Router Woes

I’ve had a Netgear DG834G router since v2 of the firmware was released (late 2003) and it served our small network of two laptops, an Xbox 360, a 500gb Landisk and Wi-fi radio quite well up until about a week ago.

Monday evening we had what can only be described as a mini powercut. The TV flickered, the Sky + box lost a signal but the laptops and seemingly (at the time) the router were unaffected. Later that night the router started to drop connection to both the ADSL and the wireless every ten minutes or so. This carried on for a few days until I took the plunge and reflashed the firmware back to factory and updated to the latest version.

Since then the connection has been rock solid, and even a little faster than normal when accessing anything over the network. Despite that, I can’t help thinking that it might be time to replace my five year old router for something a little snappier.

I’ve narrowed it down to two options; the first is the DGN2000 which looks as though it’s the bigger, beefier brother of the DG834G with the second being the DG834N, which actually is the bigger brother of the DG834G (in model number if not in styling).

There’s not much to choose between them in terms of pricing or features so I think it’ll be whatever is at PC World when I get down there tomorrow.

Do you have any suggestions? I’ve been a Netgear fan for a while now, especially after having a few nightmares with D-Link routers a few years ago.

Let me know in the comments.

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