How to Get My Netgear Wireless Adapter WG111v3 to Work With Windows 7

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How to Get My Netgear Wireless Adapter WG111v3 to Work With Windows 7
Wireless networking can free computer users from being tied down in an office. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Installing a wireless network adaptor can be challenging, even if routine hardware driver set-up procedures are used, because the physical network connection is not visible. The Netgear WG111v3 wireless network adaptor includes support for Windows 7, unlike earlier versions of the WG111 wireless network adaptor. Install the Netgear WG111v3 using the Netgear Smart Wizard utility provided with the adaptor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wireless network security passphrase (if wireless security is enabled on the network)

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  1. 1

    Insert the CD disc marked "Resource CD" that was included with the Netgear adaptor into the CD/DVD drive on the Windows 7 computer. If the "Netgear Resource CD" window does not appear, click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 taskbar and click "Computer," and double-click the CD/DVD drive icon. Then double-click the "Autorun.exe" file displayed in the CD/DVD drive window and the "Netgear Resource CD" window will appear.

  2. 2

    Click the "Install the Software" link listed in the "Netgear Resource CD" window.

  3. 3

    Click "Check for Updates" in the "Software Update Check" window that displays.

  4. 4

    Click "Next" when the "Installation Complete" message appears. Plug the Netgear WG111v3 adaptor into an available USB port on the computer. Click the "Next" button in the "Netgear Smart Wizard" window.

  5. 5

    Click the selection box and click on the name of the country where you are currently located and click "Next." Click the "Yes (recommended)" radio button and click the "Next" button.

  6. 6

    Click on the name of your network in the list that displays and click "Next." Type the wireless network security passphrase for your wireless network into the "Passphrase" text box if prompted and click "Next." The Netgear wireless network icon will appear in the lower right corner (notification area) of the Windows 7 taskbar and turn green to signify that the wireless connection is established.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not plug the Netgear Wireless Adapter WG111v3 into a USB port on the Windows 7 computer until after the Netgear software provided with the adaptor has been successfully installed.

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