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Connect a LAN cable from the Netgear to the LAN port on yourcomputer, open a browser and enter the Netgear configuration URL - http://192.168.0.1 The default login = admin The default PW = passwordYou can now change the default admin password and configurethe wireless settings. Go to the wireless configuration and set up the SSID and WPA or WPA2encryption. Now apply these settings to the wireless card in your laptop/computer. To secure your wireless network from unauthorized access, please click on thislink and follow my instructions :-http://www.fixya.com/support/r3559128-wireless_router_security
What are the settings that you have for your netgear router? Its going to tunnel, right? Try this solutions and see it will work.
1. Access the set-up page of the router, from a browser, type 192.168.1.1
2. Go to VPN tab and select IP SEC VPN
3. Local Security Group, set it to subnet and input the Network Address of the router (LAN IP - 192.168.1.0)
4. Remote Security Group, set it to subnet and input the Network Address of the netgear router (LAN IP, for example - 192.168.2.0)
5. Remote Secure Group, set it to IP only, WAN IP address of the netgear router
6. For Key Managemnt, just make sure that all settings are identical with the netgear router
7. Last go to Advanced Settings and make sure that group settings are identical to the netgear router
This is no small undertaking. You will first have to decide if you are going to use software or hardware vpn. Software vpn is free and only requires that you install it (the client) on whatever remote system you are using to connect to the 624. I can say that you want to have your internet connection point (DSL modem or Cable modem) set to "bridge" mode. This will pass through all traffic to the netgear directly. Some (like a speedstream 5200 DSL modem) allow this or they have a DMZ feature which will accomplish the same. Either way you want to ensure ALL ports and all traffic are getting to the netgear. Once that is done you simple create a string at both ends that match for your security phrase and an authentication that matches and you should be good. It's really a lot more than what could be provided here. (Several lengthy documents worth) but I can provide you with a useful link that will give you an a-z about VPN and has specific walkthroughs for Netgear users only.
Hope this helps a little.
Have look in the router settings for the actual internet connection speeds, as these are a more true reading than the speed check as the speeds can vary at different times of the day and 2 or 3 speed checks can bring different results.
your actual connection speed that is showing in the routers settings is the connection you are getting from your ISP.
If you are with BT they usually recommend using their latest routers, why i'm not sure, as the only thing i have noted is that the MTU is set at 1500 (Maximum Transmition Units)and in other routers the MTU is automatically set at 1493, so look for the MTU setting and up it if necassary, but not above 1500, also double check all the settings, even put the bt router back in and see if speeds improve, if, you know the BT router is set up purposly for faster connection speeds.
Also try checking your speed at a speed test site at a quieter time of day, you will also see different speed check sites give you different speed results.