Netgear WNDR3700 – It Rocks!


Netgear WNDR3700 – It Rocks!

The Netgear WNDR3700 RangeMax router is one of the sleekest routers in Netgear’s RangeMax family, with a shiny black chassis, which also happens to be a fingerprint magnet. The router is designed to work in both horizontal and vertical positions. For the latter, it comes with a detachable base. It’s also wall-mountable.

The router boasts an array of color-changing LED lights on its front that reflect the status of the Internet connection, the wireless network, and of the ports on the back. There are four LAN ports and one WAN port, and all are Gigabit. There’s also a USB port on the back that can be used with an external hard drive to turn the router into a network-attached storage (NAS) device.

The WNDR3700 is Netgear’s first true dual-band router I’ve had. It’s capable of simultaneously broadcasting Wireless-N signals in both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies. The 2.4Ghz is the popular wireless band shared with other home devices such as cordless phones and Bluetooth headsets. The 5Ghz band is somewhat more exclusive and therefore should offer better performance. By being a dual-band router, the WNDR3700 supports virtually all existing network clients.

I managed to get all my laptops and wireless devices connected flawlessly, and I managed to get througput of around 3 MB/s on my HP laptop using Wireless G and when I was connected using Wireless N I managed to get an average of 4.5 MB/s.

Compared to my old Netgear router, I am now acheiving more then double and at times triple the throughput performance!

A few weeks ago I bought a Linksys WRT160NL (Worst decision I ever made!) and I although it did connect easily to the internet, I had problems getting my N laptop online. Also, the throughput was pathetic, I was getting no more then 0.5MB/s at best using that router from PC to Laptop wirelessly. When I tried doing a PC to PC transfer of a 700MB movie file, It topped out at about 1.5 to 2.0MB/s, which is TERRIBLE! The WNDR3700 flawlessly transferred my files at speeds of up to 10MB/S, while simultaniously streaming HD video to my laptop at 4MB/s.

This is an outstanding router with great features, amazing looks and definitely worth the wait if you need a new router!

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