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When I start a review I often begin by having a glace at what was written before. 1 star, ouch. I had a bit of a hobson's choice in this product as i wanted an N grade router and had a credit note at a store than only stocked this one. I honestly was hoping it would perform better than the G routers, and it does. It is a clearer and higher quality signal. I always have full reception in the house and there doesn't seem to be any interference or need to reset the thing - i was always resetting the old one.
I must admit i was a bit dismayed at the previous reviews talk, I've found absolutely no problem with the unit at all, but then I'm a typical household user - i just want a decent signal to use for browsing the Internet and downloading music and such. I set it up myself in a matter of minutes, fumbled slightly to get the wireless going but it was mostly operator error. I've set up just one before and this seemed pretty straightforward to me.
Visually it's a dull little black box, just like all other routers. A bit like a cheap screwdriver, as long as it doesn't irritate then it's perfectly serviceable and can be thrown in a draw and ignored. It's not dirt cheap but then the N routers are always a touch more expensive, and it's by no means pricey. Netgear seem to be one of the biggest names and so there is a good price war going on out there with their products.
I would have given this unit an overall rating of zero stars except that the minimum rating is one star.
I bought a Netgear DGN2200 (from Amazon) to replace the DG834Gv4 which appeared to have failed (all lights coming on).
(As it turned out later, the DG834Gv4 hadn't failed; only the power supply had, expired. By pinching the power supply from my previous-previous router (DG834Gv2), which was also 12V 1A with the same pinout, I was able to get the DG834Gv4 going again.)
Back to the DGN2200, it is a case of: Nice hardware, shame about the firmware. The DGN2200, as offered in its current form, is a load of rubbish. In a couple of years, assuming the firmware gets fixed, it *could* be a good little router. But as it is sold /today/, don't touch it with a bargepole
The DGN2200 seems to incorporate a perfectly decent DSL modem. On my somewhat lengthy telephone line, I get a DSL synch rate which is in the same ball park as the best I have seen. Great.
Also the DGN2200 seems to incorporate perfectly decent wireless hardware. As far as I could tell, all my kit seemed to connect up to it easily and maintained a reliable connection. Great.
The problem, and it's a biggy, is the network software:
If I try to access an HTTPS website on a non-standard TCP port number, then I find that it takes 5 or 6 attempts to connect. Now, this might look like simple packet loss, or perhaps the MTU is too large. Well, sorry, no, for several reasons:
1. If I do swap test with the old DG834Gv4 router, the DGN2200 fails on this point whereas the DG834Gv4 doesn't. The DG834Gv4 connects first time, every time.
2. I can run a simultaneous ping which shows 0 out of 100 packet loss. Also I can run a simultaneous SSH session which is consistently snappy and responsive. So why do ping and other services work reliably but HTTPS (on a non-standard port number) doesn't?
3. I can take the MTU down to 1400 or 1350 and there is no difference. In any case, why does the DG834Gv4 work fine when the DGN2200 fails miserably?
I tried monitoring the HTTPS packets on the server side using tcpdump. When the problem is manifesting, the server does not see any initial packet arriving. So the server has no cause to respond. The packet is simply not arriving, and everything points to the packet being lost by the DGN2200.
More problems: If I try to set up an OpenVPN connection to a server listening on UDP port 1195, it takes 5 or 6 attempts before it connects. Packet loss or MTU? Nope, for the same reasons as the first problem. Again, the DG834Gv4 connects first time, every time.
I tried raising support requests through Netgear, but we were moving at a snail's pace, and besides I now have the old router working again.
So I raised an RMA through Amazon and returned the DGN2200. Amazon have now issued a full refund for the unit.
I have advised Netgear that I would be more than happy to consider assisting them on a consultative basis.