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The last of the non AC routers I think
on June 22, 2013
This router has solved many problems in my line of work when it came to complaints about no coverage/deadspots in a residence. It's more powerful, and if you have a mix of 2.4 and 5ghz devices you can split the load. It has yet to fail to make a signifigant difference in coverage on these type of service call issues.
So, why 3-stars?
When it dipped below $100 I bought one for the house and plunked it right where the previous Netgear sat. I got a stronger signal but noticed when I was streaming media through it to either TV (upstairs/downstairs) from my media PC, it seemed choppy, and in one particular case I knew it was a movie I'd watched before with the other router. They use the same output voltage/amp adapter so I just swapped the boxes out and put my old one back online, tried the same movie and it was flawless.
Thoughts: Definitely stronger for better coverage, and faster Internet browsing but didn't quite work as well as my other router when streaming media. So, I recommend this for someone who needs better coverage in their house to connect to the Internet for browsing, email etc. but I'd still recommend my NETGEAR 600 (but look carefully at the full model number - they have several versions of this) if you do a lot of streaming. The exact Model 600 is the WNDR-3800, which used to show up in the comparison charts, but when I pulled up the N900 page I didn't see it. I did a search on Amazon for wndr-3800 and it came up immediately.
Other than that you can pay the big bux and buy the 802.11AC routers and adapters, but I'd wait until the standard is officially ratified. At this time, none of the brands currently for sale can really claim to work flawlessly with each others components, so hang in there until you see it on the box "Certified 802.11AC Standards" just to be safe (the last I read, it should be a done deal before the end of the year).