Netgear ships its N900 ultimate wireless router

Netgear ships its ultimate router, the N900 wireless-dual band gigabit router (model WNDR4500), which offers concurrent 450Mbps dual-band and support for two USB ports.

The N900's Web interface and the included Netgear Genie desktop software are both comprehensive and easy to use.
The N900's Web interface has a similar look and function to the Netgear Genie desktop software included with the router. Both are comprehensive and easy to use. Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET

Netgear announced today the availability of its latest wireless router, the N900 wireless-dual band gigabit router (model WNDR4500).

This is first true dual-band router from the company, and the second submitted for a CNET review, that offers the new 450Mbps speed on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The first was the TEW-692GR from Trendnet.

While the Trendnet TEW-692GR doesn't offer much else, the N900 on the other hand is also the first of its kind to incorporate two USB ports to host USB external storage devices and printers. Physically, the N900 is one of the biggest routers on the market. It has a base designed to make it work in a vertical position, which is common for Netgear's routers. However, unlike some other routers, the N900's base is not easily detachable.

Despite the blue color, the new Netgear N900 wireless-dual band gigabit router's USB ports are not USB 3.0. The N900 is the first USB-enabled router that offers 450Mbps wireless speed on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, however.
Despite the blue color, the new Netgear N900 wireless-dual band gigabit router's USB ports are not USB 3.0. The N900 is the first USB-enabled router that offers 450Mbps wireless speed on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, however. Dong Ngo/CNET

Netgear says the N900 router supports the company's NAS server standard, ReadyShare, and supports sharing a connected USB storage device with the rest of the network. The router also has built-in support for the DLNA streaming standard, meaning you can stream digital content stored on a connected USB storage device to DLNA-compliant clients, such as TVs, game consoles, or network media players.

Like other recent routers from Netgear, such as the N600 , the N900 comes with Netgear Genie, a network management program. Similar to the Cisco Connect software available with Linksys E series routers that makes setting up a router a no-brainer for most people, the Netgear Genie desktop application offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use way to manage the router and the local network.

The second part of the Netgear Genie package is the router's Web interface, which resembles the desktop software in look and function. This means you can use the Web interface or the desktop software or both to manage the network. By contrast, the Cisco Connect software doesn't work with Linksys routers' Web interface at all.

The new N900 router has other advanced features that can be found in other high-end routers. To find out more about how the router performs and how its features pan out, check back soon for the full review.

If you can't wait, the N900 wireless dual-band gigabit router is available now and is slated to cost $180.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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