Netgear Revs Up 802.11g Speeds

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-10-20 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Netgear upped the ante in the 802.11g space last month with the release of its $150 WGT624 108M-bps Wireless Firewall Router.

Netgear upped the ante in the 802.11g space last month with the release of its $150 WGT624 108M-bps Wireless Firewall Router.

To approach the claimed 108M-bps speeds, the router uses two 54M-bps Wi-Fi channels. Although my test speeds hovered closer to 30M bps, organizations with a need for speed should by all means take a look at the WGT624.

The WGT624 is equipped with a four-port, 10/100M-bps Ethernet switch, and it is backward- compatible with the 802.11b and 802.11g wireless standards. I connected to the router using Netgears $90 WG511T 108M-bps Wireless PC Card. Any 802.11b/g-enabled client can connect to the router, but youll need the WG511T card to take advantage of the 108M-bps capabilities.

The WGT624 offers remote management capabilities and security that goes beyond the usual home-user wireless router. Netgear provides more than 10 security and privacy features with the WGT624, including Network Address Translation and Stateful Packet Inspection firewalls, 64- and 152-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy encryption, security logging, and intrusion detection.

Netgear officials said the router can support 100 VPN pass-throughs—something that will likely come in handy for enterprise organizations. IT managers should note, however, that although the router supports WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access), a firmware upgrade will be necessary. The WPA upgrade was not available at press time.

More information is available at www.netgear.com.

 
 
 
 
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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