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Netgear's 4-port gigabit, simultaneous dual-band WNDR3700 Wi-Fi router proved a joy to use. It was stable and glitch-free, with easy media serving. However, bliss only commenced after setup and configuration. The WNDR3700 offers none of the hand-holding that the Cisco Linksys E4200 provides. You must browse to 192.168.0.1 to access Netgear's HTML setup pages to configure the unit. That's fine by me; I don't believe in steering users away from learning what they need to know about their router with misleadingly simple setup routines. My gripes--minor ones to be sure--lie elsewhere. While some of the setup and configuration will leave you scratching your head, in action the WNDR3700 is a thing of beauty. The Wireless Protected Setup (WPS)--invoked via a button on the front of the unit-- worked great. Both the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz networks had good range, and streaming multimedia including 1080p video was flawless (at least with a good signal when streaming wirelessly). The UPnP media server popped up in Windows Media Player's list immediately, with all the media on the drive in the WNDR3700's USB port already sorted and available for playback.
There are a few qualities that make a router an Editors' Choice: a simple setup process, a strong feature set, and excellent throughput. Many wireless routers have one or maybe two of those features, but the Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR3700) ($169.99, street) has them all. The N600 has great setup, and it's laden with features that will attract not only the tech savvy home user but business IT as well. And it's without question the second fastest router I have tested to date, offering breakneck throughput rates that easily outpace the competition. That adds up to an Editors' Choice. Cisco's Linksys E4200 managed the highest throughput we've seen at 137 Mbps, but with a touted capability of 450 Mbps, I expected to get higher throughput testing with a client that has a 3x3 wireless adapter. The N600 is a dual-band router with a maximum theoretical throughput of 300 Mbps. In real-world usage, if a wireless router can achieve half its theoretical throughput, that's superb performance.
The Netgear RangeMax WNDR3700 is a low-profile compact box that is finished in a high-gloss black and comes with the antennae built into the device. It ships with a stand, so you can lay it flat or stand it vertically for slightly better reception. You'll find the usual row of LED activity lights as well as WPS and Push 'n' Connect buttons on the front, along with four LAN and a WAN port on the rear, along with a USB connection. Like the D-Link, you'll find 'Green Technology' is built in, so if you're not using any of the LAN ports they will automatically switch off and the corresponding LED light will dim. If you're looking to use this router with Windows 7, you'll need to check out the Netgear website where a download is available. Our review unit didn't come with installation software in the box, though we've been assured this is the case, so we used this latest download and found that it installed quickly. The interface is a little cluttered, but quite intuitive. You'll find some useful features with this router, such as remote management, so you can access the network when you're travelling and video mode that allows you to define bandwidth in the 5GHz spectrum for streaming video.
As many readers have pointed out, it’s long past time for us to pick a new Wi-Fi router for our Best of the Best list (the previous title holder, Linksys’s WRT600N, having disappeared off store shelves several months ago). Folks, we have a winner: Netgear’s Rangemax WNDR3700 is packed with features and it performs like a thoroughbred. First, let’s discuss features. This is a dual-band 802.11n router, which means it’s outfitted with two radios—one that operates on the 2.4GHz frequency band and a second that operates on the less-crowded 5.0GHz band—so you can operate two wireless networks simultaneously. Most people will use the former for data traffic and the latter for media streaming (especially since the 5.0GHz radio has a video quality-of-service feature designed to reduce packet loss and jitter that’s not found on the 2.4GHz radio). You can also operate guest networks on each radio (each with its own SSID and security mode), which allows you to grant visitors Internet access while your data network remains safely isolated. And if you’re looking for a new wireless router for your small business, the WNDR3700 supports WPA/WPA2 Enterprise encryption in addition to the more typical WEP and WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key.
Netgear’s WNDR3700 has all the features we’ve come to expect from high-end routers, including a dual-band radio that enables you to operate two networks on different frequency bands, a USB port for attaching shared storage, the ability to establish a guest network (two, in fact), and, of course, support for the IEEE 802.11n standard. But the WNDR3700 also has a few features that we haven’t seen in any router, including the ability to monitor and even limit the amount of data that can be downloaded from or uploaded to the Internet, a valuable benefit if your Internet service provider caps your bandwidth and charges you for exceeding that cap. Still, there’s one feature that’s missing: The ability to share an attached printer over a network. Being a dual-band router, the WNDR3700 features two separate radios: One operates on the increasingly crowded 2.4GHz frequency band and the other works on the relatively open 5GHz band. This enables you to establish two wireless networks that won’t compete with each other for bandwidth. Why would you need two networks? Most people use the 2.4GHz network to carry their data traffic and to handle the bulk of their Internet access, reserving the 5.0GHz network for streaming audio and video from a PC, NAS (Network Attached Storage), or home server to a home theater PC or other media adapter.
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