Summary: I bought the wrong item. I was actually looking for a wireless router/modem. I ended up returning it. The one issue I had with this purchase is it looked like I received someone else's returned item. I purchased online to pick up in the store and was given a used item.
Excerpt: I bought the dual band because of the proximity to other wireless routers. While it works "OK", other routers fill up the bars ( these are in other residences nearby). Mine gives me 3 out of 5 sitting right next to the router.
Excerpt: The Netgear is an OK router ... until it stops working on you. I've had this for about a year. It was easy to set up. The software was a piece of cake, as was setting my code. The price was right, too, especially since I got it on sale. I can only assume that the security settings are sufficient, but God knows what kind of hacks are available these days. My main problem, however, is that every so often the Netgear just decides to quit working.
Summary: Immediately upgraded to 18.104.22.168. May try the 22.214.171.124 beta later?
Pros: The most features for the money comparing current Netgear models.
Cons: 5 GHz signal strength is only 1/3 to 1/4 the strength of the 2.4 GHz signal: 24% vs 83%. Only using 2.4 GHz even tho I have 5GHz devices. However, I did test Netflix wireless streaming for about 2hrs on 5GHz and it did not drop. Older 54 Mbps G AP always dropped.
Summary: When I saw this router, I was very excited! I can essentially have TWO separate networks with ONE router. One band for regular everyday computing and one 5 GHZ band for my PS3 which I stream movies from both my desktop and Netflix. I set up my router, used the CD which was an easy painless process, I logged onto the routers personal site checked all my settings; good to go right? Nope, only one band was showing up, the basic 2.4 GHZ band.
If you want netgear support don't buy "refurbished" routers
5 October 2011
Summary: When I bought this "refurbished" product, it was not indicated that it will not come with a product serial number, thus will only have (if any) very limited tech support. Also there was no installation media. The seller did give a website to go to for product downloads. I had some problems with downloads so I called Netgear tech support.
Summary: The router function is fast, easy to use and great value for the money. Unfortunately, the USB backup drive function is none of the above. Netgear only supports a limited number of hard drives for use with the router and most of those are rather outdated low capacity (500 GB or less) drives.