This article continues our series of reviews of network devices supporting the IEEE 802.11n draft specification. This time it is a Netgear product. This brand doesn’t need special recommendations. The company’s high-quality products have earned it a good reputation in its decade with something of being on the market. Netgear is also taking an active part in developing the IEEE 802.11n standard, so it is no wonder that the company has long been promoting its own network equipment series with support of the draft version of the new wireless communication standard.
The RangeMax NEXT Wireless series includes three devices: WNR834B, WNR854T and DG834N. The first two models are a regular wireless router with support of draft 802.11n and its Gigabit Ethernet version, respectively. The third model is an ADSL router and we’ll discuss it in this article.
The DG834N is a wireless router with an integrated ADSL2+ modem. It is positioned as a high-speed device without extra functionality. Let’s see if the DG834N is indeed as fast as advertised.
Specification and Accessories
- IEEE 802.11b/g
- external dipole antennas
2.4 - 2.5 GHz
- 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps;
- 802.11g: 14~16dBm (at normal temp. range)
14 Japan , 13 Europe (ETSI), 3 (non-overlapping)
ADSL 2/2+ port
Supported types of
- ITU 992.1 (G.dmt) Annex A
4 RJ-45 (10/100 BaseT) Fast Ethernet
External 12V power supply unit
225.5 x 172 x 39 mm
The router’s accessories aren’t numerous, yet include everything you may want to make full use of the DG834N. Here’s what we found in the box:
- DG834N router
- Category 5e cable
- Phone cable
- CD with a user manual and Setup Wizard
- Warranty documentation
- 12V, 1A power adapter
The power adapter is big and becomes hot at work.