NETGEAR WPN824 RangeMax Wireless Router

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This is the first time I have written a product review. But I was so skeptical that any wireless router was going to solve my dead spots and poor connections in my home that when this did, I feel like I have to let others know. I was convinced that my home is an electromagnetic black hole because I have difficulties with every device I have in the house. My wireless laptop had great connection with other Netgear routers in every other environment but my house. I replaced my router with a Netgear WGR 614 (g) in the fall, 2004 and my connectivity was still unreliable. I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 with an internal wireless card. Unless I was within 15 feet of the router, my connection would fade in and out and when it was in, it would only transmit at 3-5 mbps. Needless to say, my wireless experience was disappointing at best. The claims of this Rangemax seemed too good to be true. But it is true! It was easy to set up (even for a mom!) with the included set-up wizard on CD-ROM. And now I can move all over the house, in the yard, near the home entertainment center, near the laundry appliances (lots of metal which killed my signal before) and I keep a strong signal and the speed is never lower than 18 mbps! Awesome! And I'm still using the internal wireless card. At first I thought the price was a little much considering my current router was less than a year old, but it was worth every penny. If you're having connectivity problems, give it a try!

-Jan Broomall quote

I have been blown away by the product. Not only was the setup wizard easy to go through (I'm not a techie) but the product itself has surpassed my expectations. I'm not getting of any wireless performance degradation through the many walls in my house. (2 story) The range of the RangeMax eclipses the range of my old wireless router. I am free to roam to any corner of the house!!!

-Anonymous quote

It solved my wireless dificulties!

by Jan Broomall on 7/4/2005

This is the first time I have written a product review. But I was so skeptical that any wireless router was going to solve my dead spots and poor connections in my home that when this did, I feel like I have to let others know. I was convinced that my home is an electromagnetic black hole because I have difficulties with every device I have in the house. My wireless laptop had great connection with other Netgear routers in every other environment but my house. I replaced my router with a Netgear WGR 614 (g) in the fall, 2004 and my connectivity was still unreliable. I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 with an internal wireless card. Unless I was within 15 feet of the router, my connection would fade in and out and when it was in, it would only transmit at 3-5 mbps. Needless to say, my wireless experience was disappointing at best. The claims of this Rangemax seemed too good to be true. But it is true! It was easy to set up (even for a mom!) with the included set-up wizard on CD-ROM. And now I can move all over the house, in the yard, near the home entertainment center, near the laundry appliances (lots of metal which killed my signal before) and I keep a strong signal and the speed is never lower than 18 mbps! Awesome! And I'm still using the internal wireless card. At first I thought the price was a little much considering my current router was less than a year old, but it was worth every penny. If you're having connectivity problems, give it a try! Read More

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Great Product - Strongly Recommend

on 7/22/2005

I have been blown away by the product. Not only was the setup wizard easy to go through (I'm not a techie) but the product itself has surpassed my expectations. I'm not getting of any wireless performance degradation through the many walls in my house. (2 story) The range of the RangeMax eclipses the range of my old wireless router. I am free to roam to any corner of the house!!! Read More

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Product Overview

10x more speed and 10x more coverage than Wireless-G

  • Wirelessly stream music, make Internet phone calls and surf the web faster and further
  • Simple and secure way to share your high-speed Internet connection
  • Easy set-up with Smart Wizard® installation CD
  • Maximum performance requires use of RangeMax wireless adapters

    What is RangeMax?
    NETGEAR’s RangeMax Wireless Router (WPN 824) extends your wireless network coverage up to 10 times that of standard 802.11g due to an advanced Smart MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) technology that incorporates seven intelligent internal antennas. The antennas continuously scan your home or office, automatically sensing obstacles and electronic interference, then dynamically adjust the wireless signal to compensate and maintain a clear connection. You enjoy reliable high-speed connections with virtually no dropouts or dead spots.

    Securing Your Network
    Securing your wireless network has never been easier. NETGEAR’s Touchless WiFi Security delivers the highest level of wireless network security (WEP, WPA/PSK, or WPA2/PSK). In addition, with an integrated security dashboard, you can monitor and manage access to websites. Every PC accessing the Internet can be managed form one central location. And, NETGEAR’s Smart Wizard installation software makes setup easy.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Netgear
    Mfg Part# WPN824NA
    SKU 10401918
    UPC 606449039641
    UPC 14 00606449039641
    Features
    7 internal antennas scan for strongest signal path and adjusts to interference
    MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) technology boosts network performance with up to 10x the speed and 10x the coverage of Wireless-G†
    High speed connections with virtually no dead spots
    Perfect for larger homes and small offices
    Compatible with internal wireless and public hotspots
    Double Firewall protection from external hackers attacks
    Supports Windows Vista
    Tech Specs
    Standards
    IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, 2.4 GHz
    Physical Specifications
    Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.2 in (223 x 153 x 31 mm)
    Weight: 1.2 lbs (.5 kg)
    Performance Advantages
    When used with RangeMax client adapters, delivers the longest range of any wireless technology on the market up to 500,000 square feet of uninterrupted coverage
    Maintains video quality up to 10 times the effective speed when at long distances
    Improves performance of existing legacy 802.11b and 802.11g wireless devices up to 50%
    Five 10/100 (1 internet, and 4 LAN) ports equipped with auto-sensing technology
    Data speed of up to 108 Mbps
    Privacy & Parental Control
    “Trusted user” controls
    Time-based usage controls
    Web site logging
    Remote management
    URL content filtering
    Security
    Double Firewall
    Network Address Translation (NAT) to hide PCs & files from outside users
    Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall to deny outside requests for personal information
    Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention
    Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS)
    Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) 64-bit,128-bit encryption
    Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, Pre-Shared Key)
    Wireless Access Control (SSID) to identify authorized wireless network devices
    Supports 2 VPN pass-through tunnels (IPSec, L2TP, PPTP)
    Exposed Host (DMZ)
    MAC address authentication
    Warranty
    NETGEAR 1-year warranty
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