Pros Not sure -- ease of set up I suppose. USB slot for hard drive connection is a great feature but limitations in signal range means this possibility is wasted in my setting.
Cons Limited range, unstable signal -- Outperformed in range and speed by low end Belkin router -- really! Very big router case for very little delivery.
Summary Bought this router on the basis of the CNET reviews despite unsatisfactory experience with other Netgear routers (signal breakdown, rebooting required several times a day, etc.) Had great hopes for this new router (again based on the reviews) and maybe it is a great router for many settings (wood framed houses), but a big disappointment in mine (cement floors and walls). Amazed that the little Belkin (1/3 the price) puts out a stronger signal (better range by a lot, in any case) the cement walls and floors don't seem to bother the Belkin as much. Wonder why?
Pros None as compared to other routers in this category and price range
Cons Please see review
Summary I purchased this router based on user reviews on CNET and Amazon. I found that it lacks many features.
a) This router assumes that all connectivity must go through it so it is unsuitable for AP like usage. It does not passthrough DHCP requests to WAN port if built-in DHCP server is disabled.
b) No provision to disable NAT.
c) Wireless repeater mode forces to use WEP security which is like having no security at all.
d) Guest mode does not work if the router is not directly connected to internet through cble/DSL modem. The router even fails to get date/time updates if not directly connected to internet.
e) The connection stability in 5GHz mode is shaky.
f) Netgear claims OpenSource support but there is no OpenSource firmware available for it which is even in beta state. All OpenSource firmware available is in alpha stage. No dd-wrt support.
I would personally recommend Linksys E3000 which is slightly more that half the cost of this router and provides better functionality and stability.
Pros This "review" is about the CNET's Editors Rating of THIS PRODUCT and its validity against all the consistently negative reviews found both here as well as at Amazon.com
Cons In spite of CNETS 4 star review, the negative reviews which are consistent in content make me question CNET's Editor's review process.
Summary The reviews I researched not only included CNET but also AMAZON.COM.
If all the (particularly) 1 star reviews are read, you find that the complaints seem to be amazingly consistent. Forget the percentage of 1 star out of 5 star statistics. It is the CONSISTENCY OF CONTENT / CONVICTION of the reviews that makes me wonder about the validity of using any CNET's EDITOR'S RATINGS. It is this consistency that has caused me to ignore the Editor's ratings and have chosen NOT TO PURCHASE this item. Buyer beware of using CNET EDITORS RATINGS as a possible guideline. In this case they are off their (rocker?)mark.
Pros Looks nice.
Cons The internet drops out daily. Any updates made to router configuration will completely eject wifi connection. Very slow re-boot.
Summary I have very simple requirements for a wireless router. I attach it, and I expect to have wireless signal to accommodate the minimal needs of a household that has only two users. All it needs to do is handle streaming from an Apple TV that sits 4 feet from it, and handle wireless internet for a single story house under 2000 sf. Not world changing, right?
Should be a no brainer. I plug it in, and it works. No mussing. No fussing. No firmware updates. No manual channel switching. No daily re-booting.
So why is it that seemingly every N router available can't keep a signal for even a day? According to user reviews (not CNET reviews, as their testing parameters apparently have all the rigor of a pre-school class), the Apple Airport Extreme is the only router that is capable of providing a consistent signal.
The CNET glorified Netgear N600 is no exception. Despite a hefty $130 price tag, this router consistently drops wireless signal on a daily basis requiring re-boot. The re-boot itself can take 5 to 10 minutes. The range is strictly average, less than should be expected of a router at this price. You can make (and chances are will need to make) manual changes to the router configuration. Any changes drops all existing connections, and you need to re-connect once the network re-appears to confirm that your changes in fact have taken place.
In my humble opinion, if a router does not consistently connect to the internet without constant maintenance, it is not acceptable product. And I don't want to spend a agonizing hour phone call to Mumbai to correct its faults. A router should be easy enough to your mom to use.
In short, this router is being returned to be replaced with the only router (CNET - THE ONLY ROUTER!!!) that user reviews have flagged for consistent internet signal.
To the other manufacturers - your output is pitiful.
Pros WNDR3700 WORKED FINE FOR 19 MONTHS...
The newer WNDR3800 is NOT warranted beyond one year.
Cons WNDR3700 stopped broadcasting on 2.4Ghz band one night beyond 5-ft. The 3700 was past the 1-yr warranty by 7-months. After a polite exchange of troubleshooting, Netgear confirmed the unit as faulty, but since out of warranty, nothing they would do.
Summary July 2012-UNFORTUNATELY, I purchased this 3800 as replacement for my WNDR3700 Router before concluding the exchange of emails with Netgear about support. The unit just stopped broadcasting on the 2.4Ghz band one night beyond 5-feet. The 3700 was past the 1-yr warranty by 7-months. After a polite exchange of the problem and troubleshooting, Netgear confirmed the unit is faulty, but since out of warranty, nothing they would do. [Copied and pasted as written by Netgear rep:]
"...All possible troubleshooting steps are exhausted. We can now confirm that the router is faulty. There is other way to fix the router. This is already hardware problem on the router.
I appreciate for sending the proof of purchase. I checked that the router was purchased November 27, 2010. Please accept my apology that the router is already out of warranty meaning the router cannot be replace."
I asked for a Supervisor to reconsider, but received...from the same technician...this message:
"Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience you may have experienced in regards to this matter. As we stand that if in case that the product's warranty is expired based on proof of purchase and product registration, we cannot replace it."
A search on the NETGEAR site did find they have limited lifetime warranty on 4 products out of their entire catalog [for US purchasers]. This WNDR3800 is NOT warranted beyond one year.
Buyer beware, you'll likely need to purchase again...sooner than you think. Choose to buy from a manufacturer that backs its' own design, production, & reliability, not from NETGEAR.