Netgear N600 DGND3700 [mac] review
The DGND3700 is a rather plain-looking router, but its appearance doesn’t do justice to the hardware in contains. As well as all the usual aspects of premium wireless routers, such as supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks, the ability to work with both cable and DSL internet connections, Gigabit Ethernet and two USB ports at the back, it provides plenty of ways to use all the technology it offers.
For example, it has a built-in DLNA server, allowing streaming of music or video from attached USB storage to any other device that supports it, including certain televisions. You can choose to share files as a local network share, or over the internet via FTP or secure HTTP. This works perfectly well, but due to the limited scope for editing security settings in the built-in software, we’d prefer an FTP or Web server running on a dedicated computer when sharing files online.
Netgear has used the same frame-based design for its on-board software interface for years, and it looks more suited to a budget router than one that costs this much. Nevertheless there are lots of options to configure the network, with the usual port forwarding, QOS settings and firewall, and the addition of content filtering. This isn’t as advanced as the whitelists DrayTek uses on its Vigor routers, but you can still block specific domains and keywords for some computers, while allowing them for others
The DGND3700 is quite expensive, considering some of these extras are already present in cheaper models. However its performance is what sets it apart, beaten only by the more expensive Fritz!box and DrayTek Vigor. At short range, our file transferred across at 75Mbps while at long range it achieved 30Mbps.
This added performance just about makes it worth the asking price, although given the choice, we’d prefer to pay less and forgo a few of the router’s features.