Netgear Gigabit Router with RangeMax Wireless N - Netgear Wireless-N WN121T USB 2.0 Network Adapter

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

First Look:

The WN121T comes in a box that looks very similar to the WNR854T Wireless Router.  The WN121T box is smaller, but at a distance you'd be hard pressed to tell which was which.  Although this is a signature of Netgear, it could be a little livelier to attract gamers and enthusiasts.  The router and USB 2.0 adapter have enthusiast oriented features, but they are packaged to appeal to the professional.


 WN121T Box
WN121T Box
 WN121T Bundle
WN121T Bundle

 

The WN121T comes with everything you need to get started.  They included some installation information for Windows XP users and some drivers that appear to be out of date.  When you install the WN121T, you have the choice to search Netgear for more recent drivers.  We ran the search and came up with some newer drivers.

The WN121T is a very compact device that houses the wireless chip and somewhat directional antenna.  We spent a bit of time aiming this unit across our yard so that our neighbor who lives about 150m away can use our network . . . but I'm getting ahead of myself. 

 WN121T Profile
WN121T Profile
 WN121T Bottom
WN121T Bottom

 

After we installed the software, we plugged in the WN121T and went through the rest of the installation process as prompted by Windows.  Once we got all the software and drivers up and running, we ran the Netgear Smart Wizard to connect to a wireless network.

Smart Wizard

The Smart Wizard quickly found all of our wireless access points and sorted them in order of strength.  The Netgear WNR854T is the LANtabulous network and both BCCHardware networks are DGL-4300 Routers.  The first network is located in the same room as the USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter - as is the Netgear WNR854T.

 

Quick & Easy Setup: 

Anyone who has set up a wireless network knows that it is relatively painless, and the software the Netgear provides makes it even easier.  We were connected and up and running is less than 30 seconds of running the software. 

 Smart Settings
Smart Settings
 Network List
Network List

 

On the last page we'll cover both wired and wireless performance of this router and draw some conclusions.