Applies to
Netgear 10/100 PCI ETHERNET NETWORK CARD FA311/FA312 (Both ver1 and ver2)

Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista



5.72 KB

Driver Date & Version
09/14/2006 (ver. 6.1)


There are two versions of Netgear FA311 network cards:

  1. Version 1: FA311 (aka FA311v1)

    This version is identified by the word [FA311] on the bottom label, with no v2 following it. Version 1 does not support Linux.

  2. Version 2:

    First available in April 2006, this version is identified by the wording [FA311 v2] on the bottom label. This version has a different chipset and supports Linux.

Chances are if you have bought a new Netgear FA311 card after April 2006, your version is most probably version 2.

It is important to make sure which version your FA311 is because the firmware or driver is not interchangeable between versions. Windows will give an error if attempting to install the incorrect one.

During Vista installation, Windows Vista will install Realtek RTL8139/810x NDIS 5.1 Driver. This Realtek RTL8139/810X chipset is used in the following network cards, so if you have one of these cards, you may want to try install this driver:

  1. NETGEAR FA311v2 PCI Adapter
  2. D-Link DFE-690TXD CardBus Card
  3. D-Link DFE-538TX 10/100 Adapter
  4. D-Link DFE-530TX+ PCI Adapter
  5. D-Link DFE-528TX PCI Adapter
  6. (MOBILE ASSIST)Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC

FA311 Driver Installation Instructions

  1. After plug in FA311 into your PC ad restart, Windows will auto detect and automatically installs a driver based on its chipset.
  2. After Windows installed the built in driver, you can proceed to update the latest driver for NETGEAR NETGEAR FA311 v2 PCI Adapter.
  3. Download the driver file and unzip to a temporary folder e.g. c:/temp/. You will find a folder created e.g. c:/temp/netgear-fa311-driver/v1 and v2.
  4. Start menu -> Control Panel, then double-click System.
  5. Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button.
  6. In Device Manager, double-click Network adapters, and then double-click your network adapter card.
    1. Windows XP: RealTek RTL8139 Family PC Fast Ethernet NIC
    2. Windows 2000: RealTek RTL8139(A)-based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
    3. Windows Vista: NETGEAR FA311v2 PCI Adapter
  7. In the Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab and then click the Update Driver button.
  8. Select install from a specific location (advanced) and browse to c:/temp/netgear-fa311-driver/v2 and select NetrtOEM.inf
  9. Select Netgear FA311v2 and follow on screen instruction to complete the driver installation. Restart your PC if is prompted.

Download Netgear FA311 Driver here.

One thought on “Netgear FA311 Driver

  • Ash July 4, 2010 9:38 pm #



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