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NetGear WNDR3300 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router review: NetGear WNDR3300 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router

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The Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router WNDR3300 offered mixed performance in our testing. We tested the router in dual-band mode, where the router operated in both frequencies at the same time.

On CNET Labs' max throughput test, the WND3300 disappointed us by coming in as the slowest amongst the 5GHz routers we've tested. At 57.2Mps, the router was almost half the speed of the D-Link DIR-855. Note that the DIR-855 was also tested in dual-mode and it was supporting Draft N 2.0 performance in both frequencies.

On the other hand, the WNDR3300's scores on our mixed-mode and long-range tests were much better at 52.7Mbps and 51Mbps, respectively. These scores were the second and the third best for each test on our charts for routers we've tested this year.

The WNDR3300's range was short. In our tests, the router could barely offer a stable connection at more than 200 feet. Further than 230 feet, there was no signal at all. This is a bad range for a Wireless-N router. Most other Wireless-N routers can easily offer range up to 270 feet or more.

Ixia IxChariot maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N clients operating in 2.4Ghz frequency (at 15 feet)

Ixia IxChariot long-range tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Service and support

Netgear ships the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router WNDR3300 with a limited, one-year warranty, which is common for routers these days. The support pages on Netgear's Web site are somewhat elusive (you have to click through many layers of links to get to where you want), but nonetheless offers lots of support information, such as troubleshooting and manual downloads.

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