I have received many questions from AVS members regarding which router should people purchase. Netgear announced 2 new routers that at a 1st glance seem to be a better best situation but in fact they are not. Seems many folks are confused. Should they buy the WNDR 4000 now or wait for the WNDR 3800? Isn't the 4000 an upgrade over the 3800? (no it isnt) Why does the 3800 cost more then the 4000 if the 4000 is better (because the two routers are have different performance focuses). Will the 3700 still be available? (Yes) Should I buy a 3700 now or wait for the 3800? (feedback from members please)
Given these questions I thought it would be worthwhile to start a thread where AVS members can chime in into what they feel is important and or the best choice when purchasing a new router today. Should people be buying the latest and greatest in the new WIFI spec? Or should you be buying a great networking machine workhorse with proven wireless performance and a broad feature set?
For a little background let me explain the difference in these two similar but altogether different routers.
Netgear WNDR4000 has recently begun shipping. It is Netgear's 1st foray into the N450 space, the new highest performance wireless standard. It is a direct competitor to the Linksys E4200 series routers. Netgear has positioned this router as their maximum performance wireless device. N450 as opposed to N300 (N300 had been the highest current N standard) uses a 3x3 radio configuration (N300 uses a 2X2 Radio configuration) . What that means is you have 3 150 mhz radios that can simultaneously talk to a client that also has an N450 adapter. This is how the new spec increases the theoretical maximum speed from 300 mbs to 450 mbs. To get the benefit your client device must have an N450 compatible radio installed.
The 4000 also sports the Readyshare port for a usb drive but does not support printer sharing. It also supports DLNA like the 3700 as well. For more info here is the link to Netgear's site. http://www.netgear.com/home/products.../wndr4000.aspx
The Netgear WNDR3800 is the logical successor the to highly regarded WNDR3700 Router. It has been updated and enhanced with many new features and functions that have come from the long list of Netgear 3700 owners. Enhanced over the 3700 are the following
1. ReadyShare Remote and ReadyShare Remote iPhone and Android Access. This enhancement over the 3700 will allow users easy access to their attached hard drives content from any web enabled PC as well as mobile access from iPhone or Android devices. This content sharing allows you to have your own personal sharing capability limited only by the size of the hard drive you connect via it's usb port.
2. ClearChannel Selector. This is a new wireless technology that ferrets out interference and communicates to the devices connecting to it to change channels to a less noisy one. Overall this is a great enhancement for ensuring best wireless connections with todays wifi products.
3. ReadyShare Printer You will now be able to connect a printer to your router and share it with other computers on your network. Also supports MFP as well. (This usb port works with a usb hub so you can connect both printer and hard drive at the same time)
4. Mac Time Machine support If you own a Mac you care about this!
Link to the Netgear 3800 page. http://www.netgear.com/home/products.../wndr3800.aspx
So what do you think? Should people be buying the latest and greatest in the new WIFI spec like the Netgear WNDR4000? Or would you recommend buying a great networking workhorse with proven wireless performance and broad feature sets like the Netgear WNDR3700 or Netgear WNDR3800?
Netgear AV Consultant