Joined on 09/09/09
Does what it says for a great price
Pros: The price - and the 5GHz band! After all, this is why I wanted it: No more channel crowding on the 2.5GHz with varying connection speeds because I get bummed out on my channel. It works! I use it as access point - and it works so well I may get a second unit and use it as a bridge for my Netflix Box and internet radio unit (Roku). I am happily using the better band - have a more stable connection and usually faster connection speeds - all for $49!
Cons: Depending on your network configuration, the setup may be super easy/straight forward - or a bit more tricky. Because I had connected the Netgear unit to another router, I had to find its IP number to get into the setup (in order to change the SSID etc.) You can either just check the IP numbers from your gateway router or use the Netgear Smart Wizard which worked great for me. Once I had the IP number the setup's browser interface was a cake walk. Range is not a great as thought - but much better than the Belkin's Pre-N router or Netgear's own RangeMax router.
Overall Review: I nearly had not bought the unit because of all the negative comments: Friends, read the manual! This unit will NOT - repeat NOT - be a bridge to another router UNLESS that other router is working in wireless N on the 5GHz band. All those complaints came from people who were wishfully thinking to get a universal bridge. Again: - If you want a wireless access point for wireless N on the 5GHz band - this could be your unit. (Just make sure your laptop/receiving unit handles wireless N.) - If you want to use two of these units one as AP one as bridge - you are ready to go. (Just bear in mind that you can only hook up to units to the bridge end as it has only two ethernet outlets. But it's not touted as a router, so no complaints.) - If you want this unit as a bridge to other wireless routers, as a router _and_ access point, as an access point for a mixed mode wireless network - STAY AWAY. It was not built for this.