Netgear WNDR3700v2#

I have a Netgear WNDR3700v2 as my primary router/wireless access point coming right off the cable modem.


I got a Netgear WNDR3700v2 for our router because it has:

  • Gigabit ethernet ports.

  • Simultaneous dual-band wireless-N networks.

  • Guest networks.

  • Nice admin interface.

  • Reasonably high recommendations across several sites.

Everything went along fine for the first month or so and then we had several dropouts where the 2.4GHz network would just “disappear.” It would return after rebooting the router or simply visiting the router configuration page and clicking the “Apply” button on any setting page (without making any changes). After upgrading to the latest firmware, the issue went away.

The downside to this particular router, I found, is the wireless power/range. The office where the network comes in is on the bottom floor of my house on one side and there’s not a great way to reposition it - powerline isn’t really fast enough and I don’t have wires run to the upstairs. What this resulted in was about 50% signal at best upstairs in the house, and less in some cases. The antenna for the router is internal and somewhat small.

I had the DAP-1522 upstairs over powerline to try bridging the gap with wireless roaming but had weird issues using mobile devices when it switched from one network to the other. It wasn’t very seamless.

I ended up upgrading to a Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 router and removing the wireless roaming.