Netgear WNDR3700 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless Router
The WNDR3700v2 is no longer the flagship in Netgear's lineup, but remains worthy of consideration because of its impressive overall performance. Netgear has given the 'v2' version of this highly-rated router several internal modifications, though the end results are a mixed bag. Both owner reviews and SmallNetBuilder's testing highlight the fact that 5 GHz performance is actually decreased compared to the original. Detailed speed testing shows minor improvements in the 2.4 GHz band, though this is likely to go unnoticed in the real world. Despite the changes, the WNDR3700v2 still outperforms the vast majority of today's routers. The WNDR3700v2 is capable of simultaneous dual-band operation, so you can connect game consoles to the 2.4 GHz band while 5 GHz-capable devices can utilize that band's lack of interference. If you enjoy tinkering with routers, you'll be happy to know that the WNDR3700v2 can be modified to run customized DD-WRT firmware to suit your needs. However, do so at your own risk - the results will vary, and may not be to your liking.