Wireless routers are not really the most sexy products these days, but Netgear is trying to change that with the just announced WNDR4700. This Media Storage Router has all sorts of goodies that go beyond the routing of network connections. The WNDR4700 comes with a 2TB hard drive and a ton of firmware features to pump up any home network.
The drive in the router is user-replaceable if you should need more storage down the road. Also included are two USB 3.0 ports that support mass storage and printers. There is support for PCs and Macs, with the latter having the option to use Time Machine for backups. Functionality can be extended with the addition of apps from the Netgear App Store, as well.
Let’s not forget that this is a router, and it’s got all the bells and whistles in that department too. This is a dual-band 802.11n device capable of 450Mbps on the N standard. It runs on both 2.4 and 5GHz. Netgear has not revealed a price; that should come closer to the expected summer 2012 release.