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Cons: Doesn't like to be flashed. Bricked twice in 2 flashing attempts via the web interface. Don't give me a web interface to flash with if I can't use it. Seems like such a simple concept.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to update since I contacted Netgear about my unit. First off, the email address they keep posting doesn't work, so it's just a PR tactic that they keep throwing it out.
Once I managed to get them they said a refurbished unit doesn't get the same support as a new one. Strange given the definition of refurbished, but what do I know.
Anyway, once they found out it was a refurb, they refused support and suggested I search online forums for help. Yeah, did that already. Didn't help.
Overall, I'm not impressed with this product or Netgear in general. Went back to Linksys/Cisco, and I'll never buy another Netgear product if I can help it.
Pros: It's N. It technically supports 3rd party firmware. CPU and RAM is fast and plentiful.
Cons: Buggy to flash with a 3rd party FW. I've bricked mine twice in 2 flashing attempts via the web interface. The point of this router is supposed to be the 3rd party FW support.
Other Thoughts: It just doesn't quite do what it's supposed to do. I have the v2, and it just does not want to be flashed. It will say everything went fine, and then BRICKED. Only way to fix it is to get a serial cable and TFTP the FW I tried through the web UI. This just doesn't make sense, and it is not uncommon. Search the web for countless examples of what I just explained.
I bought this to replace a WRT54GL that was years old. Well, yesterday I tried to upgrade the WNR3500L to a new FW. You think I'd have learned by now. But, no. I am typing this from behind my trusty old WRT54GL running the same FW that bricked (again) the WNR3500L.
So, well, just buy a WRT54GL instead. Who really needs 300Mb/s WiFi and Gbit LAN anyway? I would say most people don't.
Pros: About the best bang for buck in this size with a PSU included.
Cons: Really weird case assembly. Entire PSU is not outside the case. Why?
Other Thoughts: I searched for a long time. Found lots of options. This was the best compromise of size vs features vs cost. BUT, the case panels have a weird fit that I don't understand. Feels like you're going to break it taking it apart to build the PC. What was wrong with a normal slide together panel, or even a semi-hinge on one end and screws on the other?
Also the PSU is split between a power brick outside and an adapter board inside the case. It would make much more sense to me to have the PSU as one unit outside the case and only wires inside it. The idea is small, space efficient. Why only go 3/4 of the way and compromise on the main design feature and stick more heat in the case on top of it?
Still overall, I'm satisfied. I have a 17w 1037u based board inside, and it's plenty of room and power for that. Good buy overall.
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