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Netgear N600 Wireless Router : best value for money

Updated on July 19, 2012
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A router enables to connect wireless networks together without the need of having cables running between the computer and the internet provider source, that way enabling a clean, ordered cable free work space environment.

Whether a person works/lives in a 4000 square meters office\house or in a cosy 50 square meter flat, having no cables at sight is both cleaner ( more space awareness) and safer as for sure no one will trip through the wires.

What most people don’t know is a wireless router greatly strengthens the equipment software protection because it acts as shield against web threats , so it really represents a safer barrier to uninvited content when compared for example to the firewall available by default with Windows .

The N600 is the new router from Netgear that has lots of great features that will match the expectations of the novice as well as the intermediate wireless router user.

Surfing the web, simultaneous printings, on-line gaming, HD video streaming, all is guaranteed , with an extra of an increased signal strength and range.

Yet the most distinctive tool of the N600 Wireless router is the ReadyShare . This feature allows the user to hook up an external hard-drive for sharing purposes between multiple devices ( laptops, desktops, smart-phones and others) at home or work. The great advantage is avoiding to drag an external hard-drive with extra memory from one device to the next: all the process is managed by the wireless router just by clicking on the ReadyShare icon at the Operating system desktop environment of the chosen computer , with information made available in seconds without delay.

Net-Gear has put an effort in conceiving a cheap wireless router that is far from ill-equipped:

  • It allows for accurate metrics of Internet traffic on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, using a tool called Broadband Usage Meter

  • Children always safe: the N600 offers a painless and very safe method of constantly monitor children´s web browsing with Live Parental Controls option. This also allows to establish fully customized alerts so parents can be sure children will be protected against adult content, aggressive marketing offers and above all safe from predators that allure innocent minors with their evil purposes which can lead to unforeseen consequences

  • Gaming consoles, smart-phones, PCs and other devices connected through the Netgear N600 Wireless dual band router will be fully protected as unsafe Internet applications and content is automatically blocked by default

  • At a crowded house full of different types of users this marvellous equipment is the perfect option : a dedicated network for video and gaming means one person can be streaming movies to playstation3 ,other simultaneously playing a multiplayer video game on X box, a third browsing the web, and so on.

  • Because green is clean the N600 router has everything incorporated to assure an efficient low cost operating demands. It comes with a Energy Star-compliant power adapter to reduce electricity consumption, a convenient one touch power and Wi-Fi on/off buttons and three quarters of its body is made of recycled packaging.

Because a house is made up of many different materials that are going to absorb and block wireless signals,one of the setbacks of having a wireless network is the decreasing strength of the signal as more barriers have to be overcome ( walls, storage, furniture, etc. ). This is only an issue at big r houses ( from 3000 square feet and beyond) where can be very tricky to maintain a quality signal at all divisions of every floor. Netgear has found the way to overcome this problem since a single wireless router is not going to provide full coverage. The Wireless bridge and wireless repeater functions allow extended range of signal coverage which will probably solve most problems.

At highly populated areas the 2.4 ghz band ( the most common radio frequency used by wireless devices) congestion can be an issue with the ordinary wireless router, but not with Netgear N600N600 Wireless Dual Band Router. This affordable router supports 5GHz band , which equals less interference) so video quality is never compromised when using demanding video applications like Apple`s iChat .

The installation process is as simple as possible: the smart-wizard installation CD guides all the installation process, and in the event the router configuration CD is lost the solution is simply to connect the router to a computer by plugging one end of an Ethernet Cable into any of the four LAN ports on the back of the router, logging in to the Netgear router and allow the setup wizard to run.

The Package Contents:

  • N600 Wireless Dual Band Router (WNDR3400)

  • Stand

  • Ethernet cable

  • Smart Wizard™ installation CD

  • Energy Star-compliant power adapter

In a final word the NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Router with distinctive features and reasonable price truly represents the best value for money purchase for all the Wireless router home and office : from the highly intensive CPU user , to everyone who needs a strong long range signal to be sure everything is delivered in time.

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      Damian 3 years ago

      Have read the previous reeviw and had an entirely different experience of this adaptor. The driver software installed first time and off it went. No slowing down, good speeds and its even a little smaller and sexier than my old Belkin adaptor. The only thing which lets it down (like its Double N+ router buddy) is that it cant receive both signals at once Now that would be worth the money! A little overpriced maybe but does exactly what it says on the box.

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      David 3 years ago from Lisbon

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the product Aashish

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      Aashish 3 years ago

      I didn't buy this product; I was kidlny sent it as a replacement to another product which could not be replaced by Belkin Customer Service. I wanted a fast USB N or N+ Wireless adapter to use between two computers which would no longer be using a wired connection to a new and rather excellent Netgear WDR3700 Router. The design of the product is very good indeed. The actual adapter which has a removable protective cap for transportation can slot into a desk stand with about 1m of USB cable. Without checking the specs I was surprised to find (once I got it working) that it supported 5Ghz as well as 2.4Ghz bandwidth alongwith N, N+ and Double N+ connections,luckily my router supports these advanced features. I would say its not worth buying this adapter if you do not have the router functionality to support its speed. Web surfing, downloads and HD media streaming using this adapter is very very fast indeed so if you want to upgrade your WiFi adapter on a desktop or notebook and have a high-end router to support it, this Belkin adapter is probably as good as it gets, having said all that though, I had some major issues getting this product to work with Windows 7 64bit. The product packaging says it supports Windows 7, Belkin do not have dedicated Windows 7 drivers and instead are still using ageing Vista 32/64 bit drivers which do work but for some time my desktop recognised the adapter but could not initiate it. I orginally wrote this product off as good but with bad driver support but I have since updated this review having found the cause read below Updated January 2011 At first I used workaround by enabling a USB EHCI Handoff in my BIOS, this is an advanced feature that most computers BIOSes would not have. Although it solved the problem the computer was perioudly unstable and it was the Belkin adapter that seemed to be the cause. I reinstalled what I thought were updated drivers from Belkin's website but the same initial problems reoccured. In the end I discoverd that my Anti-virus software (Kaspersky) had a feature enabled at the adapter's driver property page. I simply disabled this and the adapter worked perfectly. All in all this is an excellent product with drivers that work fine with Windows 7 it just maybe a bit hit or miss getting it to work out of the box.

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