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The 834B takes the same "simpler-is-better" approach to wireless settings as the 854T, as shown in Figure 9. The router defaults to using its legacy-friendly 20 MHz channel mode, which is called Up to 130 Mbps, in order to meet Wi-Fi Draft 2.0 certification requirements. The other Mode settings are b and g and g only for legacy 11b/g operation and Up to 270 Mbps, which puts the 834B into an auto 20/40 MHz channel bandwidth mode for maximum throughput.

Wireless settings

Figure 9: Wireless settings
Tip! Tip: The 40 MHz mode Extension channel is always located four channels away from the Primary Channel. So if the channel is set to 1, the Extension channel will be set to 5. Note that for higher Primary channels where the Extension channel would be higher than 11, the Extension "wraps around" to be 4 channels below the Primary.

Channel selection defaults to Auto, or you can set the channel of your choice. You have no control over the primary and extension channels when using the Up to 270 Mbps mode. But the Router Status page reports correctly reports both primary and extension channels when set to the 270 Mbps mode.

For security, WEP, WPA and WPA2 are all supported, including a mixed WPA/WPA2 mode. Only the PSK forms of WPA/2 are supported and, as noted previously, WPS is not—unless you're running Vista.

The Advanced Wireless settings contain just the usual Fragmentation and CTS/RTS Threshold controls found on many wireless routers. There are no controls related to draft 11n or even 11g protection as far as I could tell. MAC address filters are provided via the Wireless Card Access List feature.

There are still missing wireless controls, however, including:

  • Transmit rate
  • Transmit power
  • Base advertised rate
  • Client isolation

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