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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.


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