Update Nov ’15: This guide reportedly gets the Netgear WG111T to work on Windows 10 (previews) as well as Windows 8 and Vista, read the comments.
I recently needed to use my Netgear WG111T on Windows 7 / x64. There seems to be some confusion out there about how to ‘obtain’ / install the drivers in Win 7 so I thought I’d try and help people out there (especially my uncle) with a step by step guide.
I have also extracted the just drivers from the Netgear setup software so you can install the adapter without installing all of Netgears utilities with it. (As Win7/Vista no longer needs any of the connection software).
I have included another set of drivers below, if you are having problems try these alternate drivers.
You can download the alternate driver files from me here: WG111T_Driver.zip
There is also another set of drivers you can try, this package includes other files that are not present within the other two packages, try this as a last resort: ar5005ug-netgear-188.8.131.527.zip
Below are images of the actual device, Netgear made variations & revisions, if your’s looks nothing like this or has a different design or identification THE DRIVERS WILL NOT WORK. The exceptional photos are courtesy of my iPhone!
Installing the drivers
Download and extract the driver files above. (Make sure you know where you save and extract them to, I recommend saving this file to the desktop)
Plug the Netgear WG111T into your computer. Windows will tell you that it can’t find a driver, this is ok. Any dialog boxes or prompts that pop-up when you plug it in, ignore and close. (Press cancel or close the window via the red ‘x’ at the top)
Open up device manager. To do this open the start menu, right click on computer, then click on properties.
Then when the next screen comes up, click on the device manager link that is towards the top left of the window that has just opened.
In device manager, right click on the tree item ‘WG111T’ which is under ‘Other Devices’ (you may need to expand ‘Other Devices’ to view the ‘WG111T’ tree item), and click ‘Update Driver Software…’
Another window will appear asking you how you want to search for the driver, click on the ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ option.
On the next screen you will need to specify where you would like Windows to search for the drivers. Click the browse button and find the folder you extracted the drivers to, then press ok. If you followed my advice and saved to the desktop you can just select the desktop as the folder to search. Make sure ‘include subfilders’ is checked!
Once you have found the location, click on the next button.
After a small wait, Windows will ask you to confirm that you would like to install the driver software it has found. Press ‘install’ on this screen.
If all has gone well you should be presented with the screen below.
You can now join wireless networks! If this works don’t hesitate to…
Still having no luck installing the Netgear WG111T?
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