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This review is from: NETGEAR AC1450 Dual Band Gigabit Smart WiFi Router Two (2) USB ports—one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing techn
Pros: After following the simple procedure to change the unit's BoardID, I flashed the firmware to R6300v2.
Cons: Runs a little warmer than my Netgear WNDR4300.
The shape of this unit makes it difficult to stack with other equipment.
Compared to WNDR4300, the front panel LEDs are less informative (no separate 2.4GHz/5GHz wifi indicator. NO speed indication on LAN connections, etc.)
Other Thoughts: Have you seen the other reviews from users saying the unit lasted a few months then died? I hope I beat the odds! If I don't, I will return and update this review accordingly!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I, for one, welcome our new Displayport overlords!
Zotac is one of the few vendors who support the Displayport interface.
Cons: I was hoping to use 30-bit "deep color" (10-bit per channel) output through the Displayport interface, because my monitor supports 10-bit/30bpp input over Displayport. Nope, can't do it.
It's not Zotac's fault. After some digging, I found out NVIDIA only supports 10-bit output on their professional Quadro cards, not on any consumer Geforce cards. (Their marketing literature is misleading -- they say "deepcolor" for HDMI, but the Forceware drivers don't give you option to turn on extended-color output. AMD has the same policy, 10bpp Displayport only supported on FireGL cards (well on Windows, that is. The Radeon 4870 Mac Edition supports 10-bit Displayport output in MacOSX.)
Other Thoughts: ...not that it matters...found out that most windows apps don't support 10-bit color anyway. (Adobe CS5 and some other high-end packages support deep-color output, if your display-driver and monitor allow it.)
I tried a custom Windows 7 resolution : 1920x1200x72Hz (over Displayport.) My monitor accepts it but doesn't render it properly, but there was screen tearing all over the place...no 24Hz Bluray playback for me...
Pros: Cheap dual-band router (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz at the same time.) The other competitor in the same price-range, Dlink DIR-628, only supports 1 frequency (2.4 or 5GHz) at the time. Netgear WNDR3300 is the next step up, but falls short of a "true dual/N router." Only 1 of the WNDR3300's radios has N-capability, the other radio is 2.4GHz-only (B/G). I guess Netgear should have called it a "1.5N band router", because it's not a true dual-N (2.4GHz/N + 5GHz/N) band router.
Cons: Same problem as everyone else -- dropped connections under certain conditions. It seems weak-signal will cause the connection to drop. The 5GHz radio is shorter range than 2.4GHz -- that's a given. Also, if you want N on the 2.4GHz-band, then you sacrifice the 5GHz capability completely. (Save your money and buy something else...something with better product support.)
Sadly, this means you're limited to 802.11n on 1-band only (either 2.4GHz or 5GHz, but not both simultaneously.) If you want N on 2.4GHz, then no 5GHz radio at all! oh well
Other Thoughts: Beta-firmware (5/2008) fixes some connection-drops for me -- get it at Netgear's community website. It adds a new mode of oepration: 'wireless-repeater' (but only repeats on same one-band.) What's stupid is that the firmware doesn't offer a "5ghz only" radio-mode. You're stuck with RADIO_OFF, 2.4GHz B/G/N, 2.4GHz B/G + 5GHz A/N. huhREAD FULL REVIEW