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Router Review: Netgear WNDR3700 dual-band gigabit router

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.


Could you review the Billion BiPAC 7800N and compare it with this Netgear?

  • csimon
  • over 10 years ago

"(FTTC) services from BT come with a router offering an Ethernet connection to the customer."

a modem, shirley ?

  • herdwick
  • over 10 years ago

Nice router :) Gigabit WAN and LAN... very nice :D

  • Legolash2o
  • over 10 years ago

Apple Airport Base Station has had Gigabit WAN & LAN for quite some time, as well as dual-band WiFi plus separate Guest network. Could be worth a review as we get more choice in this area. On LAN to LAN tests with CAT 6 cabling I've seen it top over 800Mbps real world speeds.

  • bosie
  • over 10 years ago

I don't suppose its possible to confirm it it has the flaw the previous WNR's do with routed IP. The flaw basically is that it will not let you setup routed IP with an in range WAN IP (line most providers who will do routed IP on FTTC will be offering).

  • Drefsab
  • over 10 years ago

@herdwick Shirley not? Where does modulation and demodulation enter into an all digital network?

  • Mr_Fluffy
  • over 10 years ago

Netgear's support for this router has been non-existent...

I had this router for more than a year and they yet have to fix some of the issues found on this router...

  • olisun
  • over 10 years ago

Please note that the WAN LAN throughput is 400Mbs, thus future-proofing the user for 200Mb and 400Mb connections. I am on the 200Mb trial in Coventry and my WNDR3700 is performing perfectly at those speeds.

I agree with the poster who observed that the firmware has not been updated often enough.

  • roughbeast
  • over 10 years ago

I recently came back to VM for 50Mbit and bought myself a Linksys WRT610n, after trying two brand new routers they kept killing the WAN speed to 3-5Mbit so I got the Netgear WNDR3700. It's a nicely designed and well functioning router, I don't think I've had any serious issues with it.
The UI is a bit annoying though, but offers enough flexibility. I just wish I could run Tomato on it!

  • Saltank
  • over 10 years ago

got a WNDR3700 from pixmania last week for £95, bargin. Did come with a euro plug, but they included and adapter free. Got this for my FTTC install that went in today \o/ Seems a nice router, updating the FW without the need to reboot is already a plus

  • tuff
  • over 10 years ago

Where do the satellite prices in the article come from? Beyondsl charges £30/month for 4Mbps and the kit is £300.

You can self-install - it's not rocket science drilling a hole thru a windowframe!!

Plus I think the next 2 weeks will see announcements about 100Mbps symmetrical FTTH in rural areas that is highly affordable to install and not from BT. That should put BET back in the box in the cellar it belongs in.

  • digitaldales
  • over 10 years ago

oops, human glitch, soz wrong forum!!

  • digitaldales
  • over 10 years ago

@Drefsab as in the WAN and LAN IPs in the same range? That could be checked...

  • Tolien
  • over 10 years ago



  • otester
  • over 10 years ago

I look forward to seeing the 100Meg FTTH options, can I join the queue

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 10 years ago

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