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Bought this Wireless Router to replace my old one that we received when we got Tiscali, which wasn't that good. This new one just blows it out of the water, its output is so strong, I can still get signal from the bottom of the garden and my connection is still fast. Easy to set up with your computer, just plug the Ethernet cable in to the router, and the other end of the cable into your computer, install the router using the CD provided in the box, and you're away, free from all those rubbish ones you get when you join up with someone. There are also a row of LEDs on the front, to tell you the status of your router, all very useful.
The router also came with a little dongle thing, which you can plug into something like a desktop computer in another room that wouldn't usually use wireless to go on the internet, to pick up the signals from the router to allow you to use wireless on the desktop PC.
If that sounds confusing, think of how a laptop can detect your router with no wires, and your desktop PC can't. The dongle makes it so your desktop PC can too. Easy. :-)
I bought this ADSL modem in December 2007 for my first foray into the world of wireless. I'm not the most technically savvy computer user and although I've long wanted to go wireless, the thought of having to unplug my "wired" modem and setting up a new device filled me with dread. Anyway, my desktop PC died and I wanted to replace it with a laptop and that meant a wireless internet connection.
I bought a Sony Vaio laptop and at the same time choose the Netgear modem to accompany it. I had done some online research and these modems were consistently getting good reviews. With some trepidation, I unpacked the box, unplugged by old BT modem and connected cables to the phone socket - as described in the idiot proof instructions (which included some very straightforward illustrations of what plugs in where, what order to do things etc.
I loaded the supplied CD into the laptop, followed the on screen prompts and hey presto, in no time at all I was up and running - actually online, wirelessly. The whole process was so simple, quick and hassle-free that I wish that I'd taken the plunge years ago.
In the 3 months that I've owned this modem, I have had no problems with it and have never lost my connection. The modem is, roughly, 10 inches by 6 inches and can lie horizontally or stand upright (using the supplied stand). There are about 8 bright blue lights which flash when the unit is powered on - this disco effect is something you'll either love or hate. I love the lights so no problem, if you don't like them then they can, apparantly be turned off via the Netgear link that downloads to your computer during set up.
I live in a bungalow and usually work about 15 metres from the modem and this is fine. The blurb tells me that it has up to 1000% more wireless coverage than 802.11g routers and RangeMax" Smart MIMO (Multi-In, Multi Out) Technology (I can't verify either!).
This is a neat product which has met all of my expectations and was great value (I paid £65 for mine in John Lewis). A lot of modems come without adapters which are sold separately and are not inexpensive. It claims to:
- be a 5-in-1: Modem, Router, Firewall, 4-port Switch, Wireless Access Point
- 100% compatible with 802.11b, 802.11g, and SuperG® devices
I can't confirm other than described in my ramblings above.
I can highly recommend this wonderful piece of technology for anyone who wants a good value wireless modem that can be set up without hassle. Oh, it also comes with a 2-year guarantee and support.
The laptop automatically detects the signal and logs into the wireless connection. There is also a USB wireless adapter which can give access to the modem (I've used it only to test that it worked) and is meant to make your access more secure. Security is a boasted feature of this modem with a double firewall and other technacalities "to prevent unauthorised usage".
Bought one of these to replace the standard router that comes with Sky broadband, having read the blurb on the box about it using MIMO technology to enhance range and reception. Was otherwise happy with the previous DG834G Sky had provided and have always favoured netgear network stuff for its ease of operation and reliability. Once I`d got my username and password out of the DG834G (no easy task, although that`s sky`s fault rather than netgear`s) set-up was as easy as I expected (ie nigh on automatic). Disappointed with promised increase in range and reliability though, really couldn`t see a great deal of difference to be honest. And those irritating flashing blue lights on the top had to go - luckily a menu option enables them to be turned off. This has the usual netgear web interface, and supports all the usual firmware upgrades, port-forwarding etc that you`d expect. You can also remotely access the router from anywhere on the net. I have recently changed my provider to Be Internet and had the misforune of trying to set up their free thomson speedtouch modem that the send out, which really reiterated to me how good this netgear product is ( having ditched the thomson and gone back to my tried and trusty netgear)
The DG834PN RangeMax Wireless Modem Router (Gateway) adjusts to interference and the physical barriers to maximize coverage. With RangeMax dynamic connectivity there is no need to spend extra money on range extenders, repeaters and external antennas. There is also no need to throw away your older wireless devices; the DG834PN wireless modem router is compatible with 802.11b, 802.11g and SuperG products and will boost their range and speed. Coverage is maximized when the DG834PN is used in conjunction with NETGEAR's RangeMax PC cards and adapters.
RangeMax is an advanced Smart MIMO (Multi-in, Multi-Out) technology that uses seven internal antennas. The RangeMax DG834PN wireless modem router constantly surveys your home or office environment for physical barriers and interference: The RangeMax modem router adapts on the fly, adjusting the wireless signal to compensate for these performance blockers. For example; if you carry your laptop from the kitchen to the bedroom, RangeMax automatically senses the change and selects from a choice of numerous antenna configurations to deliver you the fastest, clearest connection! Everyone will enjoy consistently high-speed connections, everywhere in your house - no signal dropouts or wireless dead spots.
NETGEAR ensures that every computer, laptop or console user connected to your wireless network can work and play safely. The DG834PN RangeMax Wireless modem router comes with a double firewall, WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption and WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access, Pre-Shared Key) security. These security features add powerful safeguards against unauthorized usage - for more information on how to make your wireless network secure visit our wireless security page.
The DG834PN is an easy to set-up, single box solution, it plugs straight into your ADSL line - there is no need for a separate modem. Once the DG834PN modem router is connected, configuration is also easy, via NETGEAR's Smart Wizard. The Smart Wizard automatically detects your ISP's network settings, and then walks you through each step of the installation process.