Netgear Gigabit Router with RangeMax Wireless N

Article Index
Netgear Gigabit Router with RangeMax Wireless N
Up Close and Web Configuration Impressions
WNR854T Router Setup and Settings
Netgear Wireless-N WN121T USB 2.0 Network Adapter
Testing: Wired, Wireless and More

Product(s): RangeMax Next Wireless-N Gigabit Router WNR854T and RangeMax Next Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter WN121T
Provided By: Netgear
Price: ~$130USD and ~$100USD Respectively

 

Introduction: 

Netgear is a company that needs very little introduction.  They've been in the networking business since 1996 and have made a name for themselves in terms of quality, performance and price.  Today we are taking a look at some of their Draft-N products - namely their WNR854T RangeMax Wireless-N Router that also features four wired gigabit connections.  On the receiving end of the wireless network, we are looking at the WN121T RangeMax Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter.  Netgear claims up to 15x the performance and 10x the coverage of standard 802.11g.  We will be running these products through some speed and range tests to see if they live up to the claims of Netgear.  Read on as this review covers some of the latest in wireless technology commercially available.  We will see if it's worth spending you money on.

 

About Netgear:

NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs, develops and markets technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of small and medium businesses and home users. The Company supplies networking products that meet the ease-of-use, quality, reliability, performance and affordability requirements of these users. NETGEAR's suite of approximately 100 products enables users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. These products are grouped into three major segments: Ethernet Networking, Broadband, and Wireless Networking, which include switches, adapters, and secure wired and wireless routers and gateways.

NETGEAR is focused solely on the networking needs of small and medium-sized business and home markets, and it has shipped over 17 million units. As a result of NETGEAR's brand name, the execution of its operating strategy and the growth in demand for networking products within small and medium businesses and homes, the Company has achieved net revenue growth each year since its inception in 1996.

NETGEAR's diverse global sales channel includes thousands of value added resellers (VARs), direct market resellers (DMRs) such as CDW, traditional retailers with over 3,900 retail locations in North America, including Best Buy, CompUSA, Office Depot and Staples, and over 2,500 international retail locations such as PC World in the United Kingdom and MediaMarkt in Germany, as well as online retailers such as Amazon.com and Buy.com. In addition, the Company sells its products through broadband service providers such as Time-Warner Cable and Comcast.

NETGEAR was incorporated in Delaware on January 8, 1996 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bay Networks, Inc. to focus exclusively on providing networking solutions for small businesses and homes. In August 1998, Nortel Networks NA Inc. purchased Bay Networks, and the NETGEAR remained a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nortel Networks until March 2000, when it sold a portion of its capital stock to a third party. In September 2000, Nortel Networks sold a portion of its ownership interest in NETGEAR to third parties. In February 2002, Nortel Networks sold all of its remaining ownership interest to NETGEAR in exchange for cash, non-cash consideration and a $20.0 million promissory note.

 

WNR854T Router - Box & Bundle:

Without further procrastination, let's jump right in with a look at the router.  Like many Netgear products, the WNR854T ships in a very standard Netgear branded box.  The box has a very white "mac"'ish look to it, other than the bright orange tag on across the bottom that tells you what is in the box and what it can do.

 WNR854T Box
WNR854T Box

This packaging is really quite plain and doesn't jump out at you - but it's what's inside that counts right?  Speaking of what's inside, let's take a look at the bundle that ships with this Gigabit / Wireless-N router.

WNR854T Bundle
WNR854T Bundle

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the router and see what makes it tick in terms of software and setup.