Netgear WNDR3700 Wi-Fi router proved a joy to use.
Reviewed by Jon L Jacobi, PC Advisor,
Netgears 4-port gigabit, simultaneous dual-band Netgear WNDR3700 wireless router proved a joy to use. It was stable and glitch-free, with easy media serving. However, bliss only commenced after setup and configuration.
However, the Netgear WNDR3700 is an excellent product once configured, and I found theres no better performing small or home office-class (SOHO) Wi-Fi router available. Still, the interface and setup experience need some work.
Useful advanced options include remote management, so you can access its settings from outside your local network, QoS web traffic shaping, a 5GHz Video Network mode to optimise local media streaming and the ability to block specific port ranges or websites according to a schedule. A traffic meter lets you limit the total amount of data downloaded, which is useful if youre on metered broadband.
Performance in our speed tests was variable. In the 2.4GHz band, we saw a maximum speed of just 25Mbit/s at a distance of 10m - poor compared with every router in our last group test - but it managed an impressive 26Mbit/s at 20m, one of the fastest speeds weve seen at that distance.