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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS Wireless-N Router RangeMax Opensource 802.11b/g/n 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Robert H.
  • 6/30/2014 5:20:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid no-frills router

Pros: I order a number of these at one time. I have installed at least 20 of them for various clients either as a first time router or a replacement of a failed/buggy router. For the price they have a pretty good range and speed. I wouldn't recommend them for heavy local network usage, but for a household living in a medium/small house or apartment with a few wifi devices used mostly for web/email and the occasional video streaming they work pretty well. I have only had one die out and that was actually due to a power surge and the client did not have it plugged into a surge protector.

Cons: Not very fast for transferring data between computers and the range will not cover all of a large house.

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  • Edwin E.
  • 6/26/2014 10:54:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Valued Router Of It's Kind (weth recent firmware update)

Pros: Netgear Genie™ allows fast and easy setup, and clear, easy to navigate menus, (unlike some much older Netgear routers.) USB 2.0 works great with USB flash and HD devices, with the Readyshare option, and Gigabit Ethernet ports make it 'future-proof' as faster services become available. Netgear stays on top of firmware for this device better than any router I have owned in the past. The updates, are quick and painless through Wi-Fi and Netgear's update server (no ethernet cable required) and the router reboots itself and reconnects quickly after the updates are completed. It also checks for firmware automatically, and let's you know when a new one is available to download. Flawless so far... and the Wi-Fi range is easily 10-20% better than my trusty old WNR2000. Another plus, is the open-source feature allows custom firmware and apps to be run as an alternative to the built-in software. Best valued router of it's kind.

Cons: The weakest link of this router is the 'single' USB 2.0 port, it's placed very close to a reset button, and it is easy to bump this button, while attaching a USB device. A recent negative review here described poor handling of USB devices, and I found that I had trouble with streaming rates initially after my first firmware update, but a firmware update as of may 2014 (V1.2.0.26_40.0.71) has made the Readyshare feature much more functional, and I seem to be able to stream much of my content all the way to 1080p HD, off of a standard 5400RPM external USB HDD. (Which is what I had hoped for when I bought it, as an alternative to a pricey media server.) A USB 3.0 port (or even two ports) would have been better, but I'm happy with how it operates with the new firmware installed. This is definitely a router for a family size network or smaller, and maybe not intended for fibre, HD streaming,etc., although it can just about handle everything, if not pushed past it's limits. The new firmware also took away my ability to see the connection rates in 'attached devices'. It was great to be able see the rates in percentages, as well as Mbit values (required a refresh), but the new improved firmware works well, and that's one less concern with others sharing my network, (for free.) (Let them deal with it.)

Other Thoughts: This router has worked flawlessly for me, other than the above mentioned early USB problems, (which were fixed with the recent firmware update.) USB set-up tip: Don't bother trying to format in anything other than NTFS on an external HDD. FAT32 is too limiting for large files and slow for HDD on USB 2.0, (but it's okay for some thumb drives), and exfat and Mac are not supported, although once you have a drive attached and formatted, you can copy, delete, and rename files from Mac and/or PC, easily. For the 'ultimate' test, of USB performance, I copied a 25GB MP4 file to the NTFS formatted drive, which was recorded last Superbowl Sunday using my TV card. It streams the massive 1280x720 HD file with no problems, and even MP4s in 1080p HD, seems to stream well too. Nods still go to the Windows 7 side when using the Readyshare option with HD streaming vs. OS X Mavericks (but that may be OS related).

If using this as a 'media server', for streaming consistent HD content to more than one or two users is your goal, you're better off to go with the newer Netgear routers with multiple USB 3.0 ports, or built-in SATA, but for the price, this is a gem. I was about to buy a dedicated music server, and realized that, although this solution is less elegant, (with all the stuff hanging off of it), it does the job admirably, cheaply and can even be accessed through the internet, (which I haven't tested succesfully yet). I've owned other brand-name routers, and will probably never buy any other brand than Netgear from now on.

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  • Alexandr N.
  • 6/20/2014 11:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsProduct is great, shipping through OnTrac horrible

Pros: Fast, the cpu and ram are really fast.
Administration WebUI is neatly organized with good context help.
One click automated firmware update.
Hardware Revision v2

Cons: It was delivered by OnTrac to the front door of the entire apartment building; left near bushes. Even though intercom works.

Other Thoughts: Try to use non-led-blinking flash usb for ReadyShare feature, otherwise constant blinking, if you happen to see your router, will make your eyes twitch.

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  • Stephen H.
  • 6/10/2014 9:15:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy

Pros: none

Cons: I had it for amonth before I installed the switch. Crashed our internet service within 24 hours. Bad wireless signal, terrible instructiosn and it tries to load garbage software during install.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Steve,

We want to help you get everything working properly. Please get in contact with our support team right away!
support.netgear.com

There is also a support page available for each individual product.
http://support.netgear.com/product/wnr3500lv1#wrapper

Our apologies for any frustrations.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Bryan R.
  • 5/25/2014 8:00:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product!

Pros: had this over a year now and i haven't experienced any issues since the day i started using it.

Cons: none.

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  • John H.
  • 4/11/2014 6:35:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDoes not support DD-WRT

Pros: Signal strength is quite acceptable.
Is compatible with some 3rd-party firmware like TomatoUSB

Cons: Mislabeled DD-WRT compatibility. v1 of this router is compatible, but you are buying v2 which is not.

TomatoUSB isn't BAD, but it does lack proper implementation of unbridged wireless client/repeater mode, at least on this router.

Other Thoughts: To NewEgg/Netgear: If you're going to market this as DD-WRT compatible, you need to verify this with the developers of the firmware. There is a whole WNR3500L v2 compatibility thread at their website where they repeatedly ask for some donated hardware to properly build support for this router.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=150789

This thread dates back to 2012; there is no excuse for your inaccurate and misleading listing.

We buy DD-WRT routers for a specific reason, when your products are mislabeled, it wastes everyone's time.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi ctrlshift,

There are several builds of DD-WRT specifically for the WNR3500Lv2, and you can find them at the MyOpenRouter website:

http://www.myopenrouter.com

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Brian S.
  • 4/10/2014 12:31:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNothing but problems

Pros: It emits some sort of wifi signal

Cons: Hasn't worked correctly since I've gotten it

Other Thoughts: Set it up, connects to PC just fine at first. Won't connect to any peripherals. Call customer support, and they tell me to knock the security down to WEP, because our phones aren't compatible with it. Ridiculous, since our last router was running WPA2.

Now whenever my PC wakes up from sleep, it takes forever to reconnect, if it even reconnects. When it finally does, internet is not available for another 5 minutes, even though connected to the router.

Sometimes when I get home, my phone won't connect to the wifi until I reset it.

Have tried checks for firmware up dates, resetting the whole thing and starting from scratch, numerous resets, different router settings, etc.. and nothing has worked.

This router doesn't work with newer devices, period.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello B,

We are sorry to hear that you WNR3500L hasn't worked properly since you've gotten it. If you would like some assistance the first thing we recommend is contacting our support team at support.netgear.com.

If you like to do things yourself you can check out the support page here:
http://support.netgear.com/product/WNR3500Lv1#wrapper

We hope this helps!

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Mark F.
  • 4/7/2014 2:03:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat deal

Pros: Easy Setup, fast wireless. Range is great

Cons: No cons. Being able to set how much bandwidth is shared between whom would be nice. Ie preventing lag on hardwired ps4 over wireless laptops streaming video.

Other Thoughts: Has worked flawlessly and hasn't required a single reboot. Everything I could want. Purchased oct of 2013

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  • Luciano S.
  • 4/5/2014 5:22:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Opensource Gigabit Router

Pros: I bought this gigabit router for the ability to use Shibby Tomato and tie into to my gigabit network. I'm using firmware for WNR3500L v2 works exceptionally well for the past week with 1.28.0000 MIPSR2-116 K26 USB AIO. Obtained this one @ $49.99. Really for the price plus the ability to add the open source firmware for some added capabilities -you can't go wrong.

The firmware that shipped with the device looked good as well but I was set on having TomatoUSb derivative for certain features.

Cons: Wi-Fi range is less exceptional compared to antennae type routers. If you are looking for really full coverage with this router in a larger home I would not recommend this one. For my purposes this was fine since I have my old Belkin running as an access point upstairs that ties into my LAN for full coverage.

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  • Derek H.
  • 3/30/2014 2:30:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery slow wireless connection

Pros: Easy setup. Relatively cheap for the speeds it suppose to support.

Cons: With the exception of one of my laptop, the wifi speed is horrible for portable devices. iPhones (4s and 5s), ps4, ps3, ps vita, and a desktop with a PCI network card, all get slow speeds; I get < 2mb/s for these devices where I get >25 mb/s on my laptop. This is with the router on top of a table, in the middle of the room, and being 3 feet from the devices.

The last month of owning this has been terrible. I have tried everything I can think of to get it to perform better. I updated to the latest netgear firmware. Changed a few settings on the router and my devices and have gotten my speed up to almost 4 mb/s. I considered installing a 3rd party firmware but various tests on the internet show very few performance improvement in this model.

Even though I have had decent luck with netgear router's in the past, I don't think it is a path that I will journey down again. My t-mobile data plan should not be 9x the speed of a wireless router connected to decent internet.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello-- we are very sorry about the slow wireless connection you are experiencing and want to help. The first thing you can do is contact our support team at support.netgear.com.

If you have any other trouble or questions you can always use our forums:
forum1.netgear.com

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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