Excerpt: I owned a D-link for years and hated it and so when it went out and my mom had just gotten a new one, I took her reliable Netgear router to make due until I could get a new one. It ended up lasting us another six months without any problems, so when it finally gave out, I felt good about buying another Netgear. Afterall, my mom's had lasted well over five years.
Netgear WGR614v9 router is affordable, yet not efficient
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I purchased this wireless router through dell when I purchased my laptop computer 9 months ago. I've never used a Netgear product before but it was convenient for me because I was paying for it and having it shipped with my laptop all together. It worked fine until recently when I relocated and started connecting all of my equipment. My router would not do everything but prompt that I was online to the lights actually blinking, but there was a problem and I couldnt...
Pros: Works great and easy to use when cool. Setup isn't overly complicated, so it does the job when it works. However the factory design is lacking and it needs to be modded for heavier longer term use - see cons!
Cons: Once it gets hot, the signal strength bottoms out or even drops. Lacks any internal cooling on chips, exacerbating this problem. Seems to be an issue once connecting more than one computer. Also likely has some cheapo Teapo caps (look up bad caps).
Pros: I'll start off by stating I love newegg.com, and this is the first time I've had a problem. I bought this router refurbed, and for about 5 months it worked ideally. It was up and running in minutes, it's sleek and has a GREAT Wi-Fi radius. (i could be outside my apartment, and on the front stoop and it was still connected)....but then....
Cons: ...it started dropping it's Wi-Fi signal intermittently. Problem with that is, if you have a Blackberry, or Laptop, and you're doing something (BBM, Call, e-mail...etc.), you have to wait for the reconnect. For the price, it's amazing, but be warned, a refurbished item, may not be up to par every time, and once you're past newegg's 30 Day Return Policy, it's yours to replace. (it doesn't come with a CD, because the setup is through the router itself)