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On our package for Virgin Broadband we got this wireless router free. I was quite happy as I had used Netgear products before and been quite happy overall.
This router was easy to set up once I got it out of the box. It has a 4 point switch for your Ethernet cable - the cable you connect to the modem and router - so it can be stretched far apart from the modem. Once on, it flashes green on the "On" button, the "test" button light is in the shape of a tick and will turn green once everything is set up and working.
It works with Windows Vista, which I have on my laptop and comes as Windows Vista certified so that you know with a surety and confidence it will work. It comes with an external antenna with boosts the signal. I have never had any problems from set up to now with this router and would definitely recommend it.
It comes with a firewall that stops the network from intruders and also with a URL filter and address authentication. As I'm not an expert with the technological side of things, this is all I know about :).
If you get stuck setting it up, it also comes with an easy to follow instruction manual (nothing like an Ikea set-up here!). We have two computers linked to this router and never had a problem with speed of downloading, uploading or getting onto the Internet - I'd happily recommend this router to anyone shopping around for one.
When we first 'splashed out' and got wireless internet within the house, we had a Belkin router - we soon regretted it. Within a month we were on the lookout for another router due to poor signalling and general unreliability.
We got our Netgear router from Amazon, for £50. Why so much I hear you say? Other reviews state a much lower price? Well, we decided to get the joint package of wireless router, and wireless adapter. Our laptop had a built in adapter, but unfortunately our PC did not, so we needed both. And as usual, it was cheaper to buy as a set, rather than separately.
We found the Netgear router and adapter very easy to install indeed - we simply used the software provided and voila, in about 10minutes we had a secure password-protected wireless connection.
Now, each time I log onto my computer, my internet connection is automatically there due to the password connection being saved in my Network Settings. No continuously typing in a password for me!
We currently use the router for many things - wireless internet on the iPhone/iPod that we own, the PC, the laptop and our Playstation3. The signal is fantastic, and only really falters with a dip in actual internet speed (which is usually Virgin Media's fault, not the router's!). Even with more than 1 appliance connected at a time, connection is never lost. It is an incredibly reliable router.
The range of the router is reasonably good too - even through the other end of the house in the bathroom (which is quite far through, on the end of the extension), you can still get a good connection. Upstairs is not a problem either!
We got the router approximately 3 years ago now - no complaints about it yet. Definitely the most reliable router we have ever had, and will probably ever have.
I needed to get a router so my dad could have wireless internet on his small netbook. So i just got this model it was well priced when I bought it and it done the job it needed to do.
But now that i have had it for over a year Iam amazed at what else it has been used for apart from my Dads small netbook.
The router is only a wireless G router. So you can have wireless internet in any room if you have a small house but if you want wireless internet in the garden then you will need a stronger router.
However for me I have been able to connect my Nintendo wii and Playstation 3 wirelessly which are both in the room above the router. Use this in conjunction with a set of devolo dLAN plugs to get Xbox live for my 360. I have also connected my Nintendo DS and Sony Playstation portable for online play as well.
As you can tell I have mostly used this for gaming but I will also say that the set up for this is incredibly simple and the software CD will give you a step by step guide with easy to understand images so you can connect it all together and make i ready to use within 10 minutes. Also there is 4 ports allowing you to connect other PCs so the internet can be shared amongst all of the computers
There is also quite a few security options for your router such as WEP keys and other options to keep your router secure
The router itself is a small fairly sleek device that can easily. But to get the strongest possible connection you have to put your router on the top of the table which could clutter up the desk if you have speakers as well
All in all this is a nice router if you want to get wireless internet for some of your devicies in the house. However this router is simply not powerful enough to give you internet access in the garden for you Laptop
I hope you find this review useful because I was so confused when it came to me buying a router for my room at uni!
Mine is the WGR614 version not the L open source version (though im not sure what the difference is!)
Mine has all the technical information as stated including the 4 port USB.
I bought this for £29.99 from currys it was also this price in PC world but they had none when I went to get one. I bought this as my tech savvy flatmate had and recommended it as a good buy.
I found it very easy to set up. It come with a disk that you pop into your computer and it guides you through the process and shows you with diagrams if your unsure. Everything on the product is numbered which also helps. It took me about 10/20 mins to set up and get everything working,bonus!
The product itself:
It's very small and compact and sits neatly in the corner of my desk without taking up huge amounts of room! It also I think quite pretty as its white and not intrusive.
It has a great signal in my uni room and all the way to the lounge (which is down the hall though not down any stairs!) it has dropped signal a few times but this is hardly noticeable and picks itself back up very quickly, so I wouldnt say this is a problem.
I dont think it would be ideal for more than a few rooms and more than one computer using it at a time, though you could if you desired but I dont think you would get enough speed out of it.
*Great for uni and one to two rooms worth of use.
*Cheap and a good price for a good looking product
* Not for family or multi person use
* Can sometimes drop signal
I hope this review helps. Ive try to given a non-tech view of the product to make it accessible to everyone :)
The Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) is a full-featured wireless router designed to serve as a reliable, high-performance platform to support a wide variety of applications created by the open source community.
The high-performance WGR614L, which is "Works with Windows Vista" certified, features a 240 MHz MIPS32 CPU core with 16 KB of instruction cache, 16 KB of data cache, 1 KB of pre-fetch cache, and incorporates 4 MB of flash memory and 16 MB of RAM. In addition to an external 2 dBi antenna, the WGR614L integrates a second internal diversity antenna to provide enhanced performance and range. The router supports free open source Linux -based Tomato and DD-WRT firmware and will soon support OpenWRT.
The NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L), which features one 10/100 Internet WAN port and a four-port 10/100 LAN switch, incorporates an 802.11g access point to support wireless connectivity at speeds of up to 54 Mbps. The WGR614L supports static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP, VPN pass-through (IPSec, L2TP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client and server), and Bigpond. A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall protects the network from intruders, and the wireless connection is secured with support for 40-, 128- and 152-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2-PSK, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Additional security features include: Exposed Host (DMZ), MAC address authentication, URL content filtering, logs and e-mail alerts of Internet activity.
|Product Description:||NETGEAR WGR614L - wireless router - 802.11b/g - desktop|
|Device Type:||Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)|
|Data Link Protocol:||Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz|
|Data Transfer Rate:||54 Mbps|
|Network / Transport Protocol:||TCP/IP, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE, DHCP|
|Routing Protocol:||Static IP routing|
|Features:||Firewall protection, DMZ port, auto-sensing per device, dynamic IP address assignment , DHCP support, NAT support, VPN support, auto-negotiation, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS attack prevention, E-mail alert, MAC address filtering, VPN passthrough, URL filtering, event log, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), DHCP server|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi Protected Setup|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||17.5 cm x 11.9 cm x 2.8 cm|
|System Requirements:||UNIX, Apple MacOS, Novell NetWare, Linux, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP, Microsoft Windows Vista|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|