Last time, I mentioned about choosing Time Warner Cable as my ISP (Internet Service Provider) at home. When I opened an account with them, I opted not to get a wireless router because I’d have to rent it for about $5/month and also pay for an installation fee. What I had in mind was to get my own wireless router later on and install it myself. By doing so, I wouldn’t have to rent the router, no installation fee, get a good wireless router and keep it.
As I usually do before buying stuff especially electronics, I searched the web for the wireless routers that have good reviews and affordable prices. After narrowing down my choices, I ended up getting a NetGear Super G Wireless Router from BestBuy for only $59.99. Actually, I’ve had this for like 3 months now but I’ve never had the chance to do a review or blog about it.
NETGEAR SUPER-G WIRELESS ROUTER PRODUCT FEATURES:
- Super GTM technology delivers up to 108 Mbps when used with your WG511T wireless PCMCIA card or WG311T wireless PCI card
- Up to 10 times faster than 802.11b routers for high-speed applications
- 2.4GHz wireless frequency (IEEE 802.11g-compliant)
- Interoperable with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks
- Smart Wizard gets you up and running in fewer than five clicks; assisted firmware upgrade automatically checks for new features and upgrades your network in just one click
- Over 10 security and privacy features including double firewall (NAT + SPI), multiVPN (pass-through) support, MAC address control and WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
- Provides high-speed applications with greater range so you can connect network devices anywhere in your home or office without additional wiring
- Built-in 4-port switch with 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
- 64/128-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) data encryption
- Lighted power, test, Internet, wireless and LAN status icons
- Works with most Internet gaming and instant messaging applications that support UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) for automatic Internet access
Setting it up was fast and easy. I just popped in the install CD and followed the instructions. Btw, I used the manual setup instead of the Smart Wizard. The installation process included creating a name (SSID) for your wireless network, choosing the type of security encryption and creating a password. After the installation and configuration was done, all I had to do was reboot my laptop and when I logged in, I was able to connect to the network right away.
This is the first wireless router that I’ve purchased and the first time to use a NetGear wireless router because the ones I had before were Actiontec routers provided for free by my previous ISP, Verizon. Aside from the easy setup and nice design (looks better than most routers), the NetGear Super-G wireless router also has a great range so I get the same high speed connection anywhere in the house. Since I’ve had this router, I’ve never had any problems with it like dropped connections or continuous resets which are the common complaints of a few users who bought this product.
Based on it’s performance and from my experience using it, I would definitely recommend the NetGear Super-G Wireless Router to friends and to you my readers. However with regards to the installation, if you have little knowledge of computers or if you’re technologically challenged, I advise that you use the Smart Wizard to do the setup or you can ask a friend to do it for you. Otherwise, if you have a fair knowledge of computers you can use the manual setup without any problems.
How about you guys, do you own a wireless router? What brand is your wireless router? Have you tried any NetGear wireless routers? Thank you for your time and I would appreciate it if you can share your experience, comments or opinions by leaving a comment.