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Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL Modem Firewall Router with 4-port 10/100 switch is £39.99 delivered @ Amazon !

FREE supersaver delivery. edit : now £38.97 delivered !

Description : This 802.11g wireless router adds considerable power and flexibility to your network. Five products in one, it combines an ADSL modem, router, 10/100 LAN switch, 802.11g access point, and SPI True Firewall. It gives you untethered continuous connectivity to your network resources and the Internet, and allows you to share your broadband access with all of your networked computers wireless or with wires using Ethernet cables. Featuring high-speed 802.11g wireless capability--up to five times faster than 802.11b--it allows you to download large files, videoconference, and distribute and play high-quality digital movies, photos, and MP3s in the blink of an eye. Simple to use, it plugs directly into your ADSL line. An integrated switch lets you directly connect four computers or any combination of four computers, access points or printers.
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#1
They knocked off £2.39 off a 40 squid product. Hardly hot.
#2
is this not the same router that sky send you (although with different software on). Alot of pepole have had trouble with them, try and have alook on sky user (i have had no trouble with mine). seems like a reasonable price though
#3
This is a good router. I've had mine for years without troubles.

It is the one sky send you i believe. Most likely the sky software will cause some issues. If you buy it yourself you can update the firmware from the netgear website.
#4
Another option is to buy a it from

http://www.dsldepot.co.uk/product_details.asp?idProduct=655

for £19.99 + £4.00 postage

"DSL Depot are the sister company of DSL source, we can offer you a wide range of B-Grade, discontinued and refurbished Broadband equipment at rock bottom prices"

I recently purchased this Netgear wireless router from them and when it arrived it looked brand new with all the cables.etc still sealed up in the original bags. The router was a 'version 2' model (the latest model I believe is Version 3) . The firmware needed updating but once that was done the unit has been performing 24/7 without a glitch.
#5
However much they knocked off, this is a good router for a good price.... voted hot.
#6
Yup - a great router that has given me very few problems.
#7
Everyone seems to be clearing out 11g wireless routers, this one is £30+ £5.50 delivery.
#8
Lucifer
They knocked off £2.39 off a 40 squid product. Hardly hot.


Its a valid general point and I agree with the principle. :thumbsup: I have seen too many deals voted hot recently just because they break through a price point (e.g. a sub £300 laptop etc) and not because they represent a HOT deal.

However, in this particular instance I think the price is at least warm because its £6 cheaper than anywhere else I could find in a very brief search (and I think that next best price needed postage paying on top).
#9
Rubbish router, had mine for couple of years, constantly drops internet connection, and is very hard to open ports (eventhough they seem open in router menu), as a pc technician i give it a thumbs down.:x
#10
tandeh
Rubbish router, had mine for couple of years, constantly drops internet connection, and is very hard to open ports (eventhough they seem open in router menu), as a pc technician i give it a thumbs down.:x



What would you recommend as an alternative? In the market for a decent router..
#11
I've had this for a year now, I cant say I have ever had problems with it, but I know that some people have. Its easy to set up, has pretty good range and looks quite nice too (in an Apple white kind of way).

I would recommend that people look for 802.1n products these days, although as I dont need one as yet I am not sure which ones are any good.

£40 isnt that cheap, but I guess its OK (bought mine 2nd hand for that price a year ago). You can get a 108mbps Netgear router for less than that price now.
banned#12
I've had several Netgear routers and hubs over the years without any problems.

I'm now on my second of these after sending the first one back because I though it was faulty but the second behaves the same. Quite simply, this is a duff model and the firmware updates don't fix the problems.

I will send this one back and get another Netgear but it definately won't be this model!
#13
kozicka


I would recommend that people look for 802.1n products these days, although as I dont need one as yet I am not sure which ones are any good.


Do routers that support 802.11n also support 802.11a? I was wanted an 802.11a router so that I get better bandwidth with my Xbox 360's wireless adaptor, but there does not appear to be many reasonably priced 802.11a routers around.
#14
A great router, hasn't given me any problems. I would also recommend the Talk Talk wireless adsl modem router you can get from ebuyer for £20 if you buy some batteries to take it up to £30 for a £10 google checkout discount. You have to know what you're doing to set it up though as the instructions are limited but I managed to set it up and secure the connection for my in laws.
banned#15
The £10 Google discount ended a month ago :p
#16
Voted cold, have to agree Netgear have really dropped in standard over the years. Have used numerous models including DG834G, DG834GT, DG834PN, DG834N and sky router. I have 1 DG834GT netgear router that is flawless, saying that it doesnt get used alot and a load went back to Netgear faulty. Netgear arent worth the hassle, unless you enjoy rebooting your router 10 million times a day (even with latest firmware) or it dying on you as I have had on numerous occasions. Their techie support is shocking too.

Have been using this cheapo router from Ebuyer since all my problems, its much more reliable! And its cheaper!

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/127679
#17
jakenjo
A great router, hasn't given me any problems. I would also recommend the Talk Talk wireless adsl modem router you can get from ebuyer for £20 if you buy some batteries to take it up to £30 for a £10 google checkout discount. You have to know what you're doing to set it up though as the instructions are limited but I managed to set it up and secure the connection for my in laws.

Sorry for the offtopic but, is the google checkout discount still on? I was under the impression that it finished in June...
EDIT: Repo just answered my question!
#18
BigFish
Do routers that support 802.11n also support 802.11a? I was wanted an 802.11a router so that I get better bandwidth with my Xbox 360's wireless adaptor, but there does not appear to be many reasonably priced 802.11a routers around.


Can I ask why you are looking for a 11a router as it strikes me odd that M$ or any XBox supplier would offer an 11a card. Specifically, 11a is not compatible with either 11b (11Mbps) or 11g (54Mbps) but g is backwards compatible with b! Confused?

My point is 'a' is very restrictive and as you've found, hard to find parts. Stick with b or ideally g. Else, respond and I'll help where I can.

E
#19
BigFish
Do routers that support 802.11n also support 802.11a? I was wanted an 802.11a router so that I get better bandwidth with my Xbox 360's wireless adaptor, but there does not appear to be many reasonably priced 802.11a routers around.


I guess thats up to the manufacturers of the routers, as its entirely up to them if they want to support the older standards. Usually they do but its best to check the specs.

I dont own a XBOX 360 but I would have thought that it would use one of the newer standards such as b or g, these would give better bandwidth over a. Again you will have to check the specs of your adaptor to see what it can use.
#20
cheekyboy_123
What would you recommend as an alternative? In the market for a decent router..


I'd go against what the poster that you're responding to said and say that this is a great router. Even the best products will have occasional bad eggs/instances when the user experience isn't great. In the case of Netgear routers, though, it's less common. An alternative, however is the Linksys WAG200G. I got this for under £25 from Ebuyer when they had the £10 Google checkout discount. Price has gone up on Ebuer a little since then, though, and no more Google discount! Might be available for cheaper elsewhere though. It's been great. Linksys and Netgear do make the best routers in my opinion.

To any router/wireless newcomers out there, this is an ADSL router for phone lines, if you have cable you need a standard (non-ADSL), and slightly cheaper, cable/DSL wireless router. The difference is that ADSL routers have a built in modem while cable routers use your existing cable modems.
#21
I bought this router (v3) to replace my Linksys WAG54G.

I've had it for a month, updated the firmware straight out of the box and had no problems with it since.

I use it with my Desktop PC with a USB Wireless receiver (Netgear WG111) and my laptop which has a Mini PCI wireless card and I find this router offers excellent range and it connects almost instantly after Windows has loaded.

Gets my recommendation...
#22
Repo
The £10 Google discount ended a month ago :p

goggle checkout is still showing as an option when you go to the checkout page
#23
Erin
Can I ask why you are looking for a 11a router as it strikes me odd that M$ or any XBox supplier would offer an 11a card. Specifically, 11a is not compatible with either 11b (11Mbps) or 11g (54Mbps) but g is backwards compatible with b! Confused?

My point is 'a' is very restrictive and as you've found, hard to find parts. Stick with b or ideally g. Else, respond and I'll help where I can.

E


The XBox 360 wireless does do b/g as well as a, but when setting up as a media center extender, it recommends using "a". This is so it does not interfere with DECT, bluetooth, and other things on the 2.4 spectrum (I think "a" is at 5 instead of 2.4). So I was wanting to move it to use a, as sometimes I get network errors on b/g. However, as expected, my current router uses only b/g, so would need to upgrade it, and was hoping than "n" routers might also do "a".
#24
ninegt
goggle checkout is still showing as an option when you go to the checkout page


Google checkout will always be an option. They intend to keep it around, the £10 incentive was a short-time offer to get people used to using it so they'd hopefully see it's an easy way of shopping and use it in the future. All part of their great plans for it.
#25
BigFish
The XBox 360 wireless does do b/g as well as a, but when setting up as a media center extender, it recommends using "a". This is so it does not interfere with DECT, bluetooth, and other things on the 2.4 spectrum (I think "a" is at 5 instead of 2.4). So I was wanting to move it to use a, as sometimes I get network errors on b/g. However, as expected, my current router uses only b/g, so would need to upgrade it, and was hoping than "n" routers might also do "a".


'a' is dead plus being expensive, hard to find and proprietary. I'd go with 'g' as I doubt 'n' will be anymore backwards compatible with 'a' than 'g' was. Sorry. As for netowrk errors, try modifying channel settings or tweaking your router, even using a different series of IP addresses (search Google for the reserved address sets).

E
#26
PoisonJam


To any router/wireless newcomers out there, this is an ADSL router for phone lines, if you have cable you need a standard (non-ADSL), and slightly cheaper, cable/DSL wireless router. The difference is that ADSL routers have a built in modem while cable routers use your existing cable modems.


Ok, so here I am completely new to the wireless internet world. I have just moved home and will change my ISP. I want to go wireless and I know I can go with this ADSL router, because we're on a phone line and not cable.

Do I actually need to buy one of those USB stick that goes into the pc to connect to this router? Or does that come provided in this Netgear box already? For now I only plan to connect one desktop pc, but might add a laptop later on.

One more question and apologies for going off-topic: do I need an internet connection to set this up? I have a lot of hassle with my current ISP and its internet hasn't moved with me. I've got a MAC and plan to sign up with a new ISP soon. But if I haven't got internet available when setting this router up, can I still install it?

Promise this will be my last 'newbee silly question post':oops:

Any help greatly appreciated!
#27
dcx_badass
Only ADSL though.


Indeed, and I've never seen one that does both...

Also, ADSL routers tend to cost more because they have the in-built modem.
#28
No WPA.....WEP is outdated and easier (suposedly) to hack
#29
tooheys30
Ok, so here I am completely new to the wireless internet world. I have just moved home and will change my ISP. I want to go wireless and I know I can go with this ADSL router, because we're on a phone line and not cable.

Do I actually need to buy one of those USB stick that goes into the pc to connect to this router? Or does that come provided in this Netgear box already? For now I only plan to connect one desktop pc, but might add a laptop later on.

One more question and apologies for going off-topic: do I need an internet connection to set this up? I have a lot of hassle with my current ISP and its internet hasn't moved with me. I've got a MAC and plan to sign up with a new ISP soon. But if I haven't got internet available when setting this router up, can I still install it?

Promise this will be my last 'newbee silly question post':oops:

Any help greatly appreciated!


Well, your PC will likely require a Wireless receiver, yes. The router won't come with one but if you're going down that route you might be able to get a router/USB receiver bundle deal that offers better value.

You can just use a USB one as long as you have a spare USB port. I recommend plugging it in the rear though, rather than have it sticking out the front where it could be broken.

As for the laptop, almost any laptop sold in the past year or so comes with a built in wireless receiver. Check if your laptop has this first and if not then you just need a USB or PC card receiver :)

You can install it all before you get your ISP set-up if you like but it won't be much use unless you're setting up file sharing etc, which is more difficult to set up that just sharing the net connection. You don't actually have to install anything on your PC to talk to the router, though. You can set it up via a web-browser. You can install the wireless receivers and they should pick up the router even without an ISP.

If you have any problems setting up your router for your ISP just phone the ISP and they'll be happy to assist. I'm with Demon and they were most helpful.
#30
dcx_badass
I meant only ADSL and not ADSL2+ aswell....


Ah, apologies.
#31
PoisonJam
Well, your PC will likely require a Wireless receiver, yes. The router won't come with one but if you're going down that route you might be able to get a router/USB receiver bundle deal that offers better value.


Ah, that's great help thanks.:thumbsup:

I did see this router come with a receiver as a bundle on Amazon as well. I think I'll go for that.

My concern was setting this up without having an internet connection as I don't want to buy the wireless router that my new ISP offer (Speedtouch 585). I guess I sign up with the ISP (Zen) and then try to install this Netgear router and if there is a problem, the Zen will be able to help, am I right?
#32
You're quite right to seek a better router. You might be able to get a few quid for your Speedtouch on ebay or you could just use it as a back-up in case anything happens to the Netgear.

Zen shouldn't have a problem with you using another router and helping you set it up. You could always ask them in advance to be sure.
#33
tooheys30
Ah, that's great help thanks.:thumbsup:

I did see this router come with a receiver as a bundle on Amazon as well. I think I'll go for that.

My concern was setting this up without having an internet connection as I don't want to buy the wireless router that my new ISP offer (Speedtouch 585). I guess I sign up with the ISP (Zen) and then try to install this Netgear router and if there is a problem, the Zen will be able to help, am I right?


The one I posted comes with the usb adapter and is £10 cheaper. Read the reviews speak for themself!

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/127679

EDIT: doh its out of stock sorry.
#34
I've had mine for a couple of years. Upgrade the firmware and Norton was playing up with it (Knocked the fire wall off) when I first started using it but now its spot on (Upgraded Norton). Good signal strength as well
#35
I have had this router two years and not one bit of bother.

And you should see my port list.

Current up time 486:13:00 and it should be more as I turned it off when we had those thunder storms.

One thing I would say is do not log any rules.
#36
boovee
No WPA.....WEP is outdated and easier (suposedly) to hack


I dont know where you got that (mis)information from but it definitely does do WPA:

WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key)
WPA-802.1x

Thats straight from my router setup page, and I've been using WPA-PSK for a year now.
#37
kozicka
I dont know where you got that (mis)information from but it definitely does do WPA:

WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key)
WPA-802.1x

Thats straight from my router setup page, and I've been using WPA-PSK for a year now.


I've had one of these for a few years now and it definitely does do WPA. I've never had any problem with it - only reboot it every 3 months or so. Forwarding ports is a doddle etc. I've got an XBOX and a lappy (or two) running off it via wireless and a couple of machines running via the LAN ports.

I guess it's quite an old model so that would be the only downside.
#38
Highly recommended... I have the GT, which is very similar and I know a number of people with this model - they've all been fine.

They do support WPA. And yes, this is the one you get with Sky Broadband, although Sky may have poked around with it a bit.
#39
The 834GT is the one Sky Broadband supply (with custom sky firmware), the Netgear 834G is the one AOL supply and is built around an entirely different chipset although the user interface is virtually identical. (The G is Texas Instruments AR7 based the GT is broadcom based)

I don't have any problems with my 834g, although I have found it necessary to limit the number of connections when using P2P as too many can hang the router, but that is a common issue with many popular routers.

The latest 834G firmware has added Wireless Distribution System (WDS) to the list of features, however trend parental controls has been removed.
#40
melted
The 834GT is the one Sky Broadband supply (with custom sky firmware), the Netgear 834G is the one AOL supply and is built around an entirely different chipset although the user interface is virtually identical. (The G is Texas Instruments AR7 based the GT is broadcom based)

I don't have any problems with my 834g, although I have found it necessary to limit the number of connections when using P2P as too many can hang the router, but that is a common issue with many popular routers.

The latest 834G firmware has added Wireless Distribution System (WDS) to the list of features, however trend parental controls has been removed.


I have had mine for a couple of years and am very happy with it too.

Question though, if everything is working great is it worth bothering with a firmware upgrade? What are the benefits appart from WDS?

Cheers

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