Summary: I have a Netgear WNDR4500 (N900) which is a great router and has worked flawlessly for nearly a year, so I knew it would take an excellent new router for me to willingly replace it. Well, once again, Netgear has created a worthy successor for an already superb router. Take the monster performance of the WNDR4500, add built-in NAS capability, USB 3 ports and a few extra goodies and you now have the WNDR4720.
Summary: We've got 3 computers; 2 laptops and a desktop. I take tons of photos, most of which are stored on my laptop. Most of my photo manipulation and other work is done on my desktop. I have a couple of external hard drives that I use for backups as often as I have time for (which isn't often enough), and our internet service is too slow to use an online cloud service for backups.
An excellent router and NAS with a ton of useful features.
16 June 2013
Summary: I received this router from Netgear for free as part of a beta program I participated in. This has given me the opportunity to extensively test all of the features of this router over the course of a couple months. Upon first receiving this router the first thing I noticed was the size of it. If you're tight on space this might not be the router for you but its size shouldn't be surprising considering it has an internal 3.5 drive and needs room for proper cooling.
Summary: (Edit: I added a video showing some of the storage performance, (in the video I pretty much just copy large and small files back and forth to the router, in other words, 8:17 of boredom) I used this router during a beta test and enjoyed every moment of using it. The setup is extremely easy just like with all of their other routers using the netgear genie web UI, It simply auto detects everything and gets you online. The stock security is also decent.
GREAT Upgrade to have, good router + storage = awesome
16 June 2013
Summary: I was part of the original team to help during the testing and development of this router so was free. This router is a great router. It does 802.11N and has great range and performance on that part. The router also features the ability to have an internal hard drive. I tested using the 2TB drive model. I must say this has been the FASTEST NAS router/network hard drive I have ever used that was created for the consumer market.
Summary: Took delivery of this piece of kit the day before my fibre broadband install. Very easy to set up, and once I had entered my connection details, it logged on immediately via the BT Infinity box. The wireless signals are strong and propagate nicely around my house and garden. All in all, a very versatile piece of kit, and also amazing value for money.
Summary: Pros: + Great performance + Very unique stylish looks + Good throughput + Range is good for home use + Simultaneous Dual-Band (2.4/5GHz) operation + Easy effortless setup + Intuitive and well laid out menus + Gigabit LAN and WAN ports + Lightweight but sturdy construction Cons: - Price quite high for most home users Performance: 9.75 Appearance: 10.00 Construction: 9.75 Functionality: 9.50 Value: 9.00