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Item#: N82E16833122470

Pros:

Bought this to upgrade my Netgear WNR834Bv2. Was hoping to increase signal strength throughout my house as well as get a gigabite router for my new Windows Home Server 2011.

Setup was as easy as any of the Netgear routers I've used, pretty much plug and play. Signal strength for me seems to be unaffected. Anywhere in the house that I am using a wireless device, I am getting the same connect speed rates as with my previous router (except for those that are really close, they now get 300Mbps vs the old router max of 270Mbps). For the other wireless PC's, I'm using the WNA3100 (bought 3 as refurbs) and they range anywhere from 108-243Mbps, depending on PC location, and each PC will fluctuate the rate of speed at which they say they are connected at. This seems to be the norm, I already had two of those wireless adapters I had bought new, and they work exactly the same and have for the last 2 years.

Cons:

UPnP. While it is on, there seems to be an issue of it and my WHS2011. Setting up remote web access, WHS will auto setup the router and tell me everything is hunky dorey. I had previously setup WHS fresh when using the old router, so I have some comparison here, as when I put in the new router, I also setup WHS fresh again (first time was a trial run to play). It sets ports 80 and 443 in both routers fine, but fails to set port 4125 in both routers. No problem, I manually add this. On the old router, letting UPnP work it's magic and me adding port 4125, perfection, everything works in remote web access. With this router, it was a no go from within my home network, but worked outside the home network.

I manually entered all port forwards as well as disable readyshare (it uses port 80 as well, didn't know if this was a conflict). Anyway, doing it this way, everything works perfect.

Other Thoughts:

I don't know if I'll be able to use the USB share feature and my WHS 2011 together, but having the server makes the USB share redundant anyway.

The product was a version 2, it arrived with the cling wrap on it, it looked absolutely like brand new. (can't say the same for those WNA 3100 refurb adapters). IMHO, this was a great deal at the price I gave compared to knew, almost 50% off.

Last night was the first night of full network trial with WHS 2011 doing a backup of all client PC's; a wireless laptop, two wireless Win 7 64bit machines, a wired win 7 64bit machine and a wireless win xp pro 32 bit machine. All PC's were backed up as they should from 12am-6am. That works for me.

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