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On Networks N150 Wireless Router- N150R

  • N150 WiFi speed
  • Easily and securely connect with WPS
  • Browser-based installation, no CD required
  • Supports Windows 8
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • David B.
  • 2/25/2015 9:24:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggscheap, works, but will eventually upgrade

Pros: The main pro is that not only is this very cheap, but was included free in a promo with a cable modem that I needed to buy anyway. It seems to work well enough, and I haven't had any problems updating the firmware or being disconnected.

Cons: That being said, there are some things I'm not a fan of with this product. The firmware interface requires you to go through their web site, meaning you can't manage the router settings offline, only while you're connected. The obvious issue with this that many reviewers on here and other sites have brought up is that there's no honorable reason why On Networks might want you to do this. It makes me suspect they're monitoring and selling your browsing data, and may even put your password at risk. It's kind of like buying a GM car, but you can only put gas in it when OnStar is on. Even beyond that, there are practical reasons why this can be really aggravating. In my case, I bought the modem and router almost a year ago so I wouldn't have to keep renting Comcast's hardware. Long story short, the new hardware stayed in a box for close to a year, due in part to my laziness, and in part to my fear of adding to my already frequent service outages. Finally, the day came I decided to connect the new hardware, and I called up Comcast to cancel the modem rental. They asked for the new modem's information so they could register it to the account and cancel the old one. I repeatedly asked them if that would disconnect me from the Internet, because I didn't want to be disconnected right away since I was calling using the Internet, and I would be disconnected from customer service. They assured me time and time again that I would not be disconnected. Sure enough, as soon as the call ended, I was disconnected, and I had no choice but to install the new hardware. I got everything hooked up, and to my surprise, I wasn't able to set up this router without having an Internet connection! I had to disconnect the router, call Comcast using a mobile 4g hotspot (I didn't have a phone at the time), and have them connect the new modem (which multiple customer service people struggled to do) before I could connect and set up the router. There's really no valid reason why it would need an Internet connection.

Fortunately, there is a solution. If you search online, you will find that this is a rebranded Netgear router, and there is a way to install the appropriate Netgear firmware so that you don't need to have a connection to manage out. Also, some reviewers have noted that their connection speeds were severely throttled by the standard firmware, and improved with the Netgear firmware. I haven't confirmed this yet, but I did experience some gaming lag on mostly reputable servers that I never had problems playing on before. I will be trying the Netgear firmware soon.

Speaking of speed, this doesn't have Gigabit Ethernet ports. I wouldn't buy it for that reason alone, but I won't take off stars for that since to be fair, I got it free and I knew that before the purchase. It's just a little misleading that they would advertise this as a really fast N150 router, and then have all these throttled wireless speeds, firmware restrictions, and outdated Ethernet ports.

Other Thoughts: There are much better routers out there, and while this may be more than enough for many users today, these limitations will soon become very relevant with improving Internet service speeds across the country, new fiber services like Google fiber, and more and more Internet-connected devices in our homes using up our routers' bandwidth. This is really just a below-average device with some questionable business practices, and as such is priced accordingly. I would recommend shoppers to look elsewhere, but if you can pick this up for free and work around the issues, it's not terrible.

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  • Peter C.
  • 2/6/2015 7:49:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNearly worthless

Pros: It was free with my purchase of a cable modem.
It probably works in spite of the inferior firmware from On Networks

Cons: On Networks firmware requires that you connect to their site to administer it. Makes me suspicious of them.

Attempts to flash the device with the Netgear firmware consistently fails with a timeout. I followed the excellent instructions from other reviewers VERY carefully.

Other Thoughts: Thanks to other reviewers, especially Gorav K, for all the instructions about flashing the Netgear firmware onto this device. However, my repeated attempts to very carefully follow those instructions always ended with tftp timing out.

Without the better Netgear firmware, I don't trust this product. It requires you to connect to their site, where they might be monitoring how I use the device. I chose to discard it.

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  • Karl H.
  • 2/5/2015 9:24:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice, simple.

Pros: Very easy setup.
I got this for a client and expected to setup the next day.
She texted me that it was already done. There was a wifi security setup on it like the ATT boxes have and she was able to get it all done without assistance. Saved me a lot of time.

Cons: none yet.

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  • Joel W.
  • 2/4/2015 6:54:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt's not for gaming. Or your general satisfaction either.

Pros: It works, if only in a disappointing sort of way. Easy to plug in and go. It was free with the modem I purchased, so I can't complain about what it does too much.

Cons: It somewhat consistently (every 5 minutes or so) sends huge lag spikes while gaming. Ping jumps to 999 and I usually end up dead in game. Sometimes the spikes are large enough to lose connection to the network entirely and the game shuts down.

Also, it throttles my bandwidth severely. The speedtest at the modem reports 125mbps. The speedtest at the computer reports 20mbps. Major suck.

Other Thoughts: I've not done any advanced looking into solving this problem. I just assumed it was a cheap router which I received for free and I got what I paid for, which again, was nothing. I've already bought a new router to replace it.

That said, I'd expect that it would be sufficient for internet browsing. It does fine when it's not lagging out.

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  • Christopher S.
  • 11/24/2014 12:30:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIf no other choice

Pros: So it's a basic router

Cons: Slow GUI, slow wireless

Other Thoughts: Limited OnNetworks branded configuration

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  • Patrick L.
  • 10/27/2014 9:19:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy connect

Pros: Easy connect, simple installation.

Cons: None.

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  • Matthew F.
  • 10/17/2014 1:16:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's really a good router with the Netgear firmware.

Pros: LAN works flawlessly.
Wireless is flawless WITH NETGEAR firmware good signal strength.
Great price.

Cons: Wireless barely works With OnNetworks firmware and has poor signal strength. I could only pull down 25Mbps using wireless N mode and I would have frequent dropouts during gaming.

Other Thoughts: The router NEEDS the NETGEAR firmware which raised it up 4 eggs. Without NETGEAR firmware this router would get 1 egg and would go straight into the garbage. I used Gorav K. method for pushing through the firmware and it works great now.

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  • WaiLin T.
  • 10/15/2014 3:43:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good for beginner setup.

Cons: Everything.... Cheap build, poor quality, poor range, unstable wireless. Worse than wireless G router I have chosen to change.

Other Thoughts: Don't waste your money

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  • Jon H.
  • 10/11/2014 10:09:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSupport is almost non-existent

Pros: Wifi works well (when it works).
Device has small footprint.
Setup is easy.

Cons: Wifi stops working at least once every 24 hours. A power cycle is requried to bring it back online.

Other Thoughts: The router works, but only for up 24 hours before I have to power cycle it. It's bizarre - the lights on the router are normal and everything looks good, but wifi just stops working for every device on my home network. A power cycle is the only thing that brings it back up again.

Even worse, however, is that I can't find a phone number to call for support nor can I get any help from their web site. At this time I do not recommend you buy this router.

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  • Michael W.
  • 10/10/2014 1:23:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGot it for free. Wouldn't buy it. Don't update firmware!

Pros: Cheap (and possibly free), and is a basic router. If your internet is slower than 100 mbps, it'll do the job. I ran a speed test and found it actually handle a full 100 mbps data throughput.

Cons: Only 100 megabit ports and poor Wireless N performance. With modern Internet connections often exceeding 100 megabits per second, this router can easily throttle your internet. After updating the firmware I had major trouble connecting to WiFi.

Other Thoughts: If your internet isn't very fast and you just need a basic router, it'll do. But frankly, there's better options out there.

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