Motorola WR850G wireless broadband router

The Good Strong security options; removable antenna; integrated mounting bracket; supports DDNS.

The Bad Mediocre range; terse quick-start guide.

The Bottom Line The WR850G is a decent family router at a very affordable price, but it lacks the long range and speed enhancements of new MIMO gear.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 7.0
7.0 Overall

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Motorola WR850G wireless broadband router

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Editors' note: The rating and Editors' Choice designation for this product has been altered since the review's original publication. The reason for this is simply the general improvement of technology over time. In order to keep our ratings fair and accurate, it's sometimes necessary to downgrade the ratings of older products relative to those of newer products.

With all of the high-speed hoopla surrounding wireless routers these days, it's refreshing to find a great product unobscured by marketing hype about turbo speeds. The Motorola WR850G wireless broadband router lacks a proprietary turbo mode but delivers fast throughput in both standard 802.11g and 802.11b environments, where it really counts. It also has a feature set that's well suited for both basic Internet sharing and advanced networking for the home and the office. A configurable firewall and support for various types of encryption protect your network from intruders. The WR850G doesn't have the range of the D-Link DI-624, but its &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eproxim%2Ecom%2Fsupport%2Ftechbulletins%2FTB%2D046%2Epdf" target="_blank">WDS support makes it easy to expand your coverage area into the far reaches of a house or a building.

The Motorola WR850G wireless broadband router comes with everything you need to start building your network. Aside from the router itself, the package includes a power adapter, a power cord, one Ethernet cable, a CD-ROM with documentation and software, a printed quick-start guide, and a stand for vertical positioning. The hardware installation is clearly outlined in the guide, and the process takes only a minute or two. The router's bottom panel doubles as a mounting bracket, making it easy to affix the WR850G to a wall or a ceiling, and the user guide on the CD includes a handy template that you can print out and use to help you drill the necessary holes.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $70
  • Brand Zebra Technologies
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
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