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NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless Router (WNR1000)
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588 of 608 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
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Hello
I've been using routers for several years now. This is probably my 4th router. I usually go with Netgear, and with good reason. They usually work well and don't constantly need to be reset. However, I have had issues with one router in the past. Now that I have used this router for slightly over a year, I decided to write a review about it.

First off, the ease of setup is remarkable. You take it out of the box. You put the cd disc in, it shows you the step by step process, and now you are done. Ready to go. I have mine hooked up to Clear, which is a 4G network.
I have multiple laptop users in the house, as well as a Wii and a ps3. The router works well for every system. I haven't had issues with losing connection with my video games, nor have I experienced inability to detect network from the laptops. Lastly, some routers need to be constantly reset because the signal fades in and out. With this router, I haven't experienced that yet (knock on wood).

Basically, I just wanted to write a quick review that allows others to know what success I have had with this router after a year and change. Out of the many options, it is one of the better ones. Good luck
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234 of 247 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
I must admit I have run the gambit on buying wireless routers the last few years. I have gone from a basic WNR2000 from Netgear to a WNR3800 which I spent over $120 thinking it would be a solid performer and a lasting investment. After struggling with it for a few months, and going though 4 revisions of firmware for the darn thing. Hoping each one would make it the $120 router I thought I was buying. I eventually just tossed it. After that whole debacle I decided never again would I buy a expensive router.
So here I am reviewing one of the more solid and easy routers I have ever worked with. The WNR1000 v3 is the one I bought, and to be frank I cannot imagine why if all you want is wireless access to the internet would you spend anymore then this on a router.
The WNR1000 v3 was easy to setup, has almost equal range in 2.4Ghz compared to the WNR3800 and still has some useful features.
You can argue that it has no gigabit LAN or WAN connections or a 5Ghz support duel band. You can also say that for $29 which is what I paid you should not expect it to last. But then I remember spending $120 on a router that lasted 6 months. So if this $29 lasts that long I will simply go out and buy another. Not feeling nearly as bad as throwing away a $120 one. What is the real scam is that most of my devices support only the 2.4Ghz band anyway and never connected at the claimed speeds of the more expensive WNR3800. So don't be fooled by marketing hype that your speeds will be so much better with a expensive router. Especially in the 2.4Ghz band. Its very crowded and if you have plenty of neighbors with wireless your going to get much less speed anyway. Something the router makers don't talk about. So in my opinion, don't over spend on a router thinking your getting range and speed. You may be just getting more features that cause more problems and you may not have a better quality connection.
That's coming from someone who learned from his mistakes.
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252 of 283 people found the following review helpful
I bought this modem to replace the horrid Cisco-Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G Broadband Router Cisco-Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G Broadband Router I bought and returned, I made a review about that horrible router as well with video showing some problems.

This modem is very small but big on reliability! I was worried about its performance because I never used a Netgear before, but I'm glad it didn't disappoint me!

This router is so simple to setup and has plenty of guides to help you plug things in for the novice and it also has the admin information right on the router along with username and password in case you ever forget what it is if you ever reset router, just be sure to change the username and password for security reasons! I also got the router working with my connection straight out of the box with no configuration! Truly plug and play! You can view that in my video review.

I use it wired to my desktops and wirelessly to my laptop and my cellphone which is a Nokia E63-2 Nokia E63-2 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Media Player, and MicroSD Slot--U.S. Version with Warranty (Ultramarine Blue) and it works flawlessly.

Now this router has the word "range max" in it for good reason! To give you an example of the range of this router, I went 310 feet and my cellphone still picked up the signal and I was browsing the web! When I reached 312 feet the signal cut off. If that's not range I don't know what is! Also if your wondering how I know the exact range, I used google maps to measure distance from my house to how far I walked, yes I can be that detailed at times, LMAO.

It has a nice simple admin section to configure the router.

If your wondering about security features, you can set the security of your router to these:

WEP
WPA-PSK [TKIP]
WPA2-PSK [AES]
WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]

You can also block websites easily in the admin section too!

The admin section has these categories to enter and configure:

Setup Wizard
Add WPS Client

Setup
Basic Settings
Wireless Settings

Content Filtering
Logs
Block Sites
Block Services
Schedule
E-mail

Maintenance
Router Status
Attached Devices
Backup Settings
Set Password
Router Upgrade

Advanced
Wireless Settings
Port Forwarding / Port Triggering
WAN Setup
LAN Setup
Dynamic DNS
Static Routes
Remote Management
UPnP

Web Support
Knowledge Base
Documentation

All in all it is a fantastic reliable router which did not disappoint me!
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136 of 172 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
While it seemed to work well at first, the router persistently gets into a state where it won't give out DHCP addresses. Any devices I have that use static addresses seem to work fine and it maintains its wireless network and WAN connection, but anything that gets its address via DHCP is off the network.

This can happen any time from a few hours to a few days after it's been powered up. Every time this happens I have to reset the router to get it to work again for my DHCP devices. And yes, I have the latest firmware for this router (as of January 23, 2010).

I'd return the router whence it came, but I ignored my own good habits and threw the box away right after I bought it. It's now sitting on my basement shelf waiting for salvation, but at this point I'm not too confident about it. A little Google work will find similar complaints by other users, and this has been going on for a while.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
I bought this from a local retailer in February. I had another Netgear Router that had been recommended by a friend that worked flawlessly for 5 years, and then started to not work so great. I figured it was just time to replace it - it gets used hard, and Netgear was no longer supporting the old router I had.

I was told this was a comparable model to the one I was replacing. Set-up was easy and I was online quickly, but the good times were short lived. From day one, about 8 hours out of the box, it began dropping our connection. Sometimes once a day, sometimes every few hours. Sometimes it would come back on after a brief pause, and other times it would require me to pull the power and wait for a reset that way. It was frustrating, and I was told over and over by Netgear that it was my modem. I had my cable company come out and check, and told me there was nothing wrong with the modem or my line. Then I was told it was the cables I had. I replaced all of them. I finally gave up and resigned myself to the fact that this was normal.

Two weeks ago it suddenly got worse. I contacted Netgear again, and I was told I was out of the warranty period (despite my complaining early on) and they wanted $75 for tech support. I refused. I got some e-mail support, but it was to update my firmware, however the directions they sent me did not match their own user interface that was on my computer. They were asking me to click on buttons and tabs that simply weren't there. While trying to update the firmware, Netgear downloaded "Netgear Genie" on my computer. Things went from worse to incredibly bad right then and there. I couldn't stay online for more than 5 minutes. It was perpetually asking me to login, and rejecting my password (yet it was shown right on the screen as my password). It kept saying that wifi was not working but couldn't tell me why. I finally gave up in complete and total frustration last night. I went to the store and bought a Belkin router. Setup was easy, and I was online in about 15 minutes. I haven't had one dropped signal since.

I got another response from Netgear support asking me to do a plethora of things, and I responded back that they lost a longtime customer as I could no longer deal with the constant drops, and a google search of that router model yielded thousands of complaints identical to mine. I told them I bought a Belkin router and my Netgear days were done. Their response? Sorry you felt you had to do that. If we can be of further help, let us know. Gee...thanks. I blew $50 on a router that never worked right from day one, poor customer service from day one, and nothing but headaches.

I never had an issue with poor signal in the house - I always had 5 bars - but if you can't stay connected, then what's the use?

Also beware of the Netgear forums. As another reviewer noted, there's a guy that trawls the forums and responds to pretty much everything with terse replies and references to follow links on his sig line with little other help. He has "Netgear Fanatic" under his username. He's useless, and unfriendly.
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59 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2009
I had no experience with routers at all, and wanted a wireless router to do gaming through xbox live. With no previous experience, you put in the install CD, and it walks you through the steps easily, and it is up and running flawlessly in less than 20 minutes. A few months later, I also hooked up a printer and notebook, each in seconds. Anyone can set this up and attach devices to it. Works well with good range throughout the whole house. Great product. Highly recommended.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2009
I had to replace the Belkin N+ router when the Comcast service man could not make it work with the Arris modem he installed. I had purchased the Belkin router to get extra range out to my shop and it was working great. The Comcast tech rep told me they had these Netgear routers available for the cost of shipping ($10) so I got one. The Netgear router signal barely gets beyond the room it's in, far short of the 300 foot range suggested for N class WiFi signals. It looks like I'll have to run a Cat 5 cable out to the shop.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
Verified Purchase
This router is PERFECT for my purposes. I wanted to have access to private Wi-Fi in my apartment for my new Verizon smartphone and my Kindle. I am very happy with the router. My phone and Kindle are working perfectly and no problems whatsoever so far. Easy to set up, especially for someone that is not considered a tech wizard like myself.

IMPORTANT: My suggestion is to make sure you have an updated or extra YELLOW Ethernet cable and use this extra cable to attach the computer to the router (this is Step 5 on the illustrated printed directions). I tried using a regular telephone cable line, and that didn't work at all. So I used an extra YELLOW Ethernet Cable, and I was up and running. I'm so happy that I finally have Wi-Fi in my home. I just may end up upgrading my Kindle to one of the HD models because of this. Excellent $40 investment!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
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I am a 71 year old grandmother that has to manage this computer world on my own. I knew I needed a router to go wireless....for my laptop and for my new kindle. I count on Amazon's reviews when I make a purchase. The reviews for this product said it was very easy to set up, just what I was looking for. Didn't want a CD, too complicated. The set up for this is so simple that I was up and running on wifi in ten minutes....just as long as it takes to plug in a few cords! I have a small house and it works perfectly down in my family room which is the furtherest from the unit. You may need a stronger router for a large home, but for an apartment or small home, this would be fine. I'm very happy with it......
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
I have been using wireless networking for 20 years since before there was such a thing as WiFi or 802.11x, so I have quite a bit of experience using wireless routers having used my fair share of them over the years. In my experience, cheaper equipment always results in less stability, resulting in having to power cycle the router, so it should come as no surprise that this $25 unit has issues. That said, WiFi routers should at least be able to function minimally despite having stripped down features. Not so with this bad boy. Under moderate load (4 laptops, 2 phones), we have constant "limited connectivity" errors on our laptops. The only fix is a reboot of the device. Sometimes, the issue is persistent even after resetting the device to factory defaults, and you have remove the network profile from the computer and re-add it back. This happens simultaneously across all 4 laptops, so the issue isn't on the laptop. We have two of the laptops accessing VPNs, so there some moderately complex routing going on, but this is pretty common scenario nowadays and any router should be able to handle it. Right now, we are up to about 10 reboots a day, so I bought 4 Cisco Factory Refurbished Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 Router which are only $21 and are top of the line professional grade equipment, plus have the added benefit you can use them in bridge mode as access points, even having multiple endpoints to create better coverage throughout your house (if it's hard wired with Ethernet). One of the functional deficits of this device, aside from not working ;) is it doesn't have a bridge mode to allow it to be used as an access point with an existing router (my DSL modem has a built in router which cannot be disabled). Normally, this isn't a big deal, as you can simply disable DHCP and connect your upstream router to another LAN port rather than a WAN port, thus disabling the routing physically. This is how I used to configure basic Linksys routers all the time. Anywho, this router doesn't operate under these conditions as evidenced by the constant drops. It *may* work fine if you are using it as a router, but I seriously doubt it as I've never had issues with any other router in this configuration and is a pretty standard setup. When these issues occur, I can't even connect to the internal IP of the router which I have hard coded to a static IP on the same IP range and subnet as the IP of the machines, so it should be able to communicate even if it looses a connection to the internet. Nor can I access any other devices hard wired to the router when these issues occur. Bottom line, it's completely unreliable. It may work fine for you if you have no VPN, no other routers or access points, but anything beyond a basic setup of just your DSL/cable modem (without built-in router) and this wireless router and you will have problems. It's just not worth it. If price is your main reason for buying this just buy the $21 Cisco router above. Even though it is refurbished, it still gets 4.5 stars, and is less than this router, which even for free isn't worth the price.
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