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Anyone got a Netgear DG834GT modem/router?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by michael78, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. michael78

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    Hi guys wanting to buy a Netgear DG834GT modem/router but have heard a few bad things about the wireless cutting out a lot. Does anyone have one and if so what is it like and do you have any problems with it. I want one of these as it's an all in one device modem/router/wireless and most importantly it has a firewall that can be configured using policies.
     
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  2. Boycie
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    i find if you look around all the adsl forums you will find praise/bad news about most products! I put it down to the fact the manufacturers sell so many they are bad to have a bad batch.
    Personally, i can only say how good I have found Netgear stuff in general. I have a ethernet/USB router which is my loan model for when people i visit have a problem with theirs which gives me time to order them a new one.

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    Most of dropping out problems i find are due to interference with other networks (change the channel) or more often than not encryption....
     
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  3. Neall

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    I own one and have also installed about 20-30 for others. There all i use for home and small business users. Never had any trouble with them. Easy to install and configure, and have always been reliable.

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    Boyce's right mate...I have a Netgear standalone router for when I want to share internet connection or use for other computers I am re-doing...its not wireless and I aint fussed about that. Right now wireless is not my thing...thats not to say I dont know how to configure a wireless connection...but I agree with boyce, maybe other networks are interfering and u may want to encrypt yours too which I am sure you will no doubt...
     
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  5. michael78

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    Cheers guys for the advice. I have wireless setup at the momment with an origo modem and linksys wireless router. The reason I want to get a netgear is because it would be an all in one solution and more importantly it has a firewall that can be configured with rules. Saying that I'm put off by the negative comments I've read about the firmware being rubbish and the wireless cutting out a lot. I've looked at a similar Dlink DSL-G624M model all in one which also looks good but is more expensive.
     
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    Not had any problems with my DG834GT, get decent wireless performance even through a couple of walls (tested that while wandering round my house with my PSP :))
    The latest firmware was released not long since which apparently improves wireless performance but I've not had time to install it and check it out yet. Might try it after I get my A+ out of the way.....

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    I looked at the DG834G first but the problems seem to be specifically with the DG83GT. There is even an online petition going around about getting it fixed. The problem is I don't know if the latest firmware fixes the problems or if it's just a bad batch or user misconfiguration that are causing these problems. There is a riddiculous netgear forum thread about it thats 38 pages long and counting about the wireless cutting out a lot.
     
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  9. Neall

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    It's probably going to be true then. There will always be good and bad reviews about a product based on different user experience's. But if there is a petition and the majority of reviews complain about one certain fault, it might be best to hold off till Netgear releases firmware that will fix it.

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  10. michael78

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    Thats the problem, I don't know if the firmware fixes the problems or not. I think I might opt for the DLink model instead as it's a similar spec.
     
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  11. Boycie
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    Have you thought about Zyxel? The are reasonably priced, solid as a rock and are very configurable. I bought a 660HW for myself recently. Well happy :)
     
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  12. michael78

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    Boyce does it have a modem built into it as well?
     
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  13. Boycie
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    Yeah, the 660HW is an ADSL modem/router with built in wireless and very configurable. Take a look here for me info.
     
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  14. michael78

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    Cheers Boyce I'll have a look.
     
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