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A great router but optimal settings are crucial.,
This review is from: Netgear Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem for ADSL (BT) connections (Electronics)
I did not buy this router from Amazon but bought it from Argos but thought id give the review on here being Amazon is my usual site for buying things online.
Like most people, when you sign up to an ISP and you are provided with a free wireless router which as we all know are not good at all unless you have a BT home hub 2 or 3.
I have BE Broadband and the router supplied are very basic and only support up to G mode (54mbps).
Being I live in a large house, the signal upstairs was terrible and dropping out alot. Not only that but it couldn't manage having too many devices connected and would temporairaly stop working too and the router features were minimal.
Since buying this router, I mostly have a 5 bar connection all the way upstairs (2nd floor, router is ground floor). And media sharing across computers and streaming is much faster too.
The router is complimented with many features avalible through the routers UI by logging into 192.168.0.1 where there is DMZ for port forwarding, Traffic management and counter which is handy on keeping an eye on your usage and capping your download usage.
Theres also QoS, Ive not used this myself but its supposed to priotise the internet usage to which devices need it most.
Theres also a Readyshare feature where you can plug in a usb or usb hdd into the router and access it across your wireless network.
When you get this router, optimal setup is crucial such as setup properly as some ISP's do not automaticly work with this router and will need setup manually in which you'll have to call your ISP for some numbers to enter into your router.
Also make sure you setup the wireless settings well otherwise you will get interferance which leads to dropouts and slow speeds.
As for consoles such as PS3 and Xbox 360, they work fine. PS3 is only wireless G but works well.
As for the router its self... It looks very sleek and modern with a black gloss finish and green led's.
Its also energy efficent which is good for your pocket and the enviroment if your a eco friendly person.
Overal, This router is great and is pretty easy to setup and should come with a sheet and cd inside to guide you on setting up.
The range is phenomenal and the speed is great.
Definately worth buying wether its for upgrading to wireless N, needing more router features or just want a nice modern looking router this router ticks most boxes a router should except it does not have dual-band but this is not nessacary and daul-band has been getting much negative feedback and is only needed in very high wireless conditions such as having alot of wireless connections around you from neighbours and wireless devices in your house.
REMEMBER! If you are buying this to use wireless N, make sure your laptops or devices are wireless N enabled otherwise you are not getting the full benifit of this router. Even with wireless G the range is slightly better than my old one.