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The WGR614L supports popular open source firmware choices such as DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato.

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Pros

fast enough for the majority of consumers

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affordable price

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quick and easy to set up

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support for WPA2 security - currently uncrackable

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lower price than comparable devices

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compatible with popular firmware options such as DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato

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Cons

installation CD not compatible with Mac OSX

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older wireless G standard - does not transmit as far or as fast as new N compatible devices

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The Netgear WGR614L is a wireless-G network router aimed at advanced users looking to run alternative, open source firmware on their router. The WGR614L supports popular open source firmware choices such as DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato. Developers have access to an extensive user guide for programming their own router features, along with support from Netgear’s myopenrouter.com community. The Netgear WGR614L runs on a Broadcom 5354 running at 240 MHz with 4 MB flash and 16 MB of RAM. This router includes two antennas, one internal and one external. Netgear’s WGR614 is rated for wireless connections up to 54 Mbps, and has four additional Ethernet 10/100 LAN ports on the back. Users looking for a wireless-G router that is compatible with a variety of open source firmwares should find the Netgear WGR614 more than acceptable.

Features
  • Network protocols: Static & Dynamic Routing (TCP/IP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP
  • Security: Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS protection
  • LAN ports: 4 x 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
  • WAN port: 1 x 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
  • VPN passthrough (IPSec, L2TP)
  • Encryption: 64-bit, 128-bit, WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK
  • “Smart Wizard” installation CD for easy setup
  • 2 antennas
  • Energy Star-compliant
  • Dimensions & weight: 1.1 x 6.9 x 4.7 in, 0.57 lb
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