Linksys Wireless-G Vs Netgear WGT624

Been looking through the posts but with no luck.

From looking at all the usual reviews through the web - these two seem to come out the best ... (the Draytek is way out of the price range!)

- Linksys Wireless-G 54mbps Broadband Router

- NETGEAR WGT624 802.11g 108 Mbps Wireless Cable/DSL Firewall Router

Now, CNET reviews posted on the newsgroup put the Netgear over the LinkSys, but reading the other posts, many people say to stay away from anything netgear !!!

Noticing that alot of the posts are reasonably old (and alot of them note about firmware upgrades), which in your view is the best now? Or is there something else in the price range which is now better?

One other thing, I need any indication on which has the best range, and whether I can stick a repeater on either?

Thanks in advance, Becks

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I recently bought the NETGEAR WGT624v2. I am exceptionally pleased with the device, and the associated wireless cards. The range is excellent. I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 router and the NETGEAR is far superior in all areas of performance. Including updating of firmware and configuration. The only edge that Linksys has over NETGEAR is syslog capability. The only kind of log data available from the NETGEAR router is outbound connections to internet IP addresses. There is no logging of incoming connections. And no product like Wallwatcher to capture that data. That I don't like. I have not used a Linksys wireless Super-G router, so I can't say how that compares to NETGEAR's 624. Bur clearly, I don't think the NETGEAR product is crap.

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If you'd like WallWatcher to report what the WGT624 can log, you can download the "Log Capture" utility program from the WW website

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, run it, and send me the captured RAW file. If it's feasible to add support, I'll let you know when something's ready for testing.

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Dan Tseng - WallWatcher author

Thanks Lee, appreciate the info Becks

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I just purchased a Netgear WG311T wireless PCI adapter and installed it

on my neighbours computer. It would have worked without a hitch had it

not been for my mistake. In the end, it worked perfectly and I didn't

even to set anything up. It just automatically detected my wireless

network and connected.

I have a Linksys wireless router that is connected to my wired network.

The setup was simple (install the software first) and at first it

didn't detect the hardware because when I screwed in the board, it came

partway out of the slot in the motherboard. After scratching my head,

I reopened the case and pushed down on the board and saw that it wasn't

seated properly so I just left the screw out and made sure the board

was seated.

When I turned on the computer the little tray icon appeared just as the

manual said it would. I was already connected without any

configuration at all. Unfortunately, the Linksys wireless router only

allows 54 Mbps so I doesn't take advantage of the Netgear's 108 Mbps

capability. In any case, the signal strength was at 65-75% but the

speed was only 11 Mbps. Since my neighbour is only accessing the

internet, I figured the 11 Mpbs is adequate for surfing.

I do have cordless phones and I still need to check if they are in the

2.4 GHz range (this may explain the low speed). Also the signal

travels from my home office through two stucco walls to the other side

of my neighbours house, approximately 40' away so I was pretty happy

with a 65-75% signal.

The wireless router is my roommates and he'll be moving out in a couple

of months. The IT guys at work like the Netgear stuff. I installed a

Netgear switch at the network backboard under the sidewalk and it got

drenched in rainwater twice. I mean water poring into the data jacks.

Each time after drying out the switch for 24 h it worked perfectly

again. I figure, I'll upgrade the wireless router to a Netgear model

when my roommate leaves.

In summary, I'm very happy with the Netgear PCI adapter. I'll probably

buy a Netgear PCI card for my laptop next (if I ever get around to

replacing the defunct battery).

On a funnier note, my new tenant downstairs connected her modem with a

phone line to the data jack and wondered why she didn't have a network

connection. Partly my fault, I should have at least given her a patch

cord but god knows where she would have stuck that.

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