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We had this router given to us when our previous Speedtouch Modem stopped working.
This was our first wireless router, that was over 2 years ago, we haven't looked at another one since! So reliability shouldn't be a problem!
Admittedly the speed is only 54MBPS, there are some routers which can transmit data with speeds up to 108MBPS. For those of you not in the know, 54MBPS is about equal to being able to transmit just over 7 Megabytes per second, 108MBPS is naturally double that. This should only affect LAN (Local Area Network) speeds however, very few internet connections in the UK, bar businesses, will have a connection speed of 54MBPS, the UK average is 8MBPS, with most companies only offering up to 20MBPS. All the speed will do is affect how fast you can transfer data between PC's on the same home network. Also bear in mind that many wireless network cards in PC's, only support a speed up to 54MBPS anyway.
So the speed is good enough for your average user, but what about it's features?
Well the router has 4 ethernet ports, which means if you have an electronic device which does not have a wireless network feature, you can plug it into the router with an ethernet cable. Provided your device has an ethernet port of course. Which most PC's and Laptops do, even old pre-2000 ones.
In case you didn't know, some routers have a limit to how many wireless connections it can receive and work with. Unfortunately i can't tell you the limit on this router, as i haven't reached it yet. I can tell you however that it supports at least 7 wireless connections at any one time. As i have had 2 laptops, a 3DS, 2 PC's and 2 Smartphones connected to it all at once.
So theres enough connectivity features for it to work in almost any home.
For those of you who are more into computers than others. There are lots of options in the routers configuration page, which you can usually access by typing '192.168.0.1' into your internet browsers URL box. You can forward ports, adjust the security settings for the router, including WPA2/WEP keys and the like. There are also firewall and NAT settings. Probably more which i haven't looked at.
Just to let the rest of you know, WPA and WEP are sort of like passwords that you assign to your router, which prevents anybody else who happens to be nearby, gaining access to your router. Remember it's wireless, so if you haven't got a password on it, anybody nearby with a wireless network device can access your network. WPA2 seems to be the recommended password encryption at the moment.
The only downside i can find with this router, is that it isn't the cheapest in the market, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure there are other decent routers available for less than £60 that have similar features. At launch it was probably a top of the range router, it's just a shame the price hasn't come down much.
~ Personal opinion ~
After deciding to upgrade my internet connection I also decided to get a new router and I decided to buy the Netgear DG834G to go with my new fast internet access. I do think though that as new routers come out the longer the names. I remember an old router I had the RM356 not its DG834G, I sometimes wonder where it will all end up.
My advice is that if you require data to be transferred wirelessly at a high rate and maybe you have vast amounts of data you transfer frequently between lots of wireless devices such as laptops and gaming consoles then you will require a router with a high Mbps. The higher the better really which is my important advice to you.
I do prefer the white routers than the other types as they do hide the dust for longer as I am lazy when it comes to polishing my furniture. The speed of the router adapter is important too and this one comes in at 2.4 GHz which isn't bad at all.
I use my router to link my PS3 console up to the internet aswell as my laptop and I tend to get a good signal wherever I am in the house and also get a decent transfer and download rate too. I would recommend setting a password on your router so knowone outside your house or neighbor can login and nab your internet connection so this is a must in terms of security and is easily done through the router login intranet page.
~ Using the hardware ~
Basically plug in your internet cable into the router to ensure it is sharing your internet connection, and then ask your hardware to scan for the wireless connection and then add the WEP Key (Wired Equivalent Privacy). This should ensure security whilst using your connection.
I haven't had many problems with this device only when the cat chews the wires and cuts the power off to the signal. I used the installation CD to install the relevant software (drivers) to help my PC/Laptop pick up the router and to ensure that it works correctly.
~ Technical Information ~
The router is very reliable and I have not had any problems with it since I bought it. The speed is pretty quick in terms on Mbps (54 in total). The router comes with a modern firewall and with a 4 port 10/100 switch which enables you to connect to multiple PCs to share printers, computer files, internet access and emails.
All operating windows systems are compatible going all the way back to windows 98.
It also supports Linux, UNIX, NetWare and the Mac OS. The router does require Internet Explorer 5 or more to function properly on your PC. The weight of the router according to the website is 299g which isn't much at all and easy to transport around.
The router comes with ADSL & ADSL 2+ digital signaling protocol and supports TCP/IP, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE and PPPoA Transport protocols. This product is also ENERGY star qualified which means it is energy efficient.
~ Cost & Shop ~
I bought my router from PC World at the time for around £50 which isn't bad at all for a pretty decent piece of hardware. I require wireless technology as I hate having wires all over the house and we don't have carpets to shove the wires under so it would be obvious on wood en flooring. You also receive a two year warranty with the device which is pretty decent for the price.
~ Packaging ~
The router comes well packaged with installation instructions which are concise and easy to follow and enables the user to set this up with a fair amount of accuracy. You do not have to be IT literate to understand the wording and very easy to setup.
What do you get in the packaged box:-
Wireless ADSL Firewall Router DG834G
ADSL phone line filter (most countries)
Warranty/Support information card
~ Conclusion ~
Overall I really cannot complain with this piece of equipment and still use this today for all my internet wireless connections in our household. If you looking for a reliable, easy to install and use, efficient and low price router then I recommend this kit.
I have lots of items which use the same internet connection in our house and all use it simultaneously without a hiccup once configured properly. It comes with a decent warranty; all the relevant cables and installation CD which helps your computer recognize the router.
The router itself is nice to look at and comes with static IP routing. Just plug in your network cables and off you go. Great for gaming and surfing the web anywhere in your house.
~ Ratings ~
Ease of use: 4/5
I was given this wireless router with my internet provider, Sky. It has been a good little router most of it's days, and to say thank you to my little router, I would reward it with a Dooyoo review.
Now, this router should really be given to you if you have Sky broadband. I would be surprised if they gave you everything different. So, really I didn't pay anything for this product, so I'm unsure how to comment as to price. However, Sky broadband is quite a cheap broadband in my opinion, and the modem they given me is good quality, so I think I could call it cheap?
The router comes with two little stands and all the required cables (again, if you being given it by your internet provider). The router is white, white I usually associate with 'cheapness'. However, I write like the look of this. I have seen other people's routers and they have been given big, ugly black things. When I look at them, it makes me feel better about my router. Now, people may say the appearance of the router really isn't that important. Well, in actual fact I disagree. Desktop computers are very expensive, so you don't want an ugly router that is going to ruin the appearance of it. If I could criticize it, I would say it is a pretty big router. I have seen much smaller routers that do the same job. There is two stand provided. However, I never realised that these stands were supposed to be used to stand the router up vertically. This caused a few problems which I will explain later. I think it looks better when it is sitting down flat in all honesty. But hey, that's just me. So, the router is quite big, and it has 'net gear' written on top of it. There are little air holes around the sides of the modem, these caused a few problems also which I will explain. On this router, there are 8 lights. The 'on', 'working', 'wireless', the 'internet' and 4 different lights which say 1 2 3 4 which lets you know if the cables placed into the back of them are inserted correctly. When you first switch it on, the 'on' button turns green automatically, it is then followed by the 'working' light and the wireless light. Then, whichever number you have the cable plugged into then turns green to let you know that it is properly connected to the computer. The last light that turns on the 'internet' light. It begins flashing orange (when it's ready) and then remains orange for about 3 minutes. It then turns green letting you know the internet is switched on.
It turns on pretty fast, and sometimes it takes a few extra seconds to connect to the internet. The 'internet' button will turn from green to orange when the internet isn't connected properly. If you connection fails, and the light is still green, you know that it must e a problem with the computer, and if you're not the computer but using a laptop via wireless, then you know the problem is lying the your laptops ability to connect to the modem. So, this laptop is good at clearly letting you know what the problem is if one ever occurs. There is also a reset button at the back which you can press with a pin which should solve most of your modem problems.
I have never had much of a problem connecting to the wireless. A few times my iPod has refused t connect. However, I always noticed that my laptop would be connecting fine so the problem must be lying with the iPod not the router.
As I said, it is a good router most of the time, but not all the time. About 2 years ago we were having a few problems getting to it connect no matter what we tried. It turned out that we never used the 'stands' and that dust was gathering in the air holes and stopping it from working. Personally, I don't think it looks as good with the stand, but I suppose its purpose is to connect the internet not to look good. As it is a flat laptop, ensure you keep the air holes away from your surface area as it may gather dust. Setting up is a little tricky, but this is the same with all modems.
I love this modem, and I would be scared to try another one just in case it didn't prove me the reliability as this one does.
From everyone in the house, Thankyou Modem!
This wireless router is a decent router at a very cheap price. It has quite a lot of features for a basic wireless router, including a built-in switch, modem and firewall.
The router has 4 ports for wired connection and can support up to 253 devices on it. Each wired port advertises speeds of roughly 200Mbps, and wired devices have a top speed of 54Mbps. I have found copying files over the network is quite slow, but downloading files from the net and opening web pages is on par with the wired connection.
The physical set up of this router is very easy. The box contains the router, a power supply and an aerial. I cannot remember if it includes the Cat 5 cable (for connecting it to your PC if you are not using wireless) or a modem cable (that goes into your wall for the internet connection). All you need to do is plug the power into it, attach a modem cable to your phone line, and you router is up and running.
Sometimes you will need to enter settings given to you by your ISP; i.e. IP addresses, DNS servers etc. This is easily done by opening the router page, "192.168.0.1", and entering the default user name and password (these are all written on the bottom of the device). Once this is complete, you will be able to connect to the internet wirelessly or through a wired internet connection. I found this setup to be pretty easy and took no more than ten minutes.
Once this is done, you have to set up the wireless settings. Here, you can set a SSID (Name of the network), set up specific machines that have access to your network and security encryption. You have the choice of WEP (upto 128 bit), WPA Shared Key and WPA 802.1x. This is all clearly laid out and is easy to set up for a novice and advanced user alike.
The router has a built in firewall to stop malicious attacks of your network, and can be set up to e-mail you when an attack has been detected.
The router supports port forwarding that is needed to play the game. This is not as easy to do as on other routers but is possible by adding a custom service (a port number or selection of port numbers) and adding allowing it within the firewall rules. This should be better set out as it should be able to be done with one simple step.
Other more features of the router include, viewing attached devices, current status, set up a DMZ, set up VPN, set up a DHCP server and much more. The router supports firmware updates which increase functionality of it.
I have found that my router will quite often drop the internet connection and have to reset it manually in the router page. This does not take long, but is annoying.
Overall, with a cheap price of between 35-60 pounds, it is a good buy.
Ive had mine now for approx 2 years.
I`m with Aol and have been ever since I got the internet. In the bad old days of 54k connections running through the computers inbuilt modems it was a nightmare. I had so many problems and, dealing with Aol`s notoriously bad customer service only made my experience worse. It was only when I rang Aol requesting my mac code as I was going to change provider, that they made me a good deal and offered this modem for free.
I took them up on there offer and as soon as it arrived and was set up I have never had a problem since. Out the box supplied was all necessary instructionscables, filters and an installation disc. It was so easy to set up. At the time we didnt have any wireless tech so that wasnt really an issue.
Now we have 2 xbox`s a ps3 and wireless laptop aswell as our desktop pc and while there is a noticeable slowdown when all are running, it will handle 2 or 3 quite comfortably.
Online wep security is easy. Underneath the router is your router access address and from there you can rename it, set up password security and this makes it easy to locate and set up your wireless gagdets safely and securely.
Brand new it`s still retailing for around £50 but you can pick up a secondhand one in good condition for about £15 (ebay or amazon) and if you want a simple to install, reliable router you cant fault it.
The Netgear DG834G is a ADSL Wireless router. This means it doubles as a modem for your DSL internet connection and a wireless router. However it also includes other features like hardware firewall. The router can be found in online stores at very reasonable prices now considering the quality of it compared to other cheap routers. However I obtained my router for free from AOL. I know for a fact that Sky also gives this router away free so it must meet their expectations in terms of price/performance. It is certainly a good router to be receiving from an internet provider, my friends have received own branded routers that have failed quickly from other ISPs.
Because I received the router free from AOL it was packaged in AOL packaging without the standard selection of peripherals. The router itself is very stylish. It is white and very compact. It reminds me of Apple hardware. I was pleasantly surprised as many cheap routers come is fairly ugly colours and square cases. The Netgear is rounded and sleek, it won't look out of place if you own expensive Macbooks and don't want a black box to lower the tone.
The firmware of the router (where you adjust all the settings) is found by entering the routers IP address into any web browser, this is the standard for most routers. The first time you use the router you can only connect to the firmware if your PC is wired to it by an Ethernet cable. However it is easy to allow firmware access wirelessly. The firmware covers everything you need to set up your router as well as some other interesting and useful features. One of my favourites is that if you configure it the router will automatically update your dynamic DNS on the host DynDNS. This is great if your ISP assigns you a new IP every time you connect to the internet and you want to run a server of some sort.
The DG834G has all the standard features you would expect from a modern wireless router. The firewall is effective and it is great to have an extra layer of protection, however expect to end up configuring it for a few minutes if one of you applications gets blocked by it. The DG834G offers all the security features you would need, WEP and WPA encryption and MAC address access lists.
In all my time of owning it I have also never experienced any disconnects. The router is extremely reliable.
Overall the DG834G is a super router for a low cost. It offers reliability and features without breaking the bank.
The Net gear DG834G is one of Net gears ADSL wireless Routers and has been on the market for around Three Years and Retails for around £69.99 - £79.99. Often these routers are supplied Free from ISPs like Sky Broadband.
The router can support up to 4 Computers wired and up to 254 Wireless Devices and 1 ADSL Line.
The router can not support ADSL2 but if you don't live far from the exchange you get a good speed.
Right Now I talk about the Good things about this router
The Router uses a GUI (graphical user interface) Via an Internet explore or FireFox Programme. You can access the router and change the settings about even block websites and have parental settings on the router to stop little eyes seeing anything naughty.
The router also has a Built in Firewall which will block Unknown Ports and Ports that are Harmful. The Router can only be setup to allow a few ports to go through such as Port 80 (HTTP) but if you wanted to you could blocked port 126 which is MSN Messenger.
The Security is very high on this router and is ideal for family's who have a few computers in there house and need a router.
The router also logs all activity so if a computer attempts to use a block port the router will then logged it and if you want to everyday it will e-mail you the log so you can keep track what's happening on your network. The router will send you a e-mail if it suspects someone is hacking into the network.
The router also acts as your gateway to your network so you can share Files on other computers, Stream videos and share media etc.
Overall The Net gear DG834G is a Stable Router but can have it flaws after a While it has crashed out 2 or 3 times this year. It either forgets the internet password, Can't Locate Internet profiles off the ISP but theses are easily fixed by restarting the router or resetting the router via the Factory default settings.
This is going to be short as, to be honest, I'm struggling to think about what I can write about it. I'll stick to personal experience and usage but as it's been so problem free, I think I'll struggle there as well.
The router is sleek and minimalist. White in colour, it a has a row of flashing icon leds along the front to show what's working and what mightn't be. There is a small, stubby aerial on the back which is multi-directional.
The router was bought of ebay for about 35 quid 2 years ago or thereabouts. I bought it simply because AOL would support it and I needed back-up if anything went amiss. The installation process was done via the AOL software so I didn't have to do anything at all and it worked with ease first time. And kept working.
However, I'm a tinkerer and when we've had to set up different laptops on the wireless network and needed WEP keys etc etc the routers diagnostics/set up software has always given me the info I've needed through its rather dull but efficient interface.
Never once had a problem with it. The range is well beyond the reaches of our fence and we get connection all over the property even though the router is downstairs, which isn't the best place for them. Due to small hands fiddling, the part where the aerial screws onto the base has become cracked but isn't effecting anything.
The router transmits at 54Mbps. There is no significant differe Apart from the wireless connection, there are also 4 ethernet ports to wire computers directly. There is no significant differerence on the conection speed between wireless and wired. The phoneline plugs in the back as does the power cable. The router is compatible with 802.11b wireless networks.
And, er.... That's it. I'm starting to bore myself.
Current cost, about £40 (on Amazon for instance)
All other info, and to be honest there isn't much can be found on the website;
Short and boring, sometimes I amaze myself.
May also be on other review sites.
I replaced my Belkin Router with this one.
I got the package with the USB wireless package for 49.99 fromCarphone Warehouse (very good price considering PC world had exactly the same one for 79.99!)
Anyway, getting home and gettting it out of the box was easy. It contains two 'legs' so you can have the router pitched up on its side - looks alot better!
It is also an 'apple' style white plastic that to be honest does actually look pretty sexy, considering its a router.
Having put the power on, plugged in my ASDL line, the network cable and micro filter it says to run the setup wizard...
If you go to http://192.168.0.1 on your internet browser, you can go direct to the router management page. Using the deafult of admin & password you can then setup the router in about 2 steps.
First click the 'auto detect' network type and then enter your username and password for the internet providor.
Its that simple!
As for the speed of the router im about 10 meters and a few rooms away and im getting 4/5 bars of signal on the wireless, and im picking up a speed from BT of about 5.5M/bs.(the belkin one had about 1/5 here and about 2.5M/bs!).
The router has not crashed / frozen / randomly disconnected from the network which the belkin does/did.
This router is a great product, and even better value with the wireless USB adapter. Recommend you go to carphone warehouse if you are looking at buying