NetGear WGU624 Double 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router review:

NetGear WGU624 Double 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router

CNET Labs maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and MIMO clients
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput in Mbps  

CNET Labs long-range tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Thoughput in Mbps measured indoors at 200 feet  

In addition to its hearty features, the Netgear WGU624 delivers fast performance in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Set to Super G (108Mbps) mode, the router earned a 42.1Mbps score in both 802.11a and 802.11g modes in CNET Labs' tests. Although its times are a few seconds shy of those of the Belkin Pre-N router and the D-Link DI-624, the WGU624 still performs admirably compared to most routers. In our Labs' mixed-mode, 802.11a and g trials, the WGU624 clocked an awesome 39Mbps time. Last but not least, the WGU624 proved that it can pass muster at long distances in our LabsÂ’ maximum-throughput range tests: at 200 feet, the router transferred data at a quick 35.6Mbps in 802.11g Super G mode and 29.1Mbps over its 802.11a interface. For more details on how we test networking devices, see the CNET Labs site.

The WGU624 ships with a setup guide and a documentation CD, too. Unlike many setup guides, the WGU624's guide does a decent job explaining how to hook up the router's hardware. The extensive electronic manual on the accompanying CD also offers a detailed explanation of the router's browser-based configuration tool--although the manual's fuzzy screenshots could stand some sprucing up.

ItÂ’s always disappointing when an expensive Wi-Fi router such as the WGU624 comes with a short, one-year warranty. On the plus side, Netgear provides 24/7, toll-free phone support during the warranty period. The FAQ and troubleshooting info on the companyÂ’s support Web site is nothing special, but the siteÂ’s well-organized customer forum comes in handy for seeking router advice from other users.

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