Date Joined: 04/24/02
Pros: Good CPU, dedicated GPU, can be replaced if needed.
Easy access for the memory, HD and WLAN.
I updated memory to 8GB. Seems to run much smoother.
Cons: Not a 7200rpm HD. A not split bar for the touch pad.
Overall Review: The Cons are just the metter of prefference. It is rather good the way it is. Hard to beat it for the money. Can't foretell its longetivity based upon unknown quality of their QC. But features wise it should last for a few years.
Pros: Clear channel selection. Easy set up. Good look. No need to type in the command promt: netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid, to see nearby networks in win7 and select a channel, this Router does it for you automaticaly.
Cons: Does not keep wireless connected to WAN on 2.4Ghz while on 300mb. leaving you with LAN only. Tried firmware v16, v18, v19, v24 and v25 beta. The only way to get it to work for a short time is to reboot the router. The others say to set it for 54mb. Except I needed to go from 54mb to 300mb
Overall Review: There is a promise that it will be fixed in the future firmware, and it may be so, but if you need it all working now, then this router may not be what you need.
Pros: Works, no blue screens.
Cons: I work in electronics company. And I can tell that while the factory plastic package is not generating static, however it is transparent for it without shielding. Anything charged next to it would damage it. When I opened the box and found it packed with papers I had some bad feelings.
But it looks like I am lucky this time
Pros: Clear channel selection. Easy set up. Good look. No need to type in the command promt: netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid, to see nearby networks. Router does it for you.
If only it kept you connected. with this we go to Cons.
Cons: Does not keep wireless on 2.4Ghz while on 300mb. Tried firmware v16, v18, v19, v24 and v25 beta. The only way to get it work for a short time is to reboot the router. The others say to set it for 54mb. Except I needed to go from 54mb to 300mb.
That is why I paid premium for this router. There is a promise
that it will be fixed. When it is finally fixed it will be cheaper by then with newer better units on the market
Overall Review: Wired connections are OK, so are the 5Ghz wireless. If you can live with crippled 2.4Ghz and wait for the resolution from Netgear then go for it. If you need all working as promised, then you need to look elsewhere.
Pros: My eyes did not pop:)
Cons: I kept my eyes on the router since the announcement. More then 80% of my network is wireless. I gradually moved from WRT54G to WRT400 to WRT610N. While I had 300Mbps connection speed on my Intel WIFI 5300 AGN with 3 antennas, thought of buying TRENDnet and having 450 Mbps, made me buy the router.
Now all set and I am holding my breath and waiting for my eyes to pop.
Security WPA2 Personal AES
Connection speed 217Mbps that degraded to 110Mpbs 1 minute after (5 feet away from the router)
So where is 450Mbps? My 5300 AGN with 3 antennas is capable of 450Mbps and held 300Mbps on WRT610N no problem. O.K. maybe it does not matter, let us do the speed test.
Speed test, using speakeasy and Comcast speed test. (I am Comcast business customer)
Ping 25ms from what it was 10ms on WRT610N.
Download Speed starts with 6Mbps and by the middle of the test slowly gets to 26Mbps. Upload 1.2Mbps.I tried both with security on and security off, same result.
Overall Review: For a comparison, my old WRT610N download 64Mbps, upload 6.5Mbps. Hooked it back up and verified that it was not the slow net, no, everything is normal.. So anyone who has latest gigabit wireless routers and looking for something better, this router offers NO upgrade over them, DO NOT recommend.
Pros: 7200RPM. Loads OS faster. Finds and transfers files faster. Runs cool and quiet. No clicks or spinups.
Overall Review: Not all but some of the clicking and other noizes some people reporting, may be a result of low memory and exesive HD access by the memorry swapping of the OS. Do your machine a favor, put 4gb in it.
It is cheap, compared to 10 years ago.
Pros: Dual Band. Easy setup. No drop offs. Used for wired and wireless, both home networking and internet. One of the ports has CLP315 Samsung printer attached to. All home PC's running on XP and Vista have no problem networking and printing as well as accessing the Internet.
Most everybody's home networks are well under 100mbs including the IP overhead. By the time 1000mbs is implemented there will be new protocols and the one would need to buy a new equipment anyway.
Cons: Everage. No AAAAHHH, unless you used a modem and a dial up before. And now you are on a broadband and this router. Do not expect miracles compared to good G protocol routers.
Overall Review: The technology is not where you can run full 1080p through and swap huge files and have unlimited download at the same time.
The other routers CAN'T do it ether. Do not let marketing fool you.
Let us give engeniers another 10 years. But for now it does a normal job.
Pros: Stable wirelees, no reboots.
Signal is excellent from basement to the 3rd floor. Wired lets me have 11.5+mbs from Wa to San Fransisco CA(DSL Reports)
Cons: G is going to be replaced with N nex summer
Overall Review: But it is as good G as it can be