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Netgear Mr814v2 802.11b Wireless Router

Reviewing: Netgear Mr814v2  |  Rating:
By pdcd on
Badge: Publisher | Level: 7 | Computers & Laptops Expertise:

The Netgear MR814v2 is a little bit outdated now, being as it only supports 802.11b, but it's still a good router for home use and you can probably get it quite cheap now.

Netgear routers for the most part have the same configuration screens and if you've ever dealt with another Netgear router you'll immediately be familiar with how to configure this one. Even if you haven't, the router setup has a easy "hand-holding" mode for novices as well as the configuration options for more advanced users.

The MR814v2 has 4 ethernet ports if you want to hook up devices locally instead of via wireless. Because it's 802.11b it only has support for WEP, which can be cracked with a little work but unless you're in a very public setting you probably shouldn't worry if you use additional security features such as MAC filtering and appropriate application level security on your computer. Placing this router in a home is probably OK. Using it for your office at work is probably not. Remote configuration, remote monitoring, port forwarding and NAT are all present on this router.

Don't be confused by marketing hype that tries to sell 802.11g or 802.11n routers because they are faster. Most likely if you are a home wireless user with cable or DSL, 802.11b is fast enough for you to be able to saturate your bandwidth. For a home user the main advantage of 802.11g or 802.11n routers is increased security or additional features like a print server or storage link on the router.

Overall the Netgear MR814v2 router is still a cost effective solution for home wireless usage. It performs well, is easy to configure, and Netgear has good support if you have a problem. Additionally there is a wealth of information on the internet if you do encounter technical issues.