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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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IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK) and WEP
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Internal Antenna
USB 2.0
System Requirements
Broadband (cable, DSL) modem and service with Ethernet port
2.4 GHz 802.11n 2.0 adapter or 802.11 b/g wireless adapter. Or, Ethernet adapter and cable for each computer
Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
Internet Explorer, Safari or FireFox
6.89" x 5.12" x 1.38"
0.72 lbs.


Open-source Wireless-N router with Gigabit wired ports for Linux developers and open-source enthusiasts.

Open-source community website and development Partner program with downloadable applications, user guide, forums, blogs and downloads at

High Performance Broadcom 480 MHz MIPS 74K CPU, 8 MB Flash and 64 MB RAM to even run business-class applications

Popular Linux Firmware-DD-WRT, Open-WRT and Tomato available on Open-source community website

NEW Development Partner Program-development partnership with several 3rd party software vendors to develop custom applications on WNR3500L. Please visit to join the partner program and see the custom applications that are released or under development

Please check more Linux information and update from

Power Adapter Warranty: 1 year

Window 8 compatible

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Miles V.
  • 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.

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:



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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

If you like to do things yourself you can check out the support page here:

We hope this helps!



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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

If you have any other trouble or questions you can always use our forums:



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  • Constance J.
  • 2/25/2014 1:50:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat router!

Pros: Got this as a replacement for my old, dying 802.11 g router. So happy with it!! So much faster, and I can finally take advantage of my computer's 300Gbps wireless card. Reliable connectivity and great range. Also love the fact that it has a USB 3.0 port, so I can share my printer wirelessly with all my computers/devices. Setup was really easy, but there are lots of management features for advanced users as well (for me I needed port forwarding and the ability to make a DHCP reservation).

Cons: None

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  • David V.
  • 2/16/2014 2:34:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHorrible Wireless

Pros: Gigabit speeds, looks nice. Range is OK; was able to go through three stories of house.

Cons: AWFUL wireless connectivity. Tried a few different firmwares, Tomato proved to be the best overall, although you lose gigabit speed. Router is approximately 15 months old now. Each month the wifi speeds got slower and slower and slower until now. Wifi is less than 4 mbps now consistently, was as high as 35 or so a few months back. Needless to say, I'm actively seeking a new router to replace this one.

Other Thoughts: My previous router I got about 4 years our of. I'm about to switch back to it, since the wifi speeds are at least faster than this one. Won't buy a netgear again, and would NOT recommend this router; it just didn't last very long considering the price paid ($90).

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Dave,

We want to help fix your wireless-- please contact our support team at

If you continue to have trouble you can contact us directly at Please provide a copy and paste of your review and any case numbers support gives you.

Our apologies for the issues,


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  • Charles S.
  • 2/14/2014 5:32:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice right out of the box

Pros: Very easy to set-up, very good speed, and decent range.

Cons: Speeds for the USB wireless access are pretty poor but that is expected, could not get AIrPrint function to work, need to work on it a little more.

Other Thoughts: Very decent for the price.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 1/13/2014 7:51:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWireless access unreliable!

Pros: Gigabit switch functions great! Able to extend my GB network to the back of the house.

Cons: Using the router as a wireless access point for the back of the house. Every few days, none of my wireless devices can connect! This has gone on for days then without warning everything will work fine. Couple of days later , no connections. Current status is wireless down. No help from Netgear other than try to reset the router. Been there done that, doesn't work!

Other Thoughts: Bought this more for the gigabit switch capabilities while having a stronger wireless signal for my workshop was the reasoning behind paying a premium price for this router.
I would really be screaming if this was my primary wireless router!

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  • David S.
  • 12/31/2013 12:44:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWNR3500Lv2

Pros: Gigabit ports, 802.11n WiFi and more flexible Open Source firmware available.

Cons: Cheap, flimsy plastic base!

Other Thoughts: This unit replaced an old WRT54G that had been around for as long as I've had cable internet...10+ years? I wanted the gigabit port speed and 802.11n WiFi capabilities that weren't available with the WRT54G but I wanted to stick with 'open-source' firmware, so I bought this unit. Despite not having any external WiFi antennas, one of my worries when I bought the unit, my WiFi signal is a least as good as the old WRT54G. Overall, I'm happy with the operation of the unit.

HOWEVER, it has a CHEAP, FLIMSY plastic base plate that snaps into the bottom of the unit to provide stability. The unit itself is about 1.5in. wide, 7in. tall, and 5.25in. deep 'mounted' in its recommended, vertical orientation. The base plate, that snaps into the bottom of the device with 2 plastic tabs, is about 2.5in. wide, 5.25" deep, and 1/8in. tall. Unfortunately, I never gave this a thought when I ordered the unit but, with (in my case) 5 CAT5 cables plugged into it, it is VERY unstable! Within a day of setting it up, I bumped the cable modem which, in turn, knocked over the router, breaking one of the flimsy plastic tabs. I now have the unit propped up with a stapler... :-/

In conclusion: If you are looking for a wired router, and plan to use the available ethernet ports, you may want to consider a device that mounts horizontally!

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