Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240 wireless router
There's a new kid in Wi-Fi town, and it's terrorizing the neighborhood: the Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240 wireless router provides nearly twice the maximum speed of our previous performance champs. This MIMO-based device also prevails in several other respects, such as solid documentation, simple setup, and ample security. Given that it had so much going for it, we were especially disappointed when the WPNT834 ultimately failed to fulfill one of MIMO's core promises--fast performance at long range. For long-range performance, the remains the best choice--but you won't find better short-range speed than with the Netgear WPNT834.
The WPNT834 embodies the classic paperback-book size and shape of older Netgear routers such as the. Yet unlike its counterparts, the WPNT834 has three antennas that screw into its back edge. Each antenna can tilt 90 degrees backward. In addition, the outer two can rotate 180 degrees, and the middle antenna 360 degrees, giving you ultimate flexibility to orient them so as to maximize coverage. Between the antennas are the typical WAN jack, pinhole reset button, and four LAN jacks. Status lights on the front edge indicate router activity, including LAN connections and transmission speed. Netgear puts a handy cheat sheet underneath the router to help identify the router's exterior features. We wish the company also included wall-mounting brackets, which would allow you to hang the router high on a wall where its signal would be less encumbered. The absence of these brackets means the router must either lie flat or, if you attach the snap-on feet, stand on its edge.