Even with better two-stream performance, my bottom line on the WNDR4500 hasn't changed. The WNDR4500's overall performance just isn't head-and-shoulders above everyone else's. And I really think NETGEAR messed up by giving it a subset of the features of its less-expensive WNDR3800 sibling. If you don't need three-stream N, you can give the WNDR4500 a pass. If you're set on a high-end NETGEAR router, the WNDR3800 would be your choice for features and the WNDR4000 for performance.
Compact and neatly designed
There's plenty to like about the Netgear WNDR4500. It's compact and neatly designed, and the setup process is tremendously straightforward. Right now, Netgear's Genie app is of more interest to novice users, but if the company can deliver on the upgrades it has told us about, it may prove its worth to the more technically-minded. Wireless performance proved stable and connection speeds good, and for basic file sharing and streaming, at least the USB ports are useful.
Good value - costs about half the price of similarly featured routers
The Vizio XWR100 is a dual-band, high-definition Draft N wireless router engineered to work alongside either the VBR210, VBR220, or VBR231 Blu-ray disc player. It provides both 2.4GHz and 5GHz transmissions and has been designed specially for streaming high-definition media.
Excellent range and signal stability
The XWR100 has excellent range and signal stability. It has a steady connection for up to 30 feet. It is different from the other routers with the in built network storage function as it does not have enough storage throughput. When this function is tested with a network cable and some external hard drives, the router produced a write speed of 36 Mbps and a read speed of 60 Mbps respectively. These speeds are comparatively reasonable.
User friendly interface
The XWR100 wireless router from Vizio will no doubt satisfy users with any kind of wireless networking need. If it supported Gigabit Ethernet, in fact it would be one of the finest budget routers we have tested. Unfortunately, it does not, it also comes with Web interface that, although responsive and simple to use, fails to manage in depth all sorts of router's settings. But for the price of $80, XWR100 is worth buying. It has a great range and also good signal tactility.
The new Wi-Fi Protected Setup feature makes it easy to configure your wireless devices. Just push the button on the router and on your other Wi-Fi Protected Setup-enabled wireless device to automatically create a WPA2 connection that protects your data and privacy with up to 256-bit industrial-strength encryption.
the security audit feature is excellent and highlighted quite a number of very common oversights that non-security focused admins make which were easily rectified.
If you have a small office or a number of branch offices/remote offices and are looking for an easily managed unified security, routing, switching and wireless network system then the Cisco 890 family of Integrated Service Routers should definitely be on your short-list for evaluation.
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