Eager to try out an 802.11n 5GHz router, I picked up the NetGear WNDR3700 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router. In short, it doesn't work. It's fast when it does, but I'm encountering problems with all of my devices, and the internet is full of people reporting similar problems.
Don't buy it.
It also doesn't run Tomato. Lovely. Piece of junk.
- USB port to connect HDD and NAS functionality
- dual 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio, with support for guest network
- traffic monitoring and shaping, site filtering
- 500Mbps+ WAN to LAN routing (very cool)
- Excellent WLAN performance
- 4 gigabit LAN ports, 1 gigabit WAN port
For years, I have only bought devices that run Tomato. dd-wrt is cool, yes, but I found it extremely unstable, and I've never had a dd-wrt router work well enough that I'd actually recommend to someone. I have few Linksys WRT54GSv2 routers running Tomato, a Linksys WRT54GL running Tomato, and lately, I've been using the ASUS WL-520gU (802.11g, 10/100) and the ASUS RT-N16 (802.11n 2.4GHz, gigabit) routers since they also run Tomato.
But I got frustrated with the 2.4GHz only radio, and I got frustrated/greedy since I was only getting 5-9MB/s wireless. My Intel 6200 and 6300 cards were only getting 1T1R on the router; devices would connect at up to 144Mbps, and I knew they could do better. This NetGear is supposed to handle up to 300Mbps... and it does! I transferred files at up 16MB/s over SMB. Very nice -- faster than 100mbps Ethernet!
The router admin page is on HTTP only (can't find HTTPS option) and it also doesn't load in IE9. The page just sits there and spins... so I loaded up the interface in Firefox. I disabled DHCP on the router (after I was done, I found this guide, in case it helps you), turned off the 2.4GHz radio (I decided to keep my WRG54GSv2 running Tomato on 2.4GHz until I had tested this thing a bit more...) and connected my ThinkPad to the 5GHz network and went to bed. When I woke up, my laptop had no internet.
I reconnected to the WRT54GS 2.4GHz network, and tried to get back on the router page. Oops. The page doesn't load in IE9... Right. Everything looks good. Router didn't crash... checking the log, I see:
[WLAN access rejected: incorrect security] from MAC address 00:23:15:XX:XX:XX
And this of course, leads me to the forum where other users are complaining: http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=46515&page=5 . I opened a support case at NetGear. I suspect they'll tell me to format all my computers, or buy a NetGear NIC. Change the wireless channel, reset to factory defaults on the router... none of which will help. There's a v2 of the hardware released (and of course, I *just* bought mine, and Dell very lovingly sent me the outdated v1 model.) with a new firmware... no idea if that fixes it. Anyone have the v2 hardware?
This device also doesn't run Tomato, which is unfortunate. So I'm stuck with it -- until someone releases some working firmware for it.