-Convenient, "green" WiFi on/off buttons.
-Dual band wireless PLUS integrated 4-port Gbit Ethernet.
Cons -Faulty setup software.
Summary The setup software that comes with the router didn't work for my PC. I kept getting a "NIC driver error," but there is nothing wrong with my NIC. I bypassed using the software and just set up the router manually through the web interface (URL and default login and password are on the bottom of the router itself). Other than this minor, initial frustration, the performance of the router itself has been flawless. Our network consists of a PC, a notebook, and a PS3. Note: We're not using the router as a network storage point.
Pros Signal strength good on 2.4Ghz. Looks good.
Cons Setup problem.
Summary I previously owned a Netgear WRN854T and it failed after 5 months. The warranty replacement lasted 2 years but its power supply failed 3 months ago. I vowed never to buy Netgear again. The Cnet review of the WNDR3700 was so good that I overcame my distaste and bought a WNDR3700 for AUD179.I have had this router for 4 months now and have not had a dropout nor any other problems. The 5 Ghz connection wasn't an option on my old laptop . I just bought a notebook and it does not seem to give me the option of 5 Ghz either. I get a speed of 58 Mbps 20 metres away through 2 brick walls on the 2.4 Ghz/130Mbps setting and that is more than adequate for me. I'm inclinded to give it an extra star.
The setup CD carefully guided the setup procedure and anyone could follow it.
One of the settings pages had three boxes to complete; Internet Login Name, Password & Authorisation Server.
I knew my ISP (Bigpond) didn?t require a login but I couldn?t go to the next page until I filled in at least the login name and password. I?d never heard of an Authorisation Server so I had no clue to what to put there anyway.
When I got to the end, I clicked Finish but there was no internet connection even though it was there when I began. I plugged my computer directly into the modem and looked up Authorisation Server and got a lot of advice, all of which was irrelevant in the end.
I thought the latest firmware might fix the ISP problem so I downloaded and installed that and tried a reinstall with the new firmware. Same result with the internet connection.
Then I went through the settings in www.routerlogin.net and the first question in Basic Settings was Does Your Internet Connection Require Login? Yes had the highlighted dot. I changed it to No then everything was OK.
No major problem but irritating never-the-less. My fingers are crossed hoping it lasts longer than the WNR854T. The data speed and signal strength at 2.4Ghz is good.
The next problem was getting the PCMCIA wireless adapter in my old Sony laptop to connect with the new router. I had no problem connecting with a network cable but wireless was another matter. An Apple laptop connected straight away but I spent hours trying to get the Sony going. Then I realised that the wireless transmission in the WNDR3700 had turned itself off leaving the wired connections working. When I turned it back on I had a wireless connection with the Sony. I have no idea what change I made to the Sony settings solved the problem.
Updated on Apr 3, 2010
Pros Very fast wireless router with no drops yet. The signal strength is phenomenal. A lot of settings to play around with to optimize your performance. Sharing an usb drive is a breeze on both mac and pc.
Cons There is no usb printer support which is a complete letdown for me. It is a finger print magnet like the ps3. I would of given it a 5 star rating but without any usb printer support I simply can't.
Summary I have been waiting for this router to come out and it is finally here after the many delays. This router has all the bells and whistles which any gamer or computer tech savvy guy or gal would want. It is fast and has an excellent signal which can be adjusted on both 5ghz and 2.4ghz to save money on the electric bill if you want. There are so many settings you can mess around with, to optimize the performance for your needs. This router is a must for those of us who live in an apartment building with a lot of wireless networks in the building and a lot of wireless devices to go off of your network. I have a ps3, xbox 360, wii , two iphones, psp and macbook pro connected to my wireless network with no drops yet. Games and other downloads on my game systems seem to download faster. Videos on the Internet like youtube are playing simultaneously with very little buffering or none at all on my Macbook pro. It also has an Internet traffic counter to let you know how many gbs you are downloading every month. Which is key especially with Internet providers like Comcast who is going to start having a 250gb cap on the Internet every month starting in October. I can go on and on about this router because of all it has. There is one big problem for me though. I was under the impression that this router would have usb printer support so you can share your usb printer throughout your network but once I tried to hook up my printer it was a no go. I am very disappointed about this because I was looking forward to have both an external harddrive and my usb printer on my network. One more thing that bothers me is it is a finger print magnet like the ps3 but other then that I would highly recommend this router.After a week of using this router I ran into a problem with the traffic meter. The traffic meter does not seem to be very accurate. I check it every day and it seems to reset itself every day or every couple of days instead of once a month like it is suppose to do. Today for instants I checked the traffic status add it says I used 1385 mbs this month so far and yesterday it said 3234 mbs used. This is not right because the total mbs used should be higher today not smaller. This is quite annoying because this feature is one of the reasons why I bought the router and it does not work right. I have the most up to date firmware so it is not a out of date firmware problem. I just hope Netgear fixes this problem before next month because Comcast is going to start using caps every month and it sure would be nice to have this tool working right, by then.
Updated on Sep 12, 2009
"Absolutely awful"on by OldGrumpy
Pros It worked (kind of) for about an hour. And when she was good, she was very, very good; but not for long.
Cons On the box it claimed that it was Windows 7 compatible. But when one put the installation disk in the Windows 7 computer, Windows disagreed. This disk is not compatible with this system it loftily declared, and ended transmission forthwith.
Summary The box also said that it was compatible with Mac. I tried to set it up through a Mac Mini running OS 10.4.10 (Tiger)which the outside of the box in which it was packed said should work; Mac was unable to open the disk or install the software. So, back to Windows. Finally, with the use of other routers and computers, I was able to download software which would work (the Netgear website said) with Windows 7. Installed it. It worked. For an hour -- intermittently. I was able with Netgear Geni to effect an internet connection. But every time I shut the computer down (or even put it to sleep), when it came back on again, or out of sleep, my internet connection was lost. Again. Geni set it back up in short order. But that became a time consuming nuisance. Then, this hotshot router decided to shut down all together and refused to make an internet connection. Geni toiled for hours trying to set it up once again. I spent an entire evening wrestling with it. All to no avail. It would not connect to the internet no matter what I tried. I finally reinstalled an old Belkin and was connected to the internet without doing anything other than turning on my Windows computer. I don't know if the trouble lies with Netgear's hardware, its software, with Windows 7, or with my computer(s). But it simply does not work, and I have given up trying; it has made for an interesting experience, but one which I could have done without.
Pros Amazing speeds when paired with Motorola Extreme Surfboard Modem SB6120 (61Mbps down/8 up)
Easy Set up with disc or without
Detailed front LED panel
Cons Expensive, but you do get what you pay for
Larger than most routers I've owned
Summary I bought this router to replace my WNR3500v2 which died after 11 mos. This is the 2nd Netgear router I've owned and I'm extremely impressed. The biggest knock on it is its slow reaction time when using USB port in the back. I don't use it, I use a desktop w/maxtors attached as a media server and channel them through to my home tv in a different room via my xbox 360. I've done speedtest.net and I topped out at 61Mbps down and 8 up while paying for 25Mpbs. This thing is blazing fast! The setup is easy with or without the disc. I recommend using a motorola extreme surfboard modem (SB6120) or any modem that supports DOCSIS 3.0 which will also make a huge difference in your router's performance. The dual band is nice, it does have a short range for 5Ghz, but that really doesn't matter unless you are living in a crowded apartment complex. Even then, when I plugged this router in, it found 3x the amount of wireless connections in the neighborhood that my last one couldn't.
I would definitely recommend this router and as much as people bash the brick and mortar stores like Best Buy, they gave me full credit back for my WNR3500v2 that I took in to the store with proof of purchase.
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