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WNDR37AV IEEE 802.11n Wireless Router (2.40 GHz ISM Band - 5 GHz UNII Band - 54 Mbit/s Wireless Speed - 4 x Network Port - 1 x Broadband Port - USB - Gigabit Ethernet)

IntelliRating: 4 stars
Pros: Dual-band router with second band dedicated to media streaming, Has USB port for content stored on removable media, Enterprise-level security
Cons: Some devices may not support a 5.0 band connection, 37AV is a firmware update instead of a physical release

Review: The appeal of a wireless network lies in its flexibility, both in installation and use. After all, who would want to spend hours setting up a wired network when you could already be spending that time going online? And that's assuming that your device has a physical Ethernet port on it, which handheld devices obviously won't have. Now, consider a wireless router like the Netgear WNDR37AV Wireless Router for Video and Gaming. This dual-band, 802.11N device provides not just stable, secure and fast Internet connection sharing over long distances, it can also, through a USB port, double as a media and gaming server without the need for a computer if you have other devices like televisions or media players compatible with the DLNA standard. Optimized for HD content, the WNDR37AV wireless router has a separate network dedicated to stream video data without creating interference in other users, even if they are doing bandwidth-intensive activities like P2P downloading. This router provides a maximum output of 350 Mbps over wireless; for users who user wired connections, they can expect gigabit transmission speeds courtesy of the four RJ-45 ports on the WNDR37AV, not to mention a more secure line. With regards to security, the Netgear WNDR37AV Wireless Router boasts of enterprise-level security features that will make users feel more secure. It has WPA and WPA 2 encryption, a firewall, and support for multiple SSIDs that allow you to create another network for guests if you are not too keen on letting other people access your home network. Parents will feel safer knowing that with the WNDR37AV's Live Parental Controls, the kids won't end up surfing sites with questionable content. As mentioned, this router has strong DLNA support, meaning you can stream content stored on media like external hard drives or flash drives directly to your audiovisual equipment. Best of all, it's completely plug and play once the unit is hooked up to a modem, so there's no need for additional configuration. If you plan on getting the Netgear WNDR37AV Wireless Router for your local network, first make sure that your device offers support for dual-band wireless to make use of the 5.0Ghz band. If this is the case, you may experience a decrease in speed, as you will be latching on to the 2.4Ghz band. Also, some users have noticed that this router comes in a package marked correctly but the hardware inside is a 3700, another model entirely. This is because the 37AV release is a firmware update rather than a new release. Otherwise, the WNDR37AV is a robust unit that has great performance going for it.

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