Netgear Wireless-G Modem Router Review: Model DG834G Review

Netgear DG834G Wireless router and modem review that exposes the positives and negatives of the Netgear DG834G Wireless router.

Features at a glance

  • ADSL and ADSL2/2+
  • 802.11G and 802.11B standards supported
  • 802.11G can support 54 Mbps speeds
  • Four 10/100 RJ-45 Ethernet Ports
  • One Phone Line Connecter
  • In Built Firewall
  • Encryption Protocols: WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WEP, WPA-802.1x, WPA2-802.1x
  • 2-Year Warranty

Standards Supported and General Features

Netgear’s modem router model DG834G supports a number of general standards. It has support for the ADSL2/2+ standard, which means it can achieve connection speeds above the 1500/256 kbps speeds that general ADSL is capable of. This of course generally requires more payment to a web provider, it is not a free speed boost. Standard ADSL is also supported.

The modem itself is a thin design that can be mounted horizontally or vertically. It has a number of LED lights on the front that display very basic details about the connections and data being transmitted. Behind it is an antenna that can be swivelled about, a reset button that requires a pin or paper clip to push, four Ethernet ports for wired connections and a port for power to connect. If, for whatever reason, connecting to the Internet via a secondary modem is required, using a crossover cable to connect to one of the Ethernet ports will work with a little configuration.

The 802.11G standard represents faster data transfer than the 802.11A and 802.11B used in earlier wireless networks, but is beginning to show its age as a form of technology with newer and faster methods of transferring wireless data available with newer technology. Backwards compatibility with 802.11B is important because the large majority of older wireless network cards and adapters make use of this standard to transfer data.

The in-built firewall is more to protect from other people trying to access your Internet via their own wireless equipment than to protect individual personal computers. As such, individual software firewalls on each computer are still strongly recommended.

The support for multiple encryption protocols is also important because it means that network adapters that may be older than current protocols can still connect to the network. The encryption protocols data back a long way and as such it is unlikely that many network adapters will have difficulty utilizing at least one of them.

The Positives

Netgear are renowned for their quality products and the DG834G is not exception to this. It worked instantly and effectively out of the box, with the instructions being more than adequate. Furthermore, every computer that has attempted to connect to the network has worked successfully and almost instantly, with older laptops and their onboard adapters connecting with ease. The modem router does exactly what it suggests it will, well. The onboard software also is easy to use and has a plethora of options, even compared to other similiar items.

The Negatives

The first negative is the installation CD software, which while not awful can be a little irritating to use. In truth, it is easier to simply access the modems software via typing the IP address into a browser and entering the standard password included in the manual.

The secondary negative is that while the gear itself has a relatively fast wireless speed, newer technologies have greater speed. Some of Netgear’s newer equipment states that it has features more suitable to gaming and achieving a lower ping on servers, meaning that some of the more enthusiastic gamers might prefer to choose a more expensive modem router with such technology. Despite this, I personally find that I have low enough pings using this particular router, regularly achieving ping times of under 30 to servers some distance away.

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