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Netgear DG834N RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL Modem, Router.
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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 WizardTM installation is eas
- TouchlessTM WiFi security easily 'locks-down' your network
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Note:Ensure that the factory reset is carried out and then the latest firmware is installed.
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.
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Worked beautifully for about 2 months.
I discovered that an updated firmware was available for download from Netgear's site.
Tried to update the firmware the unit hung. blinking LED show!
It could not boot up. Called helpdesk, after hours of troubleshooting, a replacement was sent.
Except for the 3monthly MSN errors which needed the router to be rebooted, it worked beautifully...until I tried to update the firmware to 1.02.15 this morning. The unit could not boot up again! the 'Power' LED blinks from red to green nothing else.
Called Helpdesk, was told that product is out of warranty. Netgear only provide 90 days FREE technical support from date of purchase. After that we have to either use email support or purchase phone support via 3 options:
- £24 /30min
- £49 for 6 months (which includes support of ALL IT products at home even if not Netgear)
- 12 month option which I think was about £90.
So before they do anything I have to pay them to troubleshoot their new firmware on the hardware made by them. Thats sounds incredibly unreasonable. They may say the unit is faulty and needed to be replaced at a further cost. So I thanked the 'broken record' of a supervisor...
Have ordered a Linksys WAG160N Wireless-N ADSL Modem Router which will set me back £59.99. Will write my thoughts on it's product page when I used it for awhile.
What really annoys me is the Indian helpdesk staff (including a supervisor)It was like talking to a brick wall. Just repeated all I said over and over again....then tell me I have to pay before they can troubleshoot.
Wasted over an hour.
So Netgear can kiss my custom goodbye. Thats not the way to milk money from good honest customers. 90 days!? ..What were they thinking?
Anyway, f anyone knows of a fix please let me know.
Stability and bandwidth speed (both compared to the bebox that be unlimited supplied me with), wireless range etc
A whole series of niggling problems:
1) Blocked sites doesn't work
2) Firewall rules appear to check established connections as well as new connections - the only resolution is to leave all outgoing ports open
3) Event Logging not reliable
4) Display of logs is in a tiny window
5) the router can be configured to send emails - these have an odd date a month in advance
I'm in contact with Netgear support (an 0844 number) re items 1) & 2), but no resolution yet. I know someone else who has the same router, same software version (1.02.08) and blocked sites at least works perfectly ...
I purchased the DG834N with PCI Adapter WN311B saving my self about £40 against retail store prices like PCWorld or Dabs etc.
I remember reading some where on Amazon some customers had problems with the software, I had no problems with the CD software of the DG834N so therefore would recommend using the CD for the DG834N as it makes it a lot easier than doing the set up manually.
Unfortunately I would agree with any customers who purchased the WN311B PCI adapter not to use the software on the CD as it does appear its a bit bugy. I had problems with the software but the hardware it self no problems. You don't need to use the software on the CD for the WN311B as windows will find the drivers etc from windows update. I did experiment with the CD and unexpectantly got it to work.
I would recommend using the CD software to set up the DG834N but set up the WN311B first with out the software.
They work great and I haven't had the problems like I read about in other reviews. Every bodys pc configuration is different so those who did have problems either had a faulty equipment or they have issues on there PC. It can ofcourse take a lot of trial and error to figure out where or what is causing problems.
One time I could not reinstall the software for the WN311B as it would consistantly say it was going to remove the previous installation when I already unistalled it. I searched around the regestry and found the regestry key that was causing the problem and when I deleted it I was able to reinstall the software.
I don't think this problem was the software, I think that I might have had some malware or a virus as Norton Internet Security 2009 several times stoped an attack and after that no more problems.
Highly recommend the DG834N and it deserves 5 stars but 4 stars for the WN311B, and just the one star deducted for bugy software.
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