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Introduction

Netgear RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router - Gigabit Edition

At a Glance
Product Netgear RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router - Gigabit Edition (WNR834B)
Netgear RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Notebook Adapter (WN511B)
Summary Broadcom-based Wi-Fi Certified 802.11n Draft 2.0 router with 10/100 WAN and LAN supporting WDS repeating.
Pros • Four-level priority-based QoS and WMM support
• WDS bridging/repeating
Cons • 2.4 GHz band only
• Not neighbor-friendly in "up to 270Mbps" mode

In this review, we'll look at Netgear's "entry level" draft 11n router, the WNR834B. Since Netgear has tried to make the 834B and its gigabit sibling the WNR854T (reviewed here) as similar as possible in function and form, I won't be spending a lot of time on those product attributes. I'll try to stick to pointing out only the differences and mainly focus on routing and wireless performance.

The 834B is designed to sit upright—the better to position its three internal fixed-position dipole antennas. The front panel status lights (Figure 1) again use backlit icons and color to indicate 10 or 100 Mbps LAN connection.

WNR834B Front Panel

Figure 1: WNR834B Front Panel

The rear panel layout (Figure 2) is virtually identical to the 854T's except that all ports are auto MDI / MDI-X 10/100 vs. 10/100/1000/.

WNR834B Rear Panel

Figure 2: WNR834B Rear Panel

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