Joined on 12/28/05
Huge speed boost over 802.11g
Pros: I received the Netgear AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000) as part of their review and test program. I tested the R7000 at home where I currently have AT&T Uverse for my internet and connected using the Netgear R8000 router which sits behind the AT&T 2Wire 3801HGV gateway. As the AT&T supplied 3801HGV gateway is only 802.11b/g and most of my devices are either 802.11n or 802.11ac, I have always been using my own router behind the gateway. The setup of the R7000 was very easy and straightforward. After unboxing the unit and attaching the 3 antenna, I plugged in the power and connected the R7000 to the gateway. I opened up a browser and entered www.routerlogin.net to enter the setup. The setup automatically detected my settings and determined that I was behind a gateway and in less than 2 minutes I was connected to the internet using their default settings. I then ran a series of tests to comparing the throughput speed of the R7000 to the R8000 and the 2Wire 3801HGV. I ran the test on my laptop and was connected using the Netgear AC1200 (A6200) USB adapter which is an 802.11ac adapter. As expected, the speed improvements over the 2Wire 3801HGV (802.11b.g) were tremendous and to my surprise, it was on par with the R8000. To test the speed, I ran LAN Speed Test (Lite) from totusoft using a 100MB test file and writing and reading the file on my Netgear NAS device (ReadyNAS Duo). For each scenario, I ran a series of 5 tests (write and read), eliminated the highest and lowest results and then averaged the 3 remaining results. For those of you who like numbers, the test results were as follows: Write Time Write Speed Read Time Read Speed (sec) (Mbps) (sec) (Mbps) R7500 8.7 92.2 6.3 126.8 3801HGV 69.3 11.6 50.1 16.0 R8000 7.1 113.2 6.4 125.0 Bottom line is that if you are still using your AT&T gateway for your wireless network, it is time to upgrade to a dual band router. Any device within the last 2 years should be at least 802.11n and in most cases are 802.11ac. It is no brainer to update your router to take advantage of the new technology.
Cons: The R7000 cannot be placed upright like my 3801HGV so it take up more desk space.
Look elsewhere if you want to stream Netflix in 4K
Cons: No HDMI 2.0 or HDCP 2.2 means that even if you get the new Fire TV 2 with 4K, you will not be able to stream Netflix or AMZN instant videos in 4K. I found out the hard way when I hooked up my Nvidia Shield TV which has 4K support for Netflix only to find out it would not work. I can only stream 4K clips from Youtube.
Pays off in 4 months
Pros: I was looking for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem to replace my old Motorola SB5101u DOCSIS 2.0 modem but did not want to pay $8 per month to Comcast to rent one. I purchased the ZyXEL BRG33503 when it was on sale and it will pay for itself after 4 months. Now I am able to take advantage of the Blast! internet service. Using the Motorola modem, my download speeds capped out at around 15mbps but after install the BRG33503, my speed jumped to 120mbps!
Cons: none so far