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This review is from: Netgear C3700 N600 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
Pros: 1. Easy Setup Speeds are almost the same as the old router but Comcast throttles them to be at a constant speed so I didn’t expect them to be a lot higher.
2. Another plus is once you buy this and turn in your rental that will lower your monthly bill. In my case I save $8.00 a month.
3. You can access all of these features via Netgear's excellent Genie interface. It is also on the Comcast recommended modems.
4. Up To 600Mbps Wireless, DOCSIS 3.0 Technology, Simultaneous Dual Band, Share With USB, 1Gbps Cabled Ethernet Ports, Secure Wi-Fi, DLNA
Share media over your games consoles or TV’s using DLNA, WPS – Push N Connect, Parental Control, and Wi-Fi Button
Cons: 1. There are only 2 Ethernet ports. If you need more than that you will need a switch or an old router.
2. As stated in the name of the product this device only supports N wireless networks. AC is not provided.
3. USB port is 2.0
4. The only dynamic DNS provider that the router has set up is DynDNS which no longer offers free accounts.
5. Since the device is a combo unit the end user cannot update the router firmware or install a third-party firmware like DD-WRT.
6. The C3700 does not support telephone, so if you want to keep your phone line through Comcast.
Other Thoughts: Thoughts
In my tests C3700's wireless performance was good for the 2.4GHz band for an 802.11n wireless router of its specs. Performance at 5GHz was excellent—in the triple digits, and among the highest of routers with similar hardware. For example, one of my highest-rated 600Mbps router is the Cisco Linksys E3000. The E3000 managed 118Mbps of wireless throughput at the 5GHz band, testing with a wireless client at a distance of 10 to 15 feet. The C3700 wasn't far behind on the same test, scoring an impressive 111Mbps.
Pros: The packaging for this board was very secure I've never seen such good packaging it had a foam bottom with low sides and the board was zipped tied into this which kept the bottom and sides real protected.
The bios is very nice with many options.
Full HD UEFI Bois @ 1920 x 1080 resolution if supported by monitor and 1024 x 768 if not.
there are options for CPU fan speed.On the Quit mode My Cpu temp is 33c not bad at all.
There is also a lot of settings to support mixing different memory modules.
Layout is nice on this small board and there is one PCi-e slot for Video or whatever you want to populate it with.
I set up this board with an Intel i3 4130 LGA 1150 CPU and Patriot Sector 5 DDR3 memory @ 1600.
I saw the other post of bad color scheme and I disagree with this I think this board looks nice and is more of a subtle look. But everyone has there own Idea of what is appealing and what isn't. .
Running Windows 8.1
Everything was super easy to install and it booted up first time with everything recognized in proper specs.
There is also a SATA-express slot which I haven’t used as of yet.
The Bios has a good selection of Power tweaks for Hibernation and sleep modes.
All drivers installed fine but with some problems see cons.
Cons: The only con I can think of which isn’t a real big deal but still strange is when I go into the setup disk
It always prompts to install Chrome first thing which I hate to see. Also if you select install all drivers and apps it will still install
Chrome even though you select no on the first screen. It seems like everyone ifs trying to cram Chrome down our throats now days.
Also when I selected install all drivers and apps the computer rebooted into Nero boot manager or something like that and in a dos screen
was prompting me to enter the date and time and then just went to a C prompt. I really don’t know why this happened. Upon restart I went
back into the driver disk and it started installing everything.(Note about drivers install) I reinstalled windows 8.1 again with a solid state drive and ran the drivers again and selected all drivers and apps except for Chrome and Norton and it work flawlessly.
Don’t know what that was about but probably just a fluke.
So I guess not really a con.
Other Thoughts: So like I said I’m not sure why this happened but all the drivers installed fine.
Also another tip is when you select all drivers and Apps it will install a trial version of Norton internet security.
There is a Bios reset button on the back header so you can reset without opening the computer up which is real handy.
All in all this setup was a breeze and a very pleasant build. No hiccups and problems.
The build quality seems very solid. I've used quite a few boards from Asrock and have always had good experience's with them.
Pros: This drive was very cheap for a 120 G Its good to see them come down in price now days. My first drives were Two Kingston SSDNow 64G drive for about $200.00 a piece. I'm still using them and they still run great. I haven't ran any tests on them yet but they work great in my wife's and daughter's laptop and they comment all the time how much faster they are.
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