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The 111 is designed to be a plug-and-go solution, getting you up and running without even using a computer. The key is that Auto / AP / Bridge Mode switch shown in Figure 1, which should come factory-set to Auto mode (and, of course, the firmware behind it).

All I needed to do was check that the switch on both 111s was set to Auto, connect one 111 to a free port on my LAN's router, the other to my notebook's Ethernet port and plug the wall warts in. In under a minute, my notebook reported that it was connected and a UPnP notification popped up informing me of a new device, which also showed up in My Network Places (Figure 3).

The 111 in Network Places

Figure 3: The 111 in Network Places

After that, I just fired up the browser on my notebook to confirm that I was online. It was that simple. Note that the Ethernet ports are Auto MDI/X, so you don't have to worry about using crossover cables to get connected; the ports will sort out the right configuration on their own.

Of course, I wanted to see how the 111's had actually set themselves up, so I clicked on the WFADevice icon in Network Places to take me to the Admin login. Depending on how you have UPnP set up, you might not see the WFADevice icon. But Netgear also includes a Windows-only Configuration Assistant (Figure 4).

Configuration Assistant

Figure 4: Configuration Assistant

This little .exe app just scans for 111s and tells you their configuration (AP or Bridge), IP and MAC addresses. Either way, once you have the IP address, you just enter it into your browser, hit the login page and log in. You see the Setup Wizard page (Figure 5) upon login and can make your way through the admin functions from there.

I covered the Admin functions pretty well in the slideshow, so I won't repeat the info here.

Setup Wizards
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Figure 5: Setup Wizards

Check out the slideshow See the slideshow for an admin interface tour

 

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