Netgear WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition

The Good Easy setup, thanks in large part to the intuitive and responsive Web interface; high throughput speeds; Gigabit LAN; attractive antenna-less design.

The Bad Range could be better; no USB port; some advanced settings are absent.

The Bottom Line The Netgear RangeMax Next WNR854T Gigabit is a smart choice for home networks, thanks to its fast throughput and easy setup.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Netgear WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition

The Netgear WNR854T RangeMax Next Gigabit router isn't a new product, but in our recent sweep of Draft N routers, we decided to take a look this Netgear unit that provides Gigabit Ethernet wired networking along with Draft 2.0 of the 802.11n wireless standard. In labs testing, the WNR854T proved itself to be a solid performer, finishing at or near the top of our three wireless throughput tests. Given the RangeMax name, however, we expected the signal to carry farther than it did. Still, its range is no worse than what we found on other Draft N routers. For basic home networking where advanced features are not required, the $130 Netgear RangeMax WRN854T offers a winning combination of easy setup and strong performance.

  • • Device type: Wireless router
  • • Network standard: 802.11n (draft), 802.11b/g
  • • Bandwidth: 2.4GHz
  • • OSes supported: Linux; Mac OS 8.x, 9.x, X 10.x; Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
  • • Security options: WEP; WPA-PSK; NAT and SPI firewalls, MAC address filtering
  • • Features: 4 Gigabit LAN ports; 1 Gigabit WAN port; DHCP support; DDNS
  • • Notable design features: Antenna-less design
  • • Support: One-year warranty; 24-7 toll-free phone support; e-mail support form; FAQs; knowledge base; driver and software downloads
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Specs / Prices

  • Brand NetGear
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
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