Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Reviews

Introduction

NOTE: This product has been discontinued.

Netgear RangeMax 240 Wireless Router
Summary 802.11b/g enhanced-wireless router based on 3rd gen Airgo chipset. Reaches peak aggregate throughput over 100Mbps.
Update 3/13/2006 - Added information on original RangeMax and 108 Mbps client interoperability
2/2/2006 - Added note to clarify Table 1 and 2
1/26/2006 - Revised WQS calculation method and posted new charts
Pros • Can achieve > 100Mbps aggregate throughput
• 100Mbps wire-speed routing
Cons • Non-MIMO clients take big throughput hit in mixed WLANs
• Not a good wireless neighbor
• Uncompetitive routing features
• Expensive

NETGEAR WPNT834 RangeMax 240 Wireless Router

Airgo Networks rocked the MIMO world last fall with the announcement of its third generation "True MIMO" chipset that boasts a top raw speed of 240Mbps. The new speed is achieved using Airgo's Adaptive Channel Expansion technology (ACE) that the company says uses a "neighbor friendly" 40 MHz channel.

Netgear wasted no time in getting its WPNT834 RangeMax 240 (RM240) router and WPNT511 CardBus card on store shelves, but also managed to save a copy of each to send to the SmallNetBuilder labs. We found that the product's maximum speed was indeed impressive, topping 100Mbps under the right conditions. But we also saw behavior that does not bode well for use with mixed WLANs and, contrary to Airgo's claims, that won't be particularly welcome by wireless neighbors.

Basic Features

The RM240 comes in the same-sized white plastic enclosure as its first RangeMax router. But the frosted plastic dome that houses the annoyingly bright blue LEDs on the Gen 1 RangeMax router (that is based on antenna technology from Ruckus Wireless and a chipset from Atheros) has been replaced by a sold silver disk embossed with the Netgear logo. Instead, there are three dipole antennas that sprout from the rear panel of the RM240. All three are movable, but only one is attached via an RP-SMA connector - a combination that seemed to be an odd choice.

The backlit front panel icons are bright enough and include link/activity for the four 10/100 LAN ports and one 10/100 Internet (WAN) port. Power, WLAN activity and Test icons round out the indicators. Connectors on the rear panel include four 10/100 LAN ports, one 10/100 WAN port and a power jack. All ports are auto MDI / MDI-X which means they'll figure out how to connect to whatever you plug into them. There's also a reset-to-factory-defaults switch on the back panel in case you need it.

Ever since wireless products started specifying speeds above 100Mbps, I've been asking manufacturers as to the whereabouts of their gigabit Ethernet ports. Netgear's reply was something along the lines that the RM240 isn't intended to supply its super-speedy bit goodness on an individual port basis. Instead, the pitch is that aggregate 100Mbps+ throughput, i.e. across a number of ports, is what Netgear's intending to supply. More on this later when we walk through the Throughput testing.

More Wireless

Zyxel logo

Wi-Fi Mesh System Secrets - Here's how to get the most out of your whole home mesh WiFi system.

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out the new Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Featured Sponsors



Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

Is it possible to control LAN access via iptables? I have a bunch of IOT devices that I want to access the internet and (and this is the kicker) accep...
I have a pfSense box and need an 8-16 port managed switch to configure VLANS on both a wired network and a wireless AP. I would strongly prefer a POE ...
I recently enabled the statistics for traffic analyzer, and in the list of clients I was seeing this mac address I couldn't find on my network , I fou...
just a quick question, I have an rt-ac56u with 378.55 firmware on it, is it possible to update from 378.55 to 384.5 or is this too much of a jump??
HelloSorry if this is a repost of the same topic somewhere else.Im having issues when looking for devices at the traffic analizer page. I can see all ...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3