Summary: Have installed a dozen or so routers over the years, and never had to do this before. Maddening that this router would not synch to the modem immediately, but if this cloning is a required step, the least Netgear could do is put it in the documentation/the setup wizard/or in the help text along side the console. If you have a cable modem, and this thing does not come on line right away, just call Netgear support.
Pros: Once configured, performs fine. Have 4 wired connections, including 2 VOIP phones, no performance issues (we relaced a Cisco router that had performance issues).
Cons: Setup, whether using the admin console or the setup wizard assumes that you will hook this to a modem that requires a login (usually dsl). Could not get it to recognize the cable modem. Had to call tech support, and their solution was to clone the mac address from the last device that successfully connected to the modem (which in my case, was the bad Cisco router I was replacing!).
Summary: 2011 UPDATE: Well, it's been almost two years that I've owned this router and have been dealing with it's "issues". Every time I seem ready to move on and swap it for something trouble-free (relatively), it seems to behave, like it knows it's going to be replaced. Recently, after a few months of ok service, it suddenly gave me horrible service on my g network. My N network was completely fine.
Lousy range & lousy stock firmware. But you can flash it with DD-WRT, and if you use it as a BRIDGE it's excellent.
David Pearlman "sound fanatic", Amazon
1 August 2010
Summary: Let's state this in plain English up front: Out of the box, this router is THE PITS. The stock firmware is lousy and the range and throughput are lousy. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of flashing the router to non-stock third party firmware, stop reading here and find another router, because you will NOT be happy with this router.
Summary: I read reviews on this thing off and on for a week or so before I pulled the trigger. Although I do not regret buying it due to the refurb price. I thought I would be blown away by the range. This router will do nothing to speed up your internet, if the signal is not there.. period.
Pros: Wired portion works fine, Wireless does also but they push the range max thing a little to hard.. Coolest looking router out there, Can't beat the price on the recertifeid. Easy set up and grabbed onto 4 different brands of wireless network cards no problem...
Cons: I had a $20 Dollar Dynex G router prior to this. Its range capabiliteis were almost identical through walls. With no obstructions this does a little better and I mean a little.. If you think your going to get some incredible distance spend some more money..
Pros: Cheap Can install dd-wrt easily which allowed me to: ssh into it, and tunnel your traffic through it using a proxy wake-on-lan (from the ssh) a machine in my house. check bandwidth usage graph set QOS to prevent uploads from killing my network
Cons: Does not have gigabit ports only 100Mb. Didnt have enough flash memory to install much which probably had some part in the following problems: couldnt get JFFS working properly, couldnt get VPN working at all couldnt mount my time capsule as an external disk. When used as a wireless router it would kill the cpu of the router and hang. I would recommend not using this router if you can afford not to. Especially if you plan to use it for wireless or are expecting gigagb...
Summary: I got this refurbished for thirty five bucks...guess I did OK.
Pros: Simultaneous wireles G for iTouch and N for laptop WAP security was easy to set up (in just seconds) Installation software already in unit
Cons: Had a lot of trouble talking to the Motorolla Surboard Docsis 3.0 initially (bad when all manuals are online) Drops wireless N connection several times each evening, hard to re-establish (no better than 54 Mbits with laptop...not sure whom I should blame) Absolutely refuses to upgrade the firmware even though it knows there is a new version...always hangs on download I think setup is much more difficult than Linksys
Pros: Bargain price. Looks like a UFO. Runs third party firmware (but no UFOness).
Cons: The Wii still stutters on videos but I don't know that it's not their (Nintendo's) network. Some devices can't connect to the 5GHz band N wireless and they insist on 2.4GHz band. This device will not share the 2.4GHz band between N and B/G. So this isn't a one stop shop for my household wireless needs. No gigabit wired ethernet.
Summary: This would be a 5 if they were smart enough to put gigabit ports on it instead of making such a huge deal about their 8 antennas, stupid blue lights, "optimizing range AND performance", blah blah blah. People in marketing highlight the stupidest things. Who would've thought they'd leave out turn-of-the-century improvements with something that has such amazing radio tech?
Pros: Nice separate configuration for G and N.
Cons: They spec this at 300mbps, but it is false advertising. The Ethernet ports are only 100mbps ports, not gigabit, so it's physically impossible to get more than 100mbps.
Summary: As a years-long Netgear customer I went with this router: Good stuff: + Nice look, sleek black and silver design and varied LED colouring as a positive difference to fx. D-link's boring breadbox look with all-blue LEDs (trust me, all-blue indicators gets annoying after a while!) + No external antennas to interfere when messing with cables, or if it goes all bad, breaks off due to accidents. + Initial setup is easy.