Summary: In trying to expand my wireless LAN network into an area that is not getting a consistent strong signal I followed the directions Netgear provides for creating an AP. Doing so produced only an marginal signal boost and did provide a convenient switch for more devices. There are much less expensive ways for getting this limited networking advantage. I have the same NetGear router for my primary base router and it is a good router. I do wish it had directional antenna (s).
Summary: The LAN line keeps dropping off.... wireless works great, of all things, the hard wire looses connectivity frequently. I removed the software that uploaded with it, but it was easy to use and install.
Summary: If this thing had any fewer instructions the entire box would have been empty. Have tred at least half a dozen time to get it connected and running but it never works. I've emailed Netgear asking sometimes begging for help but they have never once bothered to reply. The technical description was exactly what I wanted. Lesson learned.
Excerpt: This N900 netgear was bought mainly to increase range in my small 1000 sqft condo. The previous N300 unit I had worked fine but I had trouble connecting to the wireless printer at the other end of the condo about 30-40ft away (straight line - no concrete walls) About 45ft walking. So since the speed of the N300 seemed to be ok with my comcast cable - I figured the N900 dual-band would be faster and longer range - and just as easy to set up.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Looks Nice, Reliable connection, Secure Connection
Excerpt: Bought this router in order to limit certain points on my network that stream a lot of video such as the smart TV that were hogging the bandwidth and causing gaming system to lag. Port forwarding on my old router just wasn't getting it done. IMPORTANT!!! You need dual-band network adapters to utilize the 5Ghz band on this or any other dual-bannd router.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fast, Fast Connection Speed, Range
Summary: I purchased the Netgear N900 900 Mbps 4-Port Gigabit Wireless N Router (WNDR4500) to replace my old LinkSys WRT54GS and I must say, it is an amazing, feature rich and FAST router. Configuration is a Breze, but unfortunately I had to call their technical support for ONE simple setting which they work differently from Linksys. That's where it all went downhill.
Excerpt: I was very disappointed with the range and connection reliability. This router is not nearly as good as others in the same price category. A laptop located within 5 feet of it had noticeable slower speed. The range was poor and the far side of my house had no connection at all.
Summary: I have had this router for about 6 months now. So far has been pretty good. Lately it has started to disconnect with the internet. I called the local cable company. They ran some tests and came to the conclusion it was the router. Going to see if I can exchange. Was a pricey router, sure hope I can get a replacement.