I set it up, took it down, and sent it back. The following is my experience with the Netgear WNDR 3800 and my review on Amazon.
Not for my home network, September 30, 2011
By rxcats (San Francisco, CA United States)
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This review is from: Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router - Premium Edition (WNDR3800) (Personal Computers)
I purchased the Netgear WNDR 3800 to replace the D-Link DIR 655 that I purchased on Amazon 2 years ago. I returned the new Netgear router today because it failed to objectively improve the performance of my network. I also had difficulties getting it to work with my printer and Parallels, though the latter is probably my fault.
I consider my home network pretty functional and am able to stream Amazon Instant Videos, Netflix and iTunes without any buffering issues. I just figured it couldn't hurt to upgrade with a dual band router and get even higher upload/download speeds and performance. My set-up includes an iMac (early 2009) as my desktop as well as an iPad and an iPhone. I primarily use OS X 10.7.1 (Lion), but I also use Windows 7 using Parallels v7 virtual machine. Other things on my network include TiVo Premiere, Oppo BDP-93, Samsung PN50B650 (50 inch plasma), Brother MFC 465CN (older model printer/scanner/copier/fax that is not wireless) and VoIP lines (VoicePulse) for fax and phone. I have been using the D-Link DIR-655 router, which is connected just behind my entertainment center, so the HDTV, TiVo and Oppo BDP are connected by ethernet. My iMac, iPad and iPhone use the WiFi and my printer and VoIP adapter are connected to the network via ethernet from a D-Link DAP-1522 in wireless bridge mode.
I performed a speedtest on s p e e d t e s t . n e t on September 23rd just before the new router arrived. The results of that test were a download 25.23 Mb/s, upload 4.41 Mb/s and latency 17 ms. The results on the same site and server performed on September 28th, just after the new Netgear WNDR 3800 was installed, were download 24.14 Mb/s, upload 4.32 Mb/s and latency 13 ms on the 2.4 GHz band and download 24.11 Mb/s, upload 4.29 Mb/s and latency 88 ms using the 5.0 GHz band. I realize that there are slight variations every time you do a speedtest, however I think it is obvious that there was no improvement with the newer router on either band.
I tried to keep the set-up exactly the same with the new Netgear router. I was able to get the wireless bridge to work with the new router, but only the VoIP telephone adapter would work with it. The Brother MFC 465CN multifunction printer was not recognized even though it was connected to the wireless bridge just as before (via ethernet). I knew from the beginning that this older model printer would not work connected by USB directly to the router, but I mistakenly thought it would work with the configuration described. I made sure that the latest drivers were installed and updated the DAP-1522 bridge with the latest firmware. The issue with Parallels was an invalid IP address. I am sure I could have made some adjustments somewhere and gotten it to work eventually, but by that time, I new that I was sending the router back.
I am now confident that I have the best speeds I can get with my current broadband connection. My current tier is Comcast Performance Plus, or whatever they are calling it these days; I know it is the tier just under BLAST. I also used this opportunity to update the firmware on my old DIR-655 router, as well as the previously mentioned wireless bridge, which had not been done since I set it up a full 2 years ago.
I really did like the NETGEAR Genie(tm) with all of the data and set-up info. I was also looking forward to using the ReadySHARE® Cloud ability sometime in the future and perhaps using one of the USP connections to connect an additional hard drive for my TiVo. In the end though, it just was more negative than positive for my home network configuration. Perhaps it would work better for those with a PC based network and newer peripheral devices.