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Wireless-N Routers Comparison

Wireless-N Routers Comparison

Speed

Secure Connection

Wi-Fi and Power On/Off Buttons

Parental Controls

Coverage

Multiplayer Gaming

ReadySHARE

Streaming Multimedia

Dual Band

Gigabit

NETGEAR Green

WNDR3700
300 + 300 Best

WNDR3300
300 + 54 Best

WNR3500L
300 Better

WNR2000
300 Better

WNR1000
150 Good

Now that it’s a certified standard, we’re finally seeing more and more devices shipping with 802.11n support. 802.11n is much faster than its predecessor, 802.11g, but it really does best when operating at 5GHz, rather than the standard 2.4GHz that most wireless devices and routers use. This is because the 5GHz band is less congested and has fewer overlapping channels and less radio interference.

For home users, the problem with adopting 802.11n for your home network has been that in order to get the best speed, you need to have a 5GHz network. OK, so your laptop and desktop support the network — but what about your iPhone or Android device? What about the Xbox? What about your set-top box?

The solution is to use a simultaneous dual-band router like the WNDR3700. This means that you can have a network running at 2.4GHz to handle all of your phones, older computers, set-top boxes and other wireless devices, while also maintaining a 5GHz 802.11n network for your faster and newer components. Devices that can use both will automatically select whatever band is most appropriate.

It’s a great way to make sure that you can still connect with all of your old devices, while still supporting the newer and faster gadgets of the future. The WNDR3700 is great for streaming HD video and supports Netgear’s ReadyShare which means you can plug a USB hard drive into the router and easily access that drive from your various networked devices..

In many setups, using dual-bands will also reduce interference, which can mean you get better range too.

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Revised: 07/18/2011