Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router WNDR3300 - Netgear RangeMax WNDR3300

By Dave Mitchell



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Netgear's web access controls are nothing special as all you can do is manually create a list of blocked domains or URLs that match a list of up to 255 keywords. There's no option that allows you to block all Internet access except to only those sites you list. The Internet Access QoS (quality of service) settings could prove useful as you can choose from a predefined list of online games and assign one of four priorities to them. You can add your own custom applications if you wish and QoS priorities can also be applied to specific LAN ports and MAC addresses. For the latter the router displays all currently connected systems making it easier to provide the relevant address.

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For testing we installed Netgear's new WNDA3100 dual-band Wireless-N USB adapter in a 1.6GHz Fujitsu Siemens notebook running Windows XP SP2. The bundled utility makes very light work of wireless connections as it scans for access points, works out which encryption scheme is active and, once you've entered a key, sets the connection up for you.Usefully, the LED on the side of the adapter glows blue for an 5GHz connection and orange if it's 2.4GHz.

Real world performance proved to be a disappointment as with the fastest dual band mode selected a copy of a 690MB video clip returned a modest 48Mbps over a close range WPA encrypted connection. However, we did see improved signal strength when the laptop was moved to the floor below with three brick walls in the way as this dropped to around sixty per cent - most wireless-N routers fall below fifty per cent. It was sunny day as well so we caught some rays in the garden and with the laptop twenty metres away signal strength held out at around 75-80 per cent.


The dual band feature is capable of improving wireless range and makes the router comparatively good value. However, Gigabit Ethernet isn't on the menu, wireless performance is nothing to write home about and we were also concerned that during our wireless tests the router hung on a number of occasions when we changed the wireless mode and had to be rebooted to clear it.


March 21, 2010, 6:35 am

Do no purchase this wireless router.

When purchased, the setup wizard failed repeatedly. After an hour on the phone to India to someone who could not speak or hear me, it was determined that the software provided with the hardware was not compatible (after figuring out that it had nothing to do with my XP operating system). I manually logged into the IP for the router and set it. One month later, I began getting intermittent signal drops. I tried to reset the system and again contacted India for support. After another hour on the phone, their diagnosis was that my cable modem has a problem. The cable modem is fine, and I could tie into it directly without a problem. The cable modem has a dynamic IP, so if the router can not handle that - then why does it claim that it can? I bought a LinkSys wireless router and was up and running in 10 minutes. The older model LinkSys supposedly has a shorter range, but in fact the signal is just as good all over the house as the Netgear system was when it worked.


1 - Software incompatible with hardware, had to contact support and manually set up

2 - Hardware began to fail after one month

3 - Technical support difficult to understand and not capable of figuring out problems - like to blame it on something else.


June 28, 2011, 2:48 pm

I wnt for this router after reading this article.

I use it with both G and N gear (MacBooks (N), iPhones (G), Wii (G)).

You want to run it in simultaneous mode if you want to get the best perfomance for your N stuff from it. Running it in single mode, 2.4 GHz only, will drop everything down to the performance of your G rated equipment.

hyman sterling

October 25, 2013, 10:08 pm

i have this router and love it i have 2 hard wire connections and about 6 to 7 wireless devises runing at any given time with no problems what so ever if i ever have a problem the user interface is simple enough for port forwarding and the like .i have owned this router for a little over 2 years and its time for a upgrade but for what it is i love it.

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