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Netgear WNDR3700 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £124
inc VAT

An excellent range of features, but this router performed inconsistently in our wireless transfer tests, with poor 5GHz speeds.


draft 802.11n dual band, 4x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

Netgear’s WNDR3700 is an expensive wireless router with some enticing features, including dual-band wireless networking, a USB port that lets you use the router as a network storage device and a wireless guest network, so visitors can access the internet but not the rest of your network.

It’s easy to configure using the setup CD or the wizard built into the router’s web interface. It doesn’t prompt you to configure your wireless security settings, so don’t forget to do this straight away. The interface looks a little cluttered but is easy to use, with detailed notes on every feature.

Useful advanced options include remote management, so you can access its settings from outside your local network, QoS web traffic shaping, a 5GHz Video Network mode to optimise local media streaming and the ability to block specific port ranges or websites according to a schedule. A traffic meter lets you limit the total amount of data downloaded, which is useful if you’re on metered broadband.

As well as accessing USB storage as a Windows (SMB) share on your network, you can share it over HTTP or FTP. The HTTP web page is a simple file list and doesn’t let you upload content, but you can upload files via FTP. The catch is that the router supports only two accounts: admin and guest.

Like all 802.11n routers, the WNDR3700 ships with channel-bonding disabled in 2.4GHz mode, although it’s enabled in 5GHz mode. Disabling channel-bonding limits the router to a theoretical maximum throughput of 130Mbit/s, but this makes little difference in our real-world tests. Channel-bonding can improve performance if you experience poor signal quality, but it tends to reduce the maximum range of your signal. This router performed better without it.

Performance in our speed tests was variable. In the 2.4GHz band, we saw a maximum speed of just 25Mbit/s at a distance of 10m – poor compared with every router in our last group test – but it managed an impressive 26Mbit/s at 20m, one of the fastest speeds we’ve seen at that distance.

Our 2.4GHz tests with Netgear’s own WNDA3100 wireless adaptor were disappointing. All were slower than the results from our Centrino 2 laptop, even when we switched channels. Its 5GHz throughput with Netgear’s own adaptor was great at short to medium distances, with speeds of 81Mbit/s at 1m and 67Mbit/s at 10m. Sadly, the best result at 20m was just 17Mbit/s, which is slower than using our laptop on the 2.4GHz band.

The WNDR3700 has some brilliant features but its high price and inconsistent transfer speeds make it hard to recommend. If you need a simultaneous dual-band router with USB NAS capabilities, we recommend Linksys’s similarly priced WRT610N.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Modem type none
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
Draft 802.11n support yes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz support yes
MIMO yes
Turbo mode channel-bonding
Stated speed 300Mbit/s


128-bit WEP yes
WPA yes
WPA2 yes
Firewall yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ yes


Size 223x153x31mm
Antennas 8
Internal/external antennas internal
Upgradeable antenna no
Number of WAN ports 1
Ethernet ports 4
Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Other ports USB
Wall mountable yes
Power consumption on 6W

Other Features

Dynamic DNS yes
Universal Plug and Play support yes
DHCP server yes
MAC spoofing yes
Port forwarding yes
WDS Support yes
USB device support yes
QoS yes

Buying Information

Price £124
Warranty one year RTB