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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

Parameter

Characteristics

Wireless standard

- IEEE 802.11b/g
- IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Encoding standard

- WEP
- WPA
- WPA2

Antenna

- external dipole antennas
- internal IF (Inverted-F) antenna

Signal modulation

- OFDM
- PSK/CCK
- DQPSK
- DBPSK

Operating frequency

2.4 - 2.5 GHz

Nominal data
transfer rate

- 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps;
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps;
- 802.11n (20MHz): 13, 26, 39, 52, 78, 104, 117, 130;
- 802.11n (40MHz): 27, 54, 81, 108, 162, 216, 243, 270.

Transmit power

- 802.11g: 14~16dBm (at normal temp. range)
- 802.11b: 16~18dBm (at normal temp. range)
- 802.11n: 2x2 16dBm +/- 1.5dBm (at normal temp. range)

Sensitivity

-74~-75dBm@54Mbps
-87~-88dBm@11Mbps
-95~-97dBm@1Mbps (at normal temp. range)

Operating channels

14 Japan , 13 Europe (ETSI), 3 (non-overlapping)

WAN

ADSL 2/2+ port

Supported types of
ADSL modulation

- ITU 992.1 (G.dmt) Annex A
- ITU 992.2 (G.lite)
- ITU 992.3 ADSL2 (G.dmt.bis)
- ITU 992.5 ADSL2+

LAN

4 RJ-45 (10/100 BaseT) Fast Ethernet
10/100 Mb/s ports with auto crossover

Other interfaces

None

Power

External 12V power supply unit

Dimensions

225.5 x 172 x 39 mm

Weight

560g

Additional features

none

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
  • Stand
  • Splitter
  • 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.

 
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