Zyxel Prestige 660H or Netgear DG834 ?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Kev, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Kev

    Kev Guest

    I'm not a newbie and have read up on these routers including the manuals.

    Both are said to have proper SPI firewalls, etc, which is a must but I've
    read conflicting comments about whether they are truly stealthy (eg. what
    the checks at grc.com say). Also, a scan through the manuals suggests that
    the Zyxel is more sophisticated (maybe except for VPN support).

    Is there any reason in particular to go for or not go for either of these
    routers ?

    Are there any other obvious choices in the region of £45 ? Wi-Fi is not
    necessary and cannot be included in the router.

    Kev, Oct 8, 2006
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  2. Kev wrote in
    I can certainyl recommend the DG834 and its various wireless cousins the G,
    GT and PN. It's easy to set up: in many cases it autodetects the VPI/VCI,
    encapsulation and multiplexing. It has a good log (which can be emailed each
    day is required) so there's good information about why a connection has

    I've run GRC's ProbeMyPorts and found that all the ports are stealthed -
    unless you set up specific port-forwarding rules, of course!

    My DG834GT works perfectly well at 8Mbps. I presume the basic DG834 can do
    this too - either with the built-in firmware or after a firmware upgrade.

    I wonder whether it might be worth you considering a router with a wireless
    access point built in (eg the DG834G), but to turn the wireless off since
    it's not needed at present. That way, you've got a router which has the
    capability of supporting wireless if this is needed in the future. Probably
    cheaper than buying a wireless AP later on.
    Martin Underwood, Oct 8, 2006
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  3. Kev

    Kev Guest


    Thanks for the response. Are you satisified with the UI ? Looks a bit
    weird (and uncomprehensive) to me compared with, say, the Draytek offering.
    I don't want to hear from anyone who can do 8Mb/s thanks ;-)
    I've been using a Draytek 2600 plus on the other line and that's been a top
    router and I've already added an AP but it's hardly ever on. I'd consider
    letting the next router have wifi built in but I'd need to know that not
    only was it not talking but also that it was not even emitting any radio
    waves. May sound strange to some but that's what I want !
    Kev, Oct 8, 2006
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