NETGEAR FA311 User Manual

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10/100 PCI Network Interface Card Model FA311 v2

Estimated Completion: 10 minutes.

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Follow these instructions to install the NETGEAR FA311 v2 PCI Adapter in a computer
with the Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating system with the latest
service pack.

Note: If you are working with a new installation, decide on a name for your network and
for each PC. The whole network must have the same network name, while each PC must
have a unique name. For detailed instructions, see the Windows manual, online help, or

1. First, install the Ethernet adapter.


Shut down the computer.


Unplug the computer power cord, and open the case.


Locate an available PCI slot (check your computer’s manual to determine which
slots are the PCI slots) and remove the corresponding back plate from the PC

Caution: Touch a grounded metal object such as the power supply to free yourself of
static electricity before you handle the network card. To avoid damaging any
components on the NETGEAR FA311 v2 PCI Adapter, handle it by the edges.


Insert the FA311 v2 into the PCI expansion slot. Make sure that the card is fully


Fasten the card to the rear of the computer chassis by tightening the screw that is
on the PC.


Close the case, plug the power cord back in, and restart your computer.

2. Next, connect the network cables.

Use Ethernet cable to connect a switch or hub to the NETGEAR FA311 v2 PCI

The port on the card performs autonegotiation and supports full-duplex operation.

Warning: Windows detects the Ethernet adapter, and automatically installs a driver
based on its chipset. You must update that driver to work with the NETGEAR
NETGEAR FA311 v2 PCI Adapter.

3. Then, use Windows Device Manager.

Note: Windows dialog box displays may vary from one computer to another, but
Windows should prompt for the same information. If a Windows compatibility
warning window pops up, select Continue Anyway.


Go to System Properties for the NETGEAR
FA311 v2 PCI Adapter. To do this go to the
Windows Start menu, select Control Panel, and
double-click System; or right-click My
Computer on the desktop and select Properties.


Click the Hardware tab, and then click the
Device Manager button.


From Device Manager, double-click Network
adapters, and then double-click your network
adapter card.

The network adapter that Windows selected
depends on the operating system. In most cases,
the following will be displayed:

Windows XP: RealTek RTL8139 Family PC
Fast Ethernet NIC

Windows 2000: RealTek RTL8139(A)-based
PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter

Windows Vista: NETGEAR FA311v2 PCI


In the Properties dialog box, click the
Driver tab.


Click the Update Driver button.

4. Next, use the Windows Hardware Update Wizard

The Hardware Update Wizard window opens,
as shown to the right.


Insert the NETGEAR Resource CD. This
CD contains drivers for NETGEAR
Ethernet adapters. If the CD main menu
appears, close or minimize the window.


Choose to install the driver from a list.


Follow the wizard prompts to locate the
driver on the NETGEAR Resource CD
and select it.


When the wizard is finished, remove the
NETGEAR Resource CD from your

Note: If the driver is not installed
properly, there is an exclamation point
next to the adapter in Device Manager.
Reboot the PC and if the exclamation
mark is still there, repeat the software driver update process from Step 3. If the
problem persists, contact NETGEAR Technical Support.