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NETGEAR Wireless-N Router WNR2000 - Wireless router + 4-port switch - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (draft 2.0) - external
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21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
It's all about the versionAug 15, 2011
My in-laws have this router in their house. It doesn't give out DHCP addresses to anything Mac -- iPod, iPad etc. Even with my PC laptop I constantly have to reconnect. It's a piece of junk. I updated it to the latest firmware, looked online for solutions, but it really seems there's no way to make it work properly.
I saw the exact same router in someone else's house, but it was working amazingly well! Everything connected and worked beautifully. What was the difference? The version. If your router says only WNR2000 on the back, you're out of luck -- it's the first version, and it will have serious issues. If it says WNR2000 ver 2 or ver 3 instead, you should be fine. Unfortunately, there's no way to know from looking at the box, so I don't recommend buying this router on Amazon. Go into Best Buy and demand to open the box, or just be ready to return it if it's the wrong version. I think this also explains why some people have really bad issues while other people have none -- they've got different versions of the same router.
18 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Great Wireless Router!Apr 07, 2010
Due to the fact that my old wireless went out too fast to enable me to buy on Amazon I ended up purchasing this router at Best Buy. This turned out to be a good thing as it was very confusing trying to sort out all the various types of routers available on Amazon with one reviewer saying one thing and then others with other opinions. I ended up going with the advice of the BB clerk and took home this mid range priced router.
Set up was very simple with the enclosed CD and I had it up and running in a few minutes although I could have done it with the written instructions as well. The range of this router covers my entire two story townhouse and services two laptops, an Internet radio and a Samsung DVD player that we stream Netflix movies, Pandora and YouTube. So far everything works like it should with no problems streaming.
The final step was re-entering the router password in our laptops, Internet radio and DVD player and we were good to go. This router will probably be all the average household will need unless you have an unusually large single story house or want to extend to a patio or pool area away from the house.
Update March 7, 2013 Almost three years later and it is still working flawlessly. I have a added a Roku 2 HD streamer and it worked pretty well with a hiccup once in awhile so I hardwired through the house wiring with an Actiontec PWR511K01 500 Mbps HomePlug HD Powerline Wall Plug Network Adapter Kit (2 Units). This helped greatly. There is nothing better than a wired connection in my experience.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Could not have been easierApr 02, 2010
No offense to those that are techno-geeks, but I am not one. I bought this router to upgrade my household wireless capabilities from the ice ages (an old Intel router). I followed the directions and one by one every device came up online without a hitch. I directly connected my desktop PC, then my wife's Vaio, the HP Printer upstairs, and the Cisco Network bridge (connected to the blueray player). All equipment has been online without a hitch for about one month. I then bought my first Blackberry Storm II and it connected immediately. The speeds on my wife's PC are astounding as is the connection to the Cisco bridge - which is what I use to download movies from Netflix. The picture on the TV is beautiful, and the downloads worked with any issues.
If you can follow the easy to use directions, I'm sure that you will be pleased with the results. I could not have found an easier to install device.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Easy to install, works fine with one major drawback....Apr 17, 2010
By J. Cohen
The on-the-box claim of "broadband usage meter provides internet traffic monitor and usage alerts" should have a * after it. The monitoring will only work for DSL connections, not cable modems. The option to turn on traffic monitoring (as well as all other traffic-shaping options) is disabled if you have a cable modem. Netgear says they may fix in the future but for now it is unavailable. Disappointing to me since that was one of the features I was looking for in a new router.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Great router! No bloatware.Aug 18, 2010
By Astronaut Mike Dexter
This is a great consumer level wireless router. Its fast and easy to install and use. The best thing I like about this is that compared to Linksys's LELA software which seems like a unnecessary and bloated piece of software. In fact, the face of LELA reminds you of that computer program lady in the movie I,Robot.
Back to the router, it is a really great piece of hardware. One downside is that this model doesn't have a USB port at the back for me to attach my external hard drive to share across my network. Perhaps a newer model or higher priced model has this but, I will probably be looking to upgrade to something like that in 3-5 years or less.
This is the 2nd Netgear router that someone in my family has bought and I would definitely recommend their products, including this one!
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