Excellent bargain router, but not without it's quirks
Bought this to replace the shockingly poor D-Link DSL-2640R which was unable to maintain a stable connection (i.e. frequent disconnects) and, more annoyingly still, would not reconnect quickly (or at all sometimes) after it had dropped the connection.
The TP-Link by contrast is a marvel, holds the connection well and - should the line have problems - reconnects quickly and without requiring a reboot.
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.
It might not look it, but Zyxel's NBG4615 is a powerhouse of a router. Although it lacks the ability to create 5GHz wireless networks, there are few other desirable features missing from it. Its performance is among the best we've seen from a router which costs less than £100 and should be worth considering for anyone who needs to upgrade.
Performance decreases dramatically at longer ranges
The D-Link DIR-665 is a Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi router released as an upgrade from the Wireless Extreme N DIR-655. It is in fact the first 802.11n Wi-Fi router from D-Link to incorporate 3x3 MIMO technology coupled with three distinct data streams to allow ultra-fast data transfer rates up to 450 megabits per second.
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