Netgear Gigabit Router with RangeMax Wireless N - Up Close and Web Configuration Impressions

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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

Up Close:

The Netgear WNR854T Router has a very clean look due to it's lack of external antennas.  I've always assumed that external antennas provide better signal strength, but with the WNR854T claiming up to 10x more coverage than standard Wireless G, we'll have to put this theory to the test and see if the internal antenna has what it takes to reach the back 40.

 WNR854T Back Profile
WNR854T Back Profile
 WNR854T Front Profile
WNR854TFront Profile

Netgear uses a blue LED for the wireless Network status, a green LED for the power indicator and an amber LED for internet connection status.  Along the front you see numbers 1 through 4.  These indicate which of the 10/100/1000 base ports are being used.  An amber LED indicates the port at 100Mbit and the green LED indicates the port is operating at full 1000Mbit.

 

Web Control Interface - First Impressions:

Before we actually look at the software settings, I need to point out a few things about the configuration aspect of this router.  First of all, the web browser based configuration uses frames...several of them in fact which make for some weird issues when setting up at different screen resolutions.  Second, every time you change a setting on a page, it must be applied and the router restarted.  This process normally takes between 30 seconds to 1 minute.  After using a router like the D-Link DGL-4300, this constant rebooting is a pain.

 

Lots of Frames
Lots of Frames

 

Although I've stated that there are three separate frames that each requires scrolling, there is another frame at the top of the page that remains static.  That's four frames on a web-page.  Maybe it's just me, but I believe there is a better way to do things.

All of these frames require individual scrolling if you want to read the information in each frame.  Some of these frames are also very long.  Below I've included a screenshot of the menu frame, as well as a super-long screenshot of the Help and Documentation area.  You may be surprised to know that the Help & Documentation frame is over 1900 pixels long at the initial screen.  That's a long frame and a lot of information.

 Netgear Router Menu Choices
Netgear Router -Menu Choices
 Netgear Router Help Window
Netgear Router Help Window

 

We'll cover the Router Setup and Settings on the next page.