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Netgear DG834N RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL Modem, Router.

by NetGear
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Constant connection to stream, download & transfer files
  • Simultaneous connect to multiple Internet services & online media
  • Speeds of up to 270 mbps
  • 5-in-1: Modem, Router, Firewall, 4-port Switch, Wireless Access Poin
  • No need for separate modem; plugs directly into ADSL line
  • As always, with NETGEAR's Smart Wizard™ installation is eas
  • Touchless™ WiFi security easily 'locks-down' your network
  • Complies with Draft 802.11n specification
  • Works with existing wireless network devices (802.11g & b)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.6 Kg
Product Dimensions17.2 x 22.6 x 3.9 cm
Item model numberDG834N
Wireless Type802.11B, 802.11G
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 46,599 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 Kg
Date First Available6 Jun 2006
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

NETGEAR's DG834N RangeMax" NEXT wireless ADSL modem router provides maximum coverage and bandwidth, enabling you and your entire household to simultaneously connect to multiple Internet services and online media.

To explain the capabilities of this RangeMax" NEXT wireless modem router further: Imagine connecting to the Internet from anywhere in the house, without a cable. Then imagine everyone in the house connecting at the same time, and all doing things online or over the network - all at the same time: Watching a Hi-Definition video or TV programme in the living room, browsing the Internet in the study, playing online games in the den, downloading MP3 music from the dining room - all at the same time. This is what RangeMax" NEXT is capable of, all over a single home.

The DG834N Wireless Modem Router utilises a technology called 'Steady-Stream', which ensures your wireless network offers a steady constant connection, with sufficient bandwidth available to stream, download, browse the Internet and transfer files all at the same time. With RangeMax NEXT you should not experience any more frustrating interruptions or freezes, just a constant connection that enables you and your household to use the Internet and wireless network as you choose, whenever you choose. Touchless WiFi Security makes creating the highest level of network security easy and includes industry standard wireless encryption standards for you to choose from: WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK. These security features enable you to 'lock-down' your home wireless network, protecting you against unwanted intruders. For further information on securing your wireless network.

Product Description

Experience the NEXT generation up to 270Mbps wireless networking: -Simultaneously stream HD video, play games online, make internet phone calls and surf the web without wires. -Share your Broadband internet connection simply and securely. -Easy setup with Smart Wizard© installation CD. -Use with RangeMax Next Wireless-N adapters for maximum performance. Features:-Advanced Wireless-N technology delivers exceptional range and speed. -Perfect for multiple users, multiple rooms, and multimedia streaming. -Up to 15x the speed and 10x the coverage of Wireless-G technologyÿ. -Double firewall and wireless encryption protects your network and data. -Supports Windows© Vista. Multiple smart internal antennas:-Preset internal antennas take the guessworkout of set-up. -Pre-tuned for optimal wireless performance. -Protected from damage and misalignment.FeatureProduct FeaturesWeight & dimensionsDimensions W x D x H225.5 x 172 x 39mm Weight5600g Data transmissionMaximum data transfer rate0.27Gbit/s SecurityFirewall securityNAT, SPI, DoS Authentication methodMAC Security algorithm supportedWEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK VPN supportIPSec, L2TP, PPTP FilteringURL Wireless LAN featuresWLAN connectionY Bandwidth2.4GHz System requirementsMinimum system requirements-ADSL Internet service. -2.4 GHz 802.11n draft specification adapter, 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/ g wireless adapter.-Internet Explorer¶©. NetworkingConnectivity technologyWireless Supports ISDN connectionN Networking featuresWLAN, ADSL2+ Operating system/softwareBundled softwareSmart Wizard Compatible operating systemsMicrosoft¶© Windows¶© 98SE, Me, 2000, XP,Mac¶© OS, UNIX¶©, Linux¶©. CertificatesCompliance industry standardsIEEE802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b ADSL featuresADSL connectionY ADSL specificationITU 992.1, ITU 992.2, ITU 992.3 ADSL2, ITU 992.5 ADSL2+

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of your neighbour's routers 7 Oct 2006
I bought this as a plug-in replacement for my excellent Netgear DG824M so installation took literally a few minutes, just a matter of switching on, plugging in the phone line, connecting to the router and entering the broadband username (no password needed with BT). I got 54Mb connections and configurgured the security and it was great. Until I powered it off and restrarted it. Then network speed dropped to 1Mb or less, the range was terrible and I was cursing the unreliable heap of junk. I thought the power cycle had blown something inside.

It hadn't; here was the problem. There are two other networks in range on channel 6 the interference seriously screwed this up. I changed the channel from 6 to 4, and it was back to to 54Mb and full strength.

This is more powerful than the DG824M but not dramatically so. My home PCs around the house used to connect at 24-36 MB and now they connect at 54Mb (with the original cards). Beware though, this router won't connect at 108 Mb, the maximum on 802.11g is 54 Mbs. That's a technical 'feature'.

I installed the WN511B Rangemax card and it did indeed connect at 270 Mb and runs at high speed in the garage behind a few walls, which the old combination didn't. Overall I reckon this combination has increased my usable range by about 50%.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I have had this unit since it came out ages ago. I have never had any problems with it apart from having to move channels due to a number of close wireless routers using the same default channel 6 (I moved it to channel 2 as noted below).
I very occasionally have to restart it (a few times a year), but it has been much more reliable than my previous wireless router in this regard (runs cooler too). Big new is they have just upgraded it to DRAFT 2.0 standard and brough in some nifty new features (see the netgear downloads website) . So apart from from VPN it has every thing I could possibly want. PRE-N Draft 2 is a bit of a gamble, but from what I read if it can be made draft 2 compliant then it should be capable of the full standard when it comes out. When setting up do make sure you have a wireless channel to yourself in your neighbourhood.

Note: I intially had mine set to Channel 6 (default) and was only getting 1-5.5mb connection one floor down from the router using my laptop. I then changed to channel 4 and was getting 170mb and all was fine until someone installed another router locally and kept on knocking me off my connection. So now I am on channel 2 getting 270mb connection even one floor away, Though the ultimate range is not much better that my previous wireless router.
The good points are:
It is easy to setup, is quite comunicative about problems and seems to be much quicker to reboot after any changes than my older unit. Also ultimate range is a bit more.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin....and more! 28 July 2006
This router does exactly what it says on the tin but to get the best out of it you do need to buy the network cards to go with it as the whole system is almost proprietary . It does work well with legacy equipment but performance is limited though set up was a breeze in all cases, I have never finished an installation with so little effort or head scratching. The pci card is so much better in pure performance terms than the pcmcia card and the proof of the pudding can be summarised in three areas, extended range, very fast throughput and is a doddle to set up. Its not cheap but once you have recovered from the hole in your pocket reliable fast wireless is a joy to use. It looks good too!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Does what it says on the tin' 11 Feb 2007
Have used Netgear equipment before with no problems. This item was no exception. Looks good, runs cool and gives great wifi coverage. Now have two iMacs and a DS Lite sharing the broadband connection flawlessly.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a word of warning for upgraders from an 834g... 16 July 2007
If you're planning to upgrade an existing Netgear 834g modem router with the Netgear 834n version then please be advised that the 834n did not give me any more range as its 2.5yrs old predecessor. It claims on the package that it gives you "15x the speed and 10x the coverage of a 'g' product". I did not experience this at all. I am an IT professional and gave the product a very good shot for a day, but then decided to return it.

My advice: if this is your first WLAN modem/router, then you can't go wrong. If you're an upgrader, shop around more. I looked at this product as I needed more range coverage. The 834n did not provide this. It covered some areas better than my trusty 834g, but some others were complete black spots, whilst in some rooms the old 834g still ruled. I couldn't see an improvement to justify spending all the money on this. This is also mirrored by some reviews on the web.

Setup was easy for me - very similar to the way how the 834g was set up, so no problem there. But in my view this product promises something it can not achieve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reliable, fast router 26 Mar 2007
I've had the DG834N for about 8 months now - it's been pretty good overall. I had a problem with accessing google.co.uk but a firmware upgrade fixed this.

Positives: Looks great, reliable, fast wireless speed, doesn't drop connections, easy to use interface, works with AOL (so do all ADSL routers), WPA2 security, compatible with all 802.11g/b cards.

Negatives: Only a 100mbps switch for wired connections(no gigabit), it's pre-N (meaning the 802.11n standard has yet to be finalized, it may not be compatible with future non-netgear 802.11n cards), you only get the 270mbps speed if you buy a netgear rangemaxNext wireless card.

I've been a bit disappointed with the wireless range, it goes about the same distance as my old Thomson 802.11b router, albeit at faster speed. I also seem to only get the full 270mbps when I'm in the same room as the router. However, this could be due to the construction of my building.

If you need a new router today, get it. If it's not urgent, wait for 802.11n to be finalised, probably in late 2008.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Netgear DG834N RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL Modem, Router.
Experience the NEXT generation up to 270Mbps wireless networking: -Simultaneously stream HD video, play games online, make internet phone calls and surf the web without wires. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sid
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been amazing...but
Now i have had my trusty old Netgear D834G for a long time now and have never had any problems with it. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by A R Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good router
I believe the reason why there are so many ratings of 1 is because:
a) they had some expectations that were not met, or

b) they got a faulty model. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Ubayd
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Great router. Very easy to set up. Excellent build quality with very stable signal... AND FAST !!! Well worth the money. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Daniel Torridon
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful and unreliable
Besides the decent netgear web interface, this router is awful. Devices of all sort report weak signals right next to the router. Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by Abdulaziz M. Sharif
1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere! Not completely useless, but pretty awful
A pretty dire offering from Netgear. Setting to N speeds causes the network to disappear a few times a day, with the only solution being to reboot the router. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by Mr. J. Littlejohn
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst router
i first bought this in dec 2007. in four months i have had to get a replacement. but last couple of months i have been getting intermittent wireless connection. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2009 by Mrs. Zulia N. Chowdhury
1.0 out of 5 stars Red Light of Death
Well I'm going to keep this short because talking too much about this router will just bring up bad memories. Read more
Published on 24 July 2009 by Andrew Baisden
1.0 out of 5 stars Netgear no more!
I bought this about 2 years ago.
Worked beautifully for about 2 months.
I discovered that an updated firmware was available for download from Netgear's site. Read more
Published on 22 July 2009 by chub
1.0 out of 5 stars This product is rubbish
As stated in other reviews this product is utter rubbish. The two main problems are :-

1. The wireless coverage is *not* 10X better than 834G even with adapters. Read more
Published on 15 July 2009 by btony2
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