The Good The Netgear N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000) supports the new 450Mbps standard on the 5GHz band, and offers true dual-band, decent wireless performance, and other advanced networking features, such as guest networking, network storage, and Live Parental Controls, for a comparatively affordable price.
The Bad The Netgear WNDR4000's 2.4GHz wireless throughput degrades a great deal as range increases. The performance of the network storage feature could also use some improvement.
The Bottom Line The Netgear WNDR4000 makes a very good wireless router for home use, especially with Wi-Fi clients that support the 5GHz band.
Netgear N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000)
First announced at CES 2011, the N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000) is a major upgrade to the Netgear WNDR3700 RangeMax, as it supports a speed of 450Mbps (as opposed to 300Mbps) on the 5GHz band. This makes it the direct competitor of the recently reviewed Cisco Linksys E4200, and it's a decent contender, all things considered. Unfortunately, except for the close-range throughput on the 2.4GHz band and the more comprehensive guest networking feature, the WNDR4000 trails behind the E42000 in terms of performance, features, and ease of use.
With that said, the Netgear WNDR4000 is still a very good router. At a street price of around $150, about $20 cheaper than the Linksys E4200, it makes a worthwhile investment for both home and small office environments, especially ones with Wi-Fi clients supporting the 5GHz band. Other, similar options are the Cisco Linksys E3200 and the Asus RT-N56U.
Design and setup
The Netgear WNDR4000 router comes in a squared-off shape with a sleek casing that attracts fingerprints. The router can work in a horizontal or vertical position (when coupled with an included detachable stand) and is wall-mountable.
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