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NETGEAR WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition
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Product Description

NetGear's RangeMax Next extends the possibilities of your wireless home network by providing wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps. This next generation wireless standard utilizes advanced MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) technology, which delivers incredible speed and range. A RangeMax Next wireless network creates and maintains stable connections and enough bandwidth to surf the Internet, download MP3s, make Internet phone calls, share files, play network games, and stream high-definition videos simultaneously. Touchless WiFi Security makes creating the highest level of network security easy. Setup is simple thanks to NetGear's Smart Wizard and NetGear 24/7 basic technical support. Security - Double Firewall - Network Address Translation (NAT) to hide PCs and files from outside users / Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall to deny outside requests for personal info /Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention /Intrusion Detection and Prevent (IDS)/WiFi protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK) /WEP 64-bit, 128-bit encryption for 802.11b and 802.11g / Wireless Access Control to identify authorized devices / MAC address authentication /Exposed Host (DMZ) for secure gaming Privacy & Parental Control - Time-based usage controls, Web site logging, URL content filtering System Requirements - Broadband (cable, DSL) Internet service and modem with Ethernet connection / 2.4 GHz 802.11n or 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g wireless adapter. Alternatively, an Ethernet adapter and cable for each PC / Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux / Compatible with Windows Vista / Internet Explorer 5.0 RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Adapters (WN511T, WN311T, WN121T) recommended for best performance Unit Dimensions - 8.9 x 6.8 x 1.5 inches (225.5 x 172 x 39 mm) / Weight - 1.2 lbs (.56 kg) NetGear 1- year warranty

The NETGEAR WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition offers:
  • Wireless-N protocol for up to 300 Mbps throughput.
  • Four Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet ports for fast wired connections.
  • WiFi Multimedia technology for optimized audio, video, and voice applications.
The NETGEAR WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition lets you easily set up a wireless network in your home so you can share a single internet connection with everyone in your household at speeds up to 300 Mbps. You can stream music and video, make internet phone calls, videoconference, and surf the web, all at the same time.

The WNR854T has a Gigabit Ethernet backbone for maximum speeds. View larger. View back.
Easy Setup
The WNR854T makes it easy for even a novice to set up a wireless network: just plug the included Ethernet cable from your LAN into the device and insert the included CD into any computer on the network, which will provide step-by-step instructions. The WNR854T includes a stand for vertical placement.

The WNR854T employs a web-based interface for configuration for compatibility with any computer with a web browser. The firmware is also upgradeable via the web interface so you can be sure your router will always be up-to-date.

New Technology Means Blazing Speeds and Backwards Compatibility
The WNR854T complies with the latest 802.11n draft specification which allows for speeds up to 300 Mbps; this maximum speed can be achieved when used with other TopDog devices. By utilizing MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) technology, the WNR854T has speed and range far surpassing the older 802.11g standard. The preset internal antennas ensure that the device is always tuned for optimal performance, and NETGEAR's Wi-Fi Multimedia technology optimizes audio, video, and voice applications.

If you still have computers that use 802.11g or 802.11b, don't fret as the router is backwards compatible with the older wireless standards and can be set so all your computers can connect to the network. The WNR854T will automatically figure out the connection type and work accordingly.

By using Gigabit Ethernet for the backend, you'll be certain that the router is receiving data at the highest possible speeds. The router also has four Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet ports in the back for connecting computers to the network via a wired connection that will give the fastest performance.

Security Made Easy
The WNR854T offers many security options to ensure your data is private. Double firewall protection keeps your network shielded from outside attacks. It also prevents Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

NETGEAR's Touchless WiFi Security makes it quick and easy to set up network security on a WiFi network by asking for a passphrase from the user. The WNR854T supports WiFi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK), and 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption for 802.11b/g networks. Additionally, you can set security through MAC address authentication, allowing only authorized users onto the network.

The NETGEAR WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition is backed by a 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition, power adapter, Ethernet cable, stand, setup CD, warranty/support information card.

  • Wireless-N router offers an easy way to set up a fast network with wired and wireless connections
  • Delivers up to 300 Mbps of wireless throughput
  • Built-in 4-port Gigabit switch for fast wired connections
  • Enhanced security includes a double firewall, and WPA and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Device measures 8.9 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Worst router I have ever owned!
    I purchased this router from a major electronics store on the recommendation of the salesman. Although the box was shrink wrapped in plastic upon opening it I realized that it had been returned by someone else; that should have been my first warning.

    Initially the router worked fine with the exception on never being able to connect my print server to it wirelessly. After a few weeks all of a sudden I was getting dropped connections several times a day which I blamed on my ISP. If I unplugged the router and recycled it the connection would come back again before dropping for no reason. I did a search for "Netgear dropped connection" and was flooded with people with the exact problem I was encountering and nobody had any idea how to correct it, including Netgear.

    I decided to cut my losses and just buy a competitors product which I got going in minutes and event the print server popped right up. If I could give this product zero stars I would have....more info
  • It will break
    Everyone's warnings here are true - believe it. Mine worked longer than some, but not as long as it should. Make sure you do some research on the Web before you buy this router. You will find most, if not all units eventually suffer from the blue ring of death where the power light comes on, but nobody is home. If it makes it over a year, you're lucky (except that your warranty will be over, but at least then the end is quick and you can move on).
    While it worked, mine worked pretty well. There were some firmware issues, but not any worse than other brands I've had. Range and speed were good. Reboot it every couple of months and it works alright, for a while.
    If you already own it, or buy it despite everyone's warnings, save yourself the headache and email tech support instead of trying to call them when your unit dies. It's much easier to understand their support techs when they type instead of talk. These problems are well documented and it will only take a couple of the usual "did you try this" email exchanges before they offer you the 3 replacement options....more info
  • better off in the garbage can
    I bought this thing new and it worked fine for 1 week. It then started dropping the wireless signal intermittently. Well, here it is 5 months later and the thing is toast. Just before it died, the DHCP function continually quit working and now the power light is the only thing that works. Netgear will replace it, but I really don't want to go through this again. Learn from my $170 mistake and buy something else....more info
  • TOL is right -- this thing is cruddy
    The review by TOL is right on. This router worked great for about 6 months and then just died without any triggering event -- I simply woke up one morning and it was toast. TOL's statements about the customer service are accurate. I waited 15 minutes so that I could talk to a dude in India who was nice, but whose accent was so strong that I had to keep asking "what?" Not good. This router is expensive, too. Netgear should provide a longer warranty if they are going to produce sub-standard products. Better yet, perhaps Netgear should produce a higher quality product with better customer support. I have several Netgear products in my mega-wired home -- I think I'll stick to Linksys in the future, which has yet to fail me....more info
  • Don't Buy This Product or any Netgear Product
    I bought a Netgear WND3300 and Started having problem from the beginning. It lasted barely 2 weeks. Their tech support in India did a firware upgrade and rendered the first unit useless. I had that unit replaced and the second unit was even more useless. I was in fact sent a refurbished unit that was registered to someone else. This new unit had just been repackaged and didn't work at all. After 3 hours with tech support and customer service, Netgear decided that they would upgrade me to the WNR854T. This unit barely lasted an hour. Another 2 hours with tech support and now my case is escalated to the next level. Nobody's returned my phone call in a week, and now Netgear want's to charge me for the replacement (that doesn't work). Don't buy from Netgear. I've set up networks before. I'm not new to this. You would get better reception from a BRICK. I'm out $130 dollars and now they want to charge me another $150. Talk about customer service!

    SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHE! Don't buy Netgear....more info
  • Died, and the replacement Died
    I purchased this router one year ago. Since then it has just died. I sent it back to Netgear and they sent me a new one. That took me offline for one week. Plus I had too pay for shipping the replacement router. That one died in about six months. That is two routers in less than twelve months. Good range and data rate when it works. Super fast is the only reason it got the second star. If reliability is important to you, skip it....more info
  • 16 days to failure - beat that!
    There should be a contest for the shortest-lived WNR854T router. My first one lasted 16 days. My suspicion is the power transformer because it makes a loud whistling sound that can be heard from a room away. I've never heard anything like that before.

    When it did work, I had some of the previously-described problems with quirky connections, etc. Netgear should be ashamed of this product. ...more info
  • 802.11n Has NOT Matured
    Unit does not support 5GHz spectrum and achieves 300Mbps connections using channel bonding in 2.4GHz, which interferes with practically all home cordless phones, baby monitors, and neighbor's phones that run in the 2.4GHz channel. It's ability to maintain a connection with 802.11n units just 20 feet away is quite poor - loses connection constantly because of issues with the 2.4GHz band. The firmware is extremely unstable, requires constant rebooting and has poor throughput through gigabit FTP. I was only able to achieve 10MB/sec but when I switched to the 5GHz capable Apple Airport Extreme Gigabit Edition, was able to achieve 20 to 25MB/sec throughput using the default settings.

    Wait until Q4 of this year for 802.11n to be finalized and hardware comes out that supports simultaneous operation in 2.4GHz and 5GHz, which will make it easier to be fully backwards compatible and easily to transition. Currently, NO hardware supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous operation. The closest is the Airport Extreme Gigabit Edition which can output in either 2.4 or 5 but not both - some updates to come with that one. But in case you want the AEBS now, please note that it does not work well with network servers because of a slightly different application of port forwarding compared to other routers....more info
  • Great when it worked, died after 6 month as did the replacement
    Netgear refused to replace the replacement. They only will send you (multiple) replacements for 1 year, costing about $30 for shipping a pop. Don't buy this!...more info
  • Awesome product
    I didn't know much about this router when I purchased it, but since it had a good rating on Consumer Reports I decided to give it a try despite the low reviews on Amazon. It has worked wonderfully for me and I don't hesitate to give it 5 starts. It works great for my new Dell XPS with Vista as well as my old Dell Inspiron with Windows XP. I purchased the NetGear N Card for my old Inspiron and the connection is even faster than my new Dell! It was also compatible with the new Brother Wireless printer I purchased. The set up on both computers and the printer was quick and easy even though I have no previous experience setting up a wireless network. I just inserted the Driver CD and followed the instructions step by step. I haven't encountered a single problem or dropped connection. The wireless network has been running smoothly at my house since I got this router. ...more info
  • This product should be recalled
    Purchased 7/8/2007, died (single green light) 12/29/2007. After seeing so many other people having the same problem, I think Netgear should recall this product....more info
  • Really bad company
    I used the router, Netgear WNR854T, for 367days.
    I could not use it any more after that time because it has troublesome.
    The company said that they do not manage any place where it is repaired and recommand me to buy a new one.
    It is one of the ridiculous companies.
    Now I have my old-router of the other company, i bought 5 years ago, and it works well still. I recently realized that the new model is always not better than old one.

    ...more info
  • biggest piece of junk i have ever purchased
    Here is the letter I just sent via Priority Mail last week to David Soares, their VP of Sales and Customer Service:

    January 24, 2008

    Mr. David Soares
    Vice President
    Netgear, Inc.
    350 East Plumeria Drive
    San Jose, CA 95134-1911

    Dear Mr. Soares,

    I am extremely dissatisfied with the level of service I have received from your support representatives in dealing with a defective wireless router I purchased from your company for use in my home-based business. I had previously been through 3 different low end routers in less than 2 years, and as I shopped for my replacement I decided to buy the best of the best. At the time this was your company's WNR854T model wireless router. I spent the extra money on it so that I could have peace of mind and not have to worry about having any more issues with lower quality inferior products.

    Boy was I surprised that within a few months, the WNR854T that I purchased started dropping wireless signal for 3-5 minutes (or more) at a time, at least 5 times every single day. I have my business phone service through Vonage, and so when my wireless connection to the internet drops, so do my phone calls. This was a major inconvenience to say the least.

    I worked with your support team via Case # xxxxxxx starting 10/18/08. It took over a month for me to get a RMA issued and have a replacement router sent out to me after all the troubleshooting steps we did together did not fix my problem. I was elated to have a new router at that time and be done with my issues.

    Within a matter of only 2-3 weeks the replacement router started showing all the same problems again. I opened a new case with your support team on 1/13/09, Case # xxxxxxx. I have re-troubleshooted the problem using the same steps as prescribed from the first case and I am still having problems. I have repeatedly asked your reps via the online support system to have yet another router sent out to me, but to this day I still have not been given an RMA number or a tracking number. The last rep insists that I call in to receive an RMA.

    When I called last time to get the RMA on my first router, my call was sent to India and I had to speak with someone I could barely understand. I gave that individual my case number at that time, and he still insisted on going back through and re-troubleshooting the whole problem. When he was convinced that nothing else could be done, he put me on hold for 20 minutes and came back with an RMA number, and asked me how I wanted to pay for the shipping of my new router. I did pay for it at that time because I needed a new router quickly.

    I do not wish to call in again, to have to speak with someone in India, to re-troubleshoot what I have already done yet again, to wait on hold for another RMA, and then have to pay for shipping.

    Based on the miserable experience I have had with both of the routers I have used from your company, coupled with the lack of service that I have received from your support team in expediting the RMA process for me and getting a new router shipped out to me, I would like you to know that I am very inclined to never buy another Netgear product again in my life, especially one that my business would depend on.

    I am coming directly to you because it seems like your employees are not empowered to make the decisions necessary here to gain my satisfaction as a customer. I would like a replacement router overnighted to me without having to come out of pocket myself for the shipping, since I have already done so once. I have read on the internet about many people that have had problems with the WNR854T. Maybe you will choose to send me something newer and better and less prone to develop problems that I have been experiencing. I would love to give the WNDR3700 a try. If you are unable to send a replacement router, would you please write me a check to refund the full $181 MSRP for your product that I paid to a local vendor that is now out of business?

    I appreciate your prompt reply and attention in this matter. Feel free to contact me if you need any further information from me.


    -T...more info
  • Satisfied consumer
    I upgraded from a Linksys 802.11b wireless router to this model. Setup was a snap, and I get a 3X increase in download speed to my home PC connected via wire (not a wireless connection) over my Optimum Online cable service. This alone was worth the cost to me. The boost when I'm wireless is great too. Another huge improvement is that I had to reset the Linksys router every other day or so, because the wireless access would not work after a day or so. This new Netgear router just keeps working. It's been about 6 weeks now without a reset. I am a totally satisfied customer....more info
  • Do not buy, not worth the headachs
    Theres no doubt you'll be returning this router, but on the bright side, it will fail during your warranty period. The bad side of it is you'll have to pay bloated shipping rates to get your new one.

    This router worked good for me while it worked (10 months). Im waiting on my new one now, I paid $30 to get it next day, and I'll still have to pay some to return it....more info
    Second router (replacement) died today. Netgear's response: "You will have to buy a new one, your warranty is expired". Yes I will buy a new one, a LINKSYS....more info
  • As if you needed more confimration on the POS...
    This hunk-o-junk failed literally 4 days after the warranty expired, and netgear refused to replace it. The story goes much like every other one told here, and the thousands of others reported on netgear's forums and other hardware related message boards: Go to sleep with everything working just fine. Wake up with only the power light on. Router dead. I thought that since it was LITERALLY 4 days beyond the warranty expiration date that netgear would make an exception and replace the router. Nope. After checking around some on the commonality of my situation, it becomes clear that this router just sucks. I'm guessing that netgear probably would have replaced it if this router didn't have suck a gawd awful track record. But after discovering how sucky and unreliable this router is, its probably best that i didn't get a replacement since i'm sure the second one would have been just as pathetic. like many of the other reviewers, replacing a POS router with another refurbished POS router is only going to delay the inevitable. last netgear POS I ever buy. From what I can find online, the best wireless N gigabit router is the D-Link DIR-655. Hopefully you read these reviews before throwing your money away. sheesh....more info