The latest of our hardware reviews features the Netgear WNDR3700, a dual-band wireless gigabit router. This device does not contain a DSL modem so it is aimed at either cable-modem (i.e. Virgin Media) customers or people presented with an Ethernet connection (standard network port). This will become an ever more common way of connecting in coming years as the latest fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) or fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services from BT come with a router offering an Ethernet connection to the customer.
With current broadband speeds in the UK about to top out at 100Mbps following Virgin's newly announced 100Mbps service to go live before the end of the year, the addition of gigabit ports will help ensure that the router is not the bottleneck to this connection. It will also be able to cope with BT's 110Mbps service that they plan to launch next year, and any future upgrades to come. The wireless is capable of delivering faster than 100Mbps speeds through 802.11n, albeit at close range.
A usage counter, USB port (for connecting storage) and a media server using the ReadyDLNA standard add to the features for this well rounded device. Prices range between £130 and £150.