Cons: The firmware got corrupted in 20 months and I could not get back into the unit to reload the firmware (followed instructions on the internet and there's no way to get back to factory settings). Customer service told me they couldn't help. It seems it is quite common for these models to get their firmware corrupted. I purchased a different brand with a better warranty for the same price. First and last Netgear router I buy.
Summary: I bought this router because it had the perfect combination of things I'm looking for: hard drive bay, USB 3.0 ports (perfect for a media center PC storage), N900, decent range. I did NOT expect that, after 9 months, the WAN port would be deceased. I have a support ticket in to Netgear, but after seeing the negative experiences by others here, i'm not overly optimistic.
Pros: Built in NAS, high transfer speeds
Cons: WAN port failed after 9 months. Kind of important
Summary: I will NEVER gain own a netgear product. I strongly advise that you avoid buying anything Netgear. This router has been nothing but a huge problem since the get go. It is loud, runs very hot, and often requires hours of down time in order to "reset." The software that came with the router caused extreme system lag and connectivity issues often reducing ISP speed by up to 40%.
Cons: Failed within one year of ownership. Netgear refused to honor their own warranty and replace product.
Summary: Word of advice-STAY AWAY FROM NETGEAR!!! THEY DO NOT HONOR DEFECTIVE PRODUCT WARRANTIES!!! I purchased a brand new FACTORY SEALED Netgear Centria WNDR4700 from an online business. Out of the package I had problems with the power light staying amber and the unit not powering up so I contacted Netgear Tech Support.
... the one with the hard drive and it worked fine for several months until I knocked it off and ...
Amazon Customer, Amazon
21 January 2015
Summary: Bought the one with the hard drive and it worked fine for several months until I knocked it off and broke something. So I ordered a second one without the drive and used the drive from the first one in it (or that was the plan). Well it wouldn't accept the drive or recognize it. I ended up going back to my old router without the drive and bought a "mybook" hard drive to back up data.
Summary: Great router. I stuck in 2TB HDD. Only reason I am giving it 4 stars out of 5 are the following: 1) Sluggish Interface. 2) Wish the ports were positioned for a bit easier access. Other than the 2 things above, this is an awesome router and works great. I recommend you buy it in DISKLESS mode, and just add your own HDD, they are cheap enough these days.
Works great, but don't decide based on the USB 3.0
Timothy Gonzales, Amazon
18 December 2014
Summary: Works fine. It's louder than my PS3 right next to it. connecting an external hard drive via USB doesn't work out too well. It won't show everything, takes forever to populate what it will show, and when you try having it show a specific path or block out a specific folder, it just won't show anything at all. I haven't tried it out with installing a HDD inside.