The NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300 has shown itself to be reliable, pretty much reboot free, rarely drops connections, comes with secure configured Wi-Fi by default, and delivers buffering-free video and audio streaming throughout average sized homes, flats, and apartments.
Its Genie web interface supplies browser access to a large set of configuration options, and since its state-of-the-art wireless security is enabled right out of the box, you need not worry over creating an unsecured wireless connection with it. Hackers will find it difficult to “crack” the WPA2 AES security protocols herein. So, lets have a closer look.
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NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300 Features
– Faster WiFi speed 300 + 450 – up to 750Mbps.
– Improves WiFi range for medium to large homes.
– Wirelessly access and share USB Hard Drive and Printer.
– IPv6 Compatible-Future-proof your network.
– NETGEAR GENIE APP – Personal dashboard to monitor, manage and repair your network.
Our NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300 Review
The NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300, to give it its full name, is the top of the Netgear home router range excluding the ‘ultimate performance’ routers that feature the Gigabit wireless connections. When you compare the features on these ultimate performance routers, it’s mostly that they feature the 802.11ac wireless (up to 1300+mbps) compared to the 802.11n featured on the WNDR430 wireless – which is theoretically up to 750mbps hence the N750 moniker – but in reality, around 300+450mbps. Seeing that many wireless devices aren’t able to take full advantage of the Gigabit wireless bandwidth yet, the WNDR4300 should give you all the performance most people would need.
The WNDR4300 is certainly a good-looking piece of gear as far as routers go. It has a nice solid feel to it, good quality connectors for Ethernet & USB that have a reassuring definite ‘click’ when inserted, and a clear layout on the front panel LEDs to show activity and give quick status information. The unit can also either by stood on its side using the supplied foot stand, or you can lay it flat. So, you can either have it proudly on display or hidden away, the choice is yours.
As expected with a premium product the WNDR4300 comes packed with features. You will notice that there’s a wealth of features around sharing media across your home network. This means that you are able to share all your content throughout your own ‘Connected World’ environment. Most of us now have multiple devices that would benefit from this such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even smart televisions.
It is a router and not a modem, so you will need to have a separate modem to handle your main internet connection. You then connect your modem to the WAN Ethernet port on the WNDR4300 and it shares that internet connectivity to create your home network with internet access. If you don’t have a modem already, then there is an equivalent model of the WNDR4300 that also has modem features built in.
DNLA support means that any compatible devices that also carry DNLA can share media between them. This is supported by ReadySHARE USB access via the USB port on the router; simply plug in a DNLA supported external hard disk drive or USB stick and you can share your media & files with all other DNLA supporting devices. Great for ripping your films onto a disk and plugging it into your home cinema setup; no messing around with discs, you simply create a library and access them on demand.
The router also fully supports Netgear ReadySHARE Cloud service allowing you to access those files from across the internet. So, if you’re someone who finds that they are travelling away a lot for work, and have a decent internet connection, you can watch your own film library or listen to your music library – no matter what hotel room you find yourself in. The USB port also allows you to attach a USB printer and share it wireless around your network via the ReadyShare Printer feature.
This is a good way to convert an existing printer into a network printer, or even gives you the option of buying a printer without all the extra wireless networking built into it. It’s a simple but elegant solution that should be of great benefit to a home environment so that you can have a single shared printing resource. The WNDR4300 also supports Time Machine feature where an Apple device can backup wirelessly on the network, and also supports TiVo set-top boxes to extend disk space onto an external drive.
WNDR Physical Features
Wi-Fi ON / OFF button. If you wish to temporarily disable wireless operations, you can quickly do so by pressing this front-panel button. Then, you can turn Wifi back on without having to wait the entire boot-up period of time. Turning Wifi off, essentially converts this router into a 4-port gigabit switch, as Ethernet cable connected devices continue communicating through this device with its wireless functionality disables.
WPS activation button. To enter Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) mode, press this front panel button. Easily located for frequent wireless device authorizations.
Numerous front panel status LEDs. These include Power, Internet, 2.4 Ghz, 5 Ghz., LAN ports 1 through 4 activity, USB, Wi-fi off, and WPS availability lamps. These LEDs change colors and blink, indicating the various statuses that this router can assume during startup and normal operation. See the Users Manual for a complete description of these displays.
Minimum compliment of front panel buttons. These include just two; the Wi-fi on / off and WPS activation buttons, discussed above.
All connections made on the back panel. Rear panel ports, pictured below, include the USB, LAN ports 1 through 4 (black), the WAN port (yellow), and the power adapter port.
Power button on rear. The location of the power ON OFF button on the back, helps ensure against inadvertent pressing and accidental shut down of your network.
Hefty switching power adapter. The included 12-volt 2.5-amp 30 watt power supply does not sag, even during high-rate, long duration data bursts.
No fans. There’s no cooling fan inside to draw in performance robbing dust. The heat-generating components seem to be vented effectively without a blower.
For a complete list of security functions, please see the User’s Guide, linked to on the product support page given below.
Secure Wi-Fi right out of the box. The WNDR4300 comes pre-configured with password protected and encrypted Wi-Fi networks for both 2.4 and 5 Ghz. bands. One network per band. Each network has its own SSID and password. They do not share them cross band. WPA and WPA2 security schemes supported. The default wireless password is unique to your specific router and is quite hard to break for hackers. So many users may wish to not change the pass phrase, so that the password printed on the bottom of the router remains accurate.
Security event email notification. This router can email a specified email address with messages and alerts, telling of various configurable security events it experiences, as well as its logs.
Basic firewall functionality. The built-in firewall supports port filtering, service blocking, blocking by schedule, and keyword in HTTP blocking.
Resists common malicious attacks. DoS (Denial of Service) attacks are automatically thwarted.
DMZ support. Can be configured to bypass firewall protection and allow direct Internet access to a specific DMZ (demilitarized zone) server computer on your network.
USB security available. You can specify which USB devices will be able to share their content on this router. This feature is disabled by default, so that all appropriate storage devices will share.
MAC address restriction. The WNDR4300 can fence out devices attempting to access it, via their MAC addresses. This is disabled by default.
WNDR4300 Wireless Features
Access point mode. Can be configured as a wireless router (the default configuration), or a wireless access point. The router function provides network address translation (NAT) between your local network and the wide area network (WAN) as well as a WAP, DHCP, and firewall, working altogether as one device. Access point mode turns off the NAT, DHCP, and firewall functionality, and provides you a good quality dedicated WAP when you already have these services running elsewhere on your local network.
Repeater (WDS) mode. This router can be configured as a wireless repeater, and so, can function as a Wi-Fi network range extender in a WDS (wireless distribution system).
Dual Bands. 2.4 and 5 Ghz. 802.11 AC provided, and it can broadcast on both at the same time (each network has its own SSID). Users can connect to both networks simultaneously.
Many wireless standards supported. IEEE 802.11 b/g/n on 2.4 Ghz. IEEE 802.11 a/n on 5 Ghz.
Medium signal coverage range. Both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. networks have enough range / reach to function well throughout small to medium homes.
WPS Support. Also known as Push ‘N’ Connect, allows quick establishment of access for WPS-enabled devices to your Wi-Fi network, without need of host network SSID details or enter network passwords.
Guest networks. Features two guest networks that allows people to access other devices on your network as well as the Internet. Access to local network devices can be switched on or off. Configurable guest SIDs are provided for the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. bands (one for each), and they are disabled by default.
WNDR4300 Performance Features
Good streaming performance. Our streaming audio and video devices work markedly better, including DVRs, tablets, smart TVs, and iPhones.
IPv6 Support. Can function in an IPv6 network environment. You’ll be ready when the Internet migrates to IPv6; even though this has been, and will likely continue being, a very slow migration.
Decently Fast Data rates. Up to 600 Mbps throughput on 5 Ghz., and simultaneous 600 Mbps on 2.4 Ghz. Speedier than many of the tri-band 3X3 access points.
WMM QoS support. Quality of Service packet prioritization can be enabled for specific local devices, applications, and / or Ethernet port numbers. Also, Internet QoS is provided, allowing specific applications and Ethernet port numbers to receive user specified prioritization.
DLNA Support. Allows searching and playing your media (music and movie files) on DLNA enabled smart televisions and game consoles.
Genie Web Interface. Features Netgear’s Genie setup and configuration interface, which makes a breeze, setting up the basic wired and wireless networks as well as configuring the built-in network sharing of any attached USB storage devices (ReadyShare). With Genie, you can monitor router status, access the router’s configuration pages from either a wired or wireless device, upgrade the firmware, change wireless network names and passwords, and configure over a hundred network specific parameters. A mobile Genie app is also available. However, for basic network setup, no need to access Genie at all.
Automatic detection of available firmware upgrades. The system notifies you when you log into its Genie interface if a later revision of the router’s firmware is available for download. You can then instruct the router to go ahead and download and install the latest firmware, without having to first download the firmware file to a PC that’s connected to the router, and then upload that file to the router. However, an Upgrade option is still available if you want to install a different version of the firmware than the latest one.
Parental controls. Supports blocking of specific web sites, to prevent children from viewing adult content sites. You can also apply categorical filtering. The levels include High, Moderate, Low, Minimal, and None. Scheduled filtering as well as keyword match filtering can also be configured.
USB port. Contains one USB A connector on the back panel, for attaching a USB hard drive or thumb drive, which can then be shared by other devices on the same network, or via FTP or HTTP, on the Internet.
File sharing on the Internet. With a USB storage device attached, the WNDR4300 can act as an FTP server allowing users on the Internet to access files on that device. Windows file sharing is also supported on the local network.
ReadyDLNA media server support. This router can act as a media server, and supports media streaming from an attached USB storage device to network attached devices that conform to the DLNA/UPnP AV specification.
USB printer support. Makes any attached printer accessible to other Mac and Windows computers on your network. However, requires a utility program be installed and running on each computer from which you’d like to print to the USB printer plugged into the router’s USB port.
Broad device compatibility. Works with Windows, Android (Nexus, Samsung, Amazon Kindle), and iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) mobile devices.
Gigabit network ports throughout. The five back panel Ethernet ports, including the WAN port, are all capable of gigabit data speeds, making this router capable of handling high-bandwidth Internet services throughout both its wired and wireless networks. The ports also auto-detect the speed of connected to them and can slow down to either 100 Mbps or 10 Mbps as required, without throttling back the rest of the system.
Save / restore system configuration. You can save the current router configuration parameters to a file on your computer and restore it if you subsequently make changes to the router that “break” it.
System logs. The unit keeps a log of routine and error conditions encountered in its memory, that you can access via its web interface. Or, it can email you the log info periodically. Maintains both a general log as well as a wireless system log.
uPnP support. Allows universal plug and play devices on the network to discover and communicate with each other.
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Moving onto some of the other features we have Easy Install; a feature that really is as simple as plug and play. I saw where one user said, “I found the easy install to work brilliantly and it really was just a case of hooking the router into my network, attached to my Virgin Media SuperHub and everything was automatically detected, setup, and internet access was granted to everything attached via Ethernet.”
Admin areas: One of the key features on the Netgear range now are their Netgear genie apps. These apps can be used for full administration of your network, and come in a variety of formats such as a desktop app, an Android app, and also an iOS app. These are very well built and give you all the critical functions that you need to change key settings on the router. I used all 3 of the apps, plus the standard web interface built into the router that can be accessed by a browser and I have to say I was very impressed with the Genie software on all platforms.
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The Genie apps give you full control over your media sharing too, and I found this to be a useful tool in that you could use it to stop and start your media, or even watch it on your connected devices. I found this was a great way to watch films on my iPad streamed directly from my home theatre PC. The standard built in embedded browser software is no slouch either and is nicely laid out, and easy to find what you’re looking for.
Overall the Netgear WNDR4300 package is pretty feature packed and you get a lot of good technology for your cash.
What NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300 Customers Say
“I bought this as a replacement for the same model. The original ran 24/7 for 5+ years with no issues. This was in the southwest and even with AC the indoor ambient could hit 85F. I’m guessing that’s about a reasonable life span given the the usage and location.
Anyone who can “RTFM” can set it up with few problems. (Some older printers may need to use static IP addresses) Typically it would have two PCs, two mobile phones, two printers and a Roku (streaming Netflix) connected and communicating all at once. No sign of bandwidth limitation.” …. Read More
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NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300 Review Verdict
The NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router WNDR4300 is a reasonably priced and good-performing wireless router. I particularly like the affordability yet high speed and reliability, as well as the extensive Genie web-based administration interface, which gives you highly granular control over hundreds of operational settings, regulating overall behavior and function. The accomplished IT network professional will truly appreciate this router’s plethora of advanced settings and attributes.
Yet the novice will marvel at how little must be learned in order to get this equipment up and running initially. Netgear did a good job designing this router, satisfying beginners and experts alike. I give the WNDR4300 an unreserved recommendation for anyone looking for an easy way to setup their own ‘connected world’, or just improve performance over their existing hardware.
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