Pros Easy set up, exceptional performance testing on three speed tests, but slightly lower than Cisco e3000
Cons Marketing literature leads one to believe that dual band provides three advantages over single band. But in reality, unless the user has a compatible wireless adaptor, the proposed benefits are non-existent.
Summary I have a moderate level of technical knowledge and I have set up many small networks and read all the Cnet reviews and articles on dual band. I bought both the Cisco E3000 and Netgear WNDR3700 (or 600) and made side by side comparisons. There are three benefits touted by the manufacturers and Cnet of simultaneous dual band. first is offering a 5.0 ghz frequency that is subject to less interference because of other common technology applications using 2.4 ghz. However, I have found in dozens of tests with varying distances, and varying number of walls with four 2.4 hz devices competing for bandwidth that the 2.4 signal was still stronger than the 5.0 hz signal. I have been told that if I start going out to 200 plus feet that I might find the 5.0 band to be stronger. The
second benefit was that router/wireless adaptor could dynamically switch frequencies to accommodate changes in signal strength, provide though that one has a compatible wireless adaptor/card in the device. I have two n-compatible Dell systems, neither of them though are compatible enough to allow that feature instead the system is set up with two wireless networks and I have to manually switch networks, and hence frequencies. I also have a 9 month old macbook pro and a Dell Desktop with a Netgear N USB Wireless Adaptor, the Netgear adaptor is not compatible with the the dual band Netgear router. I know that nether router can dynamically switch frequencies with our MacBook Pro either- they show up as separate wireless networks that I must manually change. I spoke with Apple support and they instantly understood the misinformation and said that both the Apple Airport Extreme and the Apple Time Capsule does work as indicated. In other words, unless you are exceptionally lucky and have a compatible wireless card, this benefit is also illusive. The third benefit on touted is that the router can send a maximum of 300 x 300 mbps. In other words, the router in total can send twice the maximum data of a single router. Given all the misinformation that I have already uncovered, I question if this is a factual reality. I suppose if one device is set up to work with the 2.4 hz network and another is set up to work with a 5.0 hz frequency and the dynamic switch is not working, that amount of data per second could be transmitted in the aggregate.
Pros Excellent Speed and Range.
Zero connection drops.
Plenty of configurable and easy to use options.
Automatic firmware updates is great.
Cons ReadyShare USB speeds are a bit slow. Right now I am getting 1-2 MBps.
Setup CD not compatible with Windows 7. Wasted lot of time on it. Finally it worked automatically.
Summary If you want the best in technology, just go for this router. And the price is justified.
Pros Gigabit speed is apparent. Setup was easy. Fantastic wireless connection throughout home
Cons Setup disk doesn't work on 64bit Vista systems (why bother?). Not much after that
Summary If you are looking to really get the bandwidth you are paying for, ditch your 10/100 old school router NOW. This router make me happy....
Pros nice looking
Cons just awful. I had to return one of them and the replacement started misbehaving right after the meager 3 month warranty expired...
Netgear has an abysmal tech support setup. A company obviously not remotely interested in customer support.
I will never pur
Summary Anyone out there with a great router? Would love to know if such a creature even exists at the moment
Pros Easy to configure for a beginner though the wizzard.
Easy to add and identify Wi-Fi equipement using their MAC adress.
Lots of security features.
Can Turn OFF the Wi-Fi while leaving the Wired Router ON.
Cons USB file sharing is very very slow. Could not get more than 2 MB/s or 20 mbps.
Summary This is a nice Wired and Wireless Router. Very easy to set Up with online help built in the menu of the Router while configuring it. I like the fact that you can turn OFF the Wi-Fi (both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) while letting the Wired Router working. Since the Router is right near my head at 3 feet distance, this avoid too much exposure to Electromagnetic field.
I knew that the USB was supposed to be slow but not that slow. A USB external Hard drive that I can up to 25 MB/s when directly connected to my computer could not get more than 2 MB/s while connected to the WNDR3700 USB Port. This is very deceiving. I tried to transfer all my photos and MP3 and Windows told me it would take 23 hours to perform the transfer. I quit and did it in an hour while directly connected to the computer.