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CNET First Look
NETGEAR WNDR3300Sleek, compact, and affordable, the Netgear WNDR3300 is one of the first wireless-N routers on the market that offers hybrid dual-band supporting both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wireless client simultaneously, though not exactly in the way we would like to see it.
[ music ] >> Hello. This is [inaudible].com, and today we take the first look at the Net Gear [inaudible] widest end browser, WNDR3300. The WNDR3300 bears the same look as that of others in Net Gear's [inaudible] series, with an internal [inaudible] design, making it very compact. It has a slick casing that's nice, but also attracts fingerprints very easily. On top here is a big round button that glows blue like when the router is at work. The button is also work for this Wi-Fi protected setup feature, that allows for quickly adding other wireless clients to the network. The router has four LAN ports and one WAN port on the back, and an area of LED lights on the front that shows the activities of those ports. The ports unfortunately are not gigabit Ethernet, which is disappointing considering the router supports [inaudible] and 2.0 wireless standard. Actually it supports more than that. The router is one of the first dual band wireless router on the market that offer wireless signals in both two point four gigahertz and five gigahertz simultaneously. Tapping into the new five gigahertz spectrum is a new trend of wireless router, as the two point four gigahertz spectrum has been very crowded. Considering the proliferation of Wi-Fi in the last few years, and the fact that other home devices, such as cordless phones, Bluetooth headset, and so on also use this two point four gigahertz frequency. The WNDR3300 offers hybrid dual band, this means in dual band mode. Only five gigahertz frequency has the [inaudible] and two point oh high speed, up to two hundred seventy megabit per second, while the two point four gigahertz gets slowed down to the wireless G speed of only fifty four megabit per second. Only when working in single mode the router can also offer the high speed in two point four gigahertz frequency. In other words, in dual band mode the router is most speed friendly toward five gigahertz wireless adapters than two point four gigahertz once. That said, this is a great router for an environment where most of the wireless adapters are five gigahertz compliant. It would get the best wireless speed out of it by not shutting the two point four gigahertz wireless client out. You can buy the Net Gear WNDR3300 now for just around one hundred dollars, which is a good deal considering its nice design and what it can do. However, if you want something that has true dual band, offering the same speed for both two point four gigahertz and five gigahertz frequencies, you might want to wait a little bit more. Once again, my name is [inaudible], and this has been the first look at the [inaudible] wireless end router, WNDR3300, from Net Gear.