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NETGEAR - RangeMax N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 7919 reviews

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't Ask for much more for the price

    Posted
    ctandc
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My home router was finally acting up enough I had to look for a replacement. The router itself was almost 10 years old and even though I'd loaded DD-WRT (Custom firmware for routers with a ton of features for free) it was time. I looked online, checked prices / reviews - but decided I'd get one that I could pick up that evening (I normally buy most everything online) so I found out what routers were available to me locally then checked those reviews. Got the WNDR3400 for $49 + tax on sale at BB. Reviews were somewhat negative on other sites - but you ALWAYS have to take those with a grain of salt. People are much more likely to get on the internet and write a review or post to a forum when the have PROBLEMS with their product - not so much when they don't. Most of the problems seem to be related to firmware. All I know - Mine worked fine. I had to tinker around to open ports for a gaming console (most people won't have to do that) and I did assign static IP Addresses for some of my devices (SUPER EASY with Netgear - link the device to the wireless, then you can choose that device to give a static IP address to - you don't have to manually enter the MAC Address etc). Heck - once I renamed the new router to the same SSID and password of my old router, several of my devices automatically connected with zero issues. I was worried with no external antenna , that range might not be great. In a spread out two story home, where the router is downstairs and two gaming consoles and at least one computer are upstairs - I thought it might be an issue...NOPE. Laptop upstairs getting twice the speeds of the old router (and it was setup correctly BTW) and that's with 5 devices connected. Don't get caught up in all the "AC, N, etc" wireless speak. AC hasn't been officially adopted yet and most devices don't use it. Nine times out of ten, it's NOT the router that limits your wireless speeds - it's the internet service you have connected to the router.....keep that in mind. If your ISP advertised 20MB down / 10MB Up, your not going to greatly improve this with a new router. For 99% of ALL internet users, even those streaming etc - Anything above 6MB down wouldn't be noticed except in speed tests and large file downloads. I guess what I'm saying is - if you pay $200 a month for internet then buy a $200 router. If you have normal broadband - this router more than fits the bill with multiple devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, solid router

    Posted
    sabresong
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    I bought this router to replace A Vizio HD router that started dropping the wireless after three years. Before that, the longest any router I bought would last was less than a year. Even when the Vizio was new, our media streaming would frequently drop and stall. Since we installed this Netgear router 4 months ago, we haven't experienced a single media drop. We run a desktop, two laptops, a server, two smartphones, two game consoles and two wifi Blu-Ray players on this router with almost no trouble. And if you configure your wireless card properly, 54Mbps is very, very nice to have. Installation was fast, easy and absolutely painless, and though the system specs say it's compatible with Windows and Mac, I did all the setup and configuration on an OpenSuse Linux laptop using the web interface so easily I could almost have slept through the process. It broadcasts wireless on two separate channels (check my terminology, please), one at 2.4g and the other at 5g. I'm not sure how many devices support 5g yet, but its presence in this router means no worries when we upgrade devices. The one problem we did have may be more a matter of location than a function of the router. There's one spot, about 20 feet from the router, where the sofa is, that seems to have trouble holding the connection with my wife's laptop. But just behind that is my son's room, and he has no trouble with the connection with his desktop, so it's probably not the router itself. But still, make sure of your router placement. Higher up is better. Properly placed, this router seems to be the best I've tried yet. I'd definitely recommend this router to anyone looking for a fast and easy home or small business router. Not for a large network, of course, but it handles all our devices with ease.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router with strong wifi connections

    Posted
    OrGaNiX
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The n600 was replacing an aging wrt54g linsys router. Setup was a breeze, but you should know that the included software is complete rubbish. Just throw that disc out, you won't need it anyway. Cloned my pcs mac address and the connection was instantly recognized. Setting up password protected network encryption was simple, as was changing the admin password. With my previous router I was never able to set any passwords, the router would just stop working altogether even with most up to date firmware. Oh yeah firmware. The n600 checks for firmware updates every time you view the settings page, so that might be something you want to disable, or not, it's up to you. The blue light on the side is a bit annoying, but fortunately pressing down on the spherical light disables it. Qos setup was also very easy, and I've even been playing around with per application settings/restrictions. So far everything is working at advertised speeds. I run 2 wifi connected pcs, one wired pc, a sat box, a 360, and a ps3 (wired) and have had good throughput on everything even when streaming HD material through netflix on multiple devices. Unless your'e streaming HD files from a pc or media server with an exceptionally high bitrate this router should be fine for all your media needs. The usb port on the router is super useful and fairly easy to set up. It recognized a 1.5tb seagate external drive and allowed wired acces through my desktop pc without any setup. Getting the drive shared among multiple pcs is a little bit trickier, as you have to manage permissions on each machine individually but is totally doable. For whatever reason I was unable to get full usb 2.0 with the drive attached to the router, streaming HD video @ ~30Mb/sec bit rates was almost impossible. Lots of stuttering and audio/video sync issues. I hope this can be solved with a future firmware update, but I'm not holding my breath. The networked usb port works great for backing up smaller files and standard def media or music, but I wouldn't rely on it for any heavy lifting in a media center type configuration. The connection just seems too slow. All in all this is a fantastic router. I wish the usb performance was a bit better but honestly that feature is just a nice little bonus, even if it's not quite ready for prime time. If you're accustomed to the linksys interface and bugginess this will be a big shock to the system. The netgear interface isn't tabbed, and really not as pretty, but the settings all actually work which is far more important to me. Whether you're serving media files from one pc to another, or are connecting an entire household's worth of devices this router performs admirably. I am very happy with this purchase, and will definitely buy netgear again when the time comes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Netgear Customer Service Was Terrible!

    Posted
    ymcwawa
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is the first time I've ever posted a review for any product that I've purchased. Initially this router worked fine. It was easy to set up and was hassle-free once connected. After 2 months the unit I purchased stopped working. I disconnected and powered everything down and attempted to reconnect without success. I called Netgear customer service and was connected to an gentleman with a distinct Indian accent who told me his name was "Arnold". He walked me through the set up process again. Then had me twice attempt a "firmware repair" over the phone, all without success. I ended up spending over an hour on the telephone with Arnold, only to conclude with him providing me with a Netgear "RMA" or "Return Merchandise Authorization". He could not describe for the the details of the return and was only able to advise that I would receive an email with further instructions. The email came and I then learned that I would need to mail the defective unit back to Netgear in Memphis, TN at my expense. Once received, Netgear would send a new unit back to me via ground delivery. If I wanted to have this handled on an expedited basis, I has the option of paying an additional $39.95, which represents approximately 50% of the total cost of the defective unit. Not wanting to spend any more than necessary, I went with the standard shipping, which I estimated would mean that I would go without wireless at my house for a week or so. I sent the item back via express mail and I confirmed that Netgear received the unit 3 days after I sent it. When I checked the status page link Netgear provided it indicated that the unit had been "exported to warehouse" but not shipped back. When I called Netgear to inquire as to when I might expect a new unit to be shipped out, I was told that this particular unit was "on back order" and that they were not able to tell me when my RMA might be processed. I am a bit disgusted that the manufacturer cannot fulfill its warranty commitment immediately due to a back order issue, when I can easily go down to my local Best Buy in Anchorage, AK and simply purchase one off the shelf. Overall, the product was fine while it functioned, which in this case was exactly 78 days. This will be the last Netgear product that I purchase. Hopefully, if you elect to purchase a product from Netgear, your "customer service" experience will be less frustrating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router

    Posted
    JustWaldo
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    Bought this to replace an old Belkin N150 router. The difference is like night and day. Hulu and Netflix work MUCH better now. Best Buy needs to update the photos and description of this router though. If you look at the pictures I uploaded, you'll see the router and packaging look different. The one BB shows is an older model and some things have changed. I verified this by matching the SKU's. Same SKU, different item. The one sold now is a WNDR3400v3 Also, don't be fooled into purchasing a router that is AC capable. Very few, if any, products you use a router with are AC capable yet. Unless you're a techie and will upgrade to the latest and greatest as soon as it comes out, you're wasting money. TV's, laptops, tablets, phones, etc. all still run on N technology. If you only have a few items (up to 6) connected, then N600 is a great middle ground. Below that and you'll run into problems. Above that is overkill unless you have Gig internet speeds. I'd definitely recommend this over Belkin or Linksys. Linksys was bought by Belkin and their quality has dropped significantly. I originally purchased a Belkin AC750 a day before purchasing this router and had trouble with it right out of the box.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good router for home networking and gaming

    Posted
    SammyITB
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To start off, this is the first router I have personally installed in my home. Prior to this it was all hard wired. I had my reservations initially about the ease, functionality, and overall performance of this product, however I have been pleasantly surprised. Setup: As other reviewers have mentioned you do not need the resource CD for installation. Setup via the router login site is simple and straight forward. Just remember when unplugging ethernet cables you will most likely need to reset, unplug, or reboot your cable modem for everything to work properly. I have a telephony cable modem and had to remove the battery and unplug all cables (LAN, coax, phone) to properly reset. Product Info: This router is dual band therefore it transmits wireless via 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. 2.4 is for b/g/n networks while 5 is primarily n only. Not a lot of descriptive manuals included with the product but honestly there is no need. The back of the unit consists of the power adapter, power on/off switch, 4 ethernet connections, modem to router connection, wireless on/off switch, reset button, and USB port for data/file sharing. The front of the unit has led lights for power, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, signal, and ethernet ports. Yes, there is a large plastic bubble on the top (or side depending if you use the stands) with blue led lights. Just press down and the lights turn off. My Experience: Setup consists of Telephony cable modem, WNDR3400 router, custom built PC wired to router, laptop, customer built PC 2, and PlayStation 3 via wireless. As mentioned previously, you will need to reset or reboot your modem for everything to work properly. Once initial setup was complete (about 30 minutes) I was surfing the internet, and playing Need For Seep Hot Pursuit online. I am getting download speeds of 9.7Mb/s on both the laptop and PC using wireless at ranges of 30 to 45 feet away.. Please note PlayStation utilizes b/g network therefore will only recognize the 2.4 GHz SSID. Pros: Easy setup (depending on the complexity of your overall network), good to excellent signal strength, latest security, good for gaming, dual band. Cons: No gigabit ethernet (pertains to wired applications only), the unit is covered in a very shiny plastic sheath, fingerprints remain for life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    entirely satisfied

    Posted
    Compubozo

    Let me begin by saying that I am not a particularly sophisticated user. I have a basic understanding of the concepts of computer hardware tecnology and software. I wanted to drop the costly monthly fee for 3G wireles for my lap top. The logical choice was to purchess and install a wireless router. My cable provider wanted $49.95 to install there router, which seemed reasonable. However this came with a monthly $9.00 fee for what appeared to me to represent no additional cost to them for the service, Forget that. So I went on line and familiarized myself with the concepts behind wireless routers including the various features appertaining there to. I then looked at the reviews for the many brands and models out there in my price range. The Netgear N600 wireless router seemed to represent the best features, performance, and value in the price range I was looking at. The majority of the reviews gave it 4 stars. There were the few expected unfavorable reviews. Certainly buying any product carries risks but at this price the risk was acceptable. Installation was relatively simple and easy. I just had to contend with the fact that the was no second output from the cable modem to connect to the router and so I ran the modem output into the router and then ran the router output link into my computer. This established all the connections necessary for both the router and my computer. I then installed the supplied start up CD into the CD driver and followed the clear directions. In a matter of minutes I had a trouble free wireless connection for both my lap top and my i-Phone. After a recent electrical storm I had difficulty with the the wi-fi link, but this was easily fixed in a few minutes when the link requested a password input. The lap top link was quickly re-established. Re-connecting my i-Phone was a little trickier and required signing onto the online Netgear router login web site via my desktop. I followed the instructions for installing a new client, et voila, my i-Phone was quickly reconnected. So those are my experiences withe the Netgear N600 function as well as with with problems and solutions so far. Range is very good considering the router is in my bedroom in the furthest corner of the house and there is good signal strength up front in the livingroom. I have had the Netgear N600 for a month and so far so good. I am very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone who shares my level of capability and wants a wireless router that is easy to install and use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Product but bad Customer Service

    Posted
    sureshstar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this product a month ago to make full use of my new 30 mbps internet connection as my old router (NetGear WGR614 ) could not provide anything more than 10 mbps speed though it has been very reliable over many years now. I went to Best Buy to pickup a netgear n300 but after looking at the features of n600 like the dual band and good comments from the sales guy there i picked up this one even though it went beyond my budget. The installation was easy and quick, I did it myself going through the documentation but when i checked the download speed it was less than 10 mbps defeating the purpose of buying this product. I called up the customer service and there started my problem, first you need to register the product before you can call up the customer service. I explained the problem to the customer rep. in detail only to find out that he can only support basic questions like installation help, then the call got transferred to another person and again i had to explain right from the scratch. Eventually after changing a lot of router settings i got the required speed though the connection was not so reliable. Next day the same speed issue resurfaced and i had to call up the customer support again, i thought since i had the previous complaint number i can just quote it and don't need to explain everything again but they asked each and every question again and the call got disconnected in between. No one called back or sent a email follow up until a day later, by that time I googled and figured out the issue. Few recommendations from my experience: 1) This is a kind of high end router for a apartment especially if your internet speed is 10 mbps or low then go for a n300 or less costlier one. As in the case of any router, where you place it is very important to get reliable and faster connection. Keep it as high as possible. 2) If you do not have any devices in your home which can make use of 5 GHz band then you're not utilizing the key feature of this router. My work laptop and smart tv was capable of using 5GHz but my personal laptop was not. Anyway that is the reason behind going for dual band router. 3) The lifetime warranty thing has lot of clauses to it and may not necessarily mean that it will take care of all your problems. For examples the customer rep. will suggest you to take a package if you need life long support of your net gear product. only first few months you can get free support. Conclusion : While the customer support need to improve a lot the product itself is good and if you can get some good deal and pay around $60 then i believe it is worth it considering you don't need to do a upgrade probably for another two years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Deceptive, supports up to 100 Mbps not 300

    Posted
    Dave

    I recently upgraded from 100 Mbps service to 300 Mbps service. I was very excited but found that my TDS router wireless gives me a maximum of 100 Mbps, so I wasn't getting the full value of my service. Using a direct connection to the router I could get the full 300 Mbps though. I read reviews and thought this router was perfect for my needs. I purchased it and set up was extremely easy, within twenty minutes or so I had it installed, firmware upgraded, etc... This is why it gets two stars and not 1. However, once I started speed testing, I found I couldn't get more than 50 Mbps for wireless and direct connection wasn't getting above 50 either. I was very confused and did a lot of testing/research for hours. I found that the ethernet cable provided was damaged/kinked somehow. Once I started using my non-kinked cables I own, I got the speeds up to 100 Mbps for wireless and wired but couldn't get any higher. After even more research, spending half of a day on this, I finally found that the ports on the back of this router are all 10/100, so when you plug in your ethernet cable from your TDS router you instantly downgrade your service from 300 or 1 Gigabit to 100 Mbps. This router can never get speeds higher than 100 Mbps, so this is extremely deceptive. I'm returning this today and will be getting a gigabit router because the ports on the back can handle up to 1 Gigabit, not 100 Mbps. Be very careful when buying and read the max throughput for the ports on the back. Most of these positive reviews are from people who are just happy they could set the unit up in 15 minutes, and don't care that they're paying for internet speeds that they don't get to use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Support is terrible for installation issues

    Posted
    cjvd
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It seems like a good router but if you have any installation issues requiring Netgear's technical support, then you are out of luck. I purchased this for the parental controls. The other features are also nice but this was my primary reason for the purchase. Parental controls would not install on my Windows 7 machine, so I called support. The first support rep may have had some reading disability: she was very hard to understand as she did not follow words from her script in the order they were written. After 30 minutes she told me to install the parental software from another source. I hung up and tried it, but it did not work. The second support call (45 minutes) resulted in the engineer telling me (aggressively) that I needed to call my computer manufacturer because my computer was "unable to process the file extension." I asked her which extension, as I could only see a .zip file and an .exe file. She did not know what she was talking about so was unable to answer me. I asked for someone with next level of expertise. She put me on hold and 20 minutes later I was disconnected. She did not record the fact that my case had been escalated to the next level of support, so my third call required me to go through the entire first level support script again. This engineer told me that this was a known issue with the router and that the next level of support would contact me that day. This call never came. At this point the router started rapidly sending "identifying" and "connected" messages to my PC, though it appeared to not affect my ability to reach the internet. The next two calls to support followed the pattern of waiting 10-15 minutes to speak to someone, having them transfer me to the next level of support, waiting on hold for 20-25 minutes, and getting disconnected. I only specify these details so that you will know what I mean when I say Netgear support is dysfunctional. I returned the router and will stick with Linksys/Cisco, who have support departments that are operating at a much higher level than that.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Router (At&t - U-Verse)

    Posted
    Geerthi
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this as a substitute for the At&t wireless modem (The creepy Motorola modem provided by At&t). It really works more than I expected. First of all, the installation and configuration was really quick. Once the setup is complete, the NetGear Genie app was popped up for the installation, without knowing it, I just wanted to give a try. I installed it in my laptop and later I found that the Genie App provides most of the features in a single click. All the other modems, you may need to open the default gateway and then wait till loading. This Genie app does everything for us. Few days back, I was given the Motorola NVG510 modem by the At&t when I took the connection U-Verse, the total CREEPY one, which has the wireless feature for just the name sake. The wireless signal was good, but the internet was too slow with the motorola modem, I found that the channel in the wireless could not be automatically changed, At&t customer care agents are experts to guide us to change the channels every time ( I almost switched between 1 to 11 all the day), every hour it would go offline. but the wired connection was good. Then I was looking for the wireless router, I have an impression with the Net Gear since my previous cable modem (another internet connection I have at my home), I wanted to give a try with the NetGear Router before cancelling the At&t U-verse. When I connected the NetGear Router, it gave me options 2.5 Ghz and 5 GHz, which you can find both in the wireless, (This option can be enabled using the Genie App). My mobile, TV and Laptop I have connected using the 5 GHz and the less consuming devices I connected using the 2.5 GHz option. The At&t speed is 6 MBPS (I know, the lowest speed in the market, but the highest internet speed that At&t can afford to, they need to install the cables - this is the reply I got when I requested for the highest speed at least more than 12 MBPS) and the router gives me the same speed for all the devices that are connected using the 5 GHz. I am very much satisfied and I now do not have to restart the modem or change the channels manually to get the maximum speed out of it. The Net Gear has the best wireless channel management which checks the nearby wireless channels and change to the perfect and free channel for the best connectivity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good wireless router for beginner w/simple needs.

    Posted
    davelove
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First, the high points - this router has been running 24/7 (barring a few short power outages) since it was installed. No hangs, forced resets, or bizarre bottlenecks as experienced with earlier Netgear wireless routers. It plays well with the cable-provider's supplied cable modem, and delivers throughput only slightly less than the total bandwidth available. It seems to handle dual-mode traffic just fine, with little or no degradation in packet rates when both modes are in play. [I haven't tried streaming HDTV or real-time full-motion gaming over it, but in all other respects I hammer it pitilessly]. Now the down-side. The configuration tools are completely at sea when it comes to hooking the N600 directly to an existing LAN - nowhere in the menu is this even considered, and even the Netgear tech site appears to be overlooking this important market genre. The only reason I ever got it to work in this configuration is by dispensing entirely with the provided configuration and instead relied on 20+ years of professional network-engineering experience. Considering that most cable "modems" [sic] handle all the backside authentication, LAN state, DHCP handoff from the provider and all other critical tasks, forcing the wireless router to rehash these functions is both counterproductive and diminishes greatly the ease of configuration for folks who already have a switch in front of their cable-modem or gateway router. This goes doubly true for businesses with their own existing LAN who simply need wireless to bridge between buildings, reach shop or warehouse facilities, or reach trucks awaiting dispatch instructions in nearby parking lots. This router would perform admirably in such a context, but almost certainly never will -- the IT engineer tasked with making it work in these conditions would no doubt struggle with the unit for a few hours and then return it as 'defective' in every instance I can envision. By using an unfortunate configuration schema Netgear is losing a big potential market. Hopefully this realization will drive them to fix these difficulties in subsequent generations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great For The Money

    Posted
    Robren911
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    I bought this as my primary router for a home that was built almost 100 years ago to use with satellite internet service. My purchase was based on the positive reviews here and how it was much better than a router which won 2012 router of the year. It surpassed my connectivity capacity from my internet provider so it seemed like a perfect purchase. It's been a nightmare trying to get wireless networking throughout my entire home. The thick wood walls with concrete reinforcement inside make it nearly impossible to get signal beyond the front of the home which is more open. I've since purchased a signal booster also by Netgear that didn't help at all. I'm going to try Wireless Access Points in multiple rooms on the advice of the computer professionals at Best Buy. Under normal circumstances I would highly recommend this router simply because it delivers specs comparable to those twice the money. I can't blame the range and connectivity issues on the router because this is the 4th I've tried. And the best performing of the 4. Unless you are in the same unusual situation that I'm in with the house literally causing range and connectivity issues, this seems to be a quality router and the specs were better than a router advertised at nearly double the price which had won an award for 2012 router of the year from some PC Magazine. You have 30 days to return it. I would say under normal circumstances, try this one first. If you have to upgrade, you have a month to decide. And it won't take a month to hook up. I'm not tech savvy and depend heavily on advice from professionals and instructions for installation. But this was up and running having replaced the 3rd Router I tried in less than 10 minutes. It's hard for me to give a solid review of a product that is so handcuffed by the home it was purchased for. But the specs, ease of installation make it a great value. If you don't need more bandwidth, why pay for a 1 gig router? This is a dual band 4 port switch 600 max router for the price of half what some comparable cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great router upgrade

    Posted
    Timap
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got this router as my previous stock netgear router from Comcast dropped connection every now and then. I live in an apartment with nearly 30 wifi networks in the vicinity that show in range. My older router was a single band router and therefore struggled (My assumption). Strangely, ComCast told me that the connection drop is due to the fact that the router is kept within 5 feet of the modem. Ever since I got this router, my internet drop frequency has gone down from 4 times in a day to once in a month or two even though the router is in fact within 5 feet of my docsis 3.0 modem. I have configured both bands and a guest network. It works great with three laptops + two smart phones + my internet HD streaming DVD player streaming netflix + another STB to stream Indian channels all working at the same time. Note: The performance is also dependent upon the internet connection speed you have. I tested this on a ComCast Blast internet with speeds of 25 MBPS. Dinged the performance rating by a notch as it did have to be re-started twice since I bought it 3 months ago. Pros: 1) Easy set up using the configuration interface (though an old one) 2) Very fast. No connection drops. 3) No external antenna. I never liked the small antenna that was so prone to breakage. 4) USB port. I hooked up my external HDD, This doubles up as a network storage for all my devices. It is great. 5) Good range. Did not have any problems connecting from any of my rooms. 6) could use VOIP without a lot of connection problems. Cons: 1) No Wall mount 2) Big round blue light nearly 1.5 inches in diameter in the center of the router that keeps flickering all the time. (I would have liked something more discreet) 3) Archaic Web based configuration User Interface. I don't understand why Netgear still persists with it. I had a similar UI on my first Netgear router way back in 2007. C'mon Netgear - 5 years with the same UI. Not a deal breaker though because once you have configured it, you probably won't revisit for months. 4) No wall mount option. Overall, I am happy with the purchase. Of course there is a lot more that I would want the router to do, but at this price, it works for me and I believe would work for most who want to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great router

    Posted
    mcotostl
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    As a former computer repair technician (Firedog and !Q Crew) for Circuit City, I was always a fan of Cisco (Linksys) products. Netgear always seemed to have inferior quality compared to Linksys. This included lost/weak signal, increased latency, and dropped packets. I will have to say that I was very skeptical when I purchased this. However, being that the price was $79.99 and the comparable Linksys model was $149.99 I figured I would give it a shot. I could always bring it back within 30 days if I was not satisfied. Installation was easy. Plug in and go. Setting up WPA security was a little more difficult than the Linksys routers I was used to, but not by much. The biggest problem I had was figuring out how to turn off the stupid blue light that illuminate my living room. Guess I should've read the directions as my wife suggested the first time. I am completely satisfied with this router. Netgear has restored my faith in their brand. I have not had any problems since I installed the router two months ago. Signal is great and speed is amazing. Even when we're watching Netflix on the Roku, the wife is using her laptop, my friends are over using several laptops and iPads, and there are several smartphones all simultaneously connected, I can still play Starcraft 2 without any lag....at all. TL;DR This router is awesome. I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple, effective WiFi router

    Posted
    Bharani
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Great product. I've been using this router for 2 weeks now and so far, it's perfect. My home network now runs fast, I can stream things on it from the router attached hard drive, download torrents without a PC, monitor network activity and limit bandwith per computer or set of computers. Setting up the router was easy and hassle-free. Just one warning. I don't think the setup instructions include an injunction to change the router's admin password as soon as possible. This is something you should do right away, or else anyone can get into your router settings and muck around with it. You can do it in two quick steps: (1) Open a web browser and type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and hit Go. This will take you to the router settings page. The page will prompt you for a username and password, which will be the default ones if you haven't yet changed them--on mine the default username was "admin" and the default password was "password". (In any case, the default username/pw should be listed in the router's documentation.) (2) You should be in the "NETGEAR genie" page. Click on the "ADVANCED" tab, then click on the "Administration" tab below it to expand the menu. Click on "Set Password." Now you can change the password to something more secure. So far this router has been running downloading thigs Regarding the physical build of the router... At first, I was quite surprised at how light the router feels and that it's actually somewhat smaller than what the photo had me believe. The plastic case is sturdy enough that it feels it will last. The case is full of vents, probably why I haven't felt the unit get hot with use. I highly recommend that you use this router for your home network if you're looking for a cheap and functional network device. It's definitely the best value deal you'll find.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    *NOT* Cleanly backward compatible

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    CTTechGuy
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    I'm a network engineer by trade, and I've been working with these kinds of devices since the 802.11b days. I've also owned other Netgear equipment and have been reasonably happy with how well it worked. My whole purpose in buying this router is because it touts itself as being for "larger homes" and as having longer range. Considering I own a 2600 sq ft Ranch, I figured that I fit those categories quite well. This item, however, made me custom-configure a number of things so that all of my devices (802.11g) would actually connect. The admin interface is NOT intuitive to someone that's familiar with these kinds of products and you have to stop and read things carefully to understand what it is that you're actually configuring. It isn't clear what the "base" configuration should be in all areas if you're using all 802.11b, all g, a mix of the two, or are including n as well. Once I got everything configured so that all of my devices would connect (three laptops, a PlayStation 3, a Wii, two iPod Touch devices, and two Droid X Phones), there were significant performance issues. I would experience bursting / drops in throughput as well as complete loss of connectivity. My phones would not correctly auto-connect when I came into the house and I would have to go into the Wireless settings and force it to connect. It was installed for three days and is now happily back in the hands of Best Buy. I have reverted back to my Linksys WRT54G device and have reconfigured my home network so that I do not need a different router.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    For Fans of Power Cycling

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    DeeCeeCT
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have owned this router for a number of months and this is when I usually write reviews because that is the true test. My experience is CLASSIC WNDR3400 and dropped connection issues that are well documented across the internet. I am also a PC builder and not a network "noob" and I have the right experience. Router was initially a good performer but over time the mysterious wi-fi disconnects started only to be resolved by power cycling or disabling then re-enabling the wireless radio in the router browser setup. I travel a TON for work and there is nothing more bothersome than your family always calling or texting every day that the "wireless is DOWN again." If you like this then the WNDR3400 is for you. Netgear used to be rock solid but lately I have no idea what is going on with them. tech support? Forget it, worst in the business. They seem more content with taking your money and having you throw their stuff in the trash. They do NOTHING to encourage your future repeat business. Have tried a firmware update, changing my DNS servers from what my Comcast ISP provides to Google DNS, now OpenDNS, and they all still can't save the WNDR3400 from its neverending dropped connections. Frustrating is not the word to describe it. Would somebody please make a solid, reliable consumer grade wireless router? I have a new TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 arriving tomorrow. No more Netgear for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Product at a Great Price

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    MrAfterhours
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    I actually went into BBY to buy a cisco router. But when I got there this router was right below it. I wanted the Cisco E2000 but this one boasted better data rates and was much cheaper. Thanks to the sale I got this great product. I am an IT Systems Administrator so my opinion on how easy it was to setup may not be the best gauge. Although, I will say it is extremely easy to setup. The web interface is great. I didn't even realize, until I got home, that this router has 3 seperate wireless networks all with their own SSIDs. I setup one for my internal network of computers, one for my gaming consoles and there is a handy 3rd one. It actually creates an isolated network that cannot communicate back into your internal network. This is good for when you want to have a guest connection for friends to get on when they are over. I hide the first 2 and broadcast the 3rd. I use my Cisco 7921 wireless VoIP phone on it as well and the connection is amazingly clear unlike my old router. All in all, extremely glad I bought this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easiest router I've ever installed

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    davine
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    Worked amazingly quickly. As soon as unpacked, I wrote down the info on the side of unit so that I'd have it in easily accessible place and large enough to read (eyesight not what it once was). Connected to Comcast black box with yellow cord and powered up. Attached computer ethernet and by time I powered up computer it automatically recognized Netgear router and wanted password. We were connected as soon as password entered. We did download the Genie utility and discovered that we could make the printer attached to computer visible for printing off the network. This was an unexpected pleasant surprise. (Router also has a USB where printer or hard drive or any usb device could be connected and shared by all users of network) We were updating a computer network that has been used for 7 to 8 years and because of IPAD not finding connection , we decided it might be a technology problem. Updating the network seemed to be the easiest place to start. Once we had new router up and running we turned IPAD WiFi on, the network was there and we entered the password. We were connected. We had to connect the IPAD directly to the computer to get the update done as the operating system was so old, the choice did not exist in the settings. Once the update was done, it connected to the network and works great. We then tried printing and it prints to the printer which is physically connected to the computer which is wonderful. The printer could be physically attached to the router but it is located in an out of way area. We are happy with router and would definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend