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Netgear N600 300 Mbps 4-Port Gigabit Wireless N Router (WNDR3700)

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NetGear WNDR3700 Wireless Router

Sep 15, 2010
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Pros:Works as advertised, dependable, 802.11 B, G, N, fast easy setup.

Cons:price for some, none for me.

The Bottom Line: Solid router, should last for years, ease to install, ease security setup. Good for your first or replacing an aging model.


A VERY GOOD REASON -- UPGRADE to "N" WIRELESS

I purchased the Netgear WNDR3700 Wireless Router to replacement for my aging Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router which would have turn five years old in November. I needed to receive better throughput for streaming HD movies and faster computer-computer connections.  The WNDR3700 acts like two wireless routers (2.4ghz and 5.0ghz) and supports four gigabit Ethernet devices taking no more space really that the Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router.
 
Yes I was on the prowl for a new router for several months. Not that the Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router wasn't working because it was a work horse. However, I needed to reset more frequently this year than in the past. I'm not exactly sure if the Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router was showing signs of sheer age or something else . . . one thing for certain I was not going to expend energy to uncover the issue when I had notions to replace with a newer router.

I have four computers in home that all support 802.11n in both 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz frequencies, a 802.11g wireless print server, and a wired NAS with gigabit Ethernet. We no longer use a microwave for food preparations for health reasons and all phones are clear of these frequencies.  As for our neighbors I doubt if most even know what a computer is let alone understand the value of a router for exploring the world via the internet.


EVERYTHING ARRIVED in excellent condition and all parts and accessories were present. Basically received everything I needed within hours of ordering at $134 and free shipping and handling. Could not be happier and no complaints on this front. The summer is extra hot and the roses are in full bloom with the birds singing in the background.


DON'T BE AFRIAD!

Physically replacing my out moded  Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router with the WNDR3700 and reconnecting the cables from my Windstream modem, I was successfully surfing the internet, sharing files among computers and stream HD on both frequencies.  That was extremely easy! The absolutely easiest wireless set up I have ever experienced for a fraction of the cost.

However, no wireless security was setup at this point and this is generally  the most difficult part of setup.

Like the Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router the WNDR3700 supports web-based administration: type in the URL box 192.168.1.1 address of a web browser and configure to your heart's content.  I was pleasantly surprised just how simple Netgear made this interface especially considering the wealth of features abundantly pack within this router.  My wireless printers use two separate 802,11 frequencies the laser uses "B,G, and N" and my Lexmark X7550 uses "B and G", and mu Gateway Notebook is limited to "G" as well. Therefore it was necessary to setup one "G" access point specifically for this. 


RANGE and PERFORMANCE

I receive a slight improvement over range compared to the Gear RangeMAX WPN824 Wireless Router however that was not a valid concern for me as I had excellent range around 75 feet through walls and Bedford stone with a property railing a stream of power lines and transformers. Throughput was my biggest issues lately as my data needs were in the terabytes transferring for computer to computer etc. All device linked via 802.11 "N" reach or exceed the 300mps as stated in their specifications. 802.11 "G" computers range from the 54-108mps.

Setting the passphrase was entirely child's play and everything is secure. Selecting the passphrase takes more time making sure it is strong enough and easy for yourself to remember.

Another useful feature includes two guest networks which can be configured to allow only internet access preventing guests from using your print server or even seeing/communicating with other computers on the network. Presently I have both the guest disabled but will need to enable them as the holidays approach.

Several DSL providers are moving to charge after a preset amount of data passes through. The Netgear noted this in their documentation the ability to monitor and block internet access after a certain number of bytes have been received/transmitted through your ISP.  This is useless for me since my ISP provides limited data streaming. However we do not know what the future holds in store so should they opt to charge beyond a point, I will have the option to arrest the byte quantity in send/receive to avoid a surprise in fees. 


EVEN MORE -- YES THERE IS MORE!

The WNDR3700 supports hosting a usb drive as a shared drive across all computers connected to my network. I have not tried this feature as of yet so I will not elaborate more until I have an opportunity to give it a whirl. I have merely touched upon the wonders of this wondrous router but you will be well served to acquire it as your first or a replacement.


JUSTIFY THE PRICE

Some feel the router is priced a little high compared to Netgear's competitors but I believe the additional dollars are justified. The ease of set up, the ease of security, simultaneous radio (2.4ghz and 5.0 ghz) operation, two guest channels and a wealth of tweaking and configurations. I have been using mine since May 2010 and I have had no complaints and I have not had to reset the router yet -- knock on wood. With installation this simple it is worth every dime you shell out.


RECOMMEND

Yes, I recommend Netgear WNDR3700 Wireless Router for anyone that is not tech savvy, if you are a first time wireless newbie or upgrading a previous router for 802.11 "N". The wealth of features and adjustments most I have not needed yet or got around to playing with. The price is a consideration  but Netgear is the only routers I have ever used that I did not need to spend weeks or months to have up and working. I'll remain loyal until another knocks them off their thrown. In the meantime save yourself a few headaches an opt for the Netgear WNDR3700 Wireless Router. You can always surf the web as prices have been falling.



SIGNATURE
 

I like to close my reviews with a THANK YOU because I do appreciate you investing your precious time in reading my material. We live in a complex complicated world where time is at a premium. I do pray you found this review like my others informative and helpful in aiding your next purchasing decision. Your comments are always welcome and I make every attempt to reply to comments as time permits. Again THANK YOU for the opportunity to aid you in spending your hard earned money wisely.

I am not employed or receive any compensation by Netgear or any organization promoting the Netgear additional hardware. I purchased my Netgear like anyone else and just sharing my thoughts and experience with you.


2010 Copyrighted by Gary Drury 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 134.00
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