Woe is the home user in need of a new router. We say this because it's easy to be overwhelmed with all the choices out there, and if you go by specs alone, almost all of them are winners. Of course, we know better than that, and our current 'Best of the Best' pick for a Wi-Fi router is Netgear's Rangemax WNDR3700, which has held the top spot for a long while. The WNDR3700 has been able to deflect numerous attempts to pluck the performance crown from its head, and ironically enough, the one that finally does it might be from Netgear itself.
We'll be careful not to jump to any early conclusions, but do note that Netgear on Monday announced the worldwide availability of its new flagship router, the N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (we'll call it the WNDR4000 from here on out). The WNDR4000 is capable of an aggregate combined data rate of up to 750Mbps while operating simultaneously in both the 5GHz (up to 450Mbps) and 2.4GHz (up to 300Mbps) bands, Netgear says.
More than just a purported speed demon, the WNDR4000 offers a host of features, including parental controls, a broadband usage meter (an increasingly important feature with data caps all the rage), DLNA Media Server support, Guest network access, Netgear's ReadyShare technology for connecting a standard USB hard drive to the router to share storage and a media library across the home network, and IPv6 support.