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Pros: neat design
dual band wi-fi
latest standards (USB 3.0, 5G wi-fi)
Cons: not as fast as the R6300, not as feature packed as the WNDR4700
requires extensive customization to achieve it's full potential
Other Thoughts: Because Newegg doesn't allow me to edit my previous review I'm posting another one:
This is the 2nd unit I obtained from Netgear after a rough start with the 1st. I couldn't get the network drive feature to work, more on that later.
The modem is a well designed unit, glossy black with indicator lights that arent too bright. The rubberized base stays upright and keeps it from slipping if you plug in heavy peripherals. Aside from form this is one of the most advanced routers available as of May 2013, with both USB 3.0 & 802.11 ac wi-fi. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it has dual band wi-fi on both 2.4 GHz & 5GHz channels, in effect this is like having 2 wireless routers in 1! And I can attest that file transfers via the 5GHz channel are about as fast as wired transfers.
As mentioned previously I had an issue where I couldn't access the network drive feature wirelessly. After spending days trying to troubleshoot with customer service we finally figured out that you have to set the network location to home or work , the public setting will not allow this feature to work.
The Netgear genie portal is simple but robust, I'm hoping they'll develop a more visually pleasing interface in future.
Customer service is a mixed bag, the lower level reps leave something to be desired but the managers and engineer reps are nothing short of first rate! I had all but given up on this unit until a rep responded to my email and we corresponded for about a month until we resolved my problem. He even assisted with issues not directly pertaining to the router - Thanks YiFan!!!
I'm holding off on giving this router 5 eggs because it took a fair amount of customization to achieve close to full potential. When Netgear adds this router to their readySHARE cloud feature, it will be impossible to beat. Also, I seem to be experiencing dropped connections but because I'm unable to rule out the fault lying with the receiving device I won't gripe about that.
Pros: potentially great specs
good looking design
usb 3.0, 802.11ac = fairly future proof
Cons: firmware issues
shoddy quick-start guide
okay/so-so customer service
not the absolute fastest (the 6300 is faster)
Other Thoughts: Like the other reviewer, I'm usually one to read reviews before making a decision but decided to be an early adopter. I had been eyeing the Centria 4700 but was waiting to see if they would announce an 802.11ac version, when I saw this for cheaper I jumped at the opportunity to get one.
The unit is well packaged: router, power cable, ethernet cable and basic documentation. The quick start guide doesn't label the various lights on the router but instructs you to look for the "wi-fi" light, well the light on the unit looks nothing like the IEEE wifi logo, and has more than 1 wireless looking light so unless you had a previous netgear router in the past which I didn't, you're up the creek!
I tried calling tech support, the number is not explicitly posted, you have to search for it online, and got hang up on after a 20 minute wait! I tried a 2nd time and after another 20 minute wait got an okay rep (not great, not bad) who tried to troubleshoot with me for 20 minutes. We couldn't get past the blinking green power light, so he had me RMA the item to newegg. (Unlike the other reviewer I got free shipping)
I'm supposed to get a replacement, I'll post a 2nd review if it works. If not I'll try the ASUS RT-N65U or wait to see what new 802.11ac models gets announced
This review is from: Sony PlayStation PS3 Media/Blu-ray Disc Remote Control
Pros: does what it needs to do
doesn't need line of sight operation (thanks Bluetooth)
Cons: not quite plug & play, you may have to read the manual when pairing for the first time (for those that don't like reading instructions)
the PS3 power button ends up being in the middle of the remote!
Other Thoughts: The PS3 is still the best bluray player after all these years but using the controller in a home theater setup just doesn't cut it, so I decided to get this remote and can't believe how useful it is. I don't know why all remotes are not Bluetooth, even Logitech's Harmony remote can't do this without an annoying additional dongle and costs almost 20 times the price.READ FULL REVIEW