my wired computers and I can move freely. Security, ease, and speed. As to the Signal strength comments, I have seen drops, but it settles out pretty quickly and at 50 feet and a few walls, I still get 50-60%and 48-72 Mbps. Try turbo and changing the channel on the AP. The Config utility and User's Guide are all that you need to root out possible interference or band-stealing problems. Highly recommend.
Networking systems is a joke with this
Summary: I've owned it for over a year and with the Netgere Utility install my three systems will not keep a solid connection. Once I unistall the utility, the problem ...
Summary: I've owned it for over a year and with the Netgere Utility install my three systems will not keep a solid connection. Once I unistall the utility, the problem goes away but I no longer have access to the "Turbo Feature" which is why I bought it. Bad stuff
Summary: I recommend it but the range is too short. I can't get even 1/2 the range stated in the company propoganda. and even within 5 feet you can'...
Summary: I recommend it but the range is too short. I can't get even 1/2 the range stated in the company propoganda. and even within 5 feet you can't run @ 100% speed. The best I get if 75%.
Terrible signal range
Summary: 5 hours later and here I sit within six feet of the unit and barely getting 83% signal. Have tried everything short of taking it apart. Tech support could not ...
Summary: 5 hours later and here I sit within six feet of the unit and barely getting 83% signal. Have tried everything short of taking it apart. Tech support could not understand simple terminology such as, line of sight. Had to explain that to them. Oh well, $260 out of pocket until the return is verified. Should have gone with the Linksys
Good IF Signal is Going thru Paper Walls
Summary: This seems to be a good product if your going through one thin wall but if your going through 2 solid walls and only 20 to 30 feet away from ...
Summary: This seems to be a good product if your going through one thin wall but if your going through 2 solid walls and only 20 to 30 feet away from the transmitter,you had better figure your only going to get intermittent signals and I was only getting upto 60% at the most then dropped down to 20% and less.Why doesn't someone test these things out and actually give you a straight answer to what they can actually transmit through.I changed the settings to 5ghz because of problems with wireless phone interference but as I heard,the 5 ghz takes more power and you have less range?Is this correct or ? I can use my laptop outside with 80% signal using the new Netgear 5ghz capable wireless card that I bought to use with this but Hey It's not summertime here and snow all around.Someone please tell me which wireless transmitter or router you think can go through more walls than the other with the best Signal. I DO NOT care how many feet or yards they can transmit outside because I am not Working outside in the Snow.
I'm happy with it
Summary: This ap with the ha501 works real well. With the ap on the 1st floor, I'm still getting 65%+ on the 2nd floor of an older house. Thick floors ...
Summary: This ap with the ha501 works real well. With the ap on the 1st floor, I'm still getting 65%+ on the 2nd floor of an older house. Thick floors and lots of plaster. The price is right. No comment on the support - didn't need any. Netgear has a new customer
It almost works.
Summary: Using the HE102 with multiple laptops using netgears WEB501 dual band cards. Speed has been impressive. The setup is not documented very well for someone adding to a full wired ...
Summary: Using the HE102 with multiple laptops using netgears WEB501 dual band cards. Speed has been impressive. The setup is not documented very well for someone adding to a full wired network which I was, ie. in order to remote admin the AP you have to be in the subnet or make your routing correct, initially, which won't happen at many companies such as ours. Finally, I noticed the laptops were not browsing correctly with the wired side. I had to run network traces on multiple laptops and workstations to prove that UDP broadcast messages are being CORRUPTED by the AP. As a result, this setup is totally unacceptable in our environment. My own software which uses UDP broadcasts will not work. After multiple calls for tech support, I am still waiting for a response. They did a great job answering the phone but are still really slow on sending the problem to the correct level of support.. I sent them email with complete network traces showing the issue. The only comination I have not tested is using a different wireless card in the laptops, unfortunately I only have one model for all our hardware.
- Manufacturer: NetGear
- Part number: HE102
- Description: NETGEAR's HE102 802.11a Wireless Access Point provides users untethered access to the network and Internet whether in their conference room, home, classroom or cafeteria. With the NETGEAR HE102 and other NETGEAR 802.11a products, you can create a network from the ground up or extend your wired network to accommodate new locations and users. With blazing speeds of 54Mbps, or up to 72Mbps in turbo mode, you can deploy high-bandwidth applications never before possible. Send and receive large files, including high-quality audio and video, anywhere in your business or classroom. Share presentations and collaborate on graphics-intensive projects without being tied to your desk. You'll immediately experience reliable, IEEE 802.11a LAN connectivity that's protected with industry-standard 64/128/152-bit WEP encryption.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless access point
- Width 7.2 in
- Depth 4.9 in
- Height 1 in
- Weight 1.8 lbs
Processor Memory / Storage
- Flash Memory Installed (Max) None
- Hard Drive none.
- Floppy Drive None
- Optical Storage None
- Storage Removable None
- Form Factor External
- Connectivity Technology Wireless
- Digital Video Format None
- Data Transfer Rate 72 Mbps
- Line Coding Format 64 QAM,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Network / Transport Protocol TCP/IP
- Frequency Band 5 GHz
- Max Range Indoors 300 ft
- Max Range Open Space 1200 ft
- Selectable Channels Qty 8
- Status Indicators Link activity,
- Features Hardware encryption,
- Encryption Algorithm 152-bit WEP,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11a,
- Antenna Integrated
- Antenna Qty 2
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Bays None
- Expansion Slot(s) None
- Interfaces 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 - 1
- Compatible Slots None
- Connections None
- Cables Included 1 x Network cable - 25 ft
- Compliant Standards FCC Class B certified
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Voltage Required AC 100/240 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Type None
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000,
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0,
Microsoft Windows XP
- Min Hard Drive Space 2 MB
- Service & Support 5 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 5 years - Carry-in,
Technical support - E-mail consulting - response time: 24/7 hours a day / days a week,
Technical support - Phone consulting - response time: 24/7 hours a day / days a week
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 140 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95%