Instead of my usual whining about Netgear's refusal to upgrade its routing features, I'll actually give a few attaboys this time!
The first is for the inclusion of QoS. Although it's not the automatic flavor found in the D-Link DIR-655, you do get an extensive list of applications already built-in. You can also add your own, by defining the ports to watch and assigning one of four priority levels. Note the WMM Enable, which is missing on the 854T.
Figure 5: QoS Setup
The second attaboy is actually a big one, since the 834Bv2 is the first draft 11n router to feature WDS bridging / repeating (Figure 6). I didn't try it out, so can't say whether it actually works.
Figure 6: Wireless Repeating
The other notable routing section improvement is, unfortunately, for Vista users only. The Vista Settings screen provides access to Microsoft's version of the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) automatic secure setup function. It's too bad that Netgear didn't also include support for WPS for the rest of us...
Figure 7: Vista settings
But along with the good, there are still features among the missing:
No Router / AP mode switch - If you already have a router and just want to use the wireless section on the 834B, you'll have to use this trick.
Secure remote access - Remote access is HTTP only, but you can limit access by IP address range and set the port number.
Admin idle timeout adjust - One of my personal annoyances. The timeout appears to be fixed at around 5 minutes.
Fast admin change saves - You must save changes on a per-page basis and be prepared to wait almost a minute for the 834B to reboot for many changes.