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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Focus on the Netgear DG834G

Netgear DG834G Wireless ADSL Firewall Router

5 in 1: Modem, router, firewall, 4-port switch & wireless access point

No need for separate modem; plugs directly into ADSL line
Easily share ADSL connection with all office or home computers
Compatible with 802.11b wireless networks
True Firewall & WPA-PSK encryption protects against intruders

Once connnected to an ADSL enabled phone line the setup wizzard is very good at auto detecting the correct settings. From plugging in I had this router up and running in less than 10 minutes. Router is easy to setup, nice and fast and has a adequate wireless strenght/range.

On a more advanced level the router has all the usual options you would expect to see like DMZ server, respond to ping, MTU size, LAN ip setup, DHCP setup, Remote managment, Static routes, UPnP etc.

For those who want to get a little more technical when troubleshooting an unstable connection there are diagnostic tools like ping, DND lookup, routing table and the ability to reboot the router. The router status and statistics pages give plenty of useful information including invaluable line attenuation and noise margin values (not all routers give these).

The content filtering gives you options for site blocking, logs, parental controls and firewall rules. One big mark against this router is the fact that port forwarding is now part of the rule based firewall and does not work, basicaly blocking incoming traffic to the ports selected. Looking on several forums these issuses have been reported on various versions of this model with some firmware fixes helping and others not.

As with all netgear routers it has built in support for dynamic DNS which is great for finding your router from the internet even if your IP address is dynamic.

In short this is an easily configured router with some nice features, its reliable and maintains a stable connection, is compact and looks stylish. A good buy for a home user or small office with little or no services hosted on the LAN side.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

ISPs Offering 8+ meg Broadband

Bulldog are now offering "DoubleSpeed" broadband with speeds up to 16 meg. The packages also offer upload speeds of 1 meg with either capped usage or unlimited as well as the usual email and web-space services. 12 month contract on this one as well as having to be tied to their phone system too.

Be have a 24 meg service with a 1.3 meg upload speed and unlimited usage. Package comes with a free modem but email and web-space is a chargeable extra. They seem to block incoming on port 25 so you cant run your own maul server, although this probably wont be an issue for most people it does raise the question of what other ports do they block? 3 months notice to cancel on this one.

UK Online up to 22 meg service has an upload speed of 786k and unlimited usage. Package forces you to buy their Netgear wireless modem for the 22 meg service but not for their 8 meg one. Email address and 100mb of web-space on this one, however you are tied into a 12 month contract and have to pay the connection charge.

So overall a bit rubbish really, there seems to be be either restrictions, long contracts or forcing you to buy equipment you probably don't need. My advice is stick with a service that has a short term contract, there's always going to be a good deal round the corner. Bide your time, 8+ meg broadband with 1 month contract and no caps or sneak charges will be available soon.

Friday, May 26, 2006

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