Static and Dynamic IP, PPPoE WAN connections
In all, the refreshed AirPort Express is a good, but not great simultaneous dual-band router. "N600" routers are pretty much commodities now and there are many more fully-featured products for less moneyâ?? even less if you buy refurbished. For example, Cisco's Linksys EA2700 has similar wireless performance, Gigabit ports and supports Cisco's new Connect Cloud architecture.
Excellent signal strength
For the money, the Express makes an effective base station for modestly sized apartments or homes, or where access is only needed in a few adjacent rooms in an office. This sleek model is the right choice for many, and at £60 less than the AirPort Extreme, a prudent one as well.
Class leading AirPlay Performance
The 2012 AirPort Express is a hard device to score. On the surface it is an incremental upgrade to a four year old product which doesn't include support for either 802.11ac or Gigabit Ethernet and both wireless performance and range are average at best. On the flip side it works brilliantly as a wireless extender and adds AirPrint to any printer and AirPlay to any stereo/dock - both of which work superbly.
Can share a USB printer over a network
If you don't need the features unique to Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station, the new Express is an affordable and portable alternative, although one that doesn't quite match the Extreme's performance. It's also the choice to make if you're looking to extend your existing Apple-branded network wirelessly or to wired devices, to send your computer's audio to a remote stereo system, or to use a Base Station in more than one location.
Not practical to use as a print server and music server at the same time
The AirPort Express has an acceptable wireless range and speed and, for the most part, is easy to set up. It also does a good job of printing with supported printers and playing iTunes music. There's no denying that the AirPort Express mostly works as described by Apple, the problem is that its uniqueness might overshadow its actual usefulness.
Brings the AirPort Express mostly up to spec with other Wi-Fi routers
Apple's simple setup software dumps the web interface (running from an AirPort Utility app for Mac, iOS or Windows) and lets you easily add guest access to either network. However, as before, the USB port remains locked to just adding a shared printer: you still can't hook up a hard drive, which would be a boon both at home and on the road.
A fast, $100, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless router with built-in AirPlay support
Absolutely - this thing is pretty, fast, wonderfully simple, and appropriately capable. Unless you're a mega-power networker with a need for intricate customization, or are put off by the less sophisticated Windows version of AirPort Utility, the 2012 Express is the ultimate buy it and never think about it again object - and for a router, that's the ultimate praise.
Very attractive design
Personally, I feel that there is not much that is worth the premium price for the router. It's not that it's bad--it's just not amazing.
Apparently, there is an Android app that is available that can also adjust settings but, for the life of me, I can't see how that's very useful. Instead, I wish it included a USB connector so I could print wirelessly. That's becoming a common feature in "better than low end" routers, these days.
Good routing feature set
Folks looking for Ubicom-based router with screaming wired routing speed and pretty good wireless performance would do well to zero in on the DIR-827. But you might wait until D-Link does something about the 827's price. Like any good capitalist, D-Link is trying to profit while it can from gotta-have-it-now buyers. At around the lowest $150 price I've seen, it's almost twice as expensive as the single-band DIR-657.
Crappy wireless throughput and range
If your PC doesn't have an SD card reader, the ability to take the card out of your camera and plug it straight into the router is a cool feature; but we'd rather have decent wireless throughput and acceptable range. In the end, our opinion of the DIR-827 is no higher than our opinion of the DIR-657: We can't recommend either.
Each connection is provided with a large amount of bandwidth
The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual-Band DGND3700 is a mid-cost router. The NETGEAR Genie feature of the N600 Wireless Dual-Band DGND3700 allows you to monitor and control your network. As this device is DLNA certified, you can use it to stream media from other DLNA devices (such as USB drives) to an HDTV.
Standard feature set
The DGND3700 is a rather plain-looking router, but its appearance doesn't do justice to the hardware in contains. As well as all the usual aspects of premium wireless routers, such as supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks, the ability to work with both cable and DSL internet connections, Gigabit Ethernet and two USB ports at the back, it provides plenty of ways to use all the technology it offers.
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.
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