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I have been using wireless internet for many years now and find it incredibly useful, having laptops rather than desktop computers and mobiles that can connect through wireless and best of my Xbox can connect through wireless.
I have recently moved to sky and with their package got a wireless Samsung router which I thought looked pretty stylish. The router came with a set of instructions for first time use, which may I point out are very easy to follow. The useful pictures and step by step instructions will guide even the novices to the world of wireless.
Sky delivered the full package (Sky plus and wireless router ) in a compact box in a really quick time after signing up. They even asked if I needed help installing, which was nice. Anyway enough about Sky and back to the router.
It's a Netgear V1 DG834GT
The DG834GT series is a ASDL modem router which connects direct to the phone line to establish a internet connection. It can achieve a 108 Mbit/s signaling rate (double that of standard 802.11g). This powerful router distributes MP3s, digital movies and photos with ultra-fast 10/100 switched LAN ports capable of speeds of 200 Mbps, and shares a single IP address with up to 253 users
4-port 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet switch
SPI True Firewall
Can operate as modem only if function set to modem which will require an extra router for NAT.
Smart Wizard gets you up and running
The web browser user interface is really friendly and to access the router settings (usually 192.168.0.2) you will find easy simple instructions on how to change settings like firewall, assign a router encryption and more advanced settings for the experienced users. The Smart Wizard automatically detects and makes the best connection to your ISP while graphical user interface is available in English, French, German and Italian.
BT ADSL Broadband Service - All UK and Channel Islands ISP's are compatible (including AOL).
2.4 GHz wireless adapter or Ethernet adapter and RJ45 cable for each computer
Windows® 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Mac® OS, NetWare®, UNIX®, or Linux®
Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape® 4.7 or higher
This has been a great router really, its easy to setup, has had no problems as of yet. Can produce fast internet speeds and data transfer from the Ethernet ports. It looks pleasing to the user and the cost is reasonable. You can pick one up on eBay for around £25 these days which is a bargain.
Ease of use = 9
Looks = 8
Capabilities = 9
Reliability = 8
Packaging and documentation = 8
Price = 10
This was my first purchase as a tech newbie, and I decided to put my trust in a brand with a good reputation. I conducted extensive research into routers, and found that as our internet was supplied through orange (formerly wanadoo) I would need to purchase a modem/router which had ADSL capabilities.
Upon opening the box there were a few bundled items to help get you all set up with your internet connection. These items included; 2 Micro filters to separate the phone line into audio/data, ADSL cable, Ethernet cable, install cd, warranty card and dc/ac power supply.
I followed the instructions and as it was my first time setting up any sort of network, was a little worried as to the outcome. After plugging in all relevant cables, and inputting my internet username and password it connected to the internet straight away via the ethernet cable that was attached to my Laptop.
After configuring the settings further I had easily connected wirelessly to the router on my laptop and PS3 as well as setting up security and enabling Mac address filtering, stopping any unwanted guests from logging onto the network.
I would recommend that you change the defualt username and password as I believe it is possible for some people to access your network via the internet and lock yourself out, as the default passwords are common knowledge if you Google it.
I had some problems with the basic firmware that was installed on the router after about 4 months of usage, however I checked the netgear website and updated it to the latest firmware which solved the problem and was extremely easy to carry out.
The router is extremely easy to set up for a basic user, and as I have grown in confidence in this area have found out that the router has a lot more advanced features for the experienced user such as remote access and the ability to ping an ip address on the web. I also managed to configure the router to enable all users on the network share the music via itunes (with some help from google :-)
The router was around £70 when purchased new, and I would not hesitate to buy it again.
I originally bought this modem router to enable the sharing of my internet connection and to do it wirelessly.
What does it come with?
In the box you get: the router, an aerial/antenna, Ethernet cable, RJ45 connecter cable, ADSL filter and a power adapter plus some instructions.
What security does it have?
It supports pretty much every single wireless security protocol around: WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-802.1x and WPA2-PSK. The security features are good but it does not support enterprise encryption so not ideally suited for the business environment.
The setup was really easy for me as I knew what I was doing. Its integrated setup wizard helps you to enter ISP login details plus allows you to encrypt your signal.
Variety of features
There a lot of great features with this router besides the encryption. It has 4 Ethernet ports for connecting anything from a network printer to a network hard drive or even just a computer. It also features standard ports for everything including the wireless antenna which enabled me to purchase a better antenna to get the best possible signal.
Should you get it?
It depends what you will use it for, if you plan to start your first ever home network then yes it is absolutely perfect and suits the inexperienced user. It does provide the more advance user some great options but in my opinion it warrants replacement for something much better especially if you have a client or something that is a business because in that environment enterprise encryption is a must.
Overall then a fantastic product and provides an advance user like myself some great tools like being able to ping an IP address or remotely connect to it. But it generally suits a basic user/home network down to the ground and is perfect for anyone starting out a wireless way of accessing the internet and sharing files.
For the record I am a technical person so for me some of what I needed to do wasn't all that much of a chore but I hope this all helps you with your purchase.
I have BT Total Broadband and I live close enough to my local exchange to get the 8mbit service.
I previously connected with a BT Voyager router and had no problems, so one day I decide to go wireless and put my faith in a trusted brand such as Netgear.
Once I received the router I unpacked the box to find, the router, install CD, ADSL cable, Ethernet cable, Micro filter, and a warranty card. Once I hooked it up to my broadband, within only a few clicks I was up and running with a basic working setup. Trust me when I say the CD is even easier, but I never used that.
For those who need a little more out of this router than a basic setup this device also includes the following combined features, ADSL 2+ modem/router, 4 port 10/100mb switch, wireless access point, dual NAT and SPI firewall. This device might not be the best in its class but it is great value for money being very feature rich.
Wireless is secured with WEP, WPA and you can also enable MAC address filtering so that only authorized network devices can fully connect. One other thing to note here I have had Belkin routers limit you to four MAC filtered devices, this Netgear unit seems limitless!
Be sure to change the admin password as information like that is public knowledge on the likes of www.portforward.com should anyone manage to connect to it from both inside or outside your home network they will no doubt play around and could lock you out of your own system!
I had one of the first models of this router and my ADSL link would occasionally drop off with the router log showing "LCP Down" and "Waiting for LCP to come up" in an endless loop. So I upgraded from the basic firmware 1.01.00 to the latest on their site 1.02.04. This fixed the problem only partially in that I stayed connected longer but still had dropouts. Again another firmware was released and this fixed my issues. I believe there are now newer versions of this router available and have these fixes installed out of the box.
Hope this helps any potential buyers as this unit is great but needs a firmware upgrade if you get one of the early models.
All I can say is this router runs day in day out and has never missed a beat, you get what you pay for and Netgear have done a good job with this one.
This was my first wireless router and i have to say i found it all a bit confusing with all the different types of router out there ones with modems ones without, adsl, cable etc etc.
This router is for people who get their internet access through their phoneline and not from telewest or ntl.
It has a built in modem and comes with a usb wireless adaptor so it has everything you need.
Setting the router up was so suprisingly simple after all of the confusion of trying to find the right type. You plug phone cable from your phone line into the back of the router and then the power cable and thats it.
My laptop already had a built in wireless card so i didn't need to touch that, it dected my router right away and i just followed the simple step my step instructions to set it up.
I use the usb wireless adaptor that came with the router on my desktop pc as it didn't have a wireless card. That was equally as simple i just plugged it into a free usb port it dected the router and that was it.
The signal strength is really good and speed when transfering files between computers is fast as well.
My final concern with setting up a wireless network was security, but following the simple instructions on the router a secure network with password verification was easy to set up.
This is more expensive than some other routers but its faster the signal strength is good and it has everything you need right out of the box.