Netgear WNDR4000 N750 review

28 Jan 2012

Quick in some areas, and boasts plenty of features, but a touch too expensive

Netgear WNDR4000 N750
Price when reviewed: 
143(£143 inc VAT)
4

From the name, you might suspect that Netgear's N750 cable router was capable of some truly stratospheric speeds. In theory, you'd be right, although the number is a bit of a fudge. Its theoretical top speed isn't 750Mbits/sec but 450Mbits/sec (the N750 moniker is arrived at by adding the theoretical top speeds available in each frequency band – 300Mbits/sec over 2.4GHz and 450Mbits/sec over 5GHz).

Still, this is plenty of power, and it translated to good speed in our wireless tests. From a distance of around 2.5m over 2.4GHz, we achieved average speeds of 11.8MB/sec, and over 5GHz that climbed to 22.5MB/sec. Long-range speed (from around 40m with a wall and a double-glazed window in the way) over 2.4GHz was decent as well, with the N750 achieving an average speed of 3.1MB/sec.

Where this router fell short, however, was with its long-range performance in the 5GHz frequency band. We measured an average rate of 0.7MB/sec in the long-range test.

That’s disappointing, especially in light of its cousin's (the N600) excellent long-range performance. That router was 52% faster over 2.4GHz and 309% faster over 5GHz in the same test. And there are more areas where it doesn’t match up. N750 is compatible with only cable connections; there’s only one USB socket; and NAS performance is middling. With a portable USB 3 drive hooked up, our tests returned 3.8MB/sec.

At least you get the same, feature-packed web front-end as with the N600, with support for media sharing and user-level access control to shared drives, a wireless repeater function for extending existing 2.4GHz networks, and the same bandwidth monitoring features.

But even with four Gigabit Ethernet ports at the rear, all these features, and the raw speed over 5GHz at close range, the N750 can’t overcome its biggest problem. It isn't as good or as cheap as its cousin, the N600.

Details

Price ex VAT £119
Price inc VAT £143
Overall rating 4
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 2
WiFi standard 802.11n
Modem type Cable

Wireless standards

802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes

LAN ports

Gigabit LAN ports 4
10/100 LAN ports 0

Features

MAC address cloning yes
Wireless bridge (WDS) yes
Interior antennae 8
Exterior antennae 0
802.11e QoS yes
User-configurable QoS yes
UPnP support yes
Dynamic DNS yes

Security

WEP support no
WPA support yes
WPA Enterprise support no
WPS (wireless protected setup) yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ support yes
VPN support yes
Port forwarding/virtual server yes
Intrusion detection yes
DoS protection yes
Web content filtering no
Email alerts yes
Activity/event logging yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 76 x 160 x 233mm (WDH)