"Excellent Performance & Great Looks!"4.0 starson by mistertee
Pros: Easy setup and management, very good range, runs cool, nice cosmetics, reasonable price.
Cons: No USB port (only a "con" if you want to connect a USB print server or other USB device directly to the router).
Summary: I tried several " Draft N" routers in the under $80 price range and found the WNR2000 offered the biggest bang for the buck. The installation CD works in conjunction with Netgear's online resources and provides a simple yet highly configurable setup procedure suitable for both novice and experienced users. I especially like it's ability to automatically install the latest firmware during setup. Once installed, the router can be managed from any computer in your network or limited to a specific machine if desired. The unique "Push N' Connect" feature allows you to add additional computers to the network quickly and securely. In any case, both the management UI and feature set are useful, well designed and highly intuitive.
Although performance testing (and subsequent results) will vary depending on terrain, wireless adapter, etc., the WNR2000 was the hands down winner of all the units I tested in the under $80 price range. According to Netgear's web site, this router would typically be paired with a WN511B wireless adapter however I found a rather dramatic increase in throughput using the slightly higher priced WN511T adapter. With the "B" version, throughput at 50' typically ranged between 108-162 Mbps whereas the "T" provided an improved speed ranging between 208-270 Mbps. That said, the "B" card showed slightly stronger signal strength averaging 8 of 10 bars on the Netgear management interface versus 7 of 10 bars for the "T". However, using Microsoft's Vista UI both cards were consistent at 4 of 5 bars. The point is, the WNR2000 is quite capable of impressive throughput depending upon your choice of wireless adapter. So far I haven't experienced any random disconnects.
As for cosmetics, the WNR2000 is (in my opinion) a very stylish unit. The array of backlighted icon-like status indicators are very easy to see from a distance of 5 or 6 feet. This certainly isn't the case with many of it's competitors. The unit is designed to be used in the vertical position but the stand is removable for those who prefer horizontal orientation.
Obviously I would highly recommend the WNR2000 to anyone in the market for an "N" (non-gigabit) router. Even so, I always suggest purchasing network devices from a local retailer whenever possible. If things don't work out (often the case with these types of products) it makes returns and exchanges so much easier.