I normally don’t review non-photography products, but since my good old Linksys WRT54G wireless router went south, I thought I might save you some time and write a blog entitled “Netgear N75 review”. I was in desperate need of a new wireless router and fast. My normal process for researching a product can be two to four weeks; unfortunately I did not have this luxury, so I hopped on it ASAP. I found 3 routers that looked like a winner, one was over $200, one was just right and the other didn’t get spectacular reviews.
The Netgear N750 is considered a smart router and boasts the following features:
Faster WiFi speed 300+450—Up to 750 Mbps
Improves WiFi range for medium to large homes
Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive & printer
ReadySHARE® Cloud—Access & share USB hard drive remotely
I am a fan of Linksys and have purchased about 5 or 6 of their products over the years, but I wanted to keep an open mind and take a look at all of them. So, I started by calling my local Internet provider, COX and asked them what they recommended for their subscribers they suggested the Netgear N750 wireless router, and so I ordered one. After a few days, I received a box from Amazon and setup my new wireless router.
After a few days, I had a few complaints that consisted of:
My first issue one with the Netgear router was after logging into the unity, Clicking on any of the support links at the bottom took you to the Japanese version of support. My Japanese is rough these days and the only way to correct this is to roll back the Firmware version.
The second issue was the ReadyShare feature did not function nor did the Media Server. Tech support could not give me a valid reason for this and chalked it up to the firmware again.
Third on the list was Parental controls. I wanted a way to restrict the kids from being on the Internet 24/7. The Netgear would allow me to do this; unfortunately everyone had to be restricted because this functionally depended on a Static IP Address. And since most portable devices use DHCP, you are S.O.L.
However the Netgear wasn’t all bad. Here are some features that I liked:
Hiding your SSID. I have seen a lot of controversy on the Internet, regarding your networks SSID and keeping it secret, I am a fan. Here is my theory; if you can’t see the door do you know how to get in? Will it prevent your network from being hacked by Edward Snowden, No! Will it keep your annoying neighbor kid out, Yes! You do the math.
The Netgear Genie is a cool little application that you install on your computer that allows you to control your router, as well as monitor the network without having to open an Internet browser and logging in. Keep in mind the WiFi Connection may show the Status as Not Enabled, this is due to not having a Wireless card in your system.
Separate networks. Another neat feature of the Netgear is the ability is the basically name all 4 networks differently. This includes 2 at 2.4Ghz and 2 at 5.0Ghz.
Even though, I ended up returning the Netgear, the unit worked well and I had no issues with the signal or range. It just lacked a few things that I have become accustomed too and were really high on my list. That’s my 2¢.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next purchase and save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.