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NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNR3500L)

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  • Supports Windows 8
  • Wireless N300 - Faster downloads and online gaming with speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Security - Best in class (WPA/WPA2?PSK) and WEP and Push ?N? Connect ensures a quick and secure network connection using WiFi Protected Setup® (WPS)
  • NETGEAR Genie® ? Easy dashboard control to manage, monitor and repair your home network
  • WiFi Range - greater wireless range with few devices
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • 802.11n certified technology with Gigabit Ports for faster wired and wireless performance
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Technical Details

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 6.9 x 1.4 inches ; 11.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: WNR3500L-100NAS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 7, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

NETGEAR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router with USB WNR3500L

Simple Sharing

The NETGEAR WNR3500L Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB delivers outstanding network performance, both wired and wireless, and has advanced features for users who demand the most from their router. This open-source router is customizable, making it perfect for developers and enthusiasts who want to develop their own custom firmware for specialized applications.

The NETGEAR Difference – WNR3500L
  • Better wireless speed and range
  • Gigabit—fast wired connections
  • Guest network access
  • Broadband usage meter
  • Advanced quality of service
  • Open source for customization and development
Live Parental Controls – Keep your internet experience safe—block inappropriate web sites FREE!
ReadySHARE USB – for easy wireless network storage
Push 'N' Connect – for easy and strong security
Netgear Genie
NETGEAR Genie – CD-less installation


  • Faster downloads and online gaming – Provides Wireless-N speed for simultaneous downloads, streaming voice and music and online gaming, in addition to basic internet applications
  • Ultra-fast wired – Four Gigabit ethernet ports deliver ultra-fast wired connections
  • Wireless repeater mode – Configurable as a wireless repeater for extending range

Ease of Use

  • Easy setup – NETGEAR Genie CD-less installation for PCs, iPad, tablets, MacBook Air, and smartphones


  • Secured connection – Push ‘N’ Connect offers a secured wireless Internet connection at the push of a button


  • ReadySHARE USB – ReadySHARE Shared storage provides fast and easy shared access to an external USB storage device
  • Live Parental Controls – Keeps your Internet experience safe
  • Jitter-free voice and gaming – Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) for reliable Internet connections
  • Guest network access – Provides separate security and access restrictions for guests using the network

Choose the Wireless Router that fits your needs

WPN824N WNR1000 WNR2000 WNR3500L WNDR3400 WNDR3700
  WPN824N WNR1000 WNR2000 WNR3500L WNDR3400 WNDR3700
  N150 Wireless Router N150 Wireless Router N300 Wireless Router N300 Wireless Router N600 Dual Band Wireless Router N600 Dual Band Wireless Router
Combined Max WiFi Speed Up to 150Mbps Up to 150Mbps Up to 300Mbps Up to 300Mbps Up to 600Mbps
300 + 300
300 + 300
WiFi Range good good better better best best
Ethernet Ports – 4 LAN + 1 WAN 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
Guest Network yes yes yes yes yes yes
NETGEAR Genie – Easy CD-Less installation and Dashboard control to monitor and repair home networks   yes yes yes yes yes
ReadySHARE USB – Share USB Storage       yes yes yes
Simultaneous Dual Band – Twice the bandwidth and avoids interference         yes yes
DLNA Media Server – find share and play media from devices connected to your home network           yes
Dedicated Video Mode           yes

Easy-to-use dashboard to monitor, control & repair home networks

N300 Wireless Gigabit Router
Package Contents
  • N300 Wireless Gigabit Router (WNR3500Lv2)
  • Stand
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter, localized to country of sale
  • Localized to country of sale
System Requirements
  • Broadband (cable, DSL) Internet service and modem with Ethernet connection
  • 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz wireless adapter or Ethernet adapter and cable for each computer
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Firefox 2.0 or Safari 1.4 or higher
  • Use with an N300 Wireless USB Adapter (WNA3100) for maximum performance Standards
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 480 MHz powerful MIPS 74K processor
  • Memory: 128 MB NAND flash and 128 MB RAM
  • Supports Wireless Multimedia (WMM) based QoS
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2—PSK) and WEP
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
Ease of Use
  • NETGEAR Genie CD-less installation for PCs, iPad, tablets, MacBook Air, and smartphones
  • Push 'N' Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)1
Physical Specifications
  • Dimensions: 175 x 130 x 35 mm (6.89 x 5.12 x 1.38 in)
  • Weight: 0.33 kg (0.72 lb)
Advanced Features
  • Open-source router for Linux developers and opensource enthusiasts
  • Live Parental Controls with flexible and customizable filter settings
  • ReadySHARE USB storage access—supports FAT16/32, NTFS Read/Write
  • Multiple SSID guest networks (separate security and access restrictions)
  • Broadband usage meter measures Internet usage
  • Wi-Fi and power on/off buttons
NETGEAR Green Features
  • Power On/Off Button
  • Wireless On/Off Button
  • 80% Recycled Packaging
  • CEC (California Efficiency)
  • RoHS
  • WEEE

1 Works with devices supporting Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

Product Description

Gigabit Switching with Wireless-N for Faster Network Performance, Wireless-N technology for faster wireless speeds and range, Four Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver ultra-fast wired connections, ReadyShare provides fast and easy shared access to an external USB storage device, Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS blocks unsafe internet content and applications, Broadband Usuage Meter ensures daily, weekly and monthly measurement of Internet traffic with customized alerts.Features: Multiple SSID support - set an additional wireless network for guests with restricted access to other computers in your network , Smart Wizard installation CD and multi-language support make setup easy, Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) for reliable Internet, voice and gaming applications, Configurable as a wireless repeater for extending range, Push 'N' Connect and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) ensure a quick and secure network connection.NETGEAR Green Gigabit Ethernet conserves energy, Convenient on/off switch helps conserver energy , Packaging manufactured with at least 80% recycled materials.Open-source Router, Community and Development Partner program, Open-source Wireless-N router with Gigabit wired ports for Linux developers and open-source enthusiasts. Open-source community website and development Partner program with downloadable applications, user guide, forums, blogs and downloads at www.myopenrouter.com, High Performance Broadcom 480 MHz MIPS 74K CPU, 8 MB Flash and 64 MB RAM to even run business-class applications, Popular Linux Firmware-DD-WRT, Open-WRT and Tomato available on Open-source community website, NEW Development Partner Program-development partnership with several 3rd party software vendors to develop custom applications on WNR3500L. Please visit www.myopenrouter.com to join the partner program and see the custom applications that are released or under development.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great easy to install and works very well. Read more ›
The USB ReadyShare looked interesting so I went with this, as did setting up a Guest SSID. Setup was very easy. I liked how they had security set up by default though I… Read more ›
I recently upgraded my Linksys wireless G router to this N due to streaming issues of videos from Hulu. Setup was very simple, and I was up and running in minutes. However,… Read more ›
We have 50 mbps download speeds and I was only able to get…Like other reviewers have mentioned, the set up is very simple - way easier than I remember with my old router. Read more ›
Excellent. Installation was easy for the novice like me. Read more ›
I bought this from craigslist to replace my old wireless G router. Setup was super easy. I set the wireless for 300 mbps (negear recommends 145 mbps as neighbor friendly). Read more ›
I get 4MB/sec on another $20 DD-WRT router I bought as a…Wired (ethernet) connection was quite fast however on the WNR3500 - pretty much limited by laptop hard drive. W… Read more ›
My wireless range has been extended to the back of my yard and with the Linksys there was no…I listen to the radio quite a lot on my Samsung the signal is always perfect. Read more ›
This router was very easy to set up. We have a large apartment, all on one level, and the signal is strong everywhere. So far, not one problem. Read more ›
I upgraded to DDWRT but still same problem. My Comcast modem with direct connection is rock solid. Read more ›
The signal strength was poor under that firmware to the point it was unusable so i had to go back to the stock firmware, which gives me better signal strength, especially… Read more ›
Perfect when you have visitors who bring their own equipment. Signal strength is great throughout the house. Speed is incredible. Read more ›
I'm seeing a much more powerful signal than my AT&T Uverse box used to give me. Speed is good too. I would buy again. Read more ›
I don't need the router part actually, and chose to run the wireless in AP mode. The ethernet works fine, but the wireless performance is terrible. Clients take a long time… Read more ›
The power on this thing is incredible. I'm using it with two PCs and three tablets, and the speed is incredible. My PCs and tablets moves from one page to the next at such… Read more ›
I bought the WNR3500L router as a replacement…The internet/transfer speeds are great, but the USB sharing is a strange proprietary system and doesn't always work properly. Read more ›
As a gigabit router, it works fine. All of my wired LAN speeds are great. Read more ›
Overall the performance has been pretty good. I get good download speeds most of the time and we have not had any problems when I play ps3 online and he plays WOW online at… Read more ›
I work in IT so the set up and configuration was pretty easy for me but I don't think it is more complicated than any other devices. I would say that it is though, easier… Read more ›
The open-source Netgear Rangemax wireless router is a great product right out of the box. It's open source options are a plus. It was quick to setup manually and drop in… Read more ›
I use the USB port for a network storage disk. Configuration was simple. Read more ›
So far, I did not have any problem in getting signal…It also has an USB feature, which is cool for retrieving data in computers from different locations inside the house. Read more ›
Thus far, I've spent almost 5 hours working…The documentation provided by Netgear on this feature is weak to non-existent and how-to pages on the web haven't help either. Read more ›
The range in my house is great...I can get about fifty yards down the street and still have a…The security controls are nice, and the parental controls are great as well! Read more ›
I have been running version 1 of this router with Tomato for nearly two years and it has been completely stable. The range is very good and wireless has always been fast. It… Read more ›
As is, it didn't…It ran too hot, its signal was dropping all the time, the wifi bandwidth fluctuated wildly, range was horrible and needed a restart every couple of hours. Read more ›
I currently have 2 PCs on the wired connection and a printer and my smartphone on the WiFi. The WiFi range is decent too. I can pull 1-2 bars of signal (pretty much the max… Read more ›
It was a complete letdown considering all the reviews I've read about it said the range was amazing, even said it on the product page. Read more ›
They are working great. The wireless N-Range is quite good for 1500 square feets house. The Gigabit wired is also working really well when streaming Bluray ISO and HD… Read more ›
I haven't had to reset the router and have never lost connection. The wireless range is good and the signal is strong. I purchased a wireless N USB adapter for my laptop to… Read more ›
Re-boot... re-set... repeat all you want... nothing works. I'd been warned about Netgear products and service, but the price was too good to pass up. Now I know why. Read more ›
The Netgear Router was simple to set up and has worked well for…I am very happy with this product and the price was very reasonable given its features and specifications. Read more ›
Price is great. Considering mine was south of $80, I was able to get a new router, and a networked drive from existing hardware. Read more ›
When this router used to work, it was a very good value for the price: good range; consistent; easy setup. However, after about one year, it now drops connections every… Read more ›
Was looking for a new router to replace an airport. This one seemed pretty good for the price. Read more ›
The WNR3500L is overall a good value -- a mid-tier Broadcom chipset with 128MB flash and 128MB ram (for version 2) and several open-source firmware options. If you're… Read more ›
I threw it in the trash and went with another brand. Their customer service is horrible and they don't support their products without charging you. Read more ›
The connection to the cable modem drops out sporadically. Technical support is HORRENDOUS. It would be cheaper to buy a new one than to use their telephone support. Read more ›
All other devices connected wirelessly at less than 1 MBPS. The real problem is SUPPORT. It says it have 24/7 free support in the first 90 days and I tried to connect to… Read more ›
If not, then follow instructions exactly. If you have a problem, customer service is very helpful. I was hesitant at first to purchase this router because of some of the… Read more ›
Also the VPN "feature" requires buying and installing a 3rd party utility from the Ukraine that…Seems like a pretty weak technical, support and security profile. Read more ›
Buy another brand. I don't support companies with poor customer service. Read more ›
It might be my perception but it seems the speed of accessing the files on my pc (with only 10Mb ethernet port) from other pcs in the network is much faster. Read more ›
The USB port makes this…An external hard drive connected to this USB port becomes the shared network drive - much easier and cheaper than regular network attached storage. Read more ›
After the upgrade, i got a whole 3 MBPS…I know a good amount about networking so i tinkered with all the routers settings to see if i could resolve the issue to no avail. Read more ›
Gigabit ports are always a plus for networking, and the usb NAS slot has worked great with a few problems accessing over ftp (have to disable the online ftp and reenable it… Read more ›
The…On top of that, it allowed me to set up a rather unique network layout with several VLANs that's fit my needs perfectly- I'd never be able to do it without this router! Read more ›
(I was able to workaround the issue by connecting the…However in case you don't have a full time networked PC to connect the HDD to you will not have a shared drive) Read more ›
Gigabit ethernet works as expected. The stock router software is not terrible, but it is not great either. It gets things done, however, the UI is clunky and will break at… Read more ›
Tomato router firmware is nice, with a clean interface and web access restrictions which work and are sensible. This router, (which is v2.0), gives Tomato plenty of CPU… Read more ›
Tomato was a little easier to deal with but had issues saving settings, although reverting back to the Netgear firmware was painless where as with DD-WRT you had to use… Read more ›
If there firmware is that bad, why don't they just pre install the open source on the router, or instead of including a setup CD, include a CD with a wizard to install the… Read more ›
Every time I get it working it would just stop working for no…I thought it may have been because I was using custom firmware, but even with official firmware it was worst. Read more ›
I bought the Netgear, downloaded the…The user interface is simple enough -- but the settings wouldn't write, or the router simply locked up when I attempted to save it. Read more ›
This is really a great router. It was easy to set up and simple to use. I now have great wifi in my home! Read more ›
Most importantly for me was the back end. Very easy to navigate and setup exactly how I needed it to be. Especially the static IP section, setup as many as you need. Read more ›
NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router puts the web where ever you need it with out any hard setup, and its very easy to use, keeps the network safe from unwanted users .... Read more ›
Fast and easy to use. They have a simple back-end interface too when setting up your routers, so you dont have to go through all the instructions and hassle of setting a… Read more ›
This is a good router to use for mid-level needs. I use Netgear routers because they are easy to use and setup. Read more ›
After more than a year working great I downloaded Netgear genie and I could not connect and won't…I went and bought Linksys EA2700 N600 works great and much easier to use. Read more ›
Actually, there is nothing about the unit to dislike. It is well designed and has lots and lots of features that a general user would probably never use. The wired network… Read more ›
I also like the tower design of this router. It seems to stay cooler, and doesn't lock up as much as Linksys routers. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

248 of 257 people found the following review helpful By Matthew K. Morgan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
I recently purchased one of these routers as a replacement for my Linksys WRT54GL, a stalwart in the realm of home networking. My Linksys router is healthy and it works but it does not allow me to set up DHCP reservations without a 3rd party firmware update, and it does not support Wireless-N. After searching for a good balance between functionality, quality and price I settled on this router by NetGear. So far I am very pleased with this unit, though I had some minor issues when setting it up.

Setup of NetGear routers (including this one) is simple and easy. There are two methods of setting it up, using the Wizard CD or going in manually. For users not too familiar with setting up wireless networks or routers, using the CD to get started is a good option. More seasoned users may prefer to work without the CD and work directly with the router. I chose the latter of the two. Even so, tapping in and finding any given setting is relatively easy, everything broken down into several pages. Because the router configuration is accessed through a browser, manipulating the router configuration is very much like accessing a web page and should feel familiar.

The factory-default username, password, and access address are printed right on the router itself so there is no risk of losing this information at any point.

I connected 3 laptops, one at a time, to the wireless network and encountered my only difficulty with moving to this router. Because I retained the network name and key I expected the swap to be seamless and mostly invisible, but my systems each complained when tried to connect, stating that the network configuration had changed even though I retained the settings, the type, key and everything else.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Johnson on April 19, 2010
It's great to have a router out there that recognizes that customers just want the freaking thing to work, and don't care who wrote or maintains the firmware. With that in mind, I bought this router to replace another Wireless-N router that was simply a nightmare, with glitchy firmware from two years ago, and will now find a new home or function via Craigslist or something.

I was up and running using the stock firmware in about 5 minutes, accessing the router configuration page and setting up a secure wireless network. I didn't try any of the quick-install software - usually like to just set the thing up myself without putting any software on my machine, and for this it worked perfectly.

More importantly, this router is open-source-firmware ready, so if for any reason the stock firmware fails me, I'll have an option out there to try, as opposed to the endless struggles of my prior router.

My setup includes a wired WHS, a Snow Leopard wireless-N macbook, a wireless PC using a 'G' card (Win7), another wireless laptop also using G, a Wii, an XBox using a wired connection, and another wired media-center PC, running Win7, and an iPhone 2G. Powers everything without flaw.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. Eriksen on March 24, 2011
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We purchased the Netgear N300 router to replace our aging (but highly reliable) Linksys for home; we have a number of streaming video devices that needed the extra computing juice of the Netgear. The product was easy to set up, and handled traffic seemingly without a hitch for two months. We began to notice, with increasing frequency, loss of connectivity at both the wired and wireless level. This problem was isolated to the router itself; swapping in our old, trusty router would always immediately fix this problem.

Since we were having such tremendous problems with the router, I called Netgear support, located in a call center in India, about two and a half months after purchasing the router with the intent of securing an RMA. However, after more than an hour on the phone, the technician told me I would need to bring in yet another computer to test the networking issue; he seemed convinced (against all reason) that this was due to a networking issue with the computer plugged into the ethernet port. Despite my protests that this was a hardware issue, he proceded to ignore my request for an RMA and demanded that a second computer would be needed to test this issue before he would issue an RMA. Whil I did not feel that his request was reasonable (since all of the evidence pointed to a hardware issue with the router), I told him I would call back with the case number when I secured a second computer. I called back three weeks later with a second computer in hand. I spoke to a second technician, who indicated to me -- against all of the evidence to the contrary -- that there was nothing wrong with my router because all of the lights on the front of the unit were on. "So," he concluded, "it can simply could not be that your router is misfunctioning, sir, this is an impossibility.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Brown on April 14, 2010
I was looking for a quality Wireless N router with gigabit connections and DD-wrt compatible. This fit the bill, so I grabbed one to try out. I've tried a Linksys (320N) and a D-link to much disappointment, but this Netgear performs flawlessly. I downloaded dd-wrt firmware for it and never tried the stock Netgear stuff ([...]). DD-wrt performs flawlessly on this! No drops, great signal strength. Took me maybe 20 minutes to set up, from opening box to getting everything online. I run 3 desktops wired, one desktop wireless, and 2 wireless laptops and they all connect without issue. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for Wireless N. I have not tried the USB functionality, as all my data is shared through my computer already.
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