Netgear touts new premium routers

We stopped by the Netgear booth at CES today, and found several new products and revamps to their router lines that will please most consumers.

The WNDR3800 router

First up is the new WNDR3800 router, this dual-band gigabit router, with wireless N capability includes a built in USB port that makes for sharing content a breeze. Instead of having to power up a computer, or find a PC that has the actual content, files can be stored in a universal place instead. USB printer sharing and remote file access are also available via the new ReadyShare Remote. This router retails for $179 and will ship before June of this year.

Another router, the WDN4000, that is similar to the WND3800 in the fact that it's also dual-band and Wireless N capable, however the 5GHz radio on the WND4000 supports three-stream N connections that allow for a connection rate of 450 Mbps. This router will retail for $179.99 and will be available this quarter.

 

The PTV2000

Netgear also showed off its PTV2000 Push2TV HD adapter, that is an upgrade from the older PTV1000 released last year. Just like the previous version, the 2000 is only compatible with Intel WiDi devices, but it supports full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. This device retails for $119.99 and will ship this month.

One of the last cool things we saw was the WN3000RP Universal Wifi Range Extender, which as you guessed, increases signal ranges including N 2.4GHz frequencies. The WN3000RP should extend wireless range to cover two floors of a house, and possible exterior areas depending on materials used in a homes construction.

Netgear has really stepped up their game, and looks to be building feature packed routers that should appease most requirements for the average consumer.

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Looks like it just has some extra USB sharing options... None of which are all that useful to most people. The WNDR3700 works well for me, other than not being able to see a list of attached devices.

I'm just returning a DGN1000 because I just found out that Netgear only support WDS on their most expensive range of routers.

hope they fix the firmware first..... the WNDR3700 latest version (build 96) closes all connections every 3-4 minutes.... there are tons of people complaining about it on the netgear forum on their site, and netgears response is "fix will be out in Q2 2011" I sure hope this router isn't their "fix"

Auzeras said,
Ah yest, but will it blend? and will it DD-WRT?

The newer routers (WNR3500v2, WNR-3500L, and WNDR3700/37AV) all support either DD-WRT or OpenWRT/X-WRT (mostly because they aren't using non-Broadcom chipsets, as the original WNR-3500, and older routers, tended to do).

I have an original WNR-3500 (Comcast-supplied) that has the Marvell chipset (so no third-party firmware); however, it has solid range for an entry-level N router. The big issue is that since this router's introduction, the price of entry-level N routers has dropped (the cost of dual-band N routers has also dropped - Netgear's WNR-3500L and WNR-3500 v2 both sell for less than the original WNR-3500 did). Dual-band N routers are still mostly above $100USD - throw in gigabit LAN ports, and the sticker heads north of $150USD (unfortunately, gigabit LAN/WAN ports are an option with dual-band N routers, not the standard fare they are for their lower-priced single-band N relatives; what's up with that?).

Auzeras said,
Ah yest, but will it blend? and will it DD-WRT?

It's an OpenWRT router, and the WNDR3700 already has DD-WRT support, so probably will

Netgear touting a router that actually works would make news. The Netgear router we got with Virgin Media can't handle any torrenting or setting DownloadThenAll to unlimited bandwidth before it locks everyone else out - end up having to reset the whole box before we regain access to the web + router configuration.

ShMaunder said,
Netgear touting a router that actually works would make news. The Netgear router we got with Virgin Media can't handle any torrenting or setting DownloadThenAll to unlimited bandwidth before it locks everyone else out - end up having to reset the whole box before we regain access to the web + router configuration.

Could be on purpose

ShMaunder said,
Netgear touting a router that actually works would make news. The Netgear router we got with Virgin Media can't handle any torrenting or setting DownloadThenAll to unlimited bandwidth before it locks everyone else out - end up having to reset the whole box before we regain access to the web + router configuration.

I had loads of problems as well, managed to get rid of the crappy virgin firmware and put the standard netgear firmware on. Not a single problem since!

i would never buy a netgear device, I used to work at an norwegian electronics retailer, and we had 50% returns on netgear routers/switches/other devices because of dying psu's. maybe the 110v psu's are better then the 220v psu's, they really could'nt handle more than a coulple of powersurges.

besides; smoothwall + gigabit switch + 802.11n access points = <3

Netgear stuff is good, but their range is a bit lacking. Or was, until now?

As for the negative Linksys comments, All of the technology used in the WRT stuff was ditched when Cisco took them over, it's all brand new stuff. So it may be worth another look if you can't find a decent Networking solution.

I have the Netgear WNDR3700 and I love it! I like the looks of these routers, but until I read more I don't see a need to upgrade just yet ..

Would buy them, but I hate netgear. Everytime I buy their products I always have problems with them. No problems with Cisco/Linksys products. Hopefully they release some new routers too at CES.

Tech Star said,
Would buy them, but I hate netgear. Everytime I buy their products I always have problems with them. No problems with Cisco/Linksys products. Hopefully they release some new routers too at CES.

I've had little to no issues with Netgear. On the other hand i've had a lot of trouble with Linksys products.

Tech Star said,
Would buy them, but I hate netgear. Everytime I buy their products I always have problems with them. No problems with Cisco/Linksys products. Hopefully they release some new routers too at CES.

I would agree with Raa, I've had nothing but troubles with Linksys products (Router lockups on a weekly basis!). Since moving to Netgear i've had no troubles.

tylerc said,

I would agree with Raa, I've had nothing but troubles with Linksys products (Router lockups on a weekly basis!). Since moving to Netgear i've had no troubles.

Odd. I've had zero issues with the Linksys routers I've used in the past but have had nothing but headaches with the Netgear routers I've used. Though I do use DD-WRT with my Linksys routers.

Tech Star said,
Would buy them, but I hate netgear. Everytime I buy their products I always have problems with them. No problems with Cisco/Linksys products. Hopefully they release some new routers too at CES.

Same, I've owned two Netgear routers both have given me nothing but trouble. Can't wait till I have some cash (to spend on a router) to move away from Netgear for good.

Tech Star said,
Would buy them, but I hate netgear. Everytime I buy their products I always have problems with them. No problems with Cisco/Linksys products. Hopefully they release some new routers too at CES.

It isn't that I hate Netgear, I just don't trust their wireless hardware. Every Netgear AP and router I've owned has died. I went through three WN802T's(their first gigabit N AP) and finally gave up. All three died the same way; lights were on, but nobody was home. Couldn't put them in firmware recovery mode; nothing I could do with them. A friend of mine who bought his with me(same batch, close serial number) lost his too. He was less tenacious and gave up right away as I had already lost my first one by then. I just recently tossed a MIMO G router (can't remember the model number) that I got tired of rebooting when it felt like it.

The problems weren't environmental either, the 802's were in my office, and the MIMO g sat atop my AV center.

As for Linksys, I lost two of their early WAP51AB 802.11a AP's that were stackable, same form factor as the WRT54g's everyone is familiar with. I believe these overheated. They both sat atop first-gen Linksys EG008W workgroup gig switches, which were pretty warm. A co-worker and I went through three of the EG008W's before we tossed them.

Sooo, for home use, all I've been left with are second tier and lower vendors. I've been using a D-Link DIR-825 with DD-WRT, and three Accton 802.11g's labeled as Open-Mesh OM1P's. No problems whatsoever, and quite satisfied with them all. I recently purchased two of Open-Mesh's new 802.11n mesh AP's which are upgraded EnGenius ESR-7750's, with more DRAM and flash. I haven't deployed them yet, but it's at the top of my list of things to do at home. I've read really good things about EnGenius/Senao and look forward to using them.

Edited by LazLong, Jan 7 2011, 12:21am : Rambin'

Tech Star said,
Would buy them, but I hate netgear. Everytime I buy their products I always have problems with them. No problems with Cisco/Linksys products. Hopefully they release some new routers too at CES.
I quit allowing Linksys/Cisco in the house because of the headaches it caused. Apparently Linksys/Cisco believes a daily reboot of their product is normal. I never reboot my NetGear WNR3500 v2 and I never look at Linksys/Cisco on the store shelves anymore.