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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

  • N300
  • Open Source
  • CD-Less Installation
  • ReadyShare USB Storage Access
  • Gigabit Wired
  • NETGEAR Genie w/ Airprint
  • Wireless Repeater mode
  • Window 8 compatible

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  • Li Z.
  • 12/20/2015 12:34:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEverything works

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: It was bought to replace the wifi on the arris modem/router that came with our internet package. It's currently set up as an AP and both wifi and LAN works in conjunction with the rest of my setup.

Cons: I got v2, which isn't compatible with DD WRT and had to install a specific version of tomato on it (if you're not good enough with computers to google and figure out which one you need, I'd just wait for DD WRT to come out as its still listed as Work in Progress for v2, so it should be available eventually and I might switch over even)(and I know it sounds a bit condescending but its actually kind of hard to figure out which tomato you need as its a custom version of this custom version of the original OpenWRT firmware and I'd rather play it safe than attempt to explain it and lead a lot of people down the wrong path)

(This is Dec 20th 2015 btw, a lot of people were saying there's no DD WRT for v2 but as of now, its actually being worked on)

Other Thoughts: Buuuut, anyways, the tomato firmware was kind of hard (er? at least compared with my previous experience) to set up and I thought I'd bricked my router after installation. If you're going down this route, make sure to read up on how to do a hard reset of your router and try to do it before you install tomato. A hard reset fixed mine and was able to boot up under the default password etc but still scared me for the longest time. I was doing the hard reset wrong as well so I was already writing the router suicide note for RMA before I found out how to do it the right way and tried it. Thank goodness that worked. The settings are different than DD WRT (layout etc as well) but I was able to increase the wifi power which was the big thing I use custom firmware for anyway.

It hasn't burnt out and it hasn't needed a power cycle yet so, I'm pretty happy as of week 2.

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  • George K.
  • 10/19/2015 8:25:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs"Open Source support" - Lies.

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: Not too expensive and I can run Tomato on it. Has lots of RAM compared to bargain basement routers.

Cons: This router has absolutely no open source support beyond what any other router has, in fact it has less. OpenWRT won't run on it becuase of the type of flash memory it has (or how it's addressed or something), and Netgear themselves have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to further open source development of this router. It runs Linux, like many other routers and the kernel sources are available, which is the case with almost every router they manufacture. I don't know why they stuck "Open Source support" in all the marketing material when literally the only difference between this router and any other is the fact that it says "Open Source support" on the box.

Seriously, do some research before purchasing a router for use with a router OS such as OpenWRT, DD-WRT, or Tomato, and don't buy this one.

Other Thoughts: While I will consider purchasing another Netgear router in the future, I certainly won't rely on their marketing material.

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  • owen k.
  • 10/16/2015 5:16:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: So far it is working ok.

Cons: -

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  • William F.
  • 10/9/2015 11:32:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSpeed Rating

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: Replacement seems fast and consistent. First one was defective.

Cons: In order for router to work on my network speed rating had to be reduced to "up to 54 mbps". It would not achieve speeds over 1mbps while set on:: "up to 145mbps" or "up to 300mbps".

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/24/2015 6:36:02 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with Tomato by Shibby on 3500lv2

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: Bought this with the purpose of flashing different firmware. Worked right out the box with stock firmware did minor testing then went straight to flashing 3rd party firmware. I'm using Tomato by Shibby tomato-Netgear-3500Lv2-K26USB-1.28.RT-N5x--131-VPN . After the update, I did a router reset (physically button press) and then in the gui, I did a factory reset that clears the NVRAM. (its not the traditional 30-30-30) but I think it gets the job done just as well. A few config changes for my needs and a few reboots and I'm back on the Internet in no time.

I am not able to test the wireless N performance as I have a legacy device in my network that only runs in G. However, I average about 17Mbps (megabits) down in my home network on G. It is a ~6Mbs over my old G router so I consider that a win. I have a NAS in my network and now I reach the max throughput of the drives instead of the max throughput of the network. Very pleased with my purchase. As I did more in Tomato Firmware, I'm sure I will find even more hidden gems this router is able to do.

Cons: This device is not free but it is the best bang for your buck. Print server function does work, but it is not a walk in the park. Google "tomato Configure Printer in Windows" and you will find your answer for Windows devices. That hopefully points you in the right direction. Once again, this will require WORK. But it DOES work. Its more of a critique of the firmware than it is the device itself.

Other Thoughts: This router will stay with me as long as it is stable and as long as it works and as long as Gigabit connections are not maxed out. I do not regret my purchase one bit.

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  • Ricardo W.
  • 7/29/2015 7:10:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust as expected

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: Gigabit Ethernet
Compact Size
Wireless capable

Cons: Defaults to 145mbps (wireless)
Not Dual Band (you did read it wasn't right?)

Other Thoughts: I've had the chance to stay around and go through 2 different setups by roommates. 1st person had their own router (or router-modem?) and using wireless I've never experienced (gaming) lag like this before (from a private connection.)

2nd roommate used the ISPs Router-Modem (and had faster internet speeds) and while the situation improved a bit, still not quite up to when I used ethernet.

By myself with this router, TV & Laptop connected by ethernet (CAT5, CAT7 respectively), Wii U wireless all I can say is awesome. Either you need ethernet for reliable gaming connection or NETGEAR is yet to disappoint. Works better than 5Ghz and is an overall pleasant experience. You should also take the time to change passphrases and work with the utilities to prevent unwanted guests from logging in/using your wireless router.

Even though we're moving to a wire-free, more mobile world, ethernet/wired connections are still the way to go for performance/reliability (similar to desktop vs laptop.)

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  • Brandon N.
  • 7/11/2015 12:08:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt's Junk

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: Gigabit works...

Cons: Wireless networking does not work in N mode (150 mbps) or g mode (54mbps), instead, you must turn off n mode, and then you get b speeds (11mbps). Curiously, you can get two devices connected both downloading at this speed. Also curiously, you can get b speeds with local traffic (streaming from one computer to another).

I've researched this and TONS of people have this problem.

Research has also revealed this router still has the same problem when DD-WRT installed, and that this router is also prone to bricking when you install DD-WRT.

I requested a replacement, and the replacement has all the same problems as the first one did, and now I'm outside my 45 day refund, so I will just keep RMAing this till either newegg offers me a refund, or I get one that randomly works.

Other Thoughts: Very upset with Netgear on this one. Their 54GL has worked great for years.

My old Buffalo gets the full b speeds, testing out at over 25mbps, which exceeds my advertised speeds.

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  • Joey P.
  • 7/7/2015 10:08:01 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsServes its purpose, that's it.

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: While functioning properly, it gives a fairly decent network speed multiple devices. Easy setup.

Cons: After about six months, wireless connections would constantly drop multiple times throughout the day. If the wireless network wasn't dropping, it would instead restart itself. I'm extremely disappointed with how this product turned out, and even more frustrated by the fact that I've made the poor decision of hanging on to this thing.

Other Thoughts: While this did serve as a decent router for a short amount of time, I do reside in an apartment where the network traffic is fairly high and interference is ridiculous. There are also approximately 4-7 devices connected to this router at any given time during the day. Furthermore, I also tend to be spending a majority of my time with multiplayer gaming, along with another person in my household.
If you want a router to serve its purpose with easy setup, by all means, go with this one. If you are someone who has multiple people in your household, depending on the type of usage the household relies on, I suggest looking somewhere else.

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  • Michael O.
  • 6/17/2015 9:46:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: Works as advertised. I was able to flash Tomato by Shibby very easily.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Brandon N.
  • 6/4/2015 1:56:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: It isn't crashing/disconnecting all the time

Cons: Will not work wirelessly in n mode (145 and 300 mbps) giving download speeds of only a few dozen kB/s. Curiously, the LAN works at speeds of 1 MB/s in n mode (this is still ridiculously slow), so it must be a firmware issue. Confirmed that many people have this issue.

Other Thoughts: Haven't been able to test out gigbit yet, waiting to get another computer in here. If THAT doesn't work, I'm returning this and getting a 54GL.

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