NETGEAR N750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNDR4300) Reviews

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NETGEAR N750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNDR4300)

NETGEAR N750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNDR4300)

  • Faster WiFi speed 300 + 450 – up to 750Mbps
  • WiFi Range for medium to large homes
  • Wirelessly access and share USB Hard Drive and Printer
  • ReadyShare Cloud – Access and Share USB hard drive remotely
  • NETGEAR GENIE APP – Personal dashboard to monitor, manage and repair your network
  • Supports Windows 8

The NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router – Premium Edition offers high-performance wireless speeds up to 300 + 450 Mbps and with simultaneous dual band technology avoids interference, ensuring top WiFi speeds and reliable connections. Create a powerful home network for applications such as streaming HD video and multi-player gaming.

List Price: $ 200.67

Price: $ 98.95

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  1. 247 of 256 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Full Featured Wireless Router, November 3, 2012
    By 
    Ralph Furlong (Tacoma, WA USA) –
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    This review is from: NETGEAR N750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNDR4300) (Personal Computers)
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    I have a lot of wireless devices in my household and I am always looking for better range and features from a Wireless Router. I decided to give the Netgear WNDR4300-100NAS Wireless Router a try.

    Short Summary:

    This router works well, has excellent coverage, has an excellent user interface, uses SAMBA to share either storage or a printer which has native support on Windows machines and on Apple computers, supports Kindle Fire and Apple devices (IPAD, ITOUCH) with a SAMBA app. This unit has the same security hole that every other router I have tried has in that it allows you to log into the device via the wireless using just http instead of https which means that you are broadcasting your user id and password unencrypted over the air. To avoid this sign in only using one of the hard wire router ports.

    Full evaluation:

    Here are the things that I wanted it to be able to do:

    1. Support Apple products including IPAD2, IPAD3, and the I-Touch.
    2. Support multiple Microsoft Operating Systems to include: Vista Pro, Windows 7 Pro, Windows 7 Home, Windows 8, and Windows Home Server.
    3. Support multiple manufacturers of Internet Enabled TVs
    4. Support multiple manufacturers of Internet Enabled Blue Ray.
    5. Support multiple manufacturers of Internet Enabled Audio Receivers.
    6. Provide full coverage to a two story home of 3300 square feet, and attached three car garage, and coverage to all areas of the 1/3 acre property that the house sits on.

    I was also looking for a router that could provide the highest level of protection to include the latest security levels on RF with protection turned on as default, the ability to turn off SSID (turning off broadcast ID makes it that much harder for someone to break into the system) and good security on Router Configuration control.

    One of the things you need to understand about dual band routers is that the 2.4 Ghz band will pass easily through walls and other obsticals while the 5 Ghz band will not. This means that you will generally have the best coverage with the 2.4 band and the worst coverage with the 5 Ghz band. My testing showed this premise to be absolutely correct. The 5 Ghz band does fine with one or two walls, but quickly deteriorates after that. Thus the coverage in the yard was almost exclusively the 2.4 Ghz band as was most of the garage.

    I should also mention here that I tried turning this router several ways and found that the radiation pattern of the signal was generally the same no matter how I turned it! This is an important note which means that you can turn it whichever way works for you for best aesthetics. I found that the stand that it comes with enables the easiest placement in my environment.

    Here are my results:

    First and probably the most important to a lot of folks, this system is very easy to configure! In fact, if pressed, you could just connect cables, power up the unit and run with it! Wireless is preconfigured for security and the unique password for the unit is contained on the strip with the SSID and Network Key on the internal package of paperwork.

    The user interface is straight forward and easy to navigate. You have an enormous amount of flexibility with the configuration of this unit. I was easily able to accomplish my requirement of turning off SSID. This unit also includes a sign-out feature for the administrator and will actually disconnect if you forget and wander off to another website. Using the back button will NOT allow you to connect until you have completed the sign in process again. The only negative I can find is that the unit allows you to connect to the Admin functions via the wireless and does not use HTTPS for encryption. This means that someone could read your password information if they were watching the network.

    Here are my testing results:

    For the Apple products, this router supported them with the following caveots: 1. The Apple Touches do not support the 5 Ghz band so that frequency of the router was useless to them. Both of the Ipad models though supported and used both bands. Due to the construction of the Ipads and of the Ipods, reception was not as good in either distance or in quality as any of the other equipment. This has nothing to do with the router and everything to do with the design of the Apple equipment.

    For the Microsoft products, I had the best range on both bands with the four different laptops that I tested. I was able to reach over 200 feet from the router with the 2.4 Ghz band and just under 100 feet with the 5 Ghz band.

    All three of my Internet enabled Televisions which were located in different areas of the house, floors, and in the garage, were able to connect to the 2.4 Ghz band without issue. Only two of the televisions were able to maintain a consistent connection with the 5Ghz band. The third…

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  2. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    160 of 167 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Qualcomm Atheros-based Router from Netgear, September 28, 2012
    By 
    M. Klamm “mediatrek” (Liverpool, NY) –
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    This review is from: NETGEAR N750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNDR4300) (Personal Computers)

    This router is based on Qualcomm Atheros chips inside, which in my book makes it a router to put on the top of your “look at list.” The router replaces the Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition router from Netgear’s 2011-2012 line up. This Netgear WNDR4300 N750 Premium Edition is for the 2012-2013 line up and offers most of what the WNDR3800 did, minus the Clear Channel Selector feature in terms of features.

    The router’s network processor and the 2.4GHz radio are powered by the single 560MHz Atheros AR9344 chip which offers good mid-range performance. In the initial released firmware (v1.0.1.30) however, there are some issues in 2.4GHz throughput inconsistency, even in low interference environments. This should (hopefully) be addressed in future firmware releases by Netgear.

    Range/signal strength at equal distances is a little weaker than last year’s WNDR3800 in 2.4GHz, but is still on par with other routers for medium-sized homes. You will want this router to be vertical in its stand for best range performance. If you have a large home, I would upgrade to the WNDR4700 from Netgear or go with this router and pick up a dual-band range extender or two.

    Like with just about all Netgear routers, do not keep the 2.4GHz channel selection on AUTO as the router never picks the best setting to use. You will want to set the channel to primarily be channel 1, 6 or 11. Nothing else!… any other channel setting just overlap with others causing signal, throughput and other performance issues.

    The 5GHz radio in this router is brought to us by the Atheros AR9580 chip, which with a 3×3 dual-band wireless adapter gives a link rate of up to 450Mbps. Range as with just about all 5GHz signals is weaker compared to the 2.4GHz radio signal. However, signal strength is on-par with last year’s WNDR3800, but does offer better throughput speeds than the WNDR3800 did whether using a 2×2 dual-band adapter as I do in my laptop (Intel Advanced-N 6205), or a full-on 3×3 dual-band adapter.

    I was looking forward to this router, but to be honest with the initial firmware, I am let down. Would I say this is a bad router? No. Would I say right now that for a mid-range router for what is on the market to having this in my top 5 consideration list? Yes. As of 9/28/12 you can still get a WNDR3800. That I would go for, just do not install the v1.0.0.40 firmware on the WNDR3800 as it has bugs relating to 2.4GHz connections. You will want to upgrade to v1.0.0.38 for now on the WNDR3800, which works great.

    My score for now on the WNDR4300: 3.5/5.

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    Oct 1, 2012 11:12:16 AM PDT

    Hi M. Klamm,

    We thank you for your honest and detailed review of the WNDR4300! It’s important to us that it works as best as it can for our customers, and we appreciate any feedback.

    We’re concerned about the range and signal strength you mention. Could you provide our engineers with more details on how you measured the range and signal strength vs. the WNDR3800 in your setup? You can email us at amazon@netgear.com–any details would be helpful for them to determine what’s happening, and to help you get the best signal quality.

    Regards,

    NETGEAR Team

     
  4. 56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I Have Had Five Netgear Routers In Three Years, November 8, 2012
    By 
    C. Hargrave “C Hargrave” (Tulsa, OK USA) –
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    The first models were crap and I wont bore you with the model numbers or how sucky the software was and that the firmware blew, and that updating the firmware made you want to pull your own teeth out with pliers just to make the process end.

    Ok maybe that was a little much. Now to the new routers. The last two were much better. No reliability problems. Firmware updated easily. Now my main gripe about the design, not just net gear, but most all the new routers.

    The internal antennas suck a**. They all suck a**. They have always sucked and will most likely continue to suck. They just cant get the distance. Put an external on the thing. Give us an option to screw a big rubber antenna on the back that doubles the range, or at least will give you that range it says on the box.

    None of them will give you the download speed at full distance without a real high gain antennae. Why am I ranting like this you say? Manufactures read these Amazon reviews and send them to research and development.

    This is a good trouble free router.
    I’m not all into computers, so a lot of the technical aspects are beyond my general knowledge. I believe that a good router is one that you forget about. So, this is a good router, in my opinion. This is why:

    1. Super easy to set up. Instructions were easy to follow and ran its own setup with little input from me.

    2. Easily connected wireless to all iPads, phones, laptops etc.

    3. Tested in two story house, and outside. No problems with multiple devices being used at same time.

    4. No having to start and restart like the old net gears that I broke when I threw one accross the room. ( I was alone and no animals were injured although they were am mussed.) The cat actually said “That crappy thing has been blinking at me for months, Yeah get it Dad”.

    5. Once setup no device every was lost or had to be reacquired.

    6. Everything works at specified speed at short distances. Will stream from Netflix and Amazon Prime from several different sources. No having to reboot and loss of connectivity.

    7. Really slows down if you have a two story house and you are on another level though. That is where the external antennae would be great instead of bing a repeater to kick up the gain.

    I think you will be happy with the new breed of Netgears. As always contact me with any questions.

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