Netgear WNDR4000 Review

TP-LINK TL-WDR4300NETGEAR WNDR4000ASUS RT-N66U
WiFi PerformanceN750 WiFi (300 + 450 Mbps)N750 WiFi (300 + 450 Mbps)N900 WiFi (300 + 600 Mbps)
WiFi Band2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz
Ethernet Ports4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports2 USB 2.0 ports1 USB 2.0 port2 USB 2.0 ports
Antennas3 detachable dual band external antennas Internal3 detachable antennas
MSRP$99.99$99.99$129.99

For home users or small businesses that require a strong wireless signal with blazing-fast speeds, Netgear offers the N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router. With a price over $100, this isn't the bottom-dollar router. What makes this router worth the high price tag? It's not only a dual-band router, but it's also taking advantage of the 480 Mbps speeds on the 5GHz band. It's a significant increase over the 300Mbs speeds offered on previous models. For users who participate in online gaming, audio or video streaming or simply have multiple devices connected to the wireless network, this may justify the price.

The Netgear N750 router offers the basic wireless options that you'd come to expect. You can set up a guest network that doesn't require a password. You can also accept new devices/users to the network by pressing the WPS button on the device itself or the soft button from within the router's dashboard. It's from the dashboard that you can change any network setting with a GUI, so even if you're not tech-savvy, Netgear makes it easy to create the most secure yet usable network possible. Aside from employing WPA2 to secure the network, this router also has content filters and parental controls, so you can rest assured that little ones won't rest their eyes on content that's inappropriate for their age.

The N750 includes additional storage, so everyone in the house or office can access files. A USB port on the router connects to any external hard drive whether formatting is NTFS or FAT32. No additional software is required. Windows users can simply view the files in Explorer as if the drive were connected directly to their computer using Windows SMB. Mac users will also have access to the files in the Finder. One thing we liked is the ability to stream video to game consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360. If you've used streaming services such as Plex, you'd expect for the router to scan for new files and add them to the list, which it does nicely. Finally, you can enable people who aren't on the network to access those files by setting up an FTP or HTTP server. Most home users won't need this ability, but it's nice for a business setting.

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