Summary: I got this to network two computers in my home. Both computers have windows XP. It was pretty easy to set up and worked fairly well. My next purchase was an iMac computer. The mac was easy to set up; it basically did the hookup it's self! My XP computers were getting old, so I bought a new pc with windows 7, and this is when the problems started. I could not get the router to work with windows 7 - even hard wired. I had the router for maybe 6 months at this time.
Summary: Most other information has been covered by other reviewers, but I wanted to share one item I found. There are two version the WRT3500 (WRT3500v1) and the WRT3500v2. The use very different chipsets (Marvell v. Broadcomm) and if you are hoping to use open-source/modified firmware like DD-WRT and the like you must have the v2 chipset. I bought used off Amazon Marketplace and received the v1 version.
Summary: I purchased the Netgear WNR3500 router to replace a Netgear WGR614 (802.11g) router that had been in service since 2004. I was hoping to increase wireless range, and wired and wireless speed. The new router finally installed, after several false starts, on the Windows XP access point computer. However, when I tried using the Push 'N' Connect feature to hook up with my new Netgear WN111 adapter it didn't work. I see the PNC feature as not being quite ready for prime time.
Summary: This router worked fantastic with my comcast cable internet for about a week, then my internet connection was going down every 5 minutes. After a call to support (who are pretty much essentially not helpful), and a call to comcast, I ended up isolating the issue. I had to manually enter the DNS Servers for comcast, because the router was not connecting to the proper DNS server. If you are comfortable troubleshooting an issue like this, by all means, get this router.
Be aware of the different versions before you buy.
27 August 2012
Summary: I wanted to write this review to let you know that there are two very different versions of the Netgear WNR3500. The one I recieved is version 1 which has a different than the rest of the 3500 family chip set and therefore does not support custom DD-WRT custom firmware!!! The internal antennas are also different therefore their performance and range.
Excerpt: I got this router free with my Virgin Media broadband connection and have to say I am glad I didnt pay for it. The wireless N mode works at full speed and allows me to download wirelessly to my Mac's at the maximum speed of my 50Mb BB connection. However the wireless coverage is quite poor and just going upstairs shows a weaker signal on my iPhone than my old Linksys wireless G router.
Summary: It was a nightmare to set up (taking the best part of an afternoon, with more than £30 worth of calls to the £1 a minute Delhi-based help-line) and it regularly falls off. We use two i-Phones and a Mac laptop with it. The broadband comes via Virgin cable. Maybe we're doing something wrong, but my wife and I are by no means computer illiterate.
Summary: In answer to the above poster wanting to know why this thing has a European plug and a UK adapter? Well if you have purchased it from Pixmania, the supplier on this site, that is probably the reason. They sell equipment destined for Mainland Europe in the UK. Its quite a well known problem with the company.