Netgear RangeMax V1
It wasn’t much of a contest: Netgear’s WNDR3700 V1 retained its crown as our Best of the Best router with spectacular TCP through-put, a strong feature set, and an even stronger price/performance ratio. It’s the second-most expensive router we tested, but it’s worth every penny.
The WNDR3700’s 2.4GHz radio delivered the best performance at every client location except one (where it placed second), and its 5GHz radio finished first in six of our seven locations. D-Link’s DIR-855 firmware is more customizable, but Netgear’s router offers several important features D-Link can’t match, including a DLNA-compliant media server, the ability to configure either radio as a wireless bridge/repeater, and NAS functionality that doesn’t require a client-side utility.
Supremely fast, feature-rich, and relatively inexpensive: There's little we don't like about Netgear's WNDR3700.
We suspect the primary reason the WNDR3700’s press-time street price was so low is because Netgear was clearing inventory to make way for the WNDR3700 V2. Netgear is promising to double the router’s memory, deliver a 50 percent performance boost on the 5GHz band, and provide full support for IPv6. We can’t wait.
You’ll find our complete Netgear WNDR3700 V1 network and NAS benchmarks here.
|Radio Frequencies||Dual-band: 2.4- and 5GHz|
|Guest Network||Yes, on both radios|
|DLNA-Compliant Media Server||Yes|
|USB Ports||One (for storage only)|
|NTFS Drive Support||Yes|
|WDS Bridge/Repeater Support||Yes, on both radios|
The Performance PictureA router worth its salt will perform favorably in a variety of real-world scenarios
|Asus RT-N16||Belkin Play N600 HD||Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH||D-Link DIR-855||Linksys E3000||Netgear WNDR3700||Trendnet TEW-691GR|
|Bedroom, 10ft (Mb/s)||74.3||53.2||56.9||59.6||56.1||98.7||75.9|
|Enclosed Patio, 38ft (Mb/s)||35.5||32.9||3.7||5.7||4.8||53.8||44.9|
|Bedroom 2, 60ft (Mb/s)||25.5||25.5||41.5||4.3||3.8||27.1||2.0|
|Media Room, 35ft (Mb/s)||6.3||18.5||3.7||4.9||2.3||22.8||1.1|
|Outdoors, 85ft (Mb/s)||1.9||3.1||0.5||3.2||N/C||4.0||N/C|
|Belkin Play N600 HD||D-Link DIR-855||Netgear V1||Trendnet TEW-691GR|
|Bedroom, 10ft (Mb/s)||70.6||86.1||94.5||84.4|
|Kitchen, 20ft (Mb/s)||34.5||64.6||68.9||50.8|
|Enclosed Patio, 38ft (Mb/s)||32.5||23.9||34.7||27.5|
|Bedroom 2, 60ft (Mb/s)||28.1||22.0||44.3||5.1|
|Media Room, 35ft (Mb/s)||N/C||N/C||4.3||N/C|
|Outdoors, 85ft (Mb/s)||N/C||2.4||N/C||N/C|
|Asus RT-N16||Belkin Play N600 HD||D-Link DIR-855||Netgear WNDR3700||Trendnet TEW-691GR|
|Large File Write (min:sec)||8:24||22:23||9:06||11:41||5:52|
|Small Files Write (min:sec)||2:48||9:42||2:13||4:15||1:32|
|Large File Read (min:sec)||7:53||23:36||11:58||3:59||6:45|
|Small Files Read (min:sec)||1:59||5:36||2:36||1:04||1:11|