(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Thoughput in Mbps measured indoors at 200 feet|
In addition to its hearty features, the Netgear WGU624 delivers fast performance in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Set to Super G (108Mbps) mode, the router earned a 42.1Mbps score in both 802.11a and 802.11g modes in CNET Labs' tests. Although its times are a few seconds shy of those of the Belkin Pre-N router and the D-Link DI-624, the WGU624 still performs admirably compared to most routers. In our Labs' mixed-mode, 802.11a and g trials, the WGU624 clocked an awesome 39Mbps time. Last but not least, the WGU624 proved that it can pass muster at long distances in our LabsÂ’ maximum-throughput range tests: at 200 feet, the router transferred data at a quick 35.6Mbps in 802.11g Super G mode and 29.1Mbps over its 802.11a interface. For more details on how we test networking devices, see the CNET Labs site.
The WGU624 ships with a setup guide and a documentation CD, too. Unlike many setup guides, the WGU624's guide does a decent job explaining how to hook up the router's hardware. The extensive electronic manual on the accompanying CD also offers a detailed explanation of the router's browser-based configuration tool--although the manual's fuzzy screenshots could stand some sprucing up.
ItÂ’s always disappointing when an expensive Wi-Fi router such as the WGU624 comes with a short, one-year warranty. On the plus side, Netgear provides 24/7, toll-free phone support during the warranty period. The FAQ and troubleshooting info on the companyÂ’s support Web site is nothing special, but the siteÂ’s well-organized customer forum comes in handy for seeking router advice from other users.