I was going to have to either try this or a managed switch to get gigabit Networking. This worked out just fine and I didn't have to use a cysco trained switch specialist.
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
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.
I read the reviews before buying the Netgear Wireless Router and they all had good things to say about the product. Not being from the techy world I would have to say that setup was pretty easy. The wireless route works very well throughout my entire apartment and the signal strength is excellent. I dont have problems like freezing, rebooting and blackouts like I had in the past with other wireless routes. I consider this wireless route and the brand a great buy.
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