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I have now had this 'Netgear WNR2200' router up and running for about one month with only one problem. My own experience with computers has involved replacing a hard drive in a laptop and replacing ram and a graphic card in a desktop and doing a clean install of windows XP on different computers but I had never set up a router by myself before but using the supplied 'resource cd' and common sense it was fairly straight. It is wired to a desktop computer running Windows XP and wireless to four laptops (2 running Windows XP, 2 running Windows 7) and 2 smartphones. These are not all connected and the same time but up to four have been without problems. Setting up the security using WPA2-PSK [AES] on all of the computers was straight forward. With one of the smartphones I did have to enter the MAC address manually to get it to connect by going into the routers advanced setting but this was easy to do. The router is downstairs in the living room and we have not had any dropped connections in the bedrooms in a fairly large 3 bed semi. I also took one of the laptops down the garden so I was about 150 feet away from the router although in line of sight of it and still had a decent strength signal. The 'ReadyShare' feature has already proved useful. This allow you to connect a usb device to the router so that the files on it can be accessed by everyone (wired or wirelessly). Before buying this router I did read about problems people were having using this feature on the 'WNR 2000' (the previous model) some devices were not recognised but I have tried LG, Kingston, Toshiba, Integral memory sticks and three external hard drives 2 western digital and a toshiba without issue. Finally, the only problem I have had is with getting my printer a HP Photosmart 8450 to work correctly on the wireless network. The laptops with Windows 7 work fine but with XP I can only get the printing to work if I install the drivers each time I need to print! Overall I am happy with my purchase but it is early days yet.
I have had this for a while now and I managed to set it up pretty quickly then set up my own LAN with network security. I had a few problems with connecting devices to my network but after logging into the Netgear website and changing my channel to 11 then i was able to connect my PS3 DSI's and Wii wirelessly to it, this could have just been a problem with the area i'm in though. This router allows 4 cat5 Ethernet cables to be connected to it, this is what I was doing before i got the wireless sorted out, the speed of connection didn't vary much between the wired and wireless which I was satisfied with. The provided gigabit of "ultra-fast" wired network speed should be appreciated but not expected as it is up to your network providers as to what connection to actually manage to get, luckily though this router is compatible with most of the providers anyway so you shouldn't have trouble finding one that gets you good internet speeds. Other than the delay on getting the wireless working with devices i have had no other problems with this modem, it does not overheat, it looks like it's made well and the lights signal helpfully what's happening with it.
The NETGEAR N300 Wireless Gigabit ADSL2+ modem router is ideal for both professional and personal Internet use, providing Gigabit for ultra-fast wired connections and Wireless-N for better wireless speed and range. Complete with a built-in DSL modem, it is compatible with all major DSL Internet service providers. Storage for downloads is easy with ReadySHARE for shared access to a USB storage device.
|Product Description:||NETGEAR WNR2200 - wireless router - 802.11b/g/n - desktop|
|Device Type:||Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)|
|Data Link Protocol:||Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz|
|Network / Transport Protocol:||TCP/IP, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP, SMB|
|Routing Protocol:||RIP-1, RIP-2, static IP routing|
|Remote Management Protocol:||HTTP|
|Features:||Repeating mode, dynamic DNS server, E-mail alert, MAC address filtering, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) support, URL filtering, firmware upgradable, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support, Quality of Service (QoS), Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), DHCP server, port forwarding, ReadySHARE|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, UPnP|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||17.3 cm x 12.8 cm x 3.2 cm|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|