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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS Wireless-N Router

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Pros: 480Mhz processor, 64mb ram, 8gb flash, 32kb nvram

Cons: impossible to have external antenna

Back in 2012 I bought 6 of these sold 4 of them like 2 days after, kept the other 2 to do development work on tomato firmware, this router is a MONSTER, I had the ASUS RT-N16 before, but it died within a year, this netgear router is strong and cheap, and has the same hardware as the Asus, except the external antenna, I know this router is old, but I it still one of the best routers you can get for the money!

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Pros: Open Source Firmwares available. strong wireless connection quality. great value

Cons: NAS Device support is spotty. not N600. channels must be set manually for each device when in repeater mode

The WNR3500L-100NAS Router is a great start to any home wireless network. It is an incredible value at $70 for the performance it offers out of the box.

I received my first WNR3500L-100NAS through the FCC's Samknows Broadband Test program. The first people to sign up for this program got one of these routers with a special firmware that tests your broadband connection performance, for free. Anyone can join this program, but you must purchase the modified box from the SamKnows website. After plugging the Router in behind our DSL Modem/router, my family noticed an immediate improvement in wireless signal quality for everything that we did.

The WNR3500L is Also IPv6 Compatible, and when paired with more than one, can act in Bridge/repeater mode. I bought the second WNR3500L after i learned of this. Using 2 of these routers i set up a bridge between the main router and the systems in my room, negating the need for wires and a separate switch. I have noticed no increase in latency from switching to a wireless bridge with these routers.

With IPv6 Support i was able to set up a Homegroup on all of the computers in our house, since the homegroup feature of windows 7 requires IPv6 To work properly.

These routers offer great throughput without the need for special antennas. I can stream High Definition content straight from our DirecTV DVR to my PC with no buffering or stuttering.

Open source firmware support means that you can pop a DD-WRT, OpenWRT, or Tomato Firmware on the router for enhanced customization and access to enterprise class features.

The cons:
Though i have never tested the feature myself, it is said that the NAS feature on this router doesn't work well with very many USB storage devices. Some Custom Firmwares may be able to provide better support

The router is not N600 Capable, but im an avid gamer and we stream media between devices in our house and it has worked great for everything weve used it for.

When set in Repeater mode, If you change the channel on one router, the repeater will not automatically reconfigure itself for the new channel. you have to manually set the channel on each device should you choose to change it.

To sum it up:
I would Highly Recommend this router to anyone looking for great performance (N300) at a great price ($70 at your local staples store). wireless connection stability is rock solid. The only time anything gets disconnected is if you have another device broadcasting at a higher power on the same channel (ie: A logitech G930 Headset) Plus Open source support means you can get more out of this router if the stock firmware doesn't do it for you thumb.gif
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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS Wireless-N Router
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Do you want the extended range and speed that the new Draft-N with MIMO routers provide but don't want your office to look like the antenna farm at SETI? Then the WNR3500L-100NAS from Netgear is just for you. This sleek box has pre-tuned internal antennae hidden away inside the housing. The front panel has discrete indicator lights in the pattern familiar to Netgear users while the back has color coded RJ45 ports for LAN and WAN connections, plus a power port and USB port. This makes physical setup fast and easy. Featuring 480 MHz MIPS 74K CPU, 8 MB Flash and 64 MB RAM, the Netgear WNR3500L-100NAS deliver high performance to even run business-class applications. It is an open-source wireless-N router with Gigabit wired port for Linux developers and open-source enthusiasts and supports 3rd party software to enhance its performance. Supporting IEEE 802.11n standards, the NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS provides faster speeds and greater coverage area than Wireless G. The QoS algorithms prioritize data transmission for high quality streaming of HD video, gaming and VoIP calls. Security: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK) and WEP WPA/WPA2: WPA2 Ports: 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN Wireless Data Rates: Up to 300Mbps Antenna: Internal Antenna Interface: USB 2.0 System Requirements: Broadband (cable, DSL) modem and service with Ethernet port 2.4 GHz 802.11n 2.0 adapter or 802.11 b/g wireless adapter. Or, Ethernet adapter and cable for each computer Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux Internet Explorer, Safari or FireFox Dimensions: 6.89" x 5.12" x 1.38"

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