Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router

  • Wireless N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router with WiFi Speeds up to 600 Mbps (300 + 300) ideal for HD video streaming and other demaning applications
  • Security – Best in class (WPA/WPA2?PSK) and WEP and Push ?N? Connect ensures a quick and secure network connection using WiFi Protected Setup® (WPS)
  • NETGEAR Genie® ? Easy dashboard control to manage, monitor and repair your home network
  • WiFi Range – Simulateous Dual Band doubles bandwidth while reducing WiFi interefearece and is ideal for larger homes with many connected devices
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • Clear Channel Selector – Dynamically avoids busy Wi-Fi channels for clear and fast wireless connections automatically
  • NETGEAR Genie? – Easy dashboard control to manage, monitor, and repair home networks.
  • ReadySHARE® Cloud – Access and share files on an attached USB hard drive anywhere you have an Internet connection.
  • ReadySHARE® Printer – Wirelessly print from your Mac or PC to a connected USB printer.
  • ReadySHARE® USB – easily share media stored on USB thumbdrives and hard drives with any DLNA device on your network, ReadySHARE® Printer – wirelessly print from your computer to a connected USB printer

The NETGEAR® N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router – Premium Edition (WNDR3800) provides high performance WiFi speed and range required for demanding applications along with a suite of premium features that makes the most out of your home network.

List Price: $ 220.00

Price: $ 111.93

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3 responses to “Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router”

  1. Damodar Chetty says:
    185 of 191 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The new king of the hill, September 21, 2011
    Damodar Chetty (Minnesota, US [www.swengsol.com]) –
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    This review is from: Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router (Personal Computers)
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    Update Oct 21, 2011: At the one month mark, this router has been functioning without reboots/restarts/drops in a house full of network bandwidth hungry clients – still @ FW I’ve even forgotten that I swapped routers – the true test of a good invisible appliance 🙂

    Update Oct 03, 2011: While I have not encountered any problems, there are complaints about the firmware dropping wireless connections in 2.4GHz 802.11n mode and with DNS issues that require reboots of the router. A beta update has been released to fix the latter problem.


    In a span of about 6 months, Netgear has released the WNDR4000, the WNDR3800, and the WNDR4500. Unfortunately, unlike most normal product naming schemes, higher model numbers do not necessarily translate into more functionality.

    For instance, the WNDR3800 will have a greater impact on my own home network simply because:
    1. Most of my devices (incl. consoles and media devices) use the 2.4GHz spectrum (where Clear Channel helps).
    2. Most of my needs center around media streaming (where video mode helps).

    So how does it perform?
    I ran some benchmarks using iPerf between two computers, connected wirelessly on the 2.4GHz band. Impressively, the WNDR3800 gave me a constant throughput of about 24 to 26 Mbps.

    inSSIDer also indicates that with the WNDR3800’s amplifiers, my RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) amplitude is at least 10dB better than when using my WNDR3700.

    In real world tests – streaming Netflix and other content was great on all my media devices.

    Enumerating the Pros:

    1. Easy install. Follow the simple procedure outlined in the comments below, and you’ll be online in minutes.

    2. Solid, stable connection with great range
    No feature set in the world could make up for dropped connections. Fortunately, my connection is steady even diagonally across my home, through multiple walls/floors.

    3. Clear Channel technology.
    When interference is detected on the 2.4GHz band (e.g., too many packets dropped), the 3800 automatically moves its clients to a different channel. Using inSSIDer, you can see this happen over time.

    4. Video Mode
    The 3800 can prioritize video packets on the 5GHz band, to minimize stutter.

    5. ReadyShare storage and Cloud
    Router based storage usually trades off features and performance, for convenience. Still, the WNDR3800 performed well on my network. I was even able to attach 2 drives via a USB 2.0 hub. The ReadyShare Cloud made these drives available to me over the Internet (using a downloaded applet) – even through a corporate firewall!

    6. USB printing
    I was able to scan/print using a HP Photosmart C310 all-in-one on a USB hub, using a downloaded USB Control Center applet.

    7. Easy firmware upgrade – my update to was handled seamlessly by the router.


    Netgear seems to have violated a key marketing lesson – make it easier for customers to compare sibling products.

    In short, the 4500 > 4000 > 3800 in terms of 802.11n spec implementations (see comments section for more details).

    However, in my opinion, the 3800 > 4500 > 4000 in terms of real world usage. The reasons for this assertion?

    1. the 3800 has awesome support for HD media streaming applications (using video mode and Clear Channel). Not available on the 4000/4500.
    2. the 3800 provides access to the ReadyShare Cloud. Not available on the 4000/4500.
    3. the 3800 provides access to USB-based printers/storage – all on a single hub! The 4000 does not support printer sharing.
    4. the 3800 supports Apple Time machine and Tivo. Not supported by the 4000/4500. (Note: I can’t speak for either of these features).

    The best use case for the WNDR3800 is when your network carries a combination of video, media, and data; and you live in a network dense area (where Clear Channel helps).

    On the other hand, the 4000/4500 will shine whenever their extra range and bandwidth can be harnessed.

    With its awesome feature set, this is hands down one of the most versatile routers on the market today, and I’m very happy with its performance.

    Happy Networking!

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  2. swjtx says:
    59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    WNDR3800 Premium, September 4, 2011
    swjtx (TX, USA) –

    This review is from: Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router (Personal Computers)

    Ok to start with, This WNDR3800 is replacing my WNDR37AV. Prior to that, I had a variety of wireless routers such as the Netgear WNDR3700, Linksys WRT54G, a couple of DLinks and others either at home or in an “unsupported” configuration at work. Not saying I’m a guru, but I do have some router experience.

    My network devices consist of 2 wired computers, a TCP/IP printer, 3 wireless security cameras, two Wireless laptops, an Iphone, an external USB drive for filesharing/DLNA and a wireless DLNA LED TV. I also have Vonage for my home phone which is an IP phone service that needs an internet connection so the 2 wired computers, printer, and IP phone occupy the 4 LAN ports on the router.

    I like the new GUI on the 3800. There are two main tabs (Basic and Advanced). When comparing directly to the WNDR37xx, the new GUI is more intuitive. If you simply need to connect a wireless laptop, smartphone or a readyshare device, you might find all you need under the Basic tab. The Basic settings are going to get your router talking to your ISP, set up your wireless SSID’s and security, show you a list of attached devices, allow you to set up parental controls, configure the readyshare (including the new readyshare “cloud”), and set up your guest network.

    The Basic tab has a “Home” button which give you a graphical menu to get to the other pages and shows some basic infomation such as “Internet-Status: Good” This is a great quickview dashboard for the status of your routers’ functions and lets you see at a glance if and where there might be a problem.

    If you need a special configuration for your DHCP, or have to do some port forwarding or want to use DMZ, or setup QoS, you should just start with the “Advanced” tab because the same Internet, wireless and guest network settings pages found on the basic tab also exist under advanced. In fact, I did not do a complete 1:1 but it appears all the basic settings pages exist somewhere in the “Advanced” settings tab. Also under advanced is a home button called “ADVANCED Home” and the page it opens shows 6 panes with basic info for Router info, Internet Port, Wireless Settings 2.4 Ghz, Wireless Settings 5.0 Ghz, Guest Network 2.4 Ghz and Guest Network 5.0 Ghz.

    There is also a “Setup Wizard” and a “WPS Wizard” button on the “Advanced” page. I didn’t use either one but those less familiar with advanced settings will probably appreciate them.

    “Advanced” is also where you can update the firmware, backup your configuration, set password, view logs, configure DynDNS, remote mangement etc. etc. etc.

    It took about a half hour to configure. All wireless devices connect including my wireless IP cameras, a couple of which are quite a distance away so good range from under my desk. Laptop and Iphone work from anywhere in the house or yard with all bars full. The setup to block internet access at predetermined times/days works great for those who want to shut it down automatically so their kids will sleep.

    There is a “help” bar along the bottom of the page including a “search” box. If you click to open it up, it only opens up vertically about an inch and a half along the bottom of the page and there is no option to expand it vertically which would have been nice but I like it better than the help system on the older version that opened up cramped along the right-hand side of the page.

    All in all, the configuration pages are laid out cleaner and less cluttered than previous versions. They even added a little color so it doesn’t look like a jumble of geek code anymore. That said, there is a lot that is the same compared to older Netgear routers so if you are used to looking at one of them, this one will be familiar.

    The router comes preconfigured with an SSID name and a unique password that is written on a label on the bottom of the router. I elected to change it since all my wireless devices are already configured to look for a specific SSID/passkey and it’s easier to change the router than to change everything else.

    In addition, Netgear provides the Netgear Genie application. This is a program you download from the Netgear site and install on your PC. You don’t have to use it but it’s pretty cool. It gives you access you router’s settings and you can run it in the background using about 36K memory and almost no cpu cycles so it’s not a resource hog. One thing I really like about this app is the network map. Instead of a list you get an actual map showing icons for connected devices that are actually named correctly and if the icon isn’t correct, you can click on the device and modify it choosing any one of many different icons available. Mouse over any device shows you it’s IP. I love this network map!

    As I said, I’m not a pro so I don’t have a lab to do throughput testing or a signal meter to measure the db power of the wireless signal or a fancy oscilliscope to…

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  3. RGO says:
    68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Firmware problems, September 15, 2011

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    The current firmware ( appears to be broken. It regularly drops wireless connections, or worse – keeps your wireless device connected to the router, but with no connectivity to the internet or the rest of your network. Netgear appears to know about this issue (see their support forums: search for the thread “Lost Internet Connection Issues with 3800”). Very disappointing to have a wireless router that can’t perform its most basic function correctly. Will update this review if a firmware fix comes out before my return period is over.

    UPDATE: Tried the V1.0.0.19-DNS firmware, which can be found in the comments. Kudos to Netgear for the responsive support. The -19 firmware is not a complete fix, however. While the connection to the router appears to be solid, I still experience internet dropouts on my wireless devices. These dropouts usually recover after a few seconds. This is an improvement over the -18 firmware, which could only be fixed with a power cycling or reboot of the router, but still not acceptable. Love the feature list of this router, but the features need to work… If you are looking to purchase this router, you might want to wait until it is a little more mature. After some additional research, this isn’t the first Netgear router to have these kinds of issues.

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