Netgear WNDR4300 review: 3800+4000=4300

Best of both worlds?



Last year's WNDR3800 and WNDR4000 from Netgear are routers that definitely managed to impress us. The WNDR4300 is supposed to combine the best elements of both those devices, judging from the 'Premium Edition' title the WNDR3800 also had, and the fact that it has N750 in the name, something the WNDR4000 had as well.

We were wondering last year about the reasoning behind the dual approach of Netgear's router strategy. The WNDR4500 and the WNDR3800 were aimed at two different types of consumers. One that cares mostly about having lots of features, and the other that's more interested in the highest possible transfer rates. The WNDR3800 provided 300 Mbps on both bands, but it was called the 'Premium Edition'. The WNDR4500 did not get that title, but it provides a theoretical maximum speed of 450 Mbps on both bands. We never quite grasped the logic behind this strategy, why not create a router that has both tons of features AND a high transfer rate?

Netgear WNDR4300

The new WNDR4300 in a way combines the WNDR3800 and the WNDR4000. In terms of appearance it's not really a challenge to get them to look alike. The only difference between the older two was the strip on the front, red on the WNDR3800 and grey on the WNDR4000. On the new WNDR4300 that strip is silver, other than that it's the same casing. It's possible to position the router vertically, horizontally, and to hang it on a wall.

The back of the router has four gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, a USB 2.0 port and a power button. The front has two buttons, one for WPS and one for disabling the wireless modules. The LEDs in the strip indicate which features are enabled.

Netgear WNDR4300

The average price of the WNDR4300 is £122.

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