Netgear WGT634U

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Netgear 108Mbs Wireless Media Router WGT634U
Wireless routers are nothing new under the sun, but with an innovative feature set aimed at sharing media and other files over a wireless network connection, this particular offering shines bright.

Since the introduction of wireless devices, vendors have been looking for ways to add value to wireless routers and hubs and Netgear has come up with a winner -- a USB port on the back that you can plug a hard drive or other wireless device into to share files among wireless users. It is a simple solution for network storage that does not require any additional setup and when comparing two similar routers, could be the feature that pushes this on into the winner's circle.

The router itself is a small sleek unit and looks similiar to just about every other router you may have seen. The LEDs and status indicators on the front of the unit are bright and easy to read and the unit itself is compact enough to fit on the desk or could be hidden away on top of a filing cabinet or bookshelf and would not look out of place.

First and foremost, the WGT634U is a great little 802.11g wireless router. From unpacking and plugging everything in to configuring the unit you are looking at 5 minutes, tops. The one down-side is that the setup documentation includes commonly used ISP settings, but for US-based ISP's only. But with that said, the documentation is good and you should be able to find all of the information you need from your existing ISP.

The unit offers WEP encryption and you can create WEP keys manually or through a pass-phrase (which is generally much easier). You can also restrict access by MAC address and you can turn off the wireless network name broadcast so other wireless users can not "see" your wireless network and will need the full SSID name to connect. There is also a built-in firewall and you can configure the router to work in a DMZ (demilitarised zone) configuration to where there is only one "host" on your network is connected to the Internet, limiting your exposure.

There is also browser-based administration and wide protocol support and firmware update to ensure that you will always have the latest and greatest software on your router. And there are wizards to make common setup tasks easier -- but the real star feature of this particular unit has to be the USB port on the back. You can plug in a hard drive or other USB device and then share files on the wireless network, either through a web-based interface or through common networking protocols.

This little box just hums along and in testing over a number of days, provided consistent performance for both the wireless networking and file sharing aspects.

So if you are looking for a wireless router with a little "something more" or if you have ever pondered how to share files across your network, this router is definitely tops. And it's so easy to install and configure, your wireless network, Internet connection and shared files are minutes away from when you first open the box.

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Netgear 108Mbs Wireless Media Router WGT634U
Company: Netgear
Price: AU$349
Distributor: Selected resellers
Phone: 1800 787 638

Specifications

General
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
Authentication Method Radio Service Set ID (SSID)
Enclosure Type Desktop
Authentication Method Radio Service Set ID (SSID)
Status Indicators Port status, port transmission speed, power, test mode, link/activity
Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, 40-bit WEP, WPA
Routing Protocol Static IP routing
Modem
Type none
Digital Signaling Protocol ADSL
Power Device
Type external power adapter
Networking
Form Factor desktop
Type wireless router
Connectivity Technology wired, wireless
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, 802.11 Super G, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Network / Transport Protocol IPSec, L2TP, PPPoE, PPTP, TCP/IP
Features DHCP support, DoS attack prevention, routing, NAT support, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), VPN passthrough, auto-sensing per device, content filtering, dynamic DNS server, firewall protection, manageable
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, UPnP
Wireless Protocol 802.11 Super G, 802.11b/g
Routing Protocol static IP routing
Switching Protocol Ethernet
Data Transfer Rate 108 Mbps
Spread Spectrum Method OFDM
Line Coding Format 16 QAM, 64 QAM, BPSK, CCK, DBPSK, DQPSK, OFDM, QPSK
WAN Ports Qty 1
Key Features USB port, VPN support, firewall
Chassis
Built-in Devices antenna
Interface Provided
Type USB 2.0, network, network node
Interface Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX
Qty 1, 4
Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A, RJ-45
WAN / DMZ WAN
Type LAN, USB 2.0, WAN
Communications
Digital Signaling Protocol ADSL
Miscellaneous
Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP, 40-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA
System Requirements
OS Required Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP, Microsoft Windows NT
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Humidity Range Operating 0 - 90%
Header
Brand NETGEAR
Product Line NETGEAR
Model WGT634U
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Cable Details
Type network cable
Included Qty 1
Form Factor external
Dimensions & Weight
Width 6.9 in
Depth 4.7 in
Height 1.1 in
Weight 0.66 lbs
Expansion Bays
Type none
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities
Expansion Slots
Type none
Line Properties
Line Coding Format 16 QAM, 64 QAM, BPSK, CCK, DBPSK, DQPSK, OFDM, QPSK
Slot Required
Type none
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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