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

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

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Netgear Needs a Firmware Update

Jan 3, 2011 (Updated Jan 19, 2011)
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  • User Rating: Disappointing

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Pros:Best-in-class hardware. Dual-band N, top-end CPU, RAM.

Cons:Current firmware unstable. Current DD-WRT builds are buggy on this hardware - 5Ghz radio range.

The Bottom Line: Not ready for use, until either Netgear fixes their firmware bugs, or DD-WRT builds are fully functional.


I had a very different review for this router after the first several weeks of testing. At first blush, it appeared that this was truly a category-killer - a consumer-grade high-end dual-band product with working firmware - capable of doing N at 5ghz and working well in crowded urban environments, powerful enough to handle heavy use of Fios-class connectivity, and with actually working extras like Quality of Service (where most routers QoS simply does not work as advertised).
 
Unfortunately, as of today, I am forced to update this review. When the first of the two WNDR3700 devices began to act erratically, I RMA'd it because the other continued to work so well.

When the second device also began to act erratically, and the problems (huge speed drop/packet loss on the LAN) were cured by a reboot... that's a sad indicator that Netgear continues a long tradition in the consumer wireless/router industry of shipping broken products.

Ordinarily one gets past the sad practices of the manufacturer with an open source firmware update - but in this case, DD-WRT does not at the time of this writing have a fully functional build for this hardware. So I must change my recommendation - stay away.

In a few months, the community will produce firmware that will work for this router, whether or not Netgear does, and then the product will join the ranks of i.e. the WRT600n - another supposedly high end router that works quite well, but only if you are willing to invest the time to modify it.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 149
Driver Availability: Windows, Linux, and Mac


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