The ability to connect other devices not on the network to the external hard drive is quirky and inconsistent at best.
Wayne G Butscher, Amazon
28 September 2014
Summary: I bought 2 allegedly refurbished devices but at least one was used. Ironically the used one is performing more reliably than the refurbished one. One less reliable has to be rebooted every few days because it refuses to connect to laptops and PDAs frequently. When working, they allow connected devices to access content on the external hard drives. The ability to connect other devices not on the network to the external hard drive is quirky and inconsistent at best.
Ok for Router but Not the USB (ReadyShare) feature
Adam J. Griff, Ph.D., Amazon
20 August 2014
Summary: Bought this product for its ReadyShare via two USB ports. The Netgear technology is not yet stable to handle a drive for use in backups and streaming video from the drive is too slow (jumpy picture) to be usable. If partition is greater then 2TB the Mac Journaled drive is read-only. Both my Mac partition and Windows Fat32 partition were corrupted by this device. Great product if you don't need the USB ports for external drives.
Excerpt: Bought as a high end back-up for my Asus router when I had to send it in for replacement. Performance was not even close. Range was very disappointing. Should have purchased a cheaper version. Definitely not worth the price.
Excerpt: ReadyShare just does not work well - very difficult to set up and they do not tell you that there are only very few drives that work - in addition, I bought one of the compatible drives, and it still does not work.
Summary: This is exactly the router I needed. However the one I purchased through Amazon was "factory refurbished" but did not work, and I could not get it to work. I had to purchase one somewhere else.
... this to use as an access point to get good wifi coverage
A. Homer, Amazon
4 September 2014
Summary: I bought this to use as an access point to get good wifi coverage. I use MAC authentication to help protect my network, and the implementation on this seemed extremely buggy. I upgraded to the latest firmware and it seems even worse. New clients fail to connect, even when the MAC auth is turned off again, and it screws up the MAC address table when you add and remove items. Even a factory reset and reconfigure doesn't fix it.
Summary: Quite disappointed with it. The range is not as expected; similar to virgin media's superhub. Some problems/limitations with the configuration. Many problems with the usb to share external hard drives. Fast and reliable as basic router.