PC editor's choice, wireless router, no need for wireless N yet.
C. Shaw, Amazon
31 July 2010
Summary: I bought this back in 2006 and never made a review yet, so I'll just keep it short. First off for me, I had a hard time fumbling around to get the settings to work, called tech. and got some help but not all of it. So weeks later I was so happy that everything finally worked. Can't believe I got my PS3's wirless router working quicker than this wirless router.
Summary: I WAS ALMOST ABOUT TO RETURN THE ITEM. IT CAME WITHOUT A SETUP/INSTRUCTIONAL DISK, AND THE PASSWORD AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PRODUCT WAS SCRATCHED OUT SO THAT I HAD TO GET SOMEONE, AND PAY THAT SOMEONE, TO INSTALL THE ROUTER FOR ME--AND I AM NOT THAT COMPLETELY COMPUTER ILLITERATE! rIGHT NOW, AS I WRITE THIS REVIEW, I HAVE TO GET THE TECHNITIAN BACK IN, AND PAY HIM AGAIN, BECAUSE THE PRINTER, WHICH WAS WORKING BEFORE WIRELESSLY, IS NO LONGER DOING SO.
Summary: We decided to bid and buy this router because we had just purchased a laptop on ebay. We needed a wireless router for the internet. This one looked like it would do what we needed. The price was acceptable also.
Summary: This wireless router is flaky. It will work for a while and then stop accepting new wireless connections for no apparent reason. I have the lastest firmware (Nov 2006) and use WPA/WPA2 with long passphrases. I also tried various settings (such as wireless B/G only) to no avail. The relatives that use this unit at their home are very frustrated.
Summary: I read good reviews of this product in various computer magazines. But then I read the reviews here and was worried. However, you will then notice that EVERY router you read about in Amazon's review has very animated detractors. So what to do? I gave Netgear Rangemax 240 a try. I AM NOT TECHNICAL at all. Plodding along very carefully I followed the directions. It took me a slow moving hour, but I am now on line with my Mac.
Summary: I stopped using Netgear products, and was using Linksys products to setup clients wireless networks. After reading some great reviews from tomshardware, and seeing that the Linksys SRx routers were on backorder at the time, I decided to try this router. I installed this router, and the wireless connection constantly drops. When/if it connects again, the connectrion is limited (Did no get an IP address from the router via dhcp).
Summary: Highly recommended router. Don't fall for this Netgear knocking because you're not seeing comments from happy customers. I bought this router from Amazon. The first one was DOA but I have never had a DOA Netgear router before and I've been installing WIFI professionally since 2000 for home and business (Netgear and any other brands you can think of). Netgear support was extremely responsive. That was a 10 minute call.
Summary: Snazzy. Bright. Pretty lights. Out-of-box simplicity. Beautiful start. Setting: Used as wired & wireless router & firewall. Router works OK. Firewall works OK. Wireless works good. Pros: Strong wireless signal, doubled distance of my prior high-end A/B/G wireless AP. Super easy Setup Wizard. Got wireless connection in about 5-minutes after unpacking. Cons: Can't have both Static & DHCP IP. One or the other, only. Configuration isn't logical, isn't solid & very slow.
Summary: No software, firmware, or manual. You have to go online to get online. Go figure! I finally got it working and my range has improved but had definite problems in the beginning securing in without instructions. As a matter of fact I think one of my neighbors logged on and created their own secure network before I could figure everything out.
Summary: I am surprised at all the negative reviews about this router. I have had some dropped connections but far less than when I was using a Linksys router and the signal (range) on the netgear is much better. I am only in a 1000 sq ft apartment but couldn't get reception with the Linksys at one end of the apartment, with the Netgear it is not a problem at all. Set up was easy and I have been happily using it for about 9 months now.