8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2013
I have always liked Netgear products, and the WNR2200 is no exception. The build quality is very good, the product looks neat and tidy, and it works perfectly well. The web management pages in particular are very slick, and the documentation is well laid out. However, there are a few minor criticisms, particularly compared to my old DG834 ADSL router:
1) Boot time - the WNR2200 takes ages to boot, around 1.5 minutes, and far slower than my Linux PC (and even my Windows PC). Given that my old DG834 had fully booted in less than 10 seconds, and the WNR2200 doesn't seem that much more complicated conceptually, I have to wonder what it is doing during that time. This is probably the single biggest gripe with this unit.
2) LED indicators - the old DG834 blinked the ADSL and port link LEDs when there was activity on the lines, which gave me some idea of the network traffic patterns, and whether something was downloading something it shouldn't be. With the WNR2200, the LEDs are just solidly lit, which isn't that useful.
3) Vertical mounting - the case design means that if you mount the unit on the stand, you can't see the LEDs when viewing from the right hand side.
The only other comment to make is related to the particular seller (AVIDES) on Amazon - they supplied a unit with a European power supply, rather than a UK power supply. They did throw in a UK to European adapter, but this means that the power supply ends up being very cumbersome and ugly, sticking out of the mains socket by 11cm, as opposed to less than 6cm for a proper UK supply. I worked around this by purchasing a proper Netgear UK power supply from ebay, but of course this added £10 to the cost, and I should not have had to do this. The seller should stock the WNR2200 router with a power supply configured for the UK market.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2012
I've just upgraded my broadband and my old router couldn't handle speeds over 10Mbps. To get the benefits I had to upgrade. I chose this one because, like the previous reviewer, it was on offer at PC World/Currys for only 29.99. It was quick to install, has both wireless and wired connection and has the feature of connecting a USB storage device so that you can use it for file sharing (not tried this yet).
The router is giving me speeds on 38Mbps down and 1.8Mbps up on a 40/2Mbps line - which is amazing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
I recently switched to Fibre Optic broadband, and while my old modem (an excellent and reliable Linksys) did work with the new account, it was also hardware never meant to cope with FO speeds. Formerly, I was lucky to get 3Mbps on a good day, and now it's around 38Mbps. The Linksys was not only getting hot, but also knocked 10Mbps off my maximum line speed.
So, I searched around, and found a deal for the doing on this Netgear model. Some sellers wanted around £60, but I found this on Amazon for half that. I'd used Neatgear modems before and found them pretty good. Note, this is only a router and you will also need a modem to plug a line from into it. This model was easy enough to set-up, if a little slow to respond when data is changed. However, once it was configured I can report it runs cool and at top speed. Also works well with Devolo Home Plug network, and WAP box. So far, so good!
on 3 October 2015
I've only had mine for a few hours, but if it keeps performing like it is now - and I see no reason to think it won't - then I'm a very happy customer.
Switched from an obscure old router (Zyxel) which couldn't wirelessly give me the full benefit of my connection. The connection is rated as 50 mbps down and 15 mbps up, although I've never been able to verify this before because I could only connect to my router over wifi (my MBP doesn't have any ethernet ports and I never bothered to get a USB ethernet adapter).
After setting up this router I've tested many times (though over a short period of time). Before I would at best see 20 mbps down and 5 mbps up, but it was very unstable. Now I'm looking at a very stable 50/15, just like my ISP claims to deliver!
However, I am deducting a star for three reasons:
1) I did NOT get great results out of the box, but had to tweak the settings. I live in an apartment block and it's probably rather "polluted" in terms of wireless signals (a lot of devices competing to use the same channels). I opted to try out one of the unusual channels (1, 6, and 11 are the "recommended" channels because some network adapters can only connect to these - I tried channel 4 and that seemed to do the trick).
2) By default, even though the marketing on the box makes a big deal about this being an N300 product, the router is set up to run as N150 with only half the bandwidth. And when I changed the setting to run as N300 the router software gave a warning that I frankly didn't quite understand, but that basically seems to say the router will in practice not be able to use any extra bands due to "Wi-Fi alliance guidelines". If the product cannot perform to the max due to regulations that may not be NETGEAR's fault. But the router necessarily knows what bands it is using and what it is doing, so rather than this unhelpful message they should have provided a solution that makes it easy to know whether you will get the best performance using one setting or the other.
3) Default settings leave you with a wide open network. There is a network name and password printed on the underside of the device. This password is unique to your device. Users unused to routers may easily believe this is the only way to connect to the device. But *every* device has the *same* administrator user name ("admin") and password ("password"). It is important for ANYONE who do not intend to set up a public network to set a new admin password and DISABLE the "recovery feature" (over the air; you can still hardware-reset the device as long as you can physically access the router), and yet Netgear makes NO MENTION of this in their "installation guide".
I'm really unsure how to rate this. The hardware seems to be excellent, and I could not be happier about the result I've got. But what a shame Netgear didn't bother to do anything to make sure their users are made aware they need to change the administrator password.
In the end, I'm rating this based mainly on what the router can do in relation to what it costs (I picked up a refurbished one for 200 NOK, in Norway, which is about $25), deducting only one star for the security lapse. For all I know many other manufacturers are equally careless. But I give this rating only because I can attach a review to it and point out the caveats. Netgear, and any other router maker that creates security traps like this for their customers, truly deserve zero stars. It really would not cost them anything to have documented this and put a big warning not to ignore this setup - but it can cost individuals who end up having their identity stolen quite literally *years* of having to deal with the consequences, and vasts sums of money. (Of course it is possible to become a victim of ID theft even if you do change the admin password, but it sure is a lot more likely if you don't.)