I have just changed my Netgear DG834G wireless encryption from WEP to WPA but was surprised to find that it would only work with SSID broadcast enabled (network not found otherwise). Win XP and Netgear WG311 802.11g Wireless PCI Card. Is it better to have WPA with SSID broadcast enabled or WEP with SSID broadcast disabled? Is this a problem?
Dipso, my Netgear DG834G is V2 and has firmware 1.04.01. There are 4 newer firmware versions, the latest for UK is 188.8.131.52 but I am not aware that the WPA/SSID broadcast issue was a bug fix. I am using Windows XP wireless setup software rather than the Netgear utility as I have found it more reliable. When I set it up I just entered the SSID and passkey even though windows couldn't "see" the wireless network. Is it worth risking a firmware upgrade even though everything else is working?
"Is it worth risking a firmware upgrade even though everything else is working?"
As long as you follow the instructions, nothing should be risky. After all, if your router is still in warranty, you can get support from Netgear if anything goes wrong.
I've updated the firmware on mine a few times and not hit any problems - it is always best to have the latest firmware anyway. I found the wireless range increased when I upgraded (which was a bonus!).
Glad you got it working mulligan. The version you had was pretty old. I don't know if Netgear will be providing any further fw upgrades for the v2 now that there's a v3. My only advice would be to download the recovery utility just in case an upgrade fails and when performing the upgrade always disconnect the router from the phone line as interuptions can cause it to fail.