Netgear WNDR3700v4 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router ReviewFri, Apr 12, 2013 - 12:00 AM
Netgear’s Latest N600 Gigabit Router
Today we look at the re-released Netgear N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router, the WNDR3700v4. Obvious by the router’s model number you can see that this is the fourth revision of this very popular router. Priced at $99.99 shipped, the Netgear WNDR3700v4 is an N600 rated Dual Band router which means two channels (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) performing at up to 300 Mbps each. Dual-band routers are pretty much the standard now and continue to give users flexibility to stream high definition multimedia and play games online with no interruption. The Netgear WNDR3700v4 router is designed to give ample wireless coverage for “medium to large” homes and offices. This is one of Netgear’s “middle-of-the-road” routers when compared to “economic” N300 that retails for around $50 and the “best-in-class” wireless-AC R6300 for $200.
The router’s now-familiar housing contains its multiple internal antennas which has been sufficient for data transmission over large areas. This router is a bit more expensive than the TP-Link N600 we reviewed recently, but the big difference is the Netgear WNDR3700v4 Ethernet connections are Gigabit speeds, perfect for large data transmissions and gaming.
The version 4 of the WNDR3700 is powered by an Qualcomm Atheros AR9344 processor running at 560 MHz. This is an upgrade from the previous Broadcom BCM4718A (480 MHz) processor that was in version 3. The RAM is bumped up to 128 MB from 64 MB as well. We expect to see improved performance in the GUI’s response and hopefully in the wireless performance in general.
Along with its internal antenna and gigabit Ethernet ports, the WNDR3700v4 features Netgear’s “ReadyShare USB Access” where you can attach a USB hard drive to the device and access its contents from anywhere on your network – wired or wirelessly. The router also supports DLNA to play your multimedia from any media server you have attached – great for those who like to BitTorrent or have ripped music and movies sitting on a hard drive somewhere.
- Supports Windows 8
- High-performance wireless router with speeds up to 600 Mbps; ideal for video streaming and online gaming
- Simultaneous Dual Band – Doubles bandwidth and reduce Wi-Fi interference for better connections
- Netgear Genie App – Easy-to-use dashboard to monitor, control & repair home networks
- Wireless security with the highest grade protection
- Simultaneous Dual Band—runs 2.4 and 5GHz bands concurrently
- Memory: 128 MB flash and 128 MB RAM
- Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Reliable video and gaming with Automatic Quality of Service (QoS)
- Supports Wireless Multimedia (WMM) based QoS
- IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
- IEEE 802.11 a/n 5.0 GHz
- Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit
- Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
- One (1) USB 2.0 port
- IPv6 compliant (Internet Protocol Version 6)
- WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
- Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
- Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
- Dimensions: 218 x 160 x 35 mm (8.58 x 6.29 x 1.37 in)
- Weight: 0.45 kg (.99 lb)
As you can see, even though this $99.99 router is supposed to be on the inexpensive side when compared to Netgear’s flagship, R6300 (priced at $199), the WNDR3700v4 gives you quite a bit for the money. Let’s go ahead and set up the router and take a look at its performance!