The Good The Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router supports the new 450Mbps standard on both bands, and offers great range and excellent data rates on the 5GHz band. The router comes with the robust and easy-to-use Netgear Genie management software and boasts lots of features.
The Bad The Netgear WNDR4500's 24.GHz wireless performance is subpar, and its USB storage performance could also use some improvement.
The Bottom Line The Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router makes a very good investment for those who want to get the most out of a wireless network, especially when they have clients that support the 5GHz band.
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Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Netgear's WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router is the successor to the Netgear WNDR4000 N750 router that we reviewed a while ago. The new router is superior thanks to its dual support for the new 450Mbps standard on both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands, as opposed to only on the 5GHz band in the case of its predecessor. And Netgear has upgraded its Netgear Genie software to encompass both the desktop software and the router's Web interface, making the router easy to manage for home users, yet at the same time robust and comprehensive for advanced users.
In terms of performance, the WNDR4500, though selectively faster, is very similar to the WNDR4000, with excellent range and throughput speeds on the 5GHz band. Its 2.4GHz band, however, could use some improvement in data rates. The router's built-in support for network storage via its two USB ports didn't provide fast enough bandwidth to be considered as a viable NAS solution. To make up for this, the router's wireless signals are very stable and it also offers lots of features, including robust parental controls, a detailed Network Map, an Internet bandwidth meter, and IPv6.
Priced at around $180, the WNDR4500 makes a very good investment for a high-end home network, especially one with mostly 5GHz wireless clients. Those who just want dual 450Mbps support and don't care for USB ports and other features should also check out the much more affordable Trendnet TEW-692GR.
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