Summary: As other users have pointed out and I can confirm, the fan on the router is fairly loud. It doesn't make so much of a whirring sound but a clicking sound. I booted up the router without the internal drive to confirm the sound was from the fan and it remained the same: Loud. This is not an issue for me personally as my router and modem sit in a basement room that we are rarely in, so I rarely have to hear the device.
Pros: Setup of the router was extremely easy. I input my internal hard drive, added an SD card for extra storage, and connected the router to my network. I was easily able to set up the wireless connection on both bands and range is good for both. 2.4GHz range is fantastic and is extremely strong throughout my entire 3 story house. 5GHz range is not quite as strong, but sufficient enough for a stable connection throughout the entire house. The 5GHz range is much better on t...
Cons: While the router menu system is easy to understand, it is a little slow to navigate. Not a big enough of a deal to subtract from the overall score though as I rarely need access to the router's settings.
Summary: annoying; hard to get to the power off button in the back.
Pros: Easy to connect,;love the visual of everything connected and ability to modify the visual; internal hard drive; looks great; solid wifi and internet access; USB 3.0 slots; app for android; and much more
Cons: USB connections are flaky, sometimes would lose USB connection; difficult to find READYSHARE drives (external drive or USB) on file manager/explorer, again flaky. Found workaround by mapping network drive so as to not being dependent upon READYSHARE to show in file manager; admit that fan is loud and might be
Summary: NETGEAR RMA PROCESS SUCKS! After back-and-forth with 'tech support' for a week, they finally agreed to RMA, only try to process it online....cannot get past the 'I agree to the terms & conditions' page- click 'next' and nothing happens at all. FAIL! What a totally frustrating experience. Try to get someone on the phone-GOOD LUCK! I'll never buy another Netgear product, EVER.
Pros: network drive function is terrific. Speed WAS good.
Cons: poor longevity, need to return after only 3 months.
Summary: The power switch on the back, it is located between the power plug and the main LAN line. This makes it a bit hard to turn off the unit if you have big hands let alone find it by feeling around.
Pros: The router is sleek looking. Many good points about the router. The USB 3.0 ports, the SD card port, of course all the LAN are Gb, good range and power, the hard drive bay and the software features.
Cons: A couple of things. First off there are no lights for the LAN ports. So when you connect LAN lines to this router, you have no idea if they are connected or dead; only by using your computer. Usually they are lighted and color coded; yellow for 100Mbps speeds and green for 1000Mbps (Gb) speeds. So kind of a con there.