Netgear WNR834B RangeMax Next Router
Manufacturer: NetGear Part number: WNR834B
- Bottom Line:
- Though its maximum throughput is solid and its speed at long range is respectable, the Netgear WNR834B's mixed-mode speed is not. Save your cash until more Draft N routers make it through CNET Labs.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $139.00
- Reviewed by: Stephanie Bruzzese
- Edited by: Felisa Yang
- Reviewed on: 05/03/2006
- Released on: 04/13/2006
The good: Among the Netgear WNR834B's benefits are satisfying maximum throughput, a slick design, simple setup, comprehensive documentation, and tight security capabilities.
The bad: The Netgear WNR834B is one of the more expensive new Draft N routers around, and it takes a big speed hit in mixed-mode environments. Also, you can't adjust its antennas, since they're located inside the case.
The bottom line: Though its maximum throughput is solid and its speed at long range is respectable, the Netgear WNR834B's mixed-mode speed is not. Save your cash until more Draft N routers make it through CNET Labs.
by amcinnes on November 17, 2007
Pros: looks nice (irony)
Cons: everything else
Summary: Never purchase this dog! I bought this to replace a broken belkin pre n router and what a disaster, range is abysmal, firmware is rubbish and it kept dropping connections. ...
Summary: Never purchase this dog! I bought this to replace a broken belkin pre n router and what a disaster, range is abysmal, firmware is rubbish and it kept dropping connections. When you unplug the thing it develops a power fault and then you have to wait ten minutes before powering on again.
I went out and bough the Belkin N1 router and now have perfect cover. I connected it to a d link gateway but that is another story ( suffice to say do not buy dling either)
The worst router I have used to date
by ktbeckford on November 3, 2007
Pros: Good throughput
Cons: Inconsistent performance
Summary: I had high expectations for this router but I was severely disappointed. I had problems streaming video with this router from my Buffalo Link station. This worked much better with ...
Summary: I had high expectations for this router but I was severely disappointed. I had problems streaming video with this router from my Buffalo Link station. This worked much better with the Netgear WGR614 Wireless G Router a lesser and much cheaper product. In addition, the router broke in about 5 months. I got a replacement from Netgear and I had to unplug it every day when I needed to connect to it from my laptop. It also broke in about 6 months. Netgear really dropped the ball on this one and I hope it's not a refection the company's direction.
GREAT - SEXY LOOK
by shayn5255 on October 21, 2007
Pros: SOLID ROUTER, Great DISPLAY, never conked out on me
Cons: No external antenna, lights are too bright.
Summary: I have used many different routers. This is the best one I have used yet, seriously I have a brick wall dividing my house and this router penatrates through it, ...
Summary: I have used many different routers. This is the best one I have used yet, seriously I have a brick wall dividing my house and this router penatrates through it, and for the price how can I have gone wrong, it was easy to setup, very simple!! Not a problem with the wireless as of yet. Got four computers running of it and haven't notice any lag in networking as of yet. LOVE IT.
Fast, Easy to Setup.
by bunkey91405 on September 29, 2007
Pros: Speed, Many Features.
Cons: Learning Curve, If You Have Problems.
Summary: You should spend time learning this router. I had to set my DSL phone line modem to bridge mode to let the router handle firewall and PPoE sign in. Firmware ...
Summary: You should spend time learning this router. I had to set my DSL phone line modem to bridge mode to let the router handle firewall and PPoE sign in. Firmware upgrade requires reset right after completion, puts settings back to default. The NetGear PCI Smart Wizard software clashed with other software during bootup and was corrupted. Re-installed it and used Windows for connection configuration to correct poor performance and internet connection loss.Updated
If you are connecting to older B or G WiFi cards you should pick a channel on the router, rather than auto function. You should scan for networks several times a day for one or two days. I found 6 to 8 networks present, the strongest on high numbered channels. I first used channel 5, which didn't work well and went to channel 3 with excellent results. Had problems with the Smart Wizard Software for the card on Windows Wireless Configuration. Uninstalled the software and pulled the card from the system and did a new "first time" install of both. Used the Smart Wizard for the connection setup and it worked with no further problems. Go figure.
Didn't even work out of the box
by ksattic on September 23, 2007
Pros: Good specifications
Cons: Shame the unit can't be used
Summary: I originally bought the gigabit version of this router, but returned it after discovering that it did not support QoS, despite Circuit City telling me otherwise, whereas the WNR834B does....
Summary: I originally bought the gigabit version of this router, but returned it after discovering that it did not support QoS, despite Circuit City telling me otherwise, whereas the WNR834B does.
Out of the box, I couldn't connect with wireless using any mode. One firmware update later, and I could connect on b/g mode only, and not with the 130mbps mixed mode (using an open network to rule out encryption problems). Connections were dropped continually and throughput was lower than my Netgear Rangemax (by about 30% from my measurements). The next day, it stopped working with wireless altogether! I'm glad I can return this. Netgear is a brand I will avoid in future.
Netgear WNR834B Great Wireless Router!
by techgorilla on August 31, 2007
Pros: Super fast even on the old B & G. Alot faster then the old B & G Router that i had. i give it a A+. i paid only 50 plus shipping :)
Summary: Netgear WNR834B RangeMax Next Router is a great router had no probles setting it up at all. worked right out of box! Super Fast on b & g ..well buy ...
Summary: Netgear WNR834B RangeMax Next Router is a great router had no probles setting it up at all. worked right out of box! Super Fast on b & g ..well buy again.
firmware i am using is Version 18.104.22.168 Jun 28, 2007 WNR834B How NETGEAR's RangeMax™ Improves on Existing 802.11 Technology
RangeMax has better range and throughput than most previous wireless products. The main advantages:
The RangeMax WPN824 router, using the WPN511 adapter designed especially for it, has outstanding performance: high throughput from the router to the adapter of up to 50 Mbps. That's a critical factor for video and high speed streaming.
The range is up to 500 feet. Unlike conventional technology, RangeMax has full performance at very close range — as close as 6 inches!
The WPN824 router is easier to set up than a standard wireless router: There are no antennas to deploy or screw, no need to orientate antennas, no need to orientate the device, and no risk of breaking the antenna or antenna cable. Just put it in a open space, elevate 3 inches, and it's ready to go! NETGEAR finds there are fewer driver and other conflicts than with other MIMO technology, and that installation is much easier.
RangeMax has better performance than other MIMO products in noisy environments, such as areas crowded with networks or 2.5 GHz phones.
There are more configuration options than other MIMO, so that you can handle unusual situations, if they ever come up.
RangeMax constantly updates the antenna pattern for best performance to fit your environment. The WPN824 router, with internal antennas, can configure antenna power in 127 configurations, choosing the best one for every single packet going from the router to clients.
The technology is simpler than spatial multiplexing MIMO, which means less cost and less power consumption (only 6 watts for the router at full power). Unlike some MIMO technologies, RangeMax works on any frequency channel 1-13, (that's permitted in your country). RangeMax is unaffected by local objects moving, while MIMO technology throughput can drop 40 Mbps — to very poor performance!
The WPN802 access point can be added to a network without replacing your existing router. The WPN802 access point technology is similar to the WPN824 router technology.
What Adapters Benefit from RangeMax Routers and Access Points?
It's best to use RangeMax adapters: WPN511, WPNT511, or WPN311, however, earlier adapters using SuperG, TurboG, 11g/11b WIFI or CentrinoTM technologies will also get increased performance.
Standard 802.11g and 802.11b. Especially good performance with NETGEAR adapters such as WG511U, WG311T, and WAG511.
Good performance with other Centrino and WIFI 802.11g and 802.11b adapters.
Good performance with Atheros-based Turbo G, XR technology
Good performance with any Atheros-based SuperG
hope this help everyone that is looking for a new router. when CNet Reviews took a look a the Netgear WNR834B it was the very 1st to go out the customers "RTM" Released to the media the router had bugs. but now all the bugs are gone and this router rocks!
No problems and i have had it for more than 7 mo
by popo7676 on August 27, 2007
Pros: Very fast, Easy setup, No probs with this Netgear
Cons: Price.. unless u know where to look
Summary: I have had this router for almost 7 months now and have had no problems. Wireless is amazing. And i am very surprised with this Netgear. i have had 2 ...
Summary: I have had this router for almost 7 months now and have had no problems. Wireless is amazing. And i am very surprised with this Netgear. i have had 2 other Netgear's (WGR614,WGT624)and both were horrible but this one has made up for it.
works in 15 minutes, including upgrade firmware
by zhengliu on August 24, 2007
Pros: encryption, other features and longer range
Cons: bulky, nothing really
Summary: I bought a refurbished WNR834B from a local store. So far I have not encounter any problems. First thing I did was again upgrade to latest firm ware. I didn'...
Summary: I bought a refurbished WNR834B from a local store. So far I have not encounter any problems. First thing I did was again upgrade to latest firm ware. I didn't want to waste time to work with older generation buggy firmware and call tech support (useless). I don't have N wireless card to work with this router, which means I am not able to test anything beyond 54Mbs. This router does have better range then my older B router. The my notebook computer is showing 54Mbs sometimes. I have only used this for a couple of weeks so I am not sure how reliable it is. My old netgear B router 814 works 6 years and still running strong. I hope this one can do it again.There are ver1 and ver2 for this router. Make sure you are getting ver2. I found that ver1 cut my VPN connection from time to time. ver2 is ok so far.
Updated on Jul 15, 2009
Bad hardware and software with a good concept! Don't buy!
by bitterjava on August 14, 2007
Pros: Easy functionality and configuration interface.
Cons: Crash constantly, buggy firmware and software, you can easily spent hours troubleshooting this thing.
Summary: I can deal with buggy software and firmwares but I can't deal with constant crashing and mysterious loss of internet connection. Its been only a bit over a month ...
Summary: I can deal with buggy software and firmwares but I can't deal with constant crashing and mysterious loss of internet connection. Its been only a bit over a month and the router will crash several times a week. Two days ago it just all of sudden cuts off internet connection all together. After many hours of troubleshooting, I found that the problem is with the firmware where as soon as you set Wireless security on the router, it will not get an IP from the ISP. I tried this with a different cable modem, a DSL modem to eliminate a modem problem. Do not buy this product. Get a linksys, you will be much better off.
Avoid at all Costs
by mleafty on July 12, 2007
Pros: Pretty white box, nice paperweight
Cons: Operation, tech support, manufacturer's willingness to support
Summary: I purchased the router with seven 311 access cards, for use on computers that interface with financial websites. Router would NOT allow connections--unplug the router and it works fine. Seems ...
Summary: I purchased the router with seven 311 access cards, for use on computers that interface with financial websites. Router would NOT allow connections--unplug the router and it works fine. Seems there is a firmware problem. Tech Support is worse than banging your head against the wall. First they send you to morans in India, where accent and common sense stretch your ability to get anything accomplished, after 45 min on the phone to re-confirm the data registration. Then stupid questions that make you sure that Netgear wants you to figure it out for yourself long before you finish the phone call. If your problem persists, then you are sent to tech support in the Phillipines, where again you wonder how these people were ever hired. If your problem still persists, you may get the phone number for tech support in the US--where they claim to either fix your problem or give a refund. That is until they hear that you bought more than one. Then another sorry excuse about they are unable to give refunds. Some phone calls to tech support have lasted over 4 hours, with NO resolution. If you are intent on throwing your money away, let me give you a post office box.....
- Manufacturer: NetGear
- Part number: WNR834B
- Description: RangeMax NEXT extends the possibilities of your wireless home network by providing a Steady-Stream of up to 270 Mbps, and is compliant with draft 802.11n. This next generation wireless standard utilizes advanced MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) technology, which delivers incredible speed and range, and for the first time provides wireless interoperability at the highest speeds with other products with InteNsi-fi. A RangeMax NEXT wireless network creates and maintains stable connections and enough bandwidth to surf the Internet, download MP3s, make Internet phone calls, share files, play network games, and stream high-definition videos, simultaneously at any distance or location in the home or office. Because RangeMax NEXT is compatible with all legacy b and g wireless products, you are sure to be connected. Preset internal antennas and draft 11n-True-Test high-performance testing and tuning, provides maximum performance and high-quality streaming every time. Touchless WiFi Security makes creating the highest level of network security easy and includes WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Compatible Slots None
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
IEEE 802.11n (draft),
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Data Transfer Rate 270 Mbps
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- Features MIMO technology ,
Intrusion Detection System (IDS) ,
DoS attack prevention ,
Firewall protection ,
URL filtering ,
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) ,
- Built-in Devices Antenna
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45,
WAN : 1 x RJ-45
- Wireless Capability This product uses the draft version of the upcoming 802.11n standard. Its compatibility with other and future products is not guaranteed, and it may interfere with current 802.11b and g products.
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.11n (draft)
- Included Accessories Vertical stand
- Microsoft Certifications Works with Windows Vista
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Novell NetWare,
Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 6.8 in
- Depth 1.5 in
- Height 8.8 in
- Weight 1.3 lbs
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
- CNET Labs long-range tests (in Mbps) 32
- CNET Labs maximum throughput tests (at 10 feet, in Mbps) 72.7
- CNET Labs maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N, MIMO clients (at 10 feet, in Mbps) 46