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NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700

NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700

Item: 788052    Model: WNDR3700-100NAS

NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700
4.5stars
( 487 reviews)
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  • Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver ultra-fast wired connections
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NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700
 
4.4

(based on 488 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (301)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (395)
  • Reliable connection (362)
  • Fast connection (356)
  • Fast (336)
  • Secure connection (336)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (27)
  • Unreliable connection (26)
  • Slow connection speed (13)

Best Uses

  • Home network (393)
  • Small networks (113)
  • Large networks (20)
  • Home or business (11)
  • Gaming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (347), Low bandwidth user (90), Quality oriented (12)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (401), Business (71)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (248), Mac (28), Other (13)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Steady and Consistent Router

PROS:
This product is really reliable if you are solely using it for wireless internet. It is a dual-band router, which means that it is emitting two different frequency signals (2.4...Read complete review

PROS:
This product is really reliable if you are solely using it for wireless internet. It is a dual-band router, which means that it is emitting two different frequency signals (2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz) SIMULTANEOUSLY.

This is excellent for people who want to set up several networks in their home or small business. You can create up to 4 networks with this router and these networks include: guest networks, media networks, and gaming networks.

The simultaneous signals is also beneficial for users who have various network card users at home. For example, if you had two laptops with two different wireless cards (let's say a G and an N), and you had a SINGLE band router, then both the N and the G cards will run at G speeds. This is because the router is limited by the slowest component, which is the G card in this case. On the other hand, if you had two simultaneous bands, you can set the G to be assigned to one of the bands (2.4 Ghz) and the N to be set to the other band (5 Ghz). This way, the router will allow both laptops to achieve their full networking potential by allowing the G card to go at G speeds and the N card to go at N speeds (which is much, MUCH faster!)

Another benefit, in my opinion, is the GUI interface, which allows you to change and customize your network. It isn't too hard to understand, but that can depend on your computer and network literacy.

CONS:
The 5 GHz signal does fade out quickly, but this is to be expected since 5 Ghz is a longer wavelength. The longer the wavelength, the less the range, or so I've heard. I have another desktop literally 25 ft (at most) away from the router on the same level of my house and I receive 90% signal when using the 5 Ghz.

Another problem that can become annoying is when you try to change the settings on the GUI (user interface). When you make a change, it can take from 30sec - 2 min to complete each change.

Another potential problem with this could be the USB drive (which I don't use often). There are specific USB/hard drives that are compatible with this router (which are listed on the NETGEAR website). Using other drives can cause the network, router, and your computer to freeze while accessing files on the drive. Another problem with the USB drive of this router is that the router CANNOT handle a huge load of data on a drive. I know there is a specific troubleshoot question on the NETGEAR website, which states that this router will have trouble (and can start freezing) if the drive attached has more than some amount of data (which is in the GB but I don't remember the specific number).

OVERALL:
This router is reliable when it comes to its 2.4 Ghz signal. The signal has NEVER dropped for me. I have three laptops with G cards connected to the 2.4 Ghz signal and all of them work flawlessly. This router is also excellent for people who need to create multiple networks.

The major problems that occur with this router is its USB port and the nagging wait time for the network changes. The USB port doesn't seem to be as great as it is hyped up to be, especially with all the limitations that it currently has. The 5 Ghz signal can dimish fast over long distances, but I heard this is expected of all 5 Ghz signals.

In total, I have three laptops, a PS3, and two desktops (one wired and one N-wireless) connected to my network and this router remains stable with this load. If your looking for a stable, secure, and reliable connection, then this router is excellent. If your looking for media networks, I would look for another router with better USB capabilities. Sorry for the lengthy review, but I hope this helps. :)

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Great until I used Readyshare

The router worked great until I used the USB drive function. According to the Netgear website, issues with slow network or locking up were caused by the index file created by the media server...Read complete review

The router worked great until I used the USB drive function. According to the Netgear website, issues with slow network or locking up were caused by the index file created by the media server being too big for the router memory. The latest Firmware upgrade was supposed to have fixed the issue but in my testing it has not. 11Mps wireless speeds normally was down to under 2Mps. Even after following the directions on the Netgear site and upgrading firmware. I would not recomend this router for USB drive attachment, but as a standalone wireless router is great.

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5.0

amazing quality

By opainton83

from Grants Pass, Or.

Verified Buyer

Comments about NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700:

Provides a fast and strong WiFi connection. Money well spent.

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5.0

Solved all my problems.

By yorkyjones

from Savannah, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700:

My setup is in a 4 story historic home. I bought a new router and extender last year that could not give me reliable service. Started over by buying this router and didn't even need the extender. Great product!

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5.0

Great for Many Users in the Home

By PJS

from Phillipsburg NJ

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700:

Bought this as I have many users in my home. Everyone has a computer, IPhone, IPad, Xbox, etc. This is good for taking care of everyone on at the same time. Easy setup.

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5.0

Buy it

By Netgear 4 life

from CT

Verified Buyer

Comments about NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700:

I've always been loyal to netgear and will always recommend netgear routers to all my friends.These routers are reliable, easy to set up and a great value!

After dumping uverse because their service was horrible , their products are out dated to say the least, I switched to xfinity and decided to use my own wireless router.

This router work great and I even get wifi in the back yard which wasn't happening with uverse or the xfinity router.

Don't hesitate to buy this item, parental controls are important these days and this router has them.

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5.0

Works fine no complaints

By PR

from Seattle

Verified Buyer

Comments about NETGEAR N600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router WNDR3700:

Works fine no complaints - easy to set up does not seen any faster than the old Netgear that I have been using for 10 years.

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