Summary: Released in 2011, and still a premium router. It's a name-sake in the ever evolving Netgear Genie software for iOS, Android, PC and MAC. As far as routers go, what's the difference? I have my wireless device, it turns on, I'm happy, right? If internet is as important to you as it is in our house, then this makes a difference: Netflix for the kids, on demand network TV for her, and streamed radio in the garage, all at HD?
Pros: Very easy set-up. Range across my 5200 sq.ft. house (wooden floors on 2nd floor & all walls are dry-wall) is excellent, & that's with the router at the very end of the house. No problems so far, but just set this up yesterday.
Cons: Time will tell. Have used the 1st version at another house x 1 year, & have had the internet drop-out others complain of, but only about once/month for me.
Pros: Very easy setup for a home network. 2Ghz has good range and connectivity.
Cons: 5Ghz has a very limited range. You must be in the same room or nearby in order to take advantage of the speed. The Netgear website says 5Ghz is not capable of farther reach, but it should still be able to connect 1-2 rooms away.