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This review is from: NETGEAR R7500-100NAS Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Smart Router
Easy to Setup
Four Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one e-SATA port.
Switch to turn off LEDs.
Switch to turn Wi-Fi on and off.
Antennas difficult to tighten.
Netgear Genie is a resource hog.
Other Thoughts: When my old, faithful Netgear router started dropping out on me after several years of faithful service, I chose this router over the more expensive and, supposedly better Nighthawk X6 because I didn't need tri-band and the X4 had an e-SATA port and two USB 3.0 ports instead of just the single USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. I do not regret that choice.
This router is much more powerful than my old Netgear router and gives a much stronger signal. It was easy to install and set up, using Netgear Genie. Changing passwords and SSID name is easy with Genie, albeit a bit slow at times. Geannie, however, is a bit of a resource hog and, when closing the program, I have to go into the Task Manager to kill its process. Fortunately, I don't need the extra bells and whistles that comes with the router so I rarely need to use Genie.
I was unable to sufficiently tighten the antennas to the router with my old, arthritic fingers so I carefully used a pair of pliers to snug the little nuts up. Bigger nuts and not having an overhanging lip on the back would have made the task a bit easier.
This thing is HUGE! My old Netgear router was no larger than the modem I used with it, especially since it could be installed vertically. The X4 can be installed either laying flat or wall mounted but, either way, it will devour a lot of real estate. Be sure to plan for that when considering the X4
The LEDs are almost bright enough to read by. Fortunately, there is a switch on the backside to turn them on or off.
The X4 is blazing fast on both bands. My speed is limited by the speed provided by my ISP. Keep in mind speed is also related to the modem's capability and, if Wi-Di is used, the speed of the Wi-Fi adapter used. An adapter that runs off USB 3.0 is required to get the best speeds.
Having a switch for the Wi-Fi could be handy. While, right now, since my computer is 15' away from my router and is connected to the router via Wi-Fi, if I ever am able to connect the computer to the router via Ethernet, I could also connect my printer, two scanners and future TV tuners to the router and turn on the Wi-Fi only to connect to my notebooks, such as when updating them or if my main computer is down and I need to use peripherals. That will beat the hairy heck out of cable swapping.
One reason I decided to stay with Netgear when replacing my old router, besides the years of good service I had from the old one, is whenever a new router security hole was announced, Netgear was conspicuously missing from the lists of affected routers. Only the most recent list to come out had any Netgear routers on it, and those were really old models.
The X4 isn't cheap but then, you only get what you pay for. As long as it keeps working, the X4 should meet my needs for several years to come.
This review is from: NETGEAR CM400-100NAS DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem
Pros: Works well.
Easy and simple setup
Can be installed vertically in either direction or lying flat on one side.
Fast. My speed was limited only by the speed of my ISP.
Cons: The optional feet for standing the modem vertically are a bit flimsy and a little tricky to put on. On the flip side, they can be put on either end of the modem.
The included 3' Ethernet cable was overkill for my application since my router sets adjacent to the modem. I locally purchased a 12" CAT 6 patch cable to use in place of the longer one.
Other Thoughts: Even though Newegg's description claims otherwise, this router will work with Cox Internet; it even says so in the directions that comes with it. All I had to do was connect the cables in the order specified in the directions (yes, I actually do read them).
Since I already had a router and Wi-Fi adapter already set up, I was able to set up the router through them. A screen popped up on my computer once the router booted up that should have allowed me to reconnect to COX directly without calling but it wouldn't accept my personal account info so I had to call. Cox admitted that they had had problems with that and were able to complete the process over the phone. This was not the fault of Netgear.
This review is from: Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0
Pros: Easy setup
Cons: Fat as a Toad and a bit long with the antenna extended.
Requires USB 3.0 for full speed potential
Netgear Genie software is a resource hog
Other Thoughts: I bought this adapter as an upgrade for my old Netgear WN111v2, which has served me well for many years. The new adapter runs circles around the old one. I haven't had any problems with using it once I got it set up. Its speed is limited only by the speed of my ISP.
Netgear Genie, the setup software that comes with the adapter, was easy to use but is a resource hog. Also, after closing the software, it is necessary to go into the Task Manager to end the process. However, once set up, there is no real need to use Genie again so this is a very minor complaint.
While I listed it as a con, the USB 3.0 requirement is necessary to get full speed since USB 2.0 simply doesn't have enough bandwidth. The fact this adapter uses USB 3.0, along with it's greater speed potential over USB 2.0, is one of the reasons I chose it, the other being the excellent luck I have with Netgear in the past. While this adapter will work with USB 2.0, it will throttle the top speed significantly.
The adapter is larger than my old one, especially with the antenna extension folded out. Both adapters were too fat to allow me to use them on the rear I/O panel of my computer without blocking adjacent ports. I was able to get a flexible port extender for USB 2.0 for the old adapter but couldn't find a USB 3.0 port extender anywhere in the U.S. so I had to order one (and a spare) from one of the only two Chinese vendors I found that had it and wait almost a month for it to be delivered. Netgear does include an extension cable but I had no place to set the end of it. The port extender I got was very inexpensive so I feel Netgear should have included one with this adapter as well as the already included extension cable.
I chose to stay with Netgear when I upgraded my modem, router, and Wi-Fi adapter because of the excellent luck I had in the past. I probably wouldn't have bothered to upgrade at this time except my old router was finally giving up the ghost.
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