4 Port 802.11G Wireless Router (OBSOLETE)
Comments: Similar to the MR814 but with the new 802.11G technology which allows Wireless data speeds (still in the 2.4 gHz range) up to 5 times faster than existing technology with much the same performance and only slightly higher pricing.
Wireless range is excellent and at least as good as the FM114P. We tested using Netgear WG511 (802.11G) PCMCIA Card, MA101 (802.11B) USB adaptor, MA701 (802.11B) Palm card and the el cheapo Minitar (802.11B) PCMCIA card and all performed quite well up to about 70 metres through 2 plaster & one brick wall (low set home). The WG511 had a definite edge and would hold a much stronger signal for much longer before dropping out all of a sudden as we found its maximum range, whilst the Minitar tapered off gradually as distance increased until it dropped out just shy of the same distance. The MA101 & MA701 performed much the same as the WG511, so mixing 802.11G & B products isn't much of an issue with this Router.
Another one which suffers from Netgear's latest tactic of "upgrading" models and giving them new Version numbers, so there's V1, V2, V3 and even V4 getting about. Neither Netgear nor the distributors differentiate between the V1s and V2s in their stockholdings and price is identical, so they're impossible to tell apart when ordering. What causes these different version numbers is Netgear's recent policy of shopping around for part manufacturers. This gives them the ability to change to different parts should one source dry up, and to reduce their production costs by introducing competition amongst their component manufacturers. All fantastic from a pricing perspective, but not so great when it comes back to selling and supporting a product that keeps changing.
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