Pros So simple and easy to set up - even adding wireless and security; Love the simultaneous dual band!
Cons so far not a single one
Summary I dreaded setting this up after the fiasco with the Belkin N router that would never work with most of my wireless devices unless I left security off. Connected the cables/cords, powered up, slipped in the disk, clickety click a couple things, password for security, ta-dah! Can use a flash drive (your own, not supplied) to set up other devices or just search for network, add password, and DONE! Even the PS3! I can even add a shared external drive via usb on the router (haven't yet, but love the opportunity for added storage for all) Can set up each device on regular or 5g so far everyone in the house has remarked on the speed of loading pages, etc. Even the 9 yr old computer on the wired connect seems faster so it will take more work to convince hubby to upgrade with a new one. Simply love the router!
Pros Fairly easy set up.
When it works it works to spec.
Cons Breaks connectivity constantly; forcing frequent re-set and 6 re-installs in 6 weeks. Neither Staples nor Netgear will refund money. They advertise interoperability with ATT; ATT does not recognize them as an approved device or partner.
Summary I paid a premium price. I spent an inordinate amount of time troubleshooting the problem. I have a vendor, Staples which refuses to take responsibility; a supplier,Netgear, which expects me to expend my resources to troubleshoot their issues or eat the cost. To get my money back I am forced to sue.
Pros Handles multiple open ports and heavy throughput with ease.
Simple user interface.
Wireless seems to be stable and quick
Cons Unreliable internet connectivity, loses connection and requires a re-boot
Firmware seems rushed lacking basic features available in older DG series routers
Port Forwarding options rely on memorising a pre-assigned machine IP as opposed to setting machine
Summary Received the router less than a week ago and was initially impressed with its speed and simplicity to setup. Unfortunately in the last few days I have had too many internet disconnects to count. The ADSL line shows as connected but the login to the remote server simply stops showing it as "off" in the status window and therefore your internet connection is off (Shows an assigned IP of 0.0.0.0). No manner of clicking Connect works as the router shows an error on the box and only a re-boot works. This is an age old issue with Netgear firmware that is normally sorted out, oh, in say around 12 months or so... Guess where mine is going...
"Frustrating!!"on by paul_ploksts
Pros It has shown that it can work.
Cons Too many drop-outs and issues. Now it won't connect to my ISP, using my correct login details (of course). Now I cant set a password following the factory reset - it wont budge from factory-assigned SSID etc. NETGEAR Support is a misnomer in my view.
Summary Is poor performance a strategy to sell more Premium Support I wonder?
I'll never buy another NETGEAR item.
Pros 5 Ghz frequency support on top of 2.4 Ghz provides support for future WIFI devices operating at 5 Ghz.
Construction of the unit looks to be of high quality plastics.
Built in antennas, so no external antennas that can get damaged.
Cons Labelling for LEDs in the front very small, so hard to easily see what the LEDs are displaying.
Unit looks quite a bit larger than other wifi router modems on the market - maybe it's due to the dual antennas.
Summary Haven't had it long at all but the out-of-box experience was very positive as I could get the unit connected to the internet in less than 5 minutes and the WIFI performance to my iPhone was markedly better than the old Dlink router that I replaced. Maybe the early firmware versions were problematic, but I've not had any reliability issues so far.