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Logging features aren't fancy, and only record web sites visited and blocked. But as you can see from Figure 8, log entries for blocked sites indicate only the keyword triggered and not the URL that was attempted.

You can view, clear, refresh, and immediately send the log to one designated email address, or schedule the emailing of the log on an hourly, daily, weekly, or "when full" basis. Immediate email alerts can also be sent when a visit is attempted to a blocked site. Unfortunately, I didn't receive a single email from either the alert feature or when I trigged a log send manually.

NETGEAR WPN824 - Logging screen

Figure 8: Logging
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The 824 has a few other features that I haven't mentioned, such as:

  • you can set the router's MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value (useful in getting some PPPoE-based connections to work)
  • you can set and view 8 static routes (useful in networks that have more than one subnet)
  • dynamic routing protocols RIP1, and RIP 2B, and RIP 2M are supported
  • you can enable the router to respond to WAN ping requests (this is disabled by default, which is good security practice)
  • dynamic DNS support is built-in for using dyndns.org
  • you can save and restore router configuration settings

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