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: I picked this router because I have a very complicated network at home with several wired and wireless devices, and a couple of downstream switches. In addition to computers, i have several entertainment devices that use streaming media. This product performed very well for me, but unfortunately for only a short time. I've had it since December 2011 and it is now April 2012 and yesterday is suddenly died.
Summary: Bought this router in November 2011. Died April 2012. It didn't die completely, just the wireless won't work right. If I hold my iPhone up to it, full bars. Walk three feet away and the signal strength drops to 0. The XBOX 360 in the living room no longer connects at all. It used to have full bars. The worst part is having to deal with Netgear support. They're slow, read from a script, ask the same questions over and over, and make you wish you had never been born.
Beware of features listed, LPC live parental control issue
Jagadish Chandran, Amazon
31 March 2012
Summary: I bought Netgear WNDR3800 router from Amazon in March 2012, When Setup Live parental control (LPC),would not recognize router. Contacted tech support, was asked to sign up for 6month/1yr contract to make lpc working. In other words you have to pay for some features such as LPC, to be able to use it. One more thing, tech support is not that great, they hang up on me couple of times, while asking questions on support coverage.
Just "ok" as a product... terrible technical support
27 March 2012
Summary: I bought this router (WNDR3800) in December 2011 and didn't have any real problems setting it up and getting things working. So, as a basic wired+wireless router - I find it to work fine. Performance isn't "great"... but I haven't actually benchmarked the performance compared to my old Linksys WRT54g router - though from memory, I've found large file transfers to go slower on the 3800 than on my older Linksys. Bummer...
Summary: All the great reviews it gets are from folks who just had it a few months, but here's what to expect: This router simply cannot handle the the two printers, 4 wireless and 3 wired devices I have connecting to it for very long. Time is it's enemy. My first lasted a little over a year, next one lasted 11 months, replacement lasted 90 Days!
Summary: I tried to give this the benefit of the doubt - I read reviews about how the wireless signal would drop at random, but I thought that perhaps people just didn't have the router configured properly. Well, I was wrong. The signal strength was poor, and on both wireless bands the signal would drop at random and the machine would need a reboot (or at least, disable and reenable the nic) for it to come back.
Summary: Very impressed with the software, the setup, and all the features that come with this router. I haven't taken the time to setup up the advanced features, but the ability to share is great. When I first started using the router it would disconnect from my network, disconnect from the internet and even reboot itself. After reading some of the previous reviews I found that there is a firmware update (beta) available.