We purchased this router because our old one was, well, old and bogged down with everything we were connecting to it. This one brought us into the 21st century and we aren't looking back. My only thing against it was the setup process, which even for someone who can handle technology pretty well was still difficult. Their website isn't well set up and I kept having to reset our network. Once we got it working, it has been fine.
This router performes very well as a wireless unit. great range and outstanding speed. I am getting 250 Mbs with WPA2 security on and it peaks my 250 Mbs cable speed easily. The feature set is very weak and using a usb drive nearly impossible except for sharing music. Can only connect via ftp or through media player making it very difficult to map a drive and use it as a backup or to share non media files with others in the home. Just purchase a network drive with an rj45 connector and forget the usb drive. Print server works fine via usb and is simple to setup. simply install the small software applet and your connected. Regarding opening/closing ports it is overly complex
In researching the various options I had with wireless range extenders I liked the simple setup that the Netgear WN300RP offered. It really is as simple as plug (into a wall socket) and play (with the internet). In my case I was looking to boost the signal in my home from my wireless router in my office, which is located approximately 100 feet away in a separate building. Prior to using the wireless range extender the signal I received in my home was "poor/low." After plugging the extender in I have excellent signal strength and can stream movies and media from the internet with no problem. I would recommend this product to anyone needing a simple and effective way to extend the range of their wireless network- a big thumbs up!
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