Netgear WNDR4500 Wi-Fi Router Review

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nirajelectro

Des this router support bit torent for offline content download?o

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nirajelectro

Des this router support bit torent for offline content download?o

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davidm71

Seems like to me the n900 is missing the luxury features of the wndr3800 like time machine and clear channel. I would get the n900 but the 3800 seems like a better full featured router!

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charlie76

I haven't had very good luck with Netgear products.  I love their features, but they just aren't engineered well.  I'm on my 2nd WNDR4500; the first one couldn't maintain connections.  This one does, but none of my powerline connecters work with this router.  Also, the netgear printserver won't connect to it either.  I bought this unit to replace my WNDR3700 which crapped out afer 18 mths. Netgear products just don't work well.  I've spent over 40 hrs on the phone with Netgear tech support.  I've owned at least six of their routers, two print servers, three switches, a Stora (NAS - REALLY REALLY crap) and they're really just crap.  They must not test their products or have any quality control.  Buying Netgear is a real crapshoot; I wouldn't recommend Netgear to anyone.

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burntham77

I have a WNDR4000 that cannot maintain an internet connection. Every month or so it will just drop the internet (everything works fine, and the modem plugged directly into a computer does get an internet signal). Last night it finally went down and no matter how many times I reset the model or the router, it could not get an internet signal. I wouldn't care as much except these routers are kind of pricey. I think I am going to switch brands and get something cheaper. At least if a cheap one craps out on me, it won't sting as much to replace.

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asterix

I can't make head nor tail of your wireless results or method.

Why are there sets of very different results for say the WNDR3700 in different review tables?

eg 84, 80, 69, 41, 22

vs 143, 135, 39, 35, 3

And what client do you use for these tests? Your method says USB from the same manufacturer as the router. Don't you think you should specify which adapter is used in the review?

And how did you do 3-stream tests - Netgear don't even make a 3-stream USB adapter?

And doesn't this mean all your router tests are not router tests, but rather router/client combination tests, so you are comparing apples with oranges?

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mechtheist

"we can’t find a single flaw in the WNDR4500"?  Yes, the blue color-coded USB ports are 2.0's!  No jumbo frames, can's use as an aux wirelss access point/switch---isn't set-up to do this.  Changed configurations take annoyingly long time to save.  It looks pretty cool though.

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danbran

After checking the feedback on NewEgg I decided not to. I travel a lot and can't afford a device that will constantly be dropping connections.

I am a long time reader of MaxPC since the Boot days. I have always thought it might be good to have a section for long time tests like Cycle World etc. Where you actually keep one of these devices around and use it for a while, especially one you give such high praise to.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Just picked one up. Can't wait to see what it can do.

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bbb_forever

To MrMick,

Since the Netgear WNDR3700 Wireless Benchmarks are in many of your router reviews, why do the Wireless Benchmarks keep changing?

Sometimes the WNDR3700 Wireless Benchmarks differ by a large amount.

Is it due to a firmware upgrade, or a spreadsheet data mistake?

The data discrepancies are making your methodology look faulty.

It is quite bewildering!

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See these reviews for examples:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/netgear_rangemax_wndr3700

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/netgear_wndr4000_review

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/netgear_wndr4500_wi-fi_router_review

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/router_wrangling_3_hottest_new_devices_reviewed

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/linksys_e4200_review

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/trendnet_tew-692gr_review

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/asus_rt-n56u_dual-band_wireless_router_review

 

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Soondae

I played around with the WNDR3700 and wasn't impressed with it's performance. And as far as the 5Ghz radios are concerned they are practically worthless as you need be so close for usage. If my HTPC need be that close then might as well hard wire it with CAT5e. I still think the best product Netgear came out with is the old WND3500L. I'm currently quite satified with my ASUS RT-N16 running Tomatousb firmware. File transfers to my USB terabyte drive and sharing media throughout the home can't be beat. I can't see the added expense for the 5Ghz radio.

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firefox91

Thanks but I am good with the $35 WNDR3400 I just got off Woot. Better than what I had before and does the job well. And there is that whole only being $35 thing. :)

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fatspirit

Have you any NAS?

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fatspirit

Does it outperforms Linksys E4200?

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praack

i agree that 180 is a bit steep - way into security applicane arena. I recently went to a  high end dual band lynksys as it was a great upgrade to my hardened checkpoint z100g for the wireless needs, still had printer and storage capabiltiy and ALMOST all the security features of that secrutiy applicance/wireless router.

I think the 180 is also reflecting the usb 3if that is in there. the off read rate will be a firmware upgrade and the price will drop ina few months to something a bit more sane. But it looks good

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CaptainFabulous

If I ever pay $180 for a router someone call 911 cause it's clear I've completely lost my mind.

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DarkRider33

You might have run into the weirdness with the USB ports because I'm not sure the router has USB 3.0. I looked up the manual and it said it supports 1.1 & 2.0 but no mention of 3.0. 

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MrMick

Yes, you're correct. I corrected the error in the review. Thanks for pointing it out. 

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jesse_n_sf

If you are the only person using your computer for just internet then you don't need a router.....Period. This router shines when you have your whole house connected. It can handle alot. I have a housemate who uses P2P and does allot of gaming. My previous router was a gaming router but it always rebooted. My other housemate has a macbook and it always rebooted the router (even when he wasn't doing anything). It's all about handling all this throughput over the internet or just within the network. Plus it is fully ipv6 compliant. I love this thing. Because this router can handle all this throughput, I noticed that my internet (20Mb/s) is more snappy and stable.

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kixofmyg0t

That's cool and all but my cable internet maxes out at 15Mbps....so my N600 is just fine for me.

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SEALBoy

There's no point in getting this for speed if you're only using it for internet. Sharing files across your network is really where routers like this are in their element.

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zepontiff

So with Data caps becoming all the rage when can we start seeing not just monitoring but bandwidth management features on these consumer level routers? Do any currently have that or is this something strictly in enterprise level devices that are obscenely expensive?

 

I wouldn't mind seeing an article reviewing some of the netlimiter type software packages out there too.