Netgear RP614 router review

Netgear RP614

Here’s another review that I posted at Epinions, this time of the Netgear RP614 v2 router. So far I’ve only had one problem; port 2 stopped working. Their customer support has been really busy (in fact I got a busy signal a few times) so I haven’t been able to talk to anyone yet, but thankfully I only have two machines on the router so there’s no rush. I want to get a replacement at some point so I’ll keep calling until I get to talk to someone, but other than that I’m still very pleased.

Easy to use and works great
Aug 03 ’04

Pros: 3 year warranty, works as expected

Cons: AC adapter is large

The Bottom Line: It’s a great router at a great price with a 3 year warranty.

I use Comcast broadband with two computers and got a letter from them saying I was only allowed to use one IP address, so my main reason for buying the RP614v2 router was to be able to have multiple computers behind the firewall and only use a single IP address. I also wanted to have the added security since the computers would no longer easily accessible from the internet.

I spent quite a bit of time researching routers including the LinkSys BEFSR41 the D-Link DI-604 and this one. The reason I went with this one was almost entirely because of the three year warranty. The other two only have a 1 year warranty and from what I read, a year seemed to be long enough for several routers to stop working. The reviews on all three were varied. Some would say how great the router was, while others compared it to dog turd. In the end they all averaged out, leaving me no farther along than when I began.

I borrowed a spare DLink 804HV from work so I would have a router until mine arrived, and it worked great. The web interface was easy to use and I liked the logging feature. I would have bought it from them if I hadn’t already ordered the Netgear.

I bought mine on June 5th, 2004 and have not had any problems with it since I purchased it (2 months). I paid $44.45 at Comp-U-Plus with a $10 rebate so the total price was $34.45. I just checked Amazon and they have it for $27.94 with a $10 mail in rebate and free shipping so if you’re going to get one, I would recommend going there.

I don’t like the fact that it has a session timeout so my SSH connections are killed after a certain amount of time (it seems to be pretty short, like 30 minutes). There is no way to change that value in the latest version of the firmware (I’m using Version 5.20 Release Candidate RC3) so I hope they add that in later revisions.

It’s quiet, doesn’t take up much space and does exactly what I wanted it to do. I haven’t had to deal with customer support (and I hope I never have to) so I don’t know if that’s a negative, but as long as it keeps working, I’ll be happy.

You can find updates for the firmware at


Amount Paid (US$): 34.45
Driver Availability: Windows, Linux, and Mac


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  1. I’m glad to read someone else has had the same ssh problem I’ve been having. How were you able to determine it was the RP614v2? I happened to upgrade my server at the same time I ‘upgraded’ my router [my netgear rt311 was a LOT more stable than the rp614!].



    Comment by Vince LaMonica on August 9, 2005 @ 8:24 pm
  2. Vince: All internal SSH connections stayed open for hours on end, while any SSH connections through the router would time out. I could also SSH to the same server from other locations and they would stay open, but if I SSHed to that server while going through the router, it would time out.

    Comment by dan on August 10, 2005 @ 9:25 am

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