Netgear WNDR3800

Netgear WNDR3800

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    • NETGEAR D6200-100AUS WiFi Modem Router 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit WAN

    • $169.00
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  • 4.8 / 5
    • The good:
      Clear channel select feature, fast and reliable true dual-band transmission, cloud sharing service, traffic meter
    • The bad:
      slow large-file transfers, doesn't support 450Mbps wireless standard, has only one USB port

    Advanced home users and small businesses will have plenty of reasons to like the Netgear WNDR3800. This router has robust file sharing options, competitive true dual-band range and throughput, and practical monitoring and control settings. Frankly, it lacks some key features that other high-end routers have, though it makes up for it with a few of its own exclusive offerings. Just like most N600 routers, it dons the traditional RangeMax casing that allows users to set it vertically or horizontally - a convenience that very much nullifies its size and weight. Located at the back panel are the power socket, four Gigabit LAN ports, a Gigabit WAN port, a USB 2.0 dock, and the reset button. The front panel has the WPS and the Wi-Fi buttons and the rarely seen color-coded status LED lights. The Genie App has been improved to provide easy steps in setting up the device, which only shows that Netgear is grooming its UI to match Cisco Connect in terms of ease of use. Through this interface, users can activate any of the standard encryption protocols, create separate guest networks for each bands, and tweak parental controls. For those who have an ISP that impose monthly bandwidth tariffs, the Traffic Meter may come in handy. This feature lets users monitor internet traffic and can even be configured to make LED lights blink when they're near the download limit. Its performance justifies its "Premium Edition" status. Though it doesn't comply with the 450Mbps wireless standard, both its 2.4GHz- and 5GHz bands guarantee fast and reliable connection within 300 feet. The Clear Channel Selector feature is also a welcome addition as it automatically chooses the best connection available. Its ReadySHARE Cloud feature can turn any NTFS or FAT32 USB drive into a NAS device. The drive's contents can be opened by main network users, but if needed, clients from a guest network may also be granted access. The router also doubles as a media server and can stream videos, music and other digital content to DLNA-compliant devices such as HDTVs and game consoles and can also accomodate a network printer via USB. Indeed, the WNDR3800 has a comprehensive line of file sharing features, but is offset by the fact that it fares poorly during large-file transfers.