4 Stars By David and Diana on 2015-04-15
Great router for the price but be aware of the factory default QoS setting for WMM
I would have given the NetGear WNR3500Lv2 a five star rating if it weren't for the fact that my son and I spent two hours trying to figure out why the Wi-Fi download speed was less than 1 Mb/sec and yet the upload speed was 6 Mb/sec (normal). LAN download speed through the router was a normal 27 to 30 Mb/sec. The signal strength was excellent so we knew that wasn't the issue (and that wouldn't affect just the download speed anyway). We finally found the culprit! The factory default setting for what is called "Enable WMM (Wi-Fi multimedia) settings" was enabled. To disable this setting log into the router in the usual way and click on "Advanced" > "Setup" > "QoS Setup" then uncheck the box next to "Enable WMM (Wi-Fi multimedia) settings". NetGear should not have set this as a enabled by default or at least made the customer aware of this being a cause of extremely slow download speeds.
We did not install Tomato firmware due to several forum complaints of this router getting "bricked" after installing Tomato but did upgrade the NetGear firmware to V126.96.36.199_40.0.74.
So far its working great and produces very little heat which is a good thing for longevity of component life.
1 Stars By Rock n' Chickadee on 2017-12-25
Back to fan-key you go!
I’ve been using this for a week... I’ve run out of fingers and toes with the number of times I “have no connection.” I’m also a little annoyed with the fact I just tried to log into routerlogin.net and I was greeted with the following error message... 401: unauthorized: Access to this resource is denied, your client has not supplied the correct authentication. The last time I saw this was after the lastest firmware update on my Netgear AC1450, the firmware update destroyed it and started it’s nonsense by displaying the 401 error...like this one. Netgear used to be a reliable brand and updates were never an issue for me, but it seems like they’ve either layed off the wrong software engineer or provoked them into leaving, as their products don’t seem sound software wise.
2 Stars By P. Dunshee on 2015-10-16
Buyer beware--inexpensive router, but also unreliable
I bought this router as a replacement for another one that was about 8 years old. It actually still worked, but happened to be an Apple product, and since most of my computers are increasingly no longer Apple, it was becoming more and more of a pain to configure it. (ie. Try to get one of the old Macs to fire up, or borrow a Mac, or use my work computer in Mac mode). My goal was to get closer to the ideal 802.11n speed and range than my old router was giving me, and I figured that $30 was a not-too-cheap price for eight-year-old technology. It actually did work as expected, but it only worked well in that capacity for approximately three months after I purchased it. This number also seems to correspond to the length of support time that the manufacturer gives you for this device. After my first three months of use, it began to get flaky. After a day or so of use now, the router seems to crash. It continues to broadcast its SSID, but routing is no longer happening. Since it is my primary gateway which all other devices get their addresses from, when this happens, no devices on the network can see each other, and none of them can access the internet. This has happened a few times now during teleconference meetings (once it happened twice in one meeting). The only way to get it running again is to power-cycle the router. Needless to say, I am now in the market for a new device, since support won't help me. I haven't contacted the warrantee people yet; though I'm pretty sure they won't help me, since it does actually work about 95% of the time. Unfortunately, 95% isn't good enough, especially when home security devices might be plugged into the network and stop working entirely for an entire vacation because no one is around to power-cycle the router.
3 Stars By Y. Cho on 2015-09-21
Okay entry level router but not useful if you have .........
Okay entry level router but not useful if you have high speed internet over 15mbs with multiple devices. Don't expect stellar wireless performance unless you are stand next to the unit but it does the trick if you need access to the World Wide Net. I have Charter cable 60mbs internet and my computer gets 59-61 mbs but it is hard wired during none peak times with nothing else attached to it. My other devices like my smart TV which is about 40ft away will be lucky to get 10mbs and forget about using an extender. I am using the netgear n300 range extender and it creates a huge lag so loading video or logging on to websites is a buzz kill. Other devices can sometimes drop signal or have crazy lag when trying to watch youtube videos. You get what you pay for. I played with the channel settings and in my area channel 11 has the most optimal level of wireless transmission and from my garage to the router is about 70 ft and it will not reach there. Today is 9/21/15 and costco is having a sale on the Nighthawk AC1750 6700 router for $119 with free shipping. I bought that one and will see how it goes but this will be my back up router in the mean time. Not great but for the price if you live in a studio or small apartment it would work but for my 1400 s.f. house it is not enough bandwith power for a smart tv, wireless extender, 3 phones, two tablets and the frequent family members who stop by. Netflix is a pain to watch with this router and sometimes loses signal or converts to non High definition when band with is limited. Also, this router is not future proof as N technology is yesterdays news while AC is being widely used with almost all electronics manufacturers, like Apple, Android devices, and almost all new cellphones. On the plus side the Genie app works with it and it took my about 5 mins to set it up with taking it out of the box took 3 mins.
3 Stars By MR on 2016-06-21
Works much better now. Thank you.
THIS IS AN UPDATE TO MY REVIEW:
The wifi router works great now after following Van's advice regarding wifi speed. I am posting it below so anyone who reads this, but is unable to find the fix, can get it here in his own words.
You need to log into the router and go to the Advanced tab then go to Setup and QoS Setup. Uncheck Enable WMM (Wi-Fi multimedia) settings and apply. After I did this, my router was back to normal just like the post said. Hopefully this will work for you as well.
This is a replacement for my old Lynksis wireless G router, which died on me after more than a decade of use. This one has a smaller footprint and while it is kind of light feeling as opposed to my old Lynsis, but this was only 20 bucks so I wasn't expecting it to Feel like the Rock of Gibraltar. It looks nice. Customer service was helpful,.If I could do one thing different it would be buying a dual band router since this is only 2.4 GHZ, but if router this lasts I would state that it is worth it especially if cash is tight. Thank you.
2 Stars By MSU Sparty Fan on 2016-05-22
I have had great luck with a different models of a Netgear N300 ...
I have had great luck with a different models of a Netgear N300 router. This one however is quite junky in my opinion. It works just fine for wired connections. My service through Charter is 60mbps down, and 4mbps up. I get that and more with the wired connection but with wifi, just 5 feet from the router I can't get more than 30mbps down, I still get 4mbps up. It is also sporadic with the download so watching 1080p streaming content get's choppy at times. It also doesn't seem to be playing nice with my upstairs access point which is also a netgear N300.
I would have tried to return it, but I don't think it is defective, I just don't think it is very high quality. I read fan-key's return policy on this kind of equipment and I think they would charge me a 15% restocking fee. I will just keep it and use it for a back up or for the wired connection as it wasn't a huge investment.
I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to buy it though, I doubt you could get anything close to 300mbps down with it.
2 Stars By Steve A on 2016-09-20
Garbage. Don't buy this unless you have a fetish for getting endless warranty replacements and love troubleshooting.
I bought one of these and had all kinds of problems with it sporadically dropping my connection because it was erroneously reading normal traffic as attacks. I had to spend a lot of time finding a configuration that would work.... then it suddenly would not authenticate my devices. I returned it for a warranty replacement.
The warranty replacement after a few months just starts dropping the internet connection and I cannot even log into the router admin UI. It has great speed and decent options when it works. Problem is, it is garbage and never works.
3 Stars By A fair reviewer on 2014-06-25
A warning about the new "AP mode" in the 188.8.131.52 firmware
Netgear's latest 184.108.40.206 firmware (released June 18, 2014) now provides official AP (Access Point) support for this router.
This router is an incredible value when compared to the cost of dedicated access points out there.
Upgrading the firmware is as easy as connecting to the administration web page of the router, and when it notifies you of a new firmware update, clicking on "Yes" to upgrade.
UPDATE and a WARNING: I initially gave the router five stars, but after extensive testing, now give it three stars. It appears that Netgear has rushed "AP mode" out the door without adequate quality control testing. Using "AP mode" is incredibly finicky, and it is very easy to cause the router to become unstable. What I have found out is that you must first configure the router, and then set "AP mode" absolutely last. If you make ANY changes to the router settings after setting "AP mode", the router will become unstable.
2 Stars By KevinR on 2015-03-12
Choose something else if you want the guest network feature
If you're hoping to make use of the guest wireless feature, I recommend choosing a different product. I bought one of these to replace a trusty old WRT54G, so I could enable a guest network. Unfortunately, it didn't work reliably. The router worked fine, UNTIL I enabled the guest network. After that, none of my wireless devices could maintain a connection for longer than about 5 minutes at a time. I tried multiple wireless channels. I tried in the same room as the router (just in case the radio wasn't as powerful as I was used to). I tried disabling the WPA2 encryption on the guest network. I tried upgrading firmware to the latest version. Nothing worked.
Furthermore, I discovered that I had been sent a non-v2 version of this router, even though the product page clearly indicated it should have been the WNR2020*v2*.
So, I returned this router, and ended up spending the time to install DD-WRT on the old linksys router instead. 802.11-G is working fast enough for me...
2 Stars By Termite on 2015-06-03
Worst of Netgear routers??
while i've bought and used Netgear equipment for years (my sons also) and had no problems, this one just seemed to be a "cheap" item and no just in the cost. After a month I was checking it out and realized that it needed a firmware update. The problem is, it wouldn't log into netgears site to download the firmware. No matter how long I let it try. I had a tech from our internet provider come out and check because we would drop our signal from time to time. He found a minor glitch in their line to the house but after fixing it and checking out our system he tried to get the firmware update. When he couldn't get it to load he encouraged me to try to get it done. he said that without the proper firmware it may cause problems with their modem. I dug up an older router I had (also netgear) hooked it up and everything is fine. And now I can't return it to fan-key. over the warranty period. Oh well.