Netgear WG111T – Windows 7 x32/x64 Driver Installation

I recently needed to use my 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.

*** If you do get stuck, please make sure you point out which step you were on when you reached the problem. ***

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).

You can download the driver files from me here: WG111T_Driver_Ryan.zip (Courtesy of Ryan Palmer – W7 TechNet)

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-1.0.1.1007.zip

Anyway on to the guide:

Preperation
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.
Bad photos courtesy of my iPhone!

Front

Back

Bottom

Step 1
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)

Step 2
Plug the 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)

Step 3
Open up device manager. To do this open the start menu, right click on computer, then click on properties.

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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.

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Step 4
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…’

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Step 5
Another window will appear asking you how you want to search for the driver, click on the ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ option.

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Step 6
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.

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Step 7
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.

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Step 8
If all has gone well you should be presented with the screen below. :)

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You can now join wireless networks! If this works don’t hesitate to…

Buy me a beer (or beers!)

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46 comments
BenParker
BenParker

MY ONE COMES UP WITH "UNABLE TO FIND DRIVER" AFTER CLICKING ON THE FOLDER... PLEASE HELP

efraimalexander
efraimalexander

Windows 8 64 bits. I have encountered some problems after running the USB dongle for a few hours. The device is pretty old and may be broken. The WLAN settings, DNS etc. are lost every  minute or so. Pulling out and putting the dongle helps every time. not sure why this happens on Windows 8 64 bits.

efraimalexander
efraimalexander

Worked fine on Windows 8 64 bits. The first zip did not work (Ryan's Driver) as it did not have correct hash. But the second zip packaged worked perfectly. Thanks!

Germesis
Germesis

Work for my also.Thanks.

seniorspad
seniorspad

Thanks, this worked first time! you are a star!!

manasi
manasi

FANTASTIC!! Worked like magic. Thank you for your blogpost.

funkyd1v5
funkyd1v5

I think Netgear ought to pay you for this... Thank you so much! You're a genius :)

renali
renali

thank you , thank you thaaaaaaaaaaank you , I've been looking for this all day and kept downloading and trying different things , this is the only one that worked thank you very much :)

spaceonthecloud
spaceonthecloud

Worked but it did say the first downloaded drivers were from an 'unverified publisher' rather than netgear as you show above! It is however working so thanks!

 

PaulGuest459
PaulGuest459

Worked for me so thank you very much. It did say the publisher could not be verified (or something similar) but I said trust it and carried on.

Macushla
Macushla

Thank you so much! Family and friends were telling me to call dell or AT&T and whatnot, I really didn't want to deal with customer service! This worked like a charm!

vno
vno

Thank you. A thousand gold stars for the clear instructions everything works 100% on W7 Ultimate 32bit SP1 and digs me out of the hole of my laptop not being able to connect to my server due to too weaker a signal using internal wireless connection.

mrVanich
mrVanich

Thanks!!!! working 100% )) 

Windows 7 x64 sp1

 

gpoly
gpoly

thank you!!!! it worked perfect!!! :D

ryanmoodie
ryanmoodie

Thank you very much. What a helpful article! Now finally working :-)

Alessandro
Alessandro

You are the great!!!! It worked perfectly..

Soupy
Soupy

You are GREAT!!!!! You did what several Netgear techs could not. I want to thank you soooooo much!!!

dujumpp
dujumpp

I had been looking for a driver for Windows 7 64 bit and couldn't find one. I downloaded your driver and followed the directions and it works. Thanks!

JakeExclamationmarkCarter
JakeExclamationmarkCarter

I downloaded the drivers, installed it all and was using internet for about a week, then all of a sudden the USB stick stops working!!! And now I can't re-do this because as far as my computer is concerned, the USB stick isn't plugged in... What do I do?!?!

couponlover323
couponlover323

I downloaded the files onto a flashdrive and uploaded them onto my desktop. At the end of the driver installation, it pops up and say 'The file 'Athfmwdl.sys' on AthUsb Installation Disk is needed. Thoughts???

Dave
Dave

Having the same problem as Owen, every so often I get the blue screen of death and im pretty sure it's the WG11T driver thats causing it because the only other USB devices I have are a mouse and keyboard. Hopefully netgear will release a Windows 7 driver soon with no BSOD.

Roy
Roy

Is this works for the WG111 ? i have not the T version.

ishita
ishita

Hello Again

I think I have figured the problem out. Like me those who couldnt install it might have not access to the internet on the computer. So i was using a memory stick and then copying the file on to the desktop. So in this case you need to right click on the wg111t driver file on your desktop then click on extract files. Another file should appear after that. Then follow the steps as normal device manager etc and it should work. Thanks Oliver

ishita
ishita

hello

i seem to have thesame problem as the first few people on here windows could not find driver softwarefor the device. I saved it to my desktop, checked subfolders no luck. I have windows 7.Pleaseadvise.

thanks

adeyren
adeyren

Thanks very very much worked a treat!!!!!!!!!!!

Owen
Owen

It's running directly from the PC itself and I've tried swapping it through a couple of the different ports. It's just annoying more than anything because it's so infrequent.

It seems like I'm the only one having this problem anyway so I've ordered an extra long cable to trail across the house instead.

Bo Jensen
Bo Jensen

Hi!

I just installed the driver and I follow your guide, but I still have a problem. When I want to go on the internet, I can't get acces to my own router. I can find two others, but I don't know the codes. Do you know what I can do?

When I look down on the "internet"-thing in the right corner, it's covered by a orange dot. Is there anything to do?

Sorry for my bad english, you may contact me on this e-mail: nicklas_7_777@hotmail.com - if you want to.

Oliver
Oliver

@Owen - Have you tried swapping the USB port that the adapter is plugged into? Also, is it running through a USB hub?

Oliver

Owen
Owen

It doesn't happen all that often but my PC keeps crashing and coming up with a blue screen saying that new hardware hasn't been installed correctly and it the cause of it.

The only thing mentioned is WG111T... so it's obviously something to do with this. It doesn't happen all the time but it can be pretty frustrating. Happens once every couple of days. Everything starts up and runs fine after and I can still get online - I'm just dreading it happening when I'm doing something important

Peter
Peter

Excellent work Ryan!

AdW
AdW

Followed to the letter using 7/32bit not working...

J.C.
J.C.

Perfect! Followed instructions exactly and working great now.

bee
bee

Thanks very much - it worked perfectly- and i am probably as unsavvy as your uncle!

Owen
Owen

Thanks for the drivers - followed your steps and had everything up and running in minutes and it works just fine

Oliver
Oliver

Hi Guys,

I've just double checked my steps and they work for me, I have added pictures of my actual device and also added more information.

Both machines have been running Win7 Ultimate x64.

All I can say is that you must either:

a) be not following the steps entirely
(especially the 'include subfolders' on step 6)

b) Have a completely different device

c) Have a older / newer revision of the device

Oliver

Oliver
Oliver

Hi All,

Please make sure you point out which step you were on when you reached the problem.

I'm going to try following my own steps again on an untried PC.

Oliver

Michael
Michael

same issue as people above. WIndows cannot find driver softwear

Sandy
Sandy

Thanks very much for this tutoral.
Followed all your instructions exactly, but the final screen said "window could not find software for your device"
My o/s is windows 7 ultimate edition.

amjed
amjed

i am still finding it difficuld to install the driver when i am updating, it says "windows could not find driver softwhere for your device..... please help

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