Pros It worked for about 6 months
Cons Overheats and requires reboots several times a day
Summary If you go to Netgear's own forum's (in their support section) you'll find that a lot of users have been complaining about these routers overheating and dropping their connections. The problem extends even up to the 624. Some owners have reported failures as early as day 1 of ownership. Solutions range from ripping open the case, adding heatsinks, to installing fans on the unit. Why go through all that bother?
Netgear's own techs are either clueless or refuse to acknowledge the probem. I've finally given up on it.
Pros great range and speed
Cons drops wireless connections when a cordless phone is used around the router or laptop
Summary The router was very easy to install. For a couple of minutes it wouldn't recognize my internet connection but I restarted the modem and everything was fine from there. Setting up WEP was very easy and configuring the router to my specfic setting (I needed to open ports) was much easier than a linksys. I can use my laptop anywhere in my house and the internet speed does not suffer. The only problem I discovered was that whenever the cordless phone was in use around my laptop or the router, the wireless signal would drop because of radio interference from the cordless phone. My cordless phone and router use the same frequency (2.4 Ghz) so it was sort of expected. If you are on a cordless phone a lot while using your wireless laptop DO NOT get this router or find a different frequency phone.
Pros good looks
Cons Connection drops!
Summary I bought this router 2 days back and still i m trying to figure out the way to set it up properly so that it doesnt drop connections . This router has a tendency to drop connections in 10 minutes(ISP dependent). As it doesnot renew its DHCP lease proprly.
I being a network engineer i have tried every thing from flushing arp caches to reboots to banging it.
Bottom line MONEY WASTED!!
Pros None that I could find
Cons Defective product; horrible customer service
Summary I purchased this model from CompUSA. The internet light on the model came on only intermitently (sp?). I had to hire a computer specialist to come out and take a look at it...he said the unit was defective.
I called Netgear tech support. They determined it was defective. So you would think they would offer to replace the whole thing and send me a replacement router for free, right? Well...that's not what happened. Instead, I had to pay to send my router to Netgear. And they said they wouldn't ship me a new router...just a used router that was refurbished.
So they sold me a defective router which I wasted several hours trying to setup. In return, they wouldn't even give me a new router. Think I'll ever buy a Netgear product again?
"Runs smooth as silk"on by drset
Pros Qucik Easy Setup
Cons none so far
Summary I purchased this from newegg.com, it only took 3 days to get and it was a standard delivery. I purchased it along with a WIRELESS USB bridge ADAPTR NETGEAR|WG111 (highly recomend)Simple easy setup as well... the total setup time took about 30 minutes, and thats because the first time around I neglected to disable my firewall.
It has been running flawlessly ever since (about 3 weeks)
Now... I work with websites which means Im uploading above avg. info .. still no problems.
This product is a great deal.. especially if you purchase it with a rebate.
Netgear is an old reliable name in the wireless router game.. go for it.