|Netgear WNR2000 Wireless-N Router (Black)
|List Price: $108.00
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PRODUCT FEATURES:Simple and secure way to share your high-speed Internet connectionPush 'N' Connect securely connects at the touch of a buttonWireless-N technology delivers exceptional range and speedEasy setup with Smart Wizard Installation CDPush 'N' Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) allows you to add computers to the network quickly and securelyAutomatically checks and upgrades to latest software for optimal performanceInternal antennas deliver maximum performance and rangeConvenient on / off switch helps save energy when not in useEnergy Star-compliant efficient power supplyPackaging manufactured with at least 80% recycled materials
The NETGEAR WNR2000 Wireless-N Router, featuring the new 802.11n, or Wireless-N, standard, offers range and performance that is superior to previous generation 802.11g routers. When used with RangeMax Wireless-N adapters and Wireless-N devices, this router will significantly boost the speed and performance of your wireless network. And because it's backwards compatible with Wireless-G standards, you can continue to use your existing Wireless-G devices.
|The NETGEAR WNR2000 Wireless-N Router: |
- Provides blazing fast Wireless-N networks.
- Is backwards compatible with older Wireless-G networks.
- Has push-button connectivity.
- Automatically configures your router for virtually all ISP connections.
Easy Set-Up with Push 'N' Connect
Connecting securely to the network is as easy as pushing a button. View larger.
With four ethernet ports, you can connect with and without wires. View larger.
Setting up and connecting to the WNR2000 couldn't be easier. The router comes with a Smart Wizard installation CD that vastly simplifies the initial set-up process by automatically detecting and configuring your router for virtually all ISP connections.
Once your network is set up, the router's "Push 'N' Connect" feature takes over. To add a new computer to your network, you simply push a button on the router, and the router connects automatically and securely. This means that the days of having to remember complicated security keys and passwords are over. (This feature requires the use of compatible NETGEAR wireless adapters such as the NETGEAR WN111, WNDA3100, or WG111.)
The router has four Ethernet ports for wired connections. It also automatically checks and upgrades to the latest software, so you'll always be certain it's up-to-date and offering optimal performance.
Smart and Green Design
The router has an elegant and clean design, relying on internal antennas that offer maximum range without detracting from its streamlined look. An on/off switch lets you turn off the router when it's not in use. Energy Star compliant, the WNR2000 is stingy in its power use, and with packaging that's made of 80-percent recycled materials, it's as green as it gets.
High-Class Security Keeps Your Info Safe
The WNR2000 Wireless-N Router offers strong, double firewall protection that includes network address translation (NAT) to keep you network hidden from outside users, and stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall to deny outside requests for personal information.
Other security measures include denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention, intrusion detection and prevention (IDS), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK). The router offers both 64-bit and 128-bit encryption as well as a wireless access control that identifies authorized wireless network devices connected to your network.
For parental peace of mind, there are several options designed to keep your kids safe, including URL content filtering, time-based usage controls, and "trusted user" controls. The router's remote management controls make it easy to keep your kids online and protected.
NOTE: To achieve maximum speed and performance, NETGEAR recommends the use of the following Wireless-N adapters: RangeMax Wireless-N Laptop Adapter (WN511B), RangeMax Wireless-N PCI Adapter (WN311B), RangeMax Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter (WN111).
The NETGEAR WNR2000 Wireless-N Router measures 7 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches (HxWxD) and comes with a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
What's in the Box
Wireless-N router, stand, Ethernet cable, setup CD, power adapter, warranty/support information card.
- Wireless-N router offers significant speed and performance improvements over Wireless-G
- Simple and secure way to share your high-speed Internet connection
- Works with older Wireless-G devices and new Wireless-N devices
- Push 'N' Connect features simplifies set-up process; no need to remember complicated security keys or passwords
- Measures 7 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches (HxWxD); one-year warranty
- Good basic wireless router
I tested the Netgear WNR 2000 router on this setup:
iMac G4, system 10.4.11 (wired)
Safari 3.1.2 web browser
iPod Touch, first generation (wireless)
PlayStation 3 (wired & wireless)
Sony Vaio laptop (wired)
Apple iBook laptop (wireless)
*Setup and configuration on my iMac was fairly easy, even though the Netgear setup Wizard is not available for Macs. All I had to do was insert the "Start Here" CD-ROM and click on an HTML document. After that, I followed the basic step-by-step setup instructions by accessing the router through a web browser.
*However, a key thing that made setting up the router simple was that I already had my computer configured to use a wired DSL router. Somebody setting up a router and a network for the first time might need more help, especially Mac specific help, than the CD-ROM offers.
*The router is quite compact and doesn't have any external antennas.
*The power adapter is Energy Star certified and has a slim profile. Anybody using a plug strip will appreciate the adapter's small footprint.
*Each time the router is turned on, it automatically checks for firmware updates.
*All the critical information for running the router is printed on the back panel (MAC address, default login name and password, security PIN). The back panel also has a power on/off button, which is an unusual--and appreciated--feature for a router.
*According to the Shields Up firewall checking website (grc.com), the built-in firewall is set to complete stealth mode by default.
*Most of the instruction screens that are part of the web browser-based configuration function are clearly written and easy to understand.
*The Ethernet ports do not support gigabit Ethernet.
*There isn't any way to change the login name used to configure the router (it is easy to change the password, however).
*It took me some trial-and-error to figure out how to restrict wireless access to the router using MAC addresses. Neither the documentation nor the web browser interface help screens were much help.
*The status lights glow either amber or green. Unfortunately, the amber color can be difficult to distinguish from the green without looking closely at the router.
*No problems with the wired connections to my DSL modem, desktop computer, PS3, and obsolete Sony laptop.
*No problems with the wireless connections to my iPod, PS3, and an old iBook. I surfed the Web and used various web applications on the iPod and iBook. On the PS3, I did some downloads from the PlayStation Store and played Resistance 2, Pure, and Burnout Paradise online.
*I live in a densely populated area (both people and WiFi networks) and the router seems to be effective at both avoiding interference and maintaining contact with whatever is connected to it. However, I don't know how well the router would perform in a multiple story house or apartment.
Bottom line: The Netgear WNR 2000 is a good router for basic WiFi connections. If you are a Mac owner and don't feel comfortable setting things up without some handholding, you might want to consider an Apple Airport instead. Also, power users who do a lot of video streaming, connect multiple computers to WiFi, require gigabit Ethernet ports, or want an extremely strong signal with maximum range may want to consider Netgear's RangeMax routers....more info
- Great Wireless Router
I bought this Router because I wanted to experience Wireless N speeds and I had good fortune with a previous Netgear Router (WGR614 G). Set Up was simple due to the step by step process provided by Netgear on the CD. Initially, I was disappointed because I was only getting 65Mbps on my 5100 Intel Wireless Card (a/g/n), running Vista Home Premium (64 bit) on my Acer 8930-6306 notebook. I then went out and bought a D-Link DWA-160 USB adapter (Rev. B1) and surprisingly got 270 Mbps on a consistent basis. So, the problem was the Intel Wireless 5100 card (a/g/n) and not the Netgear N Router. I mention this because many people blame the Router for mediocre speeds when the problem can be the internal Wireless Card in the computer or the wireless adapter.
Moreover, I bought a D-Link DWA-130 USB adapter (Rev. B1) for my Dell 1520 notebook and have been able to achieve the same consistent wireless speed of 270 Mbps.
The bottom line is that this router performs (with the highest security, WPA2) near maximum wireless speeds if you match it with the right wireless N adapter.
- Drops connection CONSTANTLY
drops connection every 30 mins or so. replacement from bestbuy did the same :(...more info
I dont know much about routers. This is my first one. It works great no issues. Never drops on me and connection is really fast. Sleek and Light weight. Very Nice!...more info
- Great Wireless-N Router, does not give you the super speed though
When you think about Wireless-N Router you think about super speed. Well if you buy this router with that thought in your mind you will be disappointed. Its fast but not the way it was preached. ...more info
- An Experienced, but Unfussy, User's Initial Opinion
I picked up this router for two reasons: (1) I wanted to upgrade from my Wireless-G to Wireless-N (draft), to make file transfers faster between my computers; (2) I wanted to give whichever router I liked less to my parents, so I could have wifi there when I visit them. My existing router was a Linksys WRT54GS, which had good wireless-G speeds (I couldn't complain) and excellent uptime, stability, and reliability. It's main drawback is that the firmware doesn't have some features I want, such as the ability to set stable IP addresses to my PCs, and it can't be flashed to Tomato or DD-WRT. When I received the router, I decided to replace it, without using the Windows-based setup wizard (networking equipment shouldn't requires Windows), and set it up in the manner of an advanced router user.
First Impressions/Hardware Impressions
This router looks very nice. The lines are clean (there is no external antenna). The plastic is shiny. The lights on the front are stylish. The only thing I didn't like was that the manual said that the unit MUST be used in the vertical position, due to concerns about operating temperature (and probably the internal antenna, too). This is fine and all, but I liked the ability of the Linksys and other routers I've owned to be wall-mounted or positioned horizontally. The router is set up thoughtfully, and I like the on/off switch; I've never seen one on a router before, and I don't intend to use it, but it's nice to be able to turn off a piece of electronic equipment for a change! The packaging was spartan, sensible, and minimal, which I liked.
The router comes with a CD with a Windows-based setup wizard. As a Mac and Linux user, this made me a bit nervous. Netgear seems to understand this, and helpfully point you toward the help files on the CD-ROM, which in turn point you toward "manual" setup instructions. The instructions were clear, concise, and had clear illustrations. They are minimal, however. They don't outline the capabilities of the router's firmware, which I was very curious about.
As far as my Internet research told me, open-source, third-party firmware such as DD-WRT is not compatible with this router. I would love to run alternate firmware on my old Linksys router, but the version I have (version 5 of WRT54GS) doesn't support it. Fortunately for me, this router's firmware has a lot more functionality. Using the manual setup instructions, I found I could connect to the router using the address [...] instead of its IP address, which I thought was a nice touch. (Routers like this one have a web interface, which lets you adjust all available settings from one of your PCs.) The firmware presents you with a three-pane interface. The right-hand pane is context-sensitive help for each function. The contextual help is pretty useful, actually, for intermediate-to-advanced users. Most home users wouldn't look at it, I don't think. Anyway, the first time you connect to the router, it automatically checks for firmware update--a good feature. The best feature of this router, to an advanced user with a home network set up, is IP address reversation: You can force the router to give the same IP address to each of your computers, every time they connect. This is great for home servers, and is so easy to set up on this router, as compared to setting up static IPs on each computer. The router also has Quality of Service (QoS) features, which allow you to shape how much bandwidth is used for internet, voice, instant messaging, video games, and so on. Personally, I don't use this, but I would have loved it back when I was a VoIP customer. There are, of course, many features that I consider standard, such as DHCP and port forwarding. All in all, I was impressed with the stock firmware and don't feel a need to replace it.
Large (1 GB+) file transfers between my wired Linux server and my wireless-N MacBook are faster than with my old wireless-G router. I'm happy. I can't compare it to other wireless-N routers, though. As for Internet speed, it certainly seems snappy, though it could just be my imagination. I am not sure if it is any faster than my wireless-G router was; if anything, my cable modem is slower than this router can handle, so I didn't expect much change.
What I Didn't Test
I'm an advanced user, and don't mind setting up the wireless network and security myself, through the firmware. Therefore, I didn't test the WiFi Protected Setup feature. I didn't test the wireless range because I have a rather small apartment and it isn't an issue I'm concerned with. I didn't get Quality of Service because I tend to use the Internet for only one thing at a time. I've only had it for a short time, so I cannot comment on stability or robustness.
If you buy this router, remember to set a new password for it, set up Wifi security, and change the SSID (the network name) so you can easily identify it!
I really like this router's firmware features, and think that I will hold onto it, and pass my Wireless-G router on to my parents. I'm a little concerned about the stability issues that other reviewers mentioned, so I'm going to dock the router one star for now, and revise my review (if I'm allowed to) in several months or so.
- Pretty typical Netgear
I have an Apple Airport base station and picked this up via Vine to see how it compared (my base station doesn't do "N", and I'll take a free upgrade!).
Prior to picking up the Airport, Netgear was my vendor of choice. I still own two Netgear print servers since the Airport can bridge to them and they've functioned without fail for 1.5 years. There's a reason I used to only buy Netgear =)
This is a pretty typical Netgear device. Same setup, same web-based configuration UI, etc. No "Push 'N' Connect" support for Mac clients since it requires Netgear on both ends of the connection, so if you have an iMac or MacBook, know that this won't help you at all.
Everything works, though I haven't noticed a speed increase because my Internet connection is the bottleneck. If Comcast is only giving me 1MB, the fact 802.11n @ 160Mbps is 3x faster than 802.11g @ 54Mbps... doesn't really matter!
In the end, I prefer to keep my Airport base station as I like the first-class Apple UI for administering it and well, I prefer the Apple styling to the 2001 monolith. I'll see if I can configure this as a bridge from my rec room downstairs, since it does support WPS along with the Airport....more info
- Works but not a solid as I expect
I bought this and set up was easy as described in several other reviews. It worked well enough for a few days but the wireless has an annoying problem - every 3 -4 days the DHCP stops working on the wireless (the wired connections still work fine). You have to power cycle the device or log in through a wired and re save the wireless settings. Then it will work for a few days before the wireless stops working again.
I've talked to their tech support and they did swap with me for a replacement - but it has the exact same problem.
Besides this issue it's fine; it has reasonable range (anywhere in my house) and a few wired connections for my printer and older desktop.
I would not recommend this unit....more info
- Good Router!! Wii Users Read this
Overall the router is good but for those of you who want to use it with the Nintendo Wii whatever security you decide to use (on the router) make sure that the Wii has the same security set as the router and what ever your securtiy password is (not your router login password)make sure to type that one in!!!!...more info
- easy install even on a mac
Product seems more to be designed for windows users. They get all the benefits of auto install. Mac users have to take the manual route. Well the good news is that it's not that hard. I got up and running in under 20 minutes. This is my 3rd router to install in the past 6 years so I am not a total newbee but it was really pretty easy. Noticeable speed improvement over my G-router and no apparent conflicts over at least 6 notebooks that have logged on so far. So it's good. I'll update if anything else comes up....more info
- The WNR2000 Wireless Router: *Everything* you Need to Know
In making the WNR2000, Netgear has been ambitious; creating a low-cost, reliable wireless router that provides several operating modes; working as a standard wired router, as an advanced wireless base station using the cutting-edge wireless `N' standard while maintaining backwards compatibility to the tried-and-true 802.11-g standard. Netgear bundles all this together with simple setup, control and security and adds convenience features that make it something special.
Pros and cons
Pros: Very good speed
Robust wireless connection
Laughably easy setup
Very easy to secure
Simple, web-page-based controls
The incredible off-switch
Cons: Non-finalized standard for full, 802.11-n performance
Getting the full, extraordinary, `N' standard speed and range requires additional equipment
The fun stuff
I have setup wired networks but I had no prior experience in setting up a wireless one. I had no trouble setting up the WNR2000.
Installing the WNR2000 requires that you install its control software on at least one computer in your network to control and use the router *before* you hook up the unit. This is the only thing you have to worry about and it is simplicity itself: if you can read and move your hands, you can do it, but Netgear has taken the trouble of taping over the connectors with a warning label for those who are feeling too frisky to follow instructions that day.
It went surprisingly well. As I was installing it, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop but it never did. The installation really was a matter of following directions that boiled down to: "insert disk, install software, attach router and turn it on." I followed the steps and, presto, it was up and running.
There was an uncomfortable moment when I found that my test model had come without a paper manual (I needed an initial username and password) and I experienced about 30 seconds of `uh-oh' before I went to Netgear's website and downloaded the PDF of the manual.
If you *do* feel that frisky and get tangled up, Netgear provides help-line numbers. How good are their support-lines? I have no idea: The setup was too easy for me to need them.
Like all routers I've had experience with, the WNR2000 uses a, web browser-based control system. You type an address into your web browser and a page opens on your machine that handles the router's controls. The webpage's menus give you the options you need for upgrades security and control.
Here, there was one problem: giving the router a new password was there in the menus, but I couldn't change my username, big deal. After the initial setup, menus take you through security where you can limit user access to offensive websites and establish the degree of security that makes you comfortable. This, too, is simple with options that go from, `we're open: come on down!!" to 128-bit paranoia.
Speed and range
The Netgear WNR2000 is fast. Even without going the full 802.11-n route, the unit seemed, `felt,' faster in its 100Mb/s wired mode than my own router. During the late-night hours of optimum internet access, pages sometimes screamed onto the screen. I was very surprised by the unit's performance.
Much the same thing was true even when I reconfigured the network and ran the unit through my original router. It still seemed that I had very good speed even though it was no longer running directly off the cable modem: strange but true. I have no idea why this is so.
Its wireless performance was no less impressive. Wireless routers function best (and, I would bet, are usually tested) across big expanses of open air with unobstructed line of sight between receivers--in other words, in situations where you could shine a laser-pointer from the router to whatever it's attached to. That isn't how things work in the real world. In the real world, things get in the way. I live on the second floor of an apartment building. I went downstairs and out the door and connected; fine and dandy.
That would have been enough for everything that I do, but then I went across the avenue--that is, across four lanes of traffic--and I was still connected. This was jaw-dropping. The signal was diminished, yes, but not only was I standing a good seventy to eighty feet distant, but the direct line-of-sight between my ipod and the router now pointed through two layers of brick wall! Suffice it to say that I was again impressed.
The two buttons
The Netgear WNR2000 has two buttons on it, one on the front and another on the back. The first is a connect button that the documentation says allows you to connect new machines to the network by sending them a timed invitation from the router. Sounds great, but doing things manually works fine and gives you both control and understanding. I didn't bother trying to figure it out.
The second button is very, very, very cool: it's an off switch, as in `wow! It's an off switch!!' It is also proof positive that Netgear has thought outside the box when designing the WNR2000.
Routers are designed to go up and be left running for years at a time, but every now and again, you have to disconnect one or turn it off. Something needs resetting; you're adding machines to, or taking them off of a network and every time you do, you have to pull the cord on the router's power-supply and you usually end up standing there like an idiot, holding the plug in your hand to keep it from disappearing into that rat's nest of wires you've got behind your desk. You are going to love the off switch!
Imagine: your cable modem has crashed and you need to reset everything: Click. You need to upgrade a set of desktop machines but leave all the wiring exactly as it is: Click. You want to turn off wifi completely so the pimply-ones can't come by and work on your password while you're sleeping? Click.
I love the off-switch. I adore it. It's brilliant: I want to put a ring on its finger.
The bottom line:
The bottom line for a reviewer always comes down to one thing: "would I buy this thing with my own money?" and I'm happy to say that my answer is "yes, definitely."
The WNR2000 is easy to set up and use; it's every bit as fast as it should be in wired mode and its wireless range and power surpass my expectations. In addition to this, it has room to grow. With any of a range of inexpensive cards or USB devices (for example the[[ASIN: B0011E324K Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter]] ) I could get the full wireless `N' performance increase in range and speed--basically more of both than I would know what to do with.
For a home- or small business user, a router's real power is not in its connection to the internet. It is the router's speed in connections between machines and the WNR2000 has both.
The full speed of a wired connection is almost-seventy times the speed of a residential cable internet connection, and the only things that make one router better than another one are the features and the price. The Netgear WNR2000 has advantages in both. It would be great for a small business setting with a lot of data going from one computer to another, for a home-user with multiple computers and a lot of music files or even someone who just wanted to be able to bring his [[ASIN: B001FA1O0E iPod touch]] online at home.
For users with a greater need for speed, its big brother, the WNR3500 shares the WNR2000's features only its wired speed between machines is ten times faster--1000Mb/s.
The full propellerhead story on the new 802.11-n standard can be found on wikipedia: here
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- So easy even a cave......ok...not quite that easy
I've been running a wireless netowork in my house for over 5 years not strating with a Linksys g router and more recently, a D-Link N router (655 model). When I got the Netgear, I was hoping that installing it would be easier than the D-Link as I had problems that required some odd configuration settings that were proved to me from the D-Link support area.
I ran the CD that comes with the router and followed step by step even though I consider myslef skilled at this type of installation. The program stated it should take 20 minutes to install. I decided to use the wizard rather than the manual setup because this router is supposed to allow for oone click wireless connection so you don't have to remember long passwords to connect. After the initial setup, the program took me to the setup page where it spent maybe 2 minutes trying to detect my connection. A screen popped up and asked if my IP is static or dynamic...now, right there...this router drops its user freindly face and starts to through more experienced issues at the user.
If I was someone like my parents that barely have a clue how to use a computer, this question would cause the installation to come to a screaming halt. For me, I know my IP addres and info which I types in nut I kept getting error messages. After about 15 miutes of trying to get it to work, I decided to go into manual mode. From here, I was able to detect my IP automaitically and get everything setup for a hard wired connection very easily. I then went into the wirelss settings and establised my security tyoe and passcode. I was now up and running and was able to connect all of my computers (3) and 3 playstaions with no issues
The speed is no better or worse than my D-Link router. The strength of the signal from my compter farthest away from the router ranges between very good and excellent so the router does have great range. It has no external anetnnas yet its able to give me the same range as my D-Link that has 3 of them.
I have received no dropped connections yet after 24 hours and I haven't had to recylce the power on either the router or modem (I use Comcast for internet).
So, why only 3 stars? First, while I didn't need to contact customer support, I still ran into problems with the included install CD. Having to run a manual setup for most is a scary idea so I wwould suggest the less savy computer users stick to brands like Liksys (the only brand I've had no isses with for routers......adaptors are a different story!
Second, I can't comment on the push buttong security and connect feature because I couldn't get the wizard to work right. I am currently using it in the same manner as every other wireless router I've had where I have to type in the passcode the first time I connect. Not sure how the feature is supposed to work so I have to take a star away from a uselss feature for me under the current setup.
Finally, the ethernet connections are not gigabit connections. While not overly important for most that use older adpators, there are better buys out there for wireless N routers that offer gigbit connections (if my thinking is wrong and this does have gigabit, please leave a comment for me...I just can't find documentation on it anywhere).
I have one final test that I need to do which is stream a Netflix movie over my wireless to my PS3 to see how that is handled. I will post an update IF it is significantly better or worse than my D-Link.
As of right now, I will probably switch back to my D-link for the gigabit support.
EDIT**** After 48 hours, I have gone back to my D-Link Wireless N router. Streaming video over wireless using the Netgear gave me choppy video performance compared to my D-Link. I have a feeling that the D-Link allocates the bandwith to video/audio streams much better than the Netgear so performance isn't affected. Even with my old G router, I could stream at least 5 minutes before the video would get choppy. With the Netgear, it was immediate and this was with my PS3 getting a 100% signal. Very strange!
Using a hard wired connection was fine and worked as well as my D-Link but, unfortunately, I an unable to hardwire both PS3's in my house due to locations so I went back to what worked.
If you don't plan on using this router for video streaming, it does a fine job with the internet and maintaining connection. The setup, while not going well for me, seems to be easier than most based on other reviews I've read. Maybe my setup problems were in the minority. I would still recommend the D-Link 655 even though it's about $20 more....more info