Released January, 2003
The Pros:Capable of a fast enough connection to stream media. Highly compatible with a wide range of WiFi devices. Setup is extremely simple, ideal for entry-level users.
The Cons:Range is fairly limited, need to think about where you're placing it.
The Netgear WGR614 is a wireless-G network router aimed at average consumers looking to set up a home network for surfing the internet, email and basic media streaming. Netgear’s WGR614 is rated for wireless connections up to 54 Mbps, and has four additional Ethernet 10/100 LAN ports on the back.
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Users can protect their privacy with a variety of methods, including high-level WPA2-PSK encryption. The router comes with an interactive “Smart Wizard” to guide users through the installation process. While setting up the router, the software will automatically check for the latest firmware upgrades to keep the network as secure as possible. People who need to access their home network on the road will appreciate the virtual private network feature. The WGR614 can also be setup as a public hotspot for open internet sharing. Users looking for a wireless-G router with a variety of features should find the Netgear WGR614 more than acceptable.
- Network protocols: Static & Dynamic Routing (TCP/IP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP
- Security: Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS protection
- LAN ports: 4 x 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
- WAN port: 1 x 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
- VPN passthrough (IPSec, L2TP)
- Encryption: 64-bit, 128-bit, WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK
- “Smart Wizard” installation CD for easy setup
- 2 antennas
- Energy Star-compliant
- Dimensions & weight: 1.1 x 6.9 x 4.7 in, 0.57 lb
User Reviews (5)
capable of a fast enough connection to stream media
highly compatible with a wide range of WiFi devices
setup is extremely simple, ideal for entry-level users
compact footprint fits in anywhere, takes up little space
connections are stable and don't tend to drop
enough security options to ensure that nobody will steal bandwidth
range is fairly limited, need to think about where you're placing it
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