Netgear WPN824 Router review: Netgear WPN824 Router

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 6.0

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Fast throughput; long range; compact design; seven internal antennas help counteract interference from cordless phones and neighboring networks.

The Bad Twice the price of a standard Wi-Fi router; mediocre performance when used with legacy 802.11b gear.

The Bottom Line The Netgear RangeMax router is among the best-performing routers we've seen.

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Netgear WPN824 RangeMax router

Editor's note: Due to testing issues, we have retested this product and made the necessary changes to the performance charts. We have not changed the overall Editor's rating.

Netgear's WPN824 RangeMax router is the latest in a growing number of wireless-networking devices to feature high-performance MIMO technology. But the Netgear RangeMax router differs from other MIMO routers we've seen, such as Belkin's Pre-N router and Linksys's SRX router , because it includes a new technology from Video54 that integrates more antennas into the unit and tucks them inside the unit's case. This gives the RangeMax router a more compact design and a sleeker look than its MIMO counterparts. All things considered, we think the RangeMax router is a good value, despite its high price, and it's well worth considering for those in the market for a device with excellent range and strong resistance to interference, such as that from cordless phones or neighboring networks. Our one caveat is that it doesn't perform so well with legacy 802.11b devices. If you have older Wi-Fi gear on your network, consider Belkin's Pre-N router.

The basic setup routine for the Netgear RangeMax router is a simple and straightforward process that takes only a few minutes. A CD that ships with the unit includes a setup wizard that automatically loads when you insert the disc into your computer's optical drive, then guides you through a short series of onscreen prompts. If you're an advanced user, you can bypass the wizard and connect directly to the RangeMax's browser-based configuration tool. A handy URL that is clearly listed on the printed setup guide points your computer's browser directly to the tool.

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Netgear WPN824 Router

Part Number: WPN824NA Released: Mar 1, 2005
MSRP: $84.00 Low Price: $24.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Mar 1, 2005
  • Data Transfer Rate 150 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Weight 1.1 lbs