Netgear WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition review: Netgear WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition

The Netgear WNR854T's range failed to impress, though that has something to do with the lofty expectations we held given its RangeMax name. Its range turned out to be only average, no better and no worse than other high-end Draft N routers, including the DGL-4500. Generally speaking, we look for a range of 300 feet for Draft N routers, and in anecdotal testing, the Netgear router started to drop its signal at around 270 feet. It's necessary to note a wireless router's range depends a lot on its environment, and our test environment is not exactly range-friendly.

Netgear backs the RangeMax WRN854T with a standard one-year warranty. The support pages on Netgear's site are somewhat elusive (you have to scroll all the way down to find the Support link) but nonetheless offers lots of support information from troubleshooting and a knowledge base to firmware/driver/manual downloads.

Maximum throughput tests (at 15 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput max  

Maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N clients (at 15 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed  

Long-range throughput tests (measured indoors at 200 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput at 200 feet  

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