NETGEAR WNDR3700 RangeMax Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
The Netgear WNDR3700 RangeMax Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router is the ultimate networking router which offers the high performance wireless Internet access needed for demanding applications, such as streaming HD video and multiplayer gaming. Dual band technology avoids interference, ensuring top speeds and the greatest range, while Gigabit offers ultra-fast wired connections.
Ultra-fast wired — Four Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver ultra-fast wired connections
Dual band — Ensuring top speeds and the greatest range while minimizing interference
Faster multimedia streaming — Provides Wireless-N speed for streaming HD videos, simultaneous downloads, and online gaming in addition to basic Internet applications
Shared storage — ReadySHARE™ provides fast and easy shared access to an external USB storage device
Live Parental Controls — Keeps your Internet experience safe
Jitter-free video and gaming — Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) for reliable Internet connections
Guest network access — Provides separate security and access restrictions for guests using the network
Broadband usage meter — Monitors Internet traffic and sends customized reports to help keep costs under control
Secured connection — Push ‘N’ Connect ensures a quick and secure network connection
Easy setup — Smart Wizard® CD with graphical installation guide and multi-language support
NETGEAR Green features — Power and Wi-Fi on/off buttons, Energy Star-compliant power adapter and 80% recycled packaging
Wireless router (with extended wireless coverage)
Wireless Network Standards:
802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
802.11 a/n 5.0 GHz
Wireless Data Transfer Rates:
- Up to 300 Mbps
- Internet: One 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Port
- LAN: Four 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Switched Ports
- One USB 2.0 port (backward compatible to USB 1.0/1.1)
- One Power Port
- One Reset Factory Settings Button
- Wireless Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2), WEP
- Wireless MAC Filter
- Double Firewall Protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
- Internet Access Policy
- Port Forwarding
- Port Triggering
- Quality of Service (QoS)
- USB Storage
- Traffic Meter
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NETGEAR RANGEMAX WNDR3700 - Fast, easy-to-use and rock solid Dean Redfern (Indian River Shores, Florida) September 24, 2009
This router is fast, easy to set-up and smartly engineered. Although this is a high-end feature-rich consumer router, out of the box, I had this running in just a few minutes. Using the simple color-coded 1-2-3 step setup process, an expert, or a novice, can have this router up and running very quickly.
Modifying the two dual band networks for different names and passwords is straight forward, and I preferred to do it manually. After logging into the firmware, the screens are divided into three panels. The left panel is the list of the feature sets, such as "wireless settings," or "guest network" settings; the middle panel has the pick list of options for the feature set; and the right panel on the screen explains, in the easiest of terms, what the features and options mean. There is little need to refer to the product manual or other help. Everything is in one place, and in the right place.
I attained maximum speeds with each of the dual bands when my laptops were in close proximity to the router. My throughput on the 5 Ghertz band using the "n" protocol was a blazing 300 Mbps. With my previous router, I was never able to achieve anything faster than 130 Mbps. As is the case with the 5 Ghertz channel, this speed drops off quickly as I moved my laptop away from the router. By 30 feet, I was down to 100 Mbps a second, but still relatively fast when compared to the legacy "g" speeds. On the 2.4 Ghertz band, using the "g" protocol, I saw very little degradation within 50 feet of the router.
I streamed a Netflix movie to an HD television flawlessly through a Toshiba laptop and an HDMI cable. There was no stutter in the picture, and the picture quality was excellent. Unlike past video streaming, I did not experience a dropped picture while waiting for the video buffer to reload.
I connected a USB disk drive to the router and shared it among three laptops without incident. I established read and read/write passwords for various file folders on the disk drive. I also made the drive available for access through the Internet, and again this process was straightforward in creating. I plan on backing up the three laptops to the USB drive on the router, as well as sharing photos and other files with family and friends by having them access the password protected IP address of my new network-based disk drive.
In total, you can establish four networks on this router. One for each of the dual bands, and two more as guest networks for each of the dual bands as well. The guest networks are nice as they can completely isolate guests from accessing sensitive information on other PCs or devices on the network. (Or you can open up the guest networks to everything on the network.)
Some other features worth noting are the automatic checking for firmware updates every time you log into the router; the "traffic meter" that shows daily, weekly and monthly internet usage that can be configured to throttle it; and the ability to backup personalized firmware settings in case of an emergency restore. With regard to the latter, it would be nice to also get a saved PDF file of what the settings are for each of the backed-up firmware configurations.
The Netgear WNDR3700 replaced two Linksys routers that I had connected together to essentially create a "dual band" environment. One was an older "g" unit, while the other was a newer "n" router. Together they got the job done in a mixed environment of video and Internet surfing. But the WNDR3700 takes routing to a newer level, with faster processors driving the dual bands to faster speeds and better range; and a big feature set that is easy to use, understand and configure.
SIX-MONTH UPDATE - This router has been powered up constantly for six months now, and it continues to run flawlessly. During this time, two firmware updates have been automatically flagged and applied without incident.
I use many of the key features of this router across the three laptops that are connected wirelessly to the dual bands. Video streaming from Netflix and other Internet sites continues to work smoothly.
Being able to connect a USB disk drive to the router has become a heavily-used feature. The router-based disk drive is the central location for backing up the data from the three laptops. I can backup these laptops locally, or from anywhere using the Internet. When traveling with a camera and a laptop, I am able to easily backup digital pictures to the router's USB disk drive. It is another way to save and protect files when away.
This router is my third, and best to date.
Feature rich, high-performance wireless router A. Fabbri "afabbri" (seattle, wa USA) October 9, 2009
This high-end wireless router by Netgear is well-designed and comes with a lot of features out of the box. I loved the ability to skip the "insert this CD rom in your computer" installation for dummies method and go straight to the web GUI to set it up. The feature I was most interested in is the USB storage sharing. This feature allows you to plug in any external USB drive, and then share it over the network. This was a convenient target for pushing automatic backups to. If our computer's hard drive catches on fire, I still have backups that I've saved on the USB drive attached to this router. Unfortunately, I ran into a bug when trying out this feature. Netgear support was helpful, however, and helped me get it working in a day.
- Feature rich, high-performance.
- Nice vertical stand included.
- USB storage feature turns your external drive into a network share.
- Comes with QoS (a must for VOIP), dynamic DNS, firewall, features.
- Easy to upgrade the firmware and it will automatically check for updates.
- Good documentation.
- Dead-simple installation and you can skip the Insert This CD-ROM install method.
- Ability to set up "guest" network with separate settings in addition to your main network.
- Traffic bandwidth monitoring is rudimentary. It is actually very good for an off-the shelf router, but I'm spoiled by my home router which runs Tomato firmware: it has pretty graphs.
- USB storage feature needs work. You can only use your router's admin password to protect your shares. Configuring settings with Google Chrome or non-firefox, non-IE browsers may silently fail (as it did for me). The workaround is to reapply settings with IE or Firefox.
All in all a very solid product. I give it 4.5 stars, as I wasted time chasing down the Chrome/Web GUI bug. I have no doubt this will become a 5-star product as Netgear pushes out new firmware updates.
Netgear Rangemax WNDR3700 Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router D. Constant "Dcon" (CA US) September 24, 2009
Have been running a D-Link DGL-4300 for several years with good results. Needed a replacement with more speed and processing power to handle multi-media, large LAN file transfers and N wireless services.
Tried the D-Link DIR-825, but undocumented MAC address restrictions killed the deal. The router would not accept a non-zero value for the first two characters of the WAN MAC address.
Looked at the Linksys WRT-610N, but was concerned with past Linksys product performance.
Purchased the Netgear WNDR3700 which was getting very good reviews and selling out quickly after release.
Configuration was a breeze with typical Netgear menus. LAN and WiFI speed are excellent.
The DLNA USB device option works great, streaming pictures to our LAN connected Samsung TV.
Guest WiFi access with LAN restrictions makes sharing with guests or visiting family easy.
There have been no issues using Vonage VoIP and transferring large amounts of data at the same time. QOS settings are available in the WNDR3700, but I'm not currently using it. Even with QOS and rules active, the DGL-4300 would sometimes cause the VoIP to stutter during large transfers.
Port Address Translation (PAT) is not available. This makes it difficult to access multiple Port 80 LAN devices from the WAN side.
I rate the unit 4.5+ stars. PAT would have made it a five.
Defective Firmware Rodan (Kirkland, WA USA) May 31, 2010
I purchased this product because I have a long history with Netgear, their features, and their reliability. The basic features of this router work very well and are easy to set up. One of the key new features, support for a guest SSID, DOES NOT WORK. And this has not worked on any of the Netgear WNDR routers they have sold since February. And they have known this, since their own forum is the source. (See [...])
I am appalled that Netgear would knowingly sell a defective product, one where one of the key selling features did not work, to their customers. And then make them figure this out, call their customer support line, and either have to live without this feature or return the router.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT TILL THEY FIX THIS ISSUE.
Easy Jeffrey Copley (Huntington, WV) August 11, 2010
The NetGear RangeMax router was an excellent buy. The router was a breese to set up and I have had no issue with loss of signal or data speed. I recommend this router to anyone that has alot of wireless traffic because if you are just an occasional wireless user it may not be worth the price.
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