Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240 review: Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design and ease of use: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
  • Service and support: 2.0
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The Good The Netgear RangeMax 240 wireless router showed spectacular maximum and mixed-mode throughput rates. In addition, it has three adjustable antennas and comes with a comprehensive user manual. Features include WPA2 and firewall security and VPN and DMZ support.

The Bad The Netgear RangeMax 240 router provided middling speeds at long range in our tests and lacks wall-mounting brackets for more mounting options.

The Bottom Line Though the Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240 provides phenomenal throughput at short range, it doesn't deliver on MIMO's promise of fantastic long-range performance.

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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 Belkin Pre-N Router 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 WPN824 . 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.

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Where to Buy

Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240

Part Number: WPNT834 Released: Nov 7, 2005

MSRP: $181.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 7, 2005
  • Remote Management Protocol HTTP
  • Data Transfer Rate 240 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Weight 1.1 lbs