Review: Netgear WNDR37AV

In this day and age, networking has become commonplace, and wireless routers are in constant demand. Everyone wants the latest and fastest technology, and with each passing day, it seems as though we’re seeing those speeds reaching greater and greater heights. It wasn’t that long ago that we were just starting to make headway with 802.11B speeds, then came 802.11G which became the new standard and widest used, and continues to be popular today. Now, though, we’ve reached Wireless-N and, in some instances, N+ speeds. That’s where the Netgear WNDR37AV comes into play. I’ve been using it for about three months, and as a transition from Wireless-G to Wireless-N, it has provided a chance to use this Wireless-N router extensively.

On the positive side of things, this router offers a nice speed boost over your typical Wireless-G
routers. Speaking strictly from personal experience, having switched from an Airlink 101 Mimo XR
router, the extra oomph provided by the router is noticeable. It’s not an overwhelming increase in
speed, by any stretch, but the increase is noticeable. On a Lenovo G550, that’s now just over a year
old, the increase wasn’t much, but it did make a difference. On a desktop machine with a wireless
card, a machine that’s now about 3 years old, the difference is very noticeable. Pages seem to load
quicker, there’s generally a lot less waiting, and videos stream a lot smoother, and in a much higher
quality as a result.

Finally, on my daily computer, a near ten year old custom-built Windows XP box, the difference is the
most noticeable. The computer is very slow by modern standards, but browsing the internet is as fast
as it would be on even the most modern of computers. Pages load quickly and even video streaming
is crisp. This was something that the AirLink router had real problems accomplishing, as loading a
three minute video would take several minutes and playback wasn’t very crisp. Since the switch to the
Netgear Wireless-N router, it’s been a near complete turnaround for the internet browsing experience. Other positives include the optimized video mode, DLNA Media Server and dedicated video
network, all of which help to make the browsing experience incredibly crisp and fast.

Negatives with regards to this router, at least thus far, are limited to just one thing. The only problem
I’ve had with this router is that it has, on more than one occasion, simply reset itself. Obviously, if
you’ve got three or four computers feeding off one signal, streaming videos, browsing the internet or
doing something more important, then for the router to reset itself for no obvious reason can be a
major problem. Fortunately, it’s been a very rare occurrence, and when it does happen, it’s typically at
a time when there are only one or two computers active, and no data gets lost in the shuffle; however,
for it to happen at all is strong negative factor for this router. Beyond that, I’ve had no problems with
this router nor my internet connection stemming from router incidents.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a very solid router. I’ve seen reports of people having issues with their own, mostly stemming
from receiving a router from a different region, and in rare instances where the router would stop
working properly after a few months; however, in my own experience, this router has been fantastic,
and by far the best router I have had the chance to use to-date.

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