Summary: Of the 8-10 wireless routers I've had over the years, only one lasted more than 2 years. Some were known to fail due to inadequate heat removal. It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to make a good one, even at the low price they sell for.
Pros: This router was easy to set up, and very stable. The speed drops off rather quickly with distance, but that's typical for a N router. Worked well while it worked, and then it didn't.
Cons: The 2.4 GHz radio stopped working after about 15 months. The 5 GHz still works, but the signal drops off more quickly with range inside the house and is thus not very useful to me.
Pros: This router allows you to have two separate passwords for your wireless network so you can somewhat separate guests from private users. To take full advantage of this, you will have to use an Open Source firmware like DD-WRT. Range was pretty good in our building, which is a cinderblock, metal st...
Cons: Return policy and versions Part of the “be weary” is I ordered two at one time and received a WNDR3700v3 (Broadcom based) and WNDR3700v4 (Atheros based). This made it very difficult to use Open Source firmware to take full advantage of the features for which I bought these routers. I ended up hav...
The rate of getting solid electronic devices is something like 80%.
Michael Urban, Amazon
29 October 2014
Summary: The advertised functionality to act as a repeater is quite limited. They will only work without security or WEP. Installation of upgraded router firmware (DDWRT) is necessary to get full functionality. As far as just a router, this gets 5 starts.
Summary: It is frustrating that in 2014, it seems like no mfr can make a good, reliable, long-lasting router. They all seem to be somewhat disposable, with a limited lifetime, even you are willing spend more a "good one."
Pros: Good firmware, decent control interface, dual band with (theoretical) high bandwidth, guest network ability, multiple SSIDs
Cons: After a year or so, N network became weak and useless. I end up using G everywhere because it works everywhere in my house. N is weak, even in the same room with the router. tried all different channels, but nothing works, even in 2.4Ghz mode.
Summary: Not sure how long such appliances are supposed to last, but two years is disappointing. My old Netgear WGT624 is still working after 5 years.
Pros: Good solid signal all over the house. Running stable for month. Speed as advertised. No external antennas that can brake off, good web interface for configuration. Media server works with any USB stick I plugged in.
Cons: Wifi signal range suddenly dropped to only a few feet after working fine for 2 years. Was hoping it would live longer...
Summary: Great router with lots of capabilities, especially with an upgrade to DD-WRT firmware (all versions are compatible with DD-WRT). I love the dual 2.4 & 5 Ghz networks. The only downside is that its wireless range is not what I was expecting -- it does not throw the signal very far, and I had to set...
Summary: Any piece of equipment can go bad, I understand this. I have routers and switches that worked for years without a glitch. So having two of the same brand/model die, each with only a year +/- of use, is totally unacceptable and speaks to poor quality control. I'll be avoiding Netgear now.
Pros: Good speed, wired and wireless, wireless range is good.
Cons: My second WNDR3700 just died. The first one was replaced by Netgear when I couldn't connect wirelessly. Even right next to it InSSIDer showed almost no signal. That was just over a year ago. Today the replacement died. I don't know what the issue is, even the wired connections stopped working. I ...