Summary: I got this netgear last week and set it up in just minutes. I was streaming netflix movies the rest of the night. I am at novice level and still this was that easy. I did not have any issues with the speeds at all. I do have service from Cox and could stream and be on the computer at the same time without a hint of slowing down...
Summary: Netgear is selling WNDR3700v2 in WNDR37AV package which is running an older version of the firmware 126.96.36.199 and cannot be patched with the latest version v188.8.131.52. It is amazing that if it were not for the patch not being installed I would have not even found out that Netgear is taking consumers for a ride by packaging the wrong version with the box i.e.
Summary: First off, this IS a WNDR3700 with updates. It costs about $10-$20 less though, so it seems clear which one to buy! I am going to lead off here with what you won't like: The firmware - It is basic. It looks pretty much like what Netgear had 5 or 8 years ago. If you want to do something fancy you are going to need some other firmware like DD-WRT. It is not clear to me right now if the various open source packages are ready for prime time, so YMMV.
Summary: This router is amazing. It took me 20 minutes to setup because i had to power cycle it after the firmware upgrade. I actually called Netgear and had them walk me through the process even though it was very simple. The had me set it up from the GUI instead of the CD. After setting it up, I noticed a drastic increase in my speeds. My Desktop has never loaded web pages so fast. I decommissioned my 4 year old Linksys wrt54g version 6.
It gives you a high speed connection. That's it though.
31 August 2013
Summary: I needed a router for gaming and networking devices. This router is great if you do not need a router that you want to print wireless/hard wired "Connected with an Ethernet Cable" from and transfer data between computer. It will not allow devices to communicate with each other. I found that you can not ping devices that are connect to this router.
Summary: Startup CD did not load fully. Their recommendation to go to routerlogin.net and or .com was not reachable. Tech help very difficult to understand. Had to hire 2 sessions of tech help at MY Expense to get it to work. Certainly not "plug and play". Finally have it working and keeping my fingers crossed every time I turn it on.
Summary: My laptop had a little trouble connecting to this router, but after it created a new network name, it was up and running. Although my printer was able to wirelessly connect to it, my laptop couldn't find the printer. Since the difficulty only started with this new router, I called Netgear. This is where it really got interesting.
Summary: Works exactly as advertised, they just never mentioned how slow the USB access is. Browsing a folder with 400 folders of music artists takes minutes. Once you have something streaming thought it's flawless so far. Full resolution TED talks run just fine. Simple to connect to via Playstation 3, Mac (Mountain Lion tested), or PC (via ftp).
Summary: I picked up this one to replace my older Netgear wireless router (works great). So for I have not been able to get the new one to work at all! I'm not new to setting up networks or computers so I do know what and how to do it. Maybe this one is just a bad one. I asked one of my friends to take it home with him and see if he could get it working. He was unable to get it to work also.