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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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  • Albert P.
  • 5/26/2016 8:14:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGarbage Stock - Better With DDWRT

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 so good, but only after DDWRT installed.

Cons: Wifi speed was literally 0.45 mbps down and 12mbps up (weird) after simply changing SSID and pwd (WPA2). Tried auto channel, used wifi analyzer to find channel no one else was on (there were 3), etc. and still slow. Stock rom is garbage. After DDWRT install, was the normal speed and much more/better options. I don't know how they could release this garbage rom and sleep at night. Ridiculous.

Other Thoughts: It's working now but not worth the effort to RMA. Hopefully it lasts for at least 1 year. If wifi dies, I'm just going with Dlink. Routers these days are trash. May even just build my own pfsense and get a good wifi access point. It's just simple home internet so it's a shame if I had to go through all that just for normal functioning wifi and routing.

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  • DEAN T.
  • 4/27/2016 1:45:07 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFavorite Router

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: I keep buying more of these. I have three. One at home, one at the office, and one at a friends house. Its a complete champ. Full of features, ddwrt/tomato ready, gigabit, usb, nas, Wireless N. Oh man... I love this router.

Cons: Nope.avi

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  • nathaniel w.
  • 4/24/2016 4:46:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsabsolute garbage from a horrible company

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: ordered it thursday morning arrvied friday evening

Cons: hooked up easy, according to directions, lan speed 30.9 mb/s, wifi 400kb/s. hour long talk with tech support in India had me change the wifi channel, the fragmentation length and the cts/rts threshold. i was then told it may tak up to 4 hours to "adjust". when i questioned what exactly needs to adjust i couldnt get an answer, when i asked if she knew anything about networking or if she was reading from a 3 ring binder she assured me she was a networking "expert" which i sincerely doubt since she made me hard wire my laptop to access the router when i had already done so on wifi successfully. also, supposed to be open source but there isn't anything available for verion 2, another huge fail for this $50 waste of technology from 7 years ago

Other Thoughts: this company, like just about every tech company is complete garbage. every time i'm forced to call tech support its an hour long half english conversation with someone from india. tonight i get all the info need to RMA and i will never buy or work on anything netgear

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  • Phil P.
  • 4/10/2016 7:25:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo wireless functionality

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: I had some free time that Netgear was kind enough to waste for me.

Cons: Tried 2 of these and neither one worked.

Other Thoughts: The first one worked fine with my hardwired desktop. Download speeds close to 90Mbps. But wireless was non-existent. The best I got was just over 1Mbps. I sent an e-mail to Netgear support and they recommended I change fragmentation length to 2304 and cts/rts to 2305 and get back to them. I thanked them for their ridiculous response and told them I would just replace it. If that was the best support they could offer, I didn't need their "help". The good folks at Newegg sent me a replacement at my request but it was even worse. All I could manage with that one was .65Mbps. I am now in the process of sending the 2nd one back for store credit so I can look for a wireless router that actually works.

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  • William G.
  • 3/30/2016 8:25:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for cheap Wired Gigabit

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: 4 port Gigabit switch
cheap
looks good
vertical
open sourse

Cons: N300 but thats what you pay for.

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  • Corey O.
  • 3/7/2016 8:54:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat router, but seriously dated

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: My WNR3500L lasted over 5 years with almost no issues, barring having to reboot it once every few months. I ran DD-WRT on it for much of that time, but I also experimented with Tomato and OpenWRT, and all 3 ran relatively well. It has good range and throughput for an N300 router. A couple months ago it started randomly doing strange things, like dropping my dhcp static leases or dns would stop working, and flashing to neither a newer DD-WRT nor the stock firmware fixed it - it was time.

Cons: Today, this router is OLD, I can't believe it's even still around. It only has 8MB of flash and 64MB of RAM - most modern routers have much, much more. More flash means more room for features - you won't be able to fit DD-WRT's full feature set onto this router. The age of it also means that development has moved away from this hardware. More ram means faster throughput. Don't plan on using the USB port on this for an uber-cheap NAS, the bottleneck isn't even the USB 2.0 port, it's the lack of memory. Also, this doesn't do wireless AC or even 5GHz wireless N, it's just N300.

Other Thoughts: Don't bother buying this router. If you need something that just works cheap, pick up a refurb Asus RT-N53, that has roughly the same hardware, but it does N600 (2.4GHz and 5GHz band), and it's usually under $25. My brother had one for a few years, he loaned it to me when my Netgear died until I could get something new, and I have to say it's better than the Netgear in every way except one, it doesn't have a USB port. I think I've made it fairly clear the USB port is just about useless for file storage, but it does still work for printers.

If you want a good router, save your money and get a TP-Link Archer C7, Asus RT-AC66U, or Netgear R6400. They're closer to $100, twice the current price of this router, but all 3 offer 2-4 times the flash memory, 2-4 times the RAM, much faster CPUs, and of course, much faster wireless with longer range. You'll get 10x the performance for twice the price.

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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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