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In our house, the ADSL router (through phone line) is an important part of the "media" goodness. I love to play game on my PC and my wife insists on using the laptop at the same time for surfing the net. This has lead to some problems where she decides to upload photo's and cause me some lag based headaches. We are with Sky for our tv, phone line and internet. They aren't perfect, but they did supply us with a standard ADSL router (DG834gt) with wireless capabilities.
Just recently Sky have been squeezing the ports and slowing the internet down (I really hate that and am thinking of changing ISP). I wanted to get a better router with a stronger wireless signal and better speeds. The Wireless N300 has upto 300mbps in terms of speed, versus upto 54mbps available with the DDG834. So there alone you can see why its worth upgrading. Of course it wont do much good if your ISP is naff, but it might help a little if you've hit a speed wall. With faster speeds, multiple antenna's and a stronger signal, this router is just plain better in every department.
The routers wizard is every to set up. If you have your ISP's username and password then the wizard will guide you through the steps of setting it up and it should only take a couple of minutes. For the more experienced among you www.routerlogin.com will allow you to mess with the more specific settings, but for normal people there's no real need and you can easily get stuck in.
(note here, sky are evil and will refuse to give you the username/password, they only want you to use their router - god knows why. Its ok, there are hacks on the internet you can use to get them (not approved)).
This router is black and sexy. The old one was white. Both look nice. There's enough slots for upto 4 pc's so you could have a mini lan if you wanted to. The wireless signal would apparently support many PC's and other devices (games consoles etc). In the admin panel you can specify your chosen networkee's (so to speak) and approve the connections, making them more secure.
There are some nice additions to this router that arent present on other models. Firstly, a power button! Before if i wanted to turn the old router off, I literally had to unplug it, now there's a power button on the back of the router, making turning it on and off far easier. There is also a button to turn wireless on and off and WPS which is a secure networking tool i haven't explored yet.
The router is jam packed with settings, features and more.
Its very good indeed. The connection is solid and fast. Easy to set up and easy to use. Id recommend it. The only let down is the price, which was £90. Alot for a box of tricks.
Dual band wireless networks deliver better connections with less interference
Greater bandwidth for high-quality media streaming and better online gaming
Push 'N' connect securely connects devices at the touch of a button
Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) for reliable Internet, voice and gaming applications
For use with ADSL broadband (through the telephone line)
Eight (8) internal smart antennas optimize signal strength and range
Push 'N' Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) allows you to add computers to the network quickly and securely
Automatically upgrades to the latest router firmware
Convenient on/off switch helps save energy when not in use
Efficient Energy Star compliant power supply
Packaging manufactured with at least 80% recycled materials
|Product Description:||NETGEAR RangeMax DGND3300 - wireless router - DSL - 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0) - desktop|
|Device Type:||Wireless router - DSL modem - 4-port switch (integrated)|
|Digital Signaling Protocol:||ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+|
|Data Link Protocol:||Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz|
|Capacity:||Connection / user qty : 253|
|Routing Protocol:||RIP-1, RIP-2, static IP routing|
|Remote Management Protocol:||HTTP|
|Features:||Firewall protection, DMZ port, NAT support, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS attack prevention, Intrusion Detection System (IDS), E-mail alert, MAC address filtering, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) support, URL filtering, firmware upgradable, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support, Quality of Service (QoS), Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), DHCP server, Multiple SSID support, ReadySHARE, Live Parental Controls|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)|
|Power:||AC 240 V ( 50 Hz )|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||22.3 cm x 15.3 cm x 3.1 cm|