Netgear Wireless Routers Capabilities

By: Dean Forster

With the fast development of wireless technologies, more and more people are migrating from wired networks to wireless setups. They eliminate many problems and issues, such as a difficulty in setting up and a large number of cables lying around. There is only one small cable, from the Internet to the wireless router instead of dozens of meters of cables in the case of wired network setups. If you want to connect two computers in a wireless network, you only need to have capable devices. However, if you need to connect several computers to the Internet you will need a wireless router. There are many router models on the market, but many manufacturers include functions that you will never use. If you need just the basic router capabilities, the Neatgear WGT624 wireless router can represent the perfect choice for you. This router is compatible with the latest standard, 802.11g specifications. Compared to other routers that claim to be compatible with the future wireless standard, the 802.11n specifications, but in fact support it together with one or two network adapter cards, the Netgear WGT624 wireless router is fully compatible with all wireless cards supporting the 802.11g specification.

In independent tests carried out by prestigious web pages, the WGT624 was considered a good performer, reaching its maximum claimed speed and range. Due to its transmitter that boosts a power of 15dBm +/- 2dB, it can send and receive at full 802.11g speeds within a radius of 100 feet. The Netgear WGT624 is fully compatible with the latest WPA security and WEP encryption protocols and it has drivers for major Linux distributions and all Windows versions. Netgear also has promised Mac OS support in the near future, making it a universal wireless router. Netgear includes necessary documentation so you can install and configure it out of the box. The router box also has a demo version of the Trend Micro Home Network Security program, allowing you to secure your wireless network and to use it freely for a trial period. This security program comes on top of the router's NAT and Stateful packet inspecting firewall included by the manufacturer.

If you look inside the Netgear WGT624 wireless router, you will find a Atheros chipset used for its 802.11g capabilities and it incorporates Netgear's XR technology for increased signal strength and maximum speed. Netgear also offers its WGR614 entry-level router. Its smaller brother has the same specifications (it is fully compatible with the 802.11g standard), but users have reported that the unit behaves slower in a network that has both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless network cards. Even if it is the smaller unit in the range, the Netgear WGR614 wireless router contains the same security features as its older brother, making it the perfect solution for small office and home networking.

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