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.
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.
Summary: I have had wireless disconnect issues with all their firmware updates. Everytime their was a firmware update I got hoping it would fix my issues. But sadly I have to keep it on the original firmware to keep it stable.
Pros: I think the product is a good one if I could just get it to work.
Cons: I have had this product for a few months now and have still not been able to get it to work. After countless hours of trying this and that, I find that the firmware on the unit is corrupt. When asking for help from you and NetGear I get the run around or no response at all. Like, 'not my problem'...
Summary: I replaced the WNDR3700 with this over a year ago. The 3700 was an awesome router for its day. This was intended as an upgrade. The moment I pulled it out of the box and connected everything (as a direct replacement for an existing network) I had problems with my Xbox 360 connecting to the internet.
Pros: Fast Wi-Fi (Before 802.11ac was released)
Cons: After 1 yr it no longer works as a router. I'm still using it as a Wireless Access Point. Problems from the begining Rare firmware updates fix one problem and always introduce another. Does not play nice with Xbox 360 Constantly loses connection to WAN port
Summary: At this point in technology, I should have these issues. I have had serveral other brands with better luck. This is the second NetGear wireless router, and I am not impressed.
Pros: Gigabit ethernet ports, works relativily well. Has some nice features with a decent price.
Cons: Doesn't consitenly work, have to reset it occassionally. fails to pass VPN traffic properly occassionlly. Have to reset to fix issue. After a power cycle one day it became a brick, amber llight flashing, meaning corrupt firmware. Online reseach said I had to reflash. Had to use my phone to downlo...
Summary: I would rather pay more and not have to be inconvenienced with the lack of reliablity. Considering you will need to replace this about every 18 months, buy something less expensive, or pay more for something that will last longer.
Pros: If you don't mind buying a new one every 18 months, then the pros are that it works well until it dies. Not much of a "pro" in my opinion; lack of reliability trumps any real pros.
Cons: About one month after warranty expired, the router began losing wireless connections. Resolution was either to connect via Ethernet and reset, or unplug and leave alone overnight (not simply reboot, yes leave unplugged overnight). This happened for 6 months and then it would not boot properly and...
Summary: Here is my support case number#20479855 I called tech support. They tried to do some factory resets and hard resets with no luck. Still got a solid amber light. Lady on the phone said it's a hardware failure and the device is broke. No willingness to replace or help further.
Pros: Worked great for about a year. Had no problems, multiple devices connected without any problems. Easy to use interface. All the bells and whistles you want. For that I'll give 2 eggs.
Cons: This is why... The router bricked itself after the latest firmware upgrade. I logged into my router to make some firewall changes and I got a notice about a firmware upgrade. I applied the update from the device webpage and the device worked for about two days. I came home to find a solid amber l...