Netgear WG511v2 Driver Has an Evil Feature

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well that was a fun mystery to read (much better than living it.) Upside… you got a clean new setup on your laptop. Not sure if this is related, but I use and RSS to monitor your site. When I followed the link from the summary I got this message:
    access from has been denied
    Have you set up a block on referrals? (You probably see bloglines hit you several times a day looking for new posts._
    — Jeb

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great stuff! I have the same card and I have long been unimpressed with its performance.
    I have recently had to rebuild the laptop that uses it and I was hoping to just find the driver for this card and avoid having to install that bloated monstrosity Netgear has you install that supplants the native Windowz wireless (I've always been annoyed by that).
    Any tidbits you can pass along on your continued “quest” for WG511v2 truths would be appreciated.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Eric,
    I was wondering If you can help me. It's unrelated to the “rabbit hole” you have descended into, however the same wireless card is.
    Do you happen to know where I can access a version of the software to run it? (on windows XP) as the disc remains unrecognised in the disc drive. Perhaps you know of an “.exe” or an alternative method for installing it.
    Ive been searching and had no joy. It is the same 54Mbps Netgear Wireless PC Card WG511 v2. I hope you can help me out. Thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    just google it…i found it with no problems….but i too would like tofind just the driver without the netgear monstrosity.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You can download them directly from

  6. Anonymous says:

    What's even more irritating is the “Internet Connected” bell going off at 2, 2:05, 2:15 am….. And there is no way to have it default to disabled. What a dumbass feature…like I care weather or not it's connected while I'm not at the computer. If you know how to disable it, or at least the bell, let me know.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Eric
    I finally found just the drivers for the WG511v2 Network Card.
    I used the PCI device ID, to find the real manufacture
    And after that a quick Google search gave me
    Download and unzip it, and you'll find the .cat, .inf, and sys files
    So no more bloated NETGear monstrosity
    I hope that helps you, and your readers
    / MD

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the adventure..
    and as a student of the game I enjoy the perspective and the wonderland/matrix outlook…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Pull the card out of the slot

  10. Anonymous says:

    You article has saved me a lot of headache.
    Thank you.

  11. mike says:

    I right-clicked on the netgear icon in the system tray, and selected ‘exit’.
    Voila: no more WG511v2.exe in the process list in task manager.
    Does this solve the problem??

    • Eric Longman says:

      Hi Mike, I never even considered that! If you’re still connected even without the tray app running, then maybe that does do the trick. I was under the impression that the tray app was required and that there was no way to be connected without it…hopefully, your (very simple) solution did the trick for you. (I don’t have that laptop anymore, so I can’t test it). – Eric

  12. Kees says:

    Thanks for the story!
    Classic by the way. I have been using this card this card since 2006 and always wondered why I just couldn’t install the drivers only. I removed the .exe from startup as I do not run unessecary programs.
    Thanks for the Mavell driver, Anonymous! The zipped XP-driver only is 250kb, wich is at least 72 times smaller then the Netgear driver!
    Funny to see that Windows Update (september 2013) finds a Netgear driver (123kb)and this way it is possible after all to install the NEtgear driver only.

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