In my real-use testing scenarios, the WNCE2001 is faster than most other wireless dongles and power-line adapters.
Pros and Cons of the Netgear WNCE2001 Universal Wifi Internet Adapter
- Easy initial setup using push-button security or using a computer.
- Fast wireless connection is fast for better media streaming.
- USB connection powers device; there is no need to run power to an outlet.
- Can be moved from device to device without setup.
- Indicator lights confirm that the device is wirelessly connected to the home network and internet.
According to the Netgear product support page, lists there have been firmware updates to fix problems; but I haven't found anything that I don't like about the WNCE2001. I will update the review if I run into any problems.
There is little or no configuration involved in setup. Thereafter, there is no need to configure the network media player or network home theater device in order to access your home's wifi network.
Connect Netgear's Universal Wifi Internet Adapter to your device using the Ethernet cable and connect to power the adapter, using the USB-to-power cable. Then, press the WPS button on the Adapter and on your router. Your network media player or device will immediately connect to your home network and the internet.
If you connect to your wireless router by finding the wifi network name and entering a password, the WNCE2001 will be ready in fewer than 5 minutes.
Following the WNCE2001's quick start guide, connect the device to your computer. The setup will automatically show up in your web browser, where you can choose your network and put in the password. As it states in the guide, be sure to turn off your computer's wireless connection before set up.
Not only can the WNCE2001 be used on devices, we have connected it to a desktop computer that does not have wireless capability and it worked perfectly. Plus, it can be moved from device to device, usually without any further setup.
How The WNCE2001 Universal Wifi Adapter Differs from Other Wireless Dongles
When connecting a wireless dongle, you must go into the network media player's setup menu to choose the wifi network and enter the password. If the dongle becomes disconnected from the network, you will probably have to set it up again.
Because the WNCE2001 is connected to the network media player or networked device using an Ethernet cable, the device thinks it is using a wired connection. There is no setup required on the device as a wired connection is usually the default setting.
If the network media player or device you are connecting doesn't automatically connect, try going into the menus to tell the device to use a wired network connection. Go into the "Network" submenu — found under the "setup" or "general" menu — and choose "wired."
The Netgear WNCE2001 is Fast and Excellent for Streaming High Definition Video
In our regular-use speed tests — connected to an Apple Airport wireless router with internet speeds coming in at 50 Mb/s or more — we were able to achieve speedsmore than 22 Mb/s. Other wifi dongles were receiving 5 Mb/s and power-line adapters were receiving around 10-12 Mb/s.
Final Comments and Recommendations
Because it is so easy to move the WNCE2001 between devices without further setup, I find that I regularly swap it between my network TV, Blu-ray player and network media player. It can also be taken into another room for a device to access the network without worrying about connecting a powerline adapter or wireless bridge. The Netgear WNCE2001 Universal Wifi Internet Adapter will work with any network device as they all have an Ethernet port. The list price is $79.99, but it regularly available at under $60.
If you have devices that you want to wirelessly connect to your home network, including your network-enabled home theater components, and the internet, this is the Wifi adapter to get.