Summary: The only saving grace is the ability to replace the Netgear firmware with DD-WRT; Genie was nearly unusable and would spin for minutes trying to load the basic interface so I could perform initial setup. That's the only thing keeping this from being a one-star purchase. Even that task - took several tries as the admin interface barely loads. That said; after DD-WRT was installed - this thing performs admirably and hasn't caused me a single issue.
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.
Excerpt: Bought this to use with Charter Internet. Worked fine for 7 months then just stopped. All lights worked, looked like it was connecting but would not sync. Spent an hour with Netgear support, nothing worked then tech stated the 90 day warranty was out and to get more support I would have to purchase a plan from net gear. I had purchased the 2 year protection plan from Staples, so I began another journey. Staples forgets to tell you it's a third party provider.
The only noticeable difference between this router and the Linksys ...
Umbra Lover, Amazon
9 January 2015
Summary: The only noticeable difference between this router and the Linksys Wireless-G 2.4 it replaces is the dual bands. I was hoping for a stronger signal at the more distant rooms of my home, but I haven't noticed any discernible difference. I was unable to connect this unit directly with my incoming DSL line, so I still need to keep a separate modem on my desk.
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 studs, and concrete second deck. Open Source really unlocks the functionality of this router. With Open Source your can truly separate your networks into different subnets, so t...
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 having to continue with the OEM firmware. Also consider this before you buy. If your router fails between the 90 day warranty and the 1 year parts/labor, and you didn't purchase ...
Summary: i bought this router because my dad got it to replace the same old one we had. it worked great for my dad. great range. all the way to the garage which is not connected to the house. and their house is a long house. we also have a long house. but the modem is in what used to be a garage of an older house. when we get to the other end of the house, we lose signal on our current router. so i had high hopes when my dad says this new one could reach to their garage.
Summary: I bought this router locally when my old one finally bit the dust. They didn't have a lot of options, so I went with this one. I assumed it was gigabit capable at this price point, but was wrong (obviously not the router's fault). Overall it's a fine product, but certainly won't win any awards from me in this price range. No issues going on over a year.
Pros: Great build quality reliable, stable plenty of features out of the box
Cons: Not gigabit top gets smudges and fingerprints easily blue WPS light a little annoying costly Not ddwrt capable (at least, not this revision)
You can roll the dice and buy this router and it might be good for you, but I would not buy a NETGEAR product again
Robert Hand, Amazon
14 July 2014
Summary: Not as easy to set up as it should be unless all you want a router to do is connect a computer to the internet. I had to use the tech service (and they are in India and hard to understand) to get pointers on how to Port forward this router. The manual and explanation of features are inadequately written and there are very few examples of "This is how that is done". Also the signal output for the higher freq band (5GHZ) is much weaker than the signal for the 2.4GHZ band.