After my recent problems with Picasa I decided it was time to replace my ageing Linksys router with something a bit more up to date, modern looking and hopefully would solve some problems with my XBox Live and uploads to Picasa. I’d always installed Netgear kit and other peoples houses so I thought I’d go to the latest version for myself this time – the nice and shiny black DGN1000. Tracking it down was easy, in the end Amazon came up with the best price of £34 which was a bout £7 cheaper than everywhere else but to my horror it received totally appalling reviews pretty much everywhere!
Anyway its specs where exactly what I needed so I decided to give it a whirl, this is what Netgear have to say about it:
The NETGEAR N150 Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router is a simple and secure way to share your high-speed Internet connection at Wireless-N speeds for surfing the Internet, email, online chat and Facebook. Complete with a built-in DSL modem, it is compatible with all major DSL Internet service providers and Wireless-G networks, allowing hassle-free connection flexibility.
- Built-in DSL modem — ADSL2+ modem and router combined create complete gateway for DSL Internet connection
- Surf, email, chat — Wireless-N connection for basic Internet applications like surfing the Web, email and Facebook
- Share Internet connection — Allows Internet broadband sharing and the freedom of wireless Internet usage
- Easy setup — Smart Wizard® CD with graphical installation guide and multi-language support
- Live Parental Controls — Keeps your Internet experience safe
- Blocks unsafe Internet content and applications and can be managed from anywhere
- Protects connected devices through the router such as PCs, gaming consoles, and iPod touch®
- To learn more visit www.netgear.com/lpc
- Secured connection — Push ‘N’ Connect offers a secured wireless Internet connection at the push of a button
- Compatibility – Compatible with all major DSL Internet service providers (ISPs)
- NETGEAR Green features — Power and Wi-Fi on/off buttons, Energy Star-compliant power adapter and 80% recycled packaging
I have to says its pretty good, I haven’t written a review on Amazon about it because I’ve only had it two weeks but I set it up in all of 2 minutes and its stable as can be, hasn’t had to be rebooted once and on Wireless N is lightening fast. The only issue I have with it is from my Media Centre running Vista refusing to get an internet connection, it connects using WPA2 well and gets an IP address but for some reason will not allow an internet connection, switching back to WEP all is well and everything in the house connects perfectly. To be honest I haven’t investigated this too much and is probably an easy fix.
I’d buy it again I think for the price, probably not if it was £45 or more.