Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless VPN Firewall reviewed

| Wireless Driver & Software

Wireless Features

The FWAG’s wireless settings are separated into two pages – one for the 11a radio (Figure 8), the other for the 11b/g radio (Figure 9).

NETGEAR FWAG114 - Wireless 11a settings

Figure 8: Wireless 11a settings
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NETGEAR FWAG114 - Wireless 11b/g settings

Figure 9: Wireless 11b/g settings
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The settings are pretty much what you expect, but also include the ability to control the transmit power and disable SSID broadcast on both radios. You can’t, however, turn off the radios, a feature I think should be mandatory on all wireless routers.

Also note that there are no mode settings on the b/g radio – including no support for Atheros’ “Super-G / AG” throughput enhancement mechanism, and no way to disable 802.11g’s 11b protection mechanism.

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