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Netgear RangeMax WNDR3700 review

This Wireless-n router may be slick looking but it suffers from widely variable data speeds

Our Verdict

A nice looking router but if you have kit still using the 2.4GHz channel then they might not have the best connection

For

  • Power saving feature
  • Video mode

Against

  • Unreliable speed using 2.4GHz channel

The Netgear RangeMax WNDR3700 is a low-profile compact box that is finished in a high-gloss black and comes with the antennae built into the device. It ships with a stand, so you can lay it flat or stand it vertically for slightly better reception.

You'll find the usual row of LED activity lights as well as WPS and Push 'n' Connect buttons on the front, along with four LAN and a WAN port on the rear, along with a USB connection.

Like the D-Link, you'll find 'Green Technology' is built in, so if you're not using any of the LAN ports they will automatically switch off and the corresponding LED light will dim.

If you're looking to use this router with Windows 7, you'll need to check out the Netgear website where a download is available. Our review unit didn't come with installation software in the box, though we've been assured this is the case, so we used this latest download and found that it installed quickly.

The interface is a little cluttered, but quite intuitive. You'll find some useful features with this router, such as remote management, so you can access the network when you're travelling and video mode that allows you to define bandwidth in the 5GHz spectrum for streaming video.

Where the WNDR3700 fell down was in terms of speed, being one of the slowest routers we have tested recently. We found that while the 5GHz frequency traffic ran well, everyday throughput on the 2.4GHz channel fluctuated widely.

The Netgear RangeMax WNDR3700 offers a wide range of features that experienced users will find appealing. However, we found data speeds to be the slowest of the three units on test, making it less than ideal for use with busy households looking to share a connection.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Product FamilyRangeMax
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas8
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameNetgear
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
Height31 mm
Width223 mm
Depth153 mm
ManufacturerNetgear, Inc
Product ModelWNDR3700
Product NameRangeMax WNDR3700 Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router
Product LineRangeMax
Manufacturer Part NumberWNDR3700-100PES
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.netgear.co.uk
Marketing Information

RangeMax WNDR3700 Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router offers twice the bandwidth with better connection and less interference. Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver ultra-fast wired connections. Push 'N' Connect securely connects devices at the touch of a button.

Weight (Approximate)500 g