When it comes to the avid gamer, nothing is more essential in his or her network then the unit that distributes the internet throughout the clients. This unit cannot be a sluggard by any means and must perform phenomenally with audio streams, video streams and any simultaneous streams that we throw at it. This unit must consider our future needs with additional storage as well wireless options that meet or exceed our expectations. These desire holds true when spending quite a bit of time with Netgear’s WNDR4500 unit.
The WNDR4500 is the big brother of the 3800 and 4000. It is bigger in many ways pushing an impressive 450 Mbps on both 2.4 Ghz (802.11 b/g/n) and 5.0 Ghz (802.11 a/n). The router comes with the plug, Ethernet cable and a browser based no-CD install that is extremely simple to get going. The WNDR4500 has 4 gigabit ports, 2 USB ports and a vertical built in space saving mount.
Having already check out the WNDR3800 I knew what I was in for with the setup. The router doesn’t come with a CD but a set of instructions to access the router for install and configuration – See below:
Netgear Genie is where the magic happens with you and the WNDR4500. This is the hub for all your configurations such as parental controls, readyshare and guest network. Here you will also find the status for your internet and the number of attached devices. The advanced tab displays the status for your wireless setting, internet port and is also the place for the advance settings ( e.g security, port forwarding, upnp etc).
On the performance front is where I really got to appreciate the WNDR4500. I do quite a bit of online streaming via twitch, own3d and the likes. I do not use cable TV but love using my Netflix and over video streaming applications with this router. I took a count of all my internet/WIFI ready devices (9) and I realize that when there are all active, no one complains about lack of bandwidth in my home. Between the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 the readyshare feature is gem. this feature allows me to plug in any usb device to either ports with my largest being the 2 Terabyte. Once the router sees it and configures it I’m able to see that data via the consoles and PCs. Some routers may get overloaded and need rebooting at times but I have not found that to be the case with this unit.
The WND4500 is a solid contender for anyone who spends a lot of time streaming content and intense multitasking through multiple clients. This router is also for the individuals on the market desiring a solid night in-night out performer. It does handle streams well, isn’t a sluggard and will deliver when called upon no matter what forms of data you throw at it. Go ahead and look into it.