Netgear 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit Review

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kneron

Cat6...?

Cat7 ftw :)

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Daemon

What about the RangeMax 37AV Wifi Dual Band Gigabit Router in say pairs to do the same thing, if so configured? 

It is well known that the Rangemax 37AV, aka 3700, aka N600 High Performance, while differently packaged and promoted, are basically the exact same thing right down to the firmware; marketing hype aimed at various niche markets it seems.

I ask this because this line of Rangemax router is specifically designed for streaming video in HD and online gaming. A pair of these puppies would likely ballpark about the same cost at the Netgear 3DHD Wifi Home Theater Kit you have reviewed above.

While the 3DHD has 4 internal antenna's, the 37AV has eight ultra-sensitive internal antennas, with dedicated antennas for each band and efficient power amplifiers. It appears to me this would be somewhat better on the surface; Not so sure how it'd perform in the 3DHD configuration. Four of the antenna's would be on the 2.4GHz band and 4 on the 5.0GHz band, essentially the same as the 3DHD; minus the 5.0GHz band difference in the 3DHD kit.

Those who know how to set up routers to act with a switch and configure them as an Access point or Bridge should be able to effect the same results.

I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering about this. In any event I do plan on a second Rangemax 37AV in my very near future while I build out my GbE switched home network infrastructure, and anticipate the exciting 802.11ac WiFi Draft comming down the pipe in 2012.

Router Guru's Please chime in, a verdict is needed.

*Cheers*

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MrMick

It's not the number of antennas that's important here, it's the number of concurrent streams that the chipset supports. The Atheros chipset in the WNDR3700 (and all of Netgear's marketing clones of that router) supports two concurrent streams, while the Quantenna chipset in the WNHD3004 supports four concurrent streams.

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Daemon

I have to admit you're correct, three streams are indeed on those Quantenna chips in the 3DHD Home Theatre Kit. It hadn't occurred to me before about the concept of concurrent streams per chip.

After a little digging around I discovered that the Atheros new AR938x and AR9390 chipsets also have three antennas, (MIMO) on the same channel while running multiple spatial streams, or distinct, separately encoded signals within a single spectral channel, particularly on the 5.0GHz chips which will result in the 450Mbps theoretical. (N750)

The upcomming WNDR4000 is one of those incomming improvements from NetGear, with likely two streams on the 2.4GHz spectrum and three on the 5.0Ghz spectrum. Pure spectulation on my part. I have no idea yet which chipset Atheros or Quantenna will appear in the newer RangeMax models, since these Atheros chipsets are relatively new.

I'm to understand the WNDR4000 boasts a possible dual processor, 128Mb RAM, 128Mb Flash; though I've also heard it might just be 64Mb flash paired with a 64Mb RAM set, this later being more likely. I know a super huge Proc/Flash/RAM combo would be an absolute delight for those of us who are into custom firmware. If indeed it comes with 128Mb flash, I'm sold, I'd pre-order it right away; prudence tells me to wait until they actually exit the gate and meet the consumers face to face. Until then, rumors are just rumours.  Looking forwards to MaxPC's review of the WNDR4000 in the real world sometime near in the future.
*/CHEERS/*

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majorsuave

a good thing I wired cat6 cable through the walls. 

Bedroom, office, kitchen, living room (2) and basement wall connector.... 

Most rooms are HD ready

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Daemon

@majorsuave, Read up on the MaxPC article on HDBaseT posted here a few days back, and be wow'd and excited at the same time. I know I am. !(^.^)! *grin*

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majorsuave

sorry, double post

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