Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000 review: Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000

Other than the Parental Control, the WNR2000 offers a standard set of networking features found in most Wireless-N routers, such as the ability to assign a fixed IP address to a computer in the network and forward certain services to it. This would come in handy if you want to set up a computer within the network to be an FTP or Web server.

For security, the router features virtually all encryption standards found in wireless routers, including all the variations of WEP and WPA. And as mentioned above, it also supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup, a feature that allows users to quickly add wireless clients to the network without having to manually type in the encryption key.

Performance
The Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000's throughput performance met our expectations for a router of this size and price point.

In CNET Labs' max throughput tests, the router scored 33.6Mbps, a bit faster than the D-Link DIR-615. At this speed, the Netgear can finish transmitting 500MB of data over the wireless network in less than 2 minutes.

In range tests, the WNR2000 did much better at 32.2Mbps compared with the 21.7Mbps of the D-Link DIR-615. It was also the winner between the two in the mixed mode test at 30Mbps.

We've seen much better performance in other Wireless-N routers, but they are also much more expensive than the WNR2000. On the other hand, the WNR2000 can put bigger and more-expensive routers to shame when it comes to range. We were able to keep a stable connection with the router from more than 310 feet away in our testing facility. Most other high-end routers' range stops at around 270 feet.

CNET Labs 2.4Ghz Wireless-N performance score (in Mbps)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Mixed mode  
Range  
Throughput  
D-Link DIR-825
55.04 
40.4 
57.44 
Belkin N+ Wireless Router
36.16 
29.44 
55.44 
Linksys WRT320N
40.8 
32.6 
45.3 
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
35.2 
21.12 
40.6 
Linksys WRT400N
38.2 
37.4 
40.1 
Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000
30 
32.2 
33.6 
D-Link Wireless N Router DIR-615
25.8 
21.7 
33.2 
Apple Time Capsule
20 
20.3 
32.2 

The WNR2000's Web interface, though intuitive, is sluggish at times without any apparent reason. Sometimes we had to restart the router to be able to log in again, though other functions of the router were working fine. We hope that this will be fixed with a new firmware update.

Service and support
Netgear ships the Wireless-N Router WNR2000's with a standard one-year warranty. On the company's Web site, you'll find lots of support information, including troubleshooting, a knowledge base, and firmware, driver, and manual downloads. The company also has 24-7 free phone tech support.

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