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- Connect to a cable/DSL modem and get wired or wireless Internet access for all your computers
- Compatible with most 802.11b wireless networking devices
- Firewall, 128-bit Encryption, Parental controls
- Smart Wizard automatically detects ISP type, Port Range Forwarding, Exposed Host (DMZ), URL Content Filtering, E-mail Alerts.
- Compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Mac OS, NetWare, UNIX, and Linux
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 11.9 x 4.3 in||10.24 x 11.42 x 2.95 in||9.92 x 11.02 x 2.28 in||7.87 x 5.51 x 1.1 in||10 x 9.75 x 2.8 in||2.99 x 5.86 x 9.21 in|
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|Total LAN Ports||—||4||4||4||4||4|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11B||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11bgn||802.11 B/G||802.11 a/b/g/n, 5.8 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n|
Designed specifically for home and small office use with plug-and-play installation. You’ll be Web surfing in minutes with the Install Assistant to guide you through each step and on-screen help that’s there when you need it. The unique Smart Setup Wizard technology automatically detects your ISP connection type – saving you time and effort. Front lighted icons display status at a glance. Works with PCs, Macintosh, and virtually all Ethernet devices, and comes with a vertical stand to save desk space. NETGEAR even includes the cable (a $15 value) for your first computer to save a trip back to the store.
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Most of the positive reviews here seem to be for very small home networks with only a few computers. I have a network with 28 computers and have 4 years experience configuring routers. I used this unit only as a wired router, so I can't speak at all for its wireless capabilities. It works great for a while, but then freezes up completely, so much so that I couldn't even access the configuration pages. Rebooting (powering it off and on) would solve the problem, but after an hour or so, it would freeze up again. Having to restart a router every hour is not acceptable performance.
I tried it on another network and it had exactly the same problem. Both of the networks use Westell modems although they are different models, so I don't know if there's a compatibility issue there or what. Both of these networks worked fine with SMC and Linksys routers, so clearly the Netgear unit was the problem.
In fairness to Netgear, their tech support seems good, and they did RMA me a new unit after concluding that they couldn't solve the problem. Unfortunately the new unit had exactly the same problem, so it is clearly a design defect in this model, not limited to my particular unit. Also on the positive side, I liked the user interface, and when the router was working it outperformed my older SMC, surfing was noticeably faster.
If it hadn't been for the freezing up issue, I would be giving it 5 stars, but because I wasted my money and a lot of my time troubleshooting it, and still ended up with a piece of hardware that is useless to me, I can only give it 1 star.
The bottom line: if you are only using it with a few computers, (and not with a Westell modem?), maybe this router will work for you, but it didn't work for me.
But don't be fooled, wireless networking isn't fool proof. While many people will be able to get wireless up and running without a hitch, this should not be assumed. Take it from me, I've been working in all levels and job functions of IT for nearly 10 years and still regularly work with users trying to configure their wireless routers.
Here's a few tips:
1. 2.4GHz cordless phones WILL interfere with your signal. If you cross the line of sight path between your wireless device and your router with your 2.4GHz phone, the signal will be affected and may drop. Either buy a 900 MHz phone, a 5.8 Ghz phone or use a wired phone or keep some distance between your 2.4 Ghz and your connection.
2. If you find that you have configured everything correctly for your wireless and you seem to have a strong signal but are still unable to connect to consistenly reach a web site, then you may be experiencing DNS problems. A simple test for this is to ping the website to check for responses and open your web browser and try to connect to a website by using its IP address (can be obtained from ping) instead of it's friendly name or URL. Such as trying to browse to [...] (which is [...] If you are able to connect consistently to the numeric address, then the problem is likely DNS related. To fix this, you will just need to hard code your DNS entries into the "Domain Name Server (DNS) Address section under the Basic Settings menu option. You can get the DNS address from the Router Status. By default, the Netgear router provides your attached computers with the DNS server as the same address as your gateway, usually 192.168.0.1. which may your result in an inconsistent connection and "time-outs" trying to resolve the URL.
3. If the signal is weak or you are unable to login to your router, make sure you are actually connecting to your own router and not your neighbors'. Log in and check your Attached Devices section in your configuration to see if the name of your computer is listed.
4. MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD ON YOUR ROUTER and read up on how to secure your wireless router and take advantage of the security features available to you.
5. Take advantage of support, while you have it. While Netgear's tech support isn't always helpful, it may be one of your few resources if you don't have someone more technical to help you or you cannot find the solution on google. They may also be able to help you conclude whether your router is defective or not.
I could list many other tips and explanations in further detail, but that would just take up too much space.
For me, the product worked well out of the box. Setup was plug-and-play, and everybody recognized everything. I setup 128-bit WEP encryption, and turned off the SSID broadcast for security with no fuss probably in about 5-minutes. I also restricted acces to specific MAC addresses (namely my laptop). It offers NAT and a firewall (seemingly effective, as dslreports.com could not get any response in their security test). There are some parental controls (denying or allowing certain websites) which i have not used. The router is also physically very small.
Why should you choose a "B" router over a "G" or "Super-G" router? Well... The "B" router runs at a max of 11Mbps, and the "G" runs at a max of 54Mbps, and the "Super-G" routers run at a max of 108Mbps. Most internet connections (cable/DSL) run no more than 1.5Mbps (or in rare cases 3Mbps or 5Mbps), so if you are just browsing the web, you dont need anything more than a "B" router. "G" is for the folks who frequently transfer files across their wireless network to other computers and dont mind paying a few extra $$$ for it. "Super-G" is the fastest and most expensive (by far), and you need a "Super-G" router as well as an adapter of the *same* brand, otherwise, it drops back down to "G" speeds.
For those with intermittent connection issues: If you are running WindowsXP with Service Pack 2, don't use the included Netgear software to control the wireless connection (this applies to any other brand as well). In the Wireless Network Connection properties, select the option to "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings".
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