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NetGear MA401 CF Wireless Network Card and Windows CE


Applies To

  • Windows CE 2.0
  • Handheld PC Professional, SP1
  • Handheld PC 2000


NetGear do not offer Windows CE drivers for the the NetGear MA401 802.11b Wireless LAN adapter. This article discusses how to use the adapter under Windows CE for the Handheld PC.


More Info

The MA401 uses the Intersil Prism 2.5 WiFi chipset. Users have reported success when using the Compaq WL100 and Prism 2.5 chipset reference drivers with the MA401 model card. HPC:Factor has Prism reference drivers available for users to download from the CESD download centre above.

If prompted for a Driver Name upon inserting the adapter for the first time, H/PC Pro and HPC2000 users should type prismnds.dll into the Driver Name box and tap OK.

Windows CE 2.0 users should ensure that the HPC:Factor Network Service Pack (NSP) is installed before attempting to install the driver. The NSP can be obtained from H/PC:Update.

View: H/PC:Update

Please note that the drivers are unsupported by HPC:Factor, Prism and NetGear. Use of the driver is at the owners risk.


With thanks to Lawrence G. Mayka for working with us on this article.