Iphone3g 2.01 - wlan: unable to join the network "xyz" with netgear dg834n

i m not able to connect to my netgear dg834n with my new iphone.
every time i´m trying it i get this error:
unable to join the network "xyz"
tests i did:
- restart of iphone
- reboot of iphone
- switching of security (and mac address control) on netgear
- tryout of all wlan security combinations on netgear
- turned netgear off and tried again
- dhcp and manal settings on iphone for tcp/ip (netgear has dhcp enabled)
i m using the newest available firmware for dg834n
any help ?

Add me to the list. . .and it happened right after the upgrade to 4.2.1. . .
Coincidence or just just a factor of wear and tear. I've tried 3 calls to Apple and they say the phone needs to be replaced.
A bunch of youTube videos watched and instructions followed to no avail.
It seems that the wireless portion of the circuit board connection is prone to cracking in the iPhone. I'm finding references to this gremlin dating all the way back to 2008. I'm wondering if there is a connection with high swings in temperature of surroundings. One clue to whether cracking exists on Circuit board connections is to pop your phone into a freezer for about 10 minutes and see if this permanently or temporarily allows the phone to be able to connect. . .
The only successful fix I've seen is reflowing the Circuit board by putting it in the oven but that takes a couple of shots of good vodka before seriously trying that. . .There are plenty of Google links on both the preparation and the fix. . .8^]

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