Netgear, one of the leading computer networking manufactures adds the 3800 and 4500 to their consumer product line. I'f you've never visited the netgear site then I implore you to go over there and check out their router section. The netgear routers have four categories (Simple Sharing, Work/Play, High Performance and Ultimate Performance). We will focus on the high performance category which includes the WNDR3800.
The WNDR3800 come with the 32 bit MIPS processor running at 680 Mhz with a flash memory of 16MB and 128 MB of ram. The router sports 5 gigabit ports, USB data storage, AC power and the ECO friendly on/off switch. This router in particular has the red bezel front which makes it easily identifiable in light of the 4000 and 4500 units. The box includes the Ethernet cable, power cable, router stand and the router itself. If you take a look at the graph above you will see that this router covers every category whether it be range or interference.
When I first took the unit out of the box I noticed that I didn't have a cd to install the software on my PC. I initially thought that they probably forgot to put the CD in the box but once I read the instructions I recalled that I had everything and it was time for me to get to work. Once you connect the router it uses a web installation process with the address routerlogin.net. The process is pretty straight forward so I had to exercise some patience with it because it took some time to recognize that I had internet. Once the installation was done, I noticed a rather significant change on my entire network compared to the WRT610N that I use. With 6 clients connected to this router, none of them had any hiccups when streaming any type of media. Now before I get ahead of myself, lets highlight the features included in this open platform router - The N600 features the auto channel selector with keeps you free from wi-fi clutter, dedicated video mode for streaming, DLNA, TIVO storage, parental controls and even time machine capability for mac users. Also included is the ReadyShare Cloud, printer and USB.
The Cloud functionality allows you to access your files from anywhere - it is a feature that is becoming essential everywhere you look these days. The printer share allows you to easily plug a printer in the USB and the USB allows you to use your external storage. The WNDR3800 is a true dual band router allowing you to use both bands at the same time without any challenges on your network and if that wasn't enough for you - have all of your visitors use the guest network featured on this router when they come over. For your convenience Netgear also has an app that you can download to monitor your network without going to the web browser. Because this router is capable of using aftermarket firmware look for the team at DDWRT to do some great additions to what is already a fantastic router.
Where the router lacked in disconnection challenges initially it made up for it with the firmware updates that is upgrade-able via the firmware page soon after. If I had any gripes, it would be the random disconnects that I experienced the first week. After the patches became available everything worked really well. Another plus for this router is the speed that it pushes through the network - my provider advertises 50 MB DOWN and 8 MP UP for my current package and on average the router gave me a steady 56 MB down and will even spike very close to 60 MP DOWN at times. I will say that every router that I previously had on my network has been a linksys router and they have never increased my speed beyond what the provider officially advertised. If that alone isn't a reason for you to give Netgear routers a try then I don't know what is.