Product- Netgear WGR614 v9 Wireless Router (Without ADSL modem)
Price- 1700 INR with bill & warranty.
Pros- Price, Signal range(in this price range), Looks, Data transfer speed.
Cons-The antenna can’t be detached as a result more powerful antenna can’t be used. However you can find various ways to increase the signal range on the internet which I am not going to discuss here.
The Netgear WGR614 v9 is a sleek device & the build quality is very good. It beats any other router in looks and boasts of some great features. It is a 802.11g compliant device. The router has web interface for setting up the Internet/LAN connection. The interface is clean & easy to understand. The device did not heat up & hung up as claimed in some reviews on the internet. In fact it was a little warm even after 24 hours of usage in summers. I am totally satisfied with Netgear WGR614 v9 & can’t find any reason to complain.
Setting up of my broadband connection was a breeze with the setup wizard. I just had to enter the IP address, Gateway address & DNS addresses & it was ready. The router provides DHCP addressing to the clients which means absolute zero overhead of client configuration. The router has 4 Ethernet ports & supports unlimited wireless connections theoretically. You can view the connected devices in the web interface provided by the router. Port forwarding & triggering, Static routes and UPnP can be defined easily.
The router automatically checks for firmware updates after the login process and if an update is available a message is displayed to download the new version.
Security & Filtering:
You can secure your network with WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK encryption technologies. Securing the network was also a breeze.
Sites & services can also be blocked and you can schedule the network connectivity too.
Wireless Connectivity Range:
The wireless signal range of this router is pretty good. It covers every nook & corner of 225 Sq. Yards home. A couple of points in the building had 1-2 bars of signal available but the internet speed did not suffer. The signal was also available across a 30 feet wide road outside the building. It transferred data at the speed of 2.5 – 3 MB/second when the signal meter had 4-5 bars on a Windows Vista based computer.
The range & data transfer rate is pretty good considering the price of the router.
Antenna- 2 dbi, internal antenna
Ports- 4 ports 10/100 Mbps (auto-sensing) Ethernet, RJ-45
Power switch- No
Detachable antenna- No
Wireless Network Speed- 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, & 54 Mbps (auto rate capable)
Modulation Types- 802.11b: DSSS, CCK, DBPSK, DQPSK, 802.11g: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
Protocols supported- TCP/IP, IPsec, L2TP, NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client & server)
Encryption Supported- Yes. 40-bit (also called 64-bit), 128-bit, WEP encryption, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK
Firewall- Yes. Stateful packet inspection (SPI) and DoS attack protection
Dimensions- 28 x 175 x 118 mm (1.1 x 6.9 x 4.7 in)
Weight- 0.26 kg (0.57 lb)
Power Adaptor- Input: Country specific, Output: 12V, 1.0A
- Wireless-G Router (WGR614v9)
- Setup CD
- Power adapter- Country specific
- Ethernet cable
- Vertical stand
- Warranty/support information card