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NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Matthew K.
  • 4/24/2014 10:59:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for streaming video.

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: I took a step back and began to count all of the devices connected to my wi-fi router. When I did the math, I needed an upgrade! This router had great reviews and seemed a good solution. After installing it, this dual band router has been amazing. 2 Roku's 4 Cell phones, 1 iPod, 1 XBox 360, 2 Kindle Fires, and 2 Laptops connect without a noticeable slowdown.

Cons: No Cons!

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  • Walter G.
  • 3/25/2014 2:08:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Can throw any traffic at it, bit torrent handled with ease.
Easy interface, didn't need to flash it with a wrt firmware
Powerful signal, like I said no need for a wrt firmware

Cons: Very tall, hard to hide in a cabinet

Other Thoughts: I didn't think I'd use the USB port for an ext drive but I have and love it, turns a cheap hard drive into a general dumping ground for backups and such

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  • Andrew T.
  • 1/30/2014 7:22:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, with DDWRT

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: DD-WRT compatible

The first few builds were a bit wonky, but things are working well now.

With DD-WRT, I can run multiple SSIDs on multiple frequencies.

Cons: Stock firmware is garbage

Older model, so it doesn't support the new ac standard, but that makes little difference in most home use circumstances.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/16/2014 11:28:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGreat router

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: I have owned this router for over 1 year. The setup was easy. It had been rock solid except for the discussion below.

Cons: The only con I have found is that when I have had to do a reset of the router I would lose my internet connection. So although the wireless was enabled I could not connect to the internet without first reloading the firmware. I have since found out that if I just recycle my cable modem while the Router is initializing then I am able to connect to the internet without having to reinstall the firmware. I found this in the NETGEAR genie. It has saved me several hours of time. This only works if you are using a cable modem. I have upgraded my firmware to 1.0.1.38.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if NETGEAR would describe this in their quick guide.

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  • Matthew K.
  • 1/9/2014 8:10:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLoses firmware every power loss

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Fast when it works

Cons: I have had this router for almost a year, every time the unit loses power the green power light comes back blinking indicating firmware corruption. That requires downloading the newest firmware from Netgear and pushing it to the router using FTP from my laptop. I have done this over half a dozen times in the last year.

The unit is plugged into a decent quality APC UPS and does not generally get unplugged. Just this evening I was rearranging cables and unplugged the router by accident, time for a firmware update. Not my first Netgear router but definitely my last.

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  • Patrick T.
  • 1/8/2014 1:26:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsBad Firmware

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Speed, Printshare, ReadySHARE Cloud, etc, etc.

Cons: Firmware corrupts causing Green Light of death, which results in having to reinstall the firmware only to result in the flashing green light after a few days.

Other Thoughts: Found a working and stable DD-WRT that has not resulted in the flashing green light. Yes there is a working DD-WRT even though the site says WIP (Work In Progress). 4 Beta's and one stable. Keep looking, you will find it. Since installing DD-WRT firmware a month ago, the firmware hasn't become corrupted.

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  • Christopher P.
  • 12/30/2013 9:26:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsConnection drops out frequently

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Ability to setup networked HDDs; solid data sharing
"Cloud" capability

Cons: Drops connections...

I 'upgraded' from a Netgear WGR614v10 Wireless-G router so I could take advantage of the dual-band support and setup some shared drives. This router frequently drops connections to many of our devices throughout the house (tablets, phones, BD players). Our LG BD player has struggled to connect to Netflix frequently ever since installing this router. I never had this problem with the old WGR614v10 router. It's pretty disappointing to think that I should go back to the old router considering what I paid for the WNDR4500 (which was much less than the current price).

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  • John B.
  • 12/6/2013 6:33:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsOh...myyyyyy

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Switched out my Cisco e3000 tonight because it kept slowing down until nothing worked, and then I had to fight with it to get devices back on the network after rebooting.

Not so with the N900! Set my SSID and password to match what I had on the e3000, booted it up, and *presto* went from 20Mbps -> 56Mbps with near instant connections from all 10 devices in the house!

Rock ON! Two of my coworkers have this router, and we use the N600 at work. Could not be happier so far!

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Going to replace an amped wireless ua600 adapter with the N900 adapter next!

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  • Kevin G.
  • 12/4/2013 10:22:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrustrated

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: It was very fast and easy to install. Video streaming was excellent to all devices.

Cons: Firmware.
I've owned this router for about 6-8 months or so. The power LED flashes green constantly now...for about the past few weeks. Flashing green signals corrupt firmware. To me that means the router is junk because I don't have another computer to assist.

Other Thoughts: I'm very frustrated with the NetGear WNDR 4500. Considering the price paid for the unit followed up with the firmware issue, I will never purchase another NetGear product again. This was a great leap from my old lynksis, until this problem occured.

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  • Lance M.
  • 11/22/2013 9:44:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood and Bad

This review is from: NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: -Excellent WiFi range on 2.4 GHz, darn near to the end of the city block.
-I like the interface to this router.
-Nice footprint, though I wish I could hang it on the wall.
-No external antennas.

Cons: -Poor WiFi range on 5.0 GHz, maybe 20-25 ft.
-Nearly every time you power cycle this router, no matter if by the power button OR even REBOOT from being logged into the router, the power led flashes amber and the firmware becomes corrupted. Intermittently starts good if I leave it unplugged for a while, then plug in only the power, then WAN cable, then LAN wires, then it'll come up, This is the second N900 that I've had, both with the same problem however eventually I couldn't resurrect the first one any longer so took it back for this one, hoping that the first was a fluke. Nope, seems to be par for the course for this touchy piece of equipment.

Other Thoughts: If you never have a power failure in your house, or you very un-often change your settings that require a reboot of the router, then this thing is very fast.
Thank goodness I keep a spare NETGEAR ProSafe VPN Firewall FVS318 (has one bad port out of 8, gonna have to RMA that some time, but it currently is very handy for a quick backup if need be like tonight. Other than the bad port, this thing has been rock solid, I only wanted to add faster WIFi to my network than what I have on my lan, have connected another old <another brand> WiFi router so added this N900).

For added info, the first N900 I replaced after 1 month after updating the Firmware because it said it was available. This N900, I purchased in March 2013, It is now November 2013. It has acted this way since the day I bought it, but I figured I'd live with it as-is. I did NOT update the firmware on this one, however, even though it also says that there is an update (nope nope nope, not gonna do it).

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