Netgear Pioneers wireless ADSL modem router products with additional gigabit WAN port for connection to cable modem or fast fiber infrastructure in case you switch to cable broadband service. This is the first ADSL gateway product with an additional WAN port which is then followed by Linksys and TP-link.
What this product does?
Netgear DGND3700 was first released in Jan 2011, it is a wireless router with a built-in ADSL modem. This modem is equipped with a wireless router with N600-based technology – simultaneous dual band ideal for your quite large home with ADSL internet service. Design models like new generations of other Netgear routers with vertical form factor although it can be placed horizontally.
As the ADSL flagship product Netgear always provides more features to their products though sometimes performance of some product are unsatisfactory with less flavor users rating.
- Wireless N600 router with built-in ADSL modem
- Includes one Gigabit WAN port for Cable modem connection
- 4xGigabit Ethernet ports
- USB port for storage
- DLNA compliant
Click here forDGND3700 spec details.
The advantage of wireless modem gateway is a compact, single device for all home wifi network elements that are composed of routers, firewalls, ADSL modem, 4-port switch and wireless access point in a single device.
The included single WAN port is also a good idea in case you have to switch to cable broadband by connecting it to a cable modem eg Surfboard 6120. While the Motorola SBG6580 does not provide one ADSL port solution in case you have to switch from cable to ADSL subscriptions, this is a rare case if the user has subscribed to cable broadband which the bandwidth is higher.
With dual-band your network provides the bandwidth separately for each band so that the total network bandwidth is double. For the N600 wireless network provides total bandwidth up to 600Mbps, very wide for streaming video, gaming and other multimedia applications using 5GHz frequency band which is relatively cleaner than the more crowded 2.4GHz band so that the greater the potential for interference. So, the 2.4GHz frequency band is suitable for applications that are not sensitive to the time such as browsing, email, and data download etc.
Another plus with Netgear DGND3700 also features gigabit Ethernet ports ideal for direct connection to desktop computers for applications that require highly reliable connections, or need constant bandwidth at incredible speeds. The backup WAN port is also gigabit speed ideal connections to DOCSIS 3 cable modem indeed equipped with a gigabit Ethernet port.
Share Storage with DLNA Compliant
Netgear DGND3700 wireless modem router includes 2 available USB ports for easy installation and share an external USB storage with ReadySHARE technology and DLNA media server compliant. With DLNA compliant, the router assures to be operable and connect to other DLNA compliant devices.
Unfortunately, you cannot use the USB port for share a USB printer. You need a separate printer server device for share a printer on your network.
Netgear DGND3700 supports multiple SSIDs to allow you create network segregation based on different groups of users such as secure guest access. It also includes free live parental control for customized internet filter for safe internet experience.
Connecting the client computers is easy by just pressing the WPS button for quick and secure connection to any wireless devices with WPS enabled. The router includes a broadband usage meter to help you monitor the internet usage with customized reports.
For wireless security connection, the router supports the latest industrial wireless security WPA/WPA2 as well as WEP for connecting to legacy clients.
For protecting the private network against any internet threats, the router supports dual-firewall features (NAT and SPI). Network Address Translation (NAT) helps you hide your private network from the wild internet, and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) examines the inbound traffic more thoroughly for false positive packets.
The following figure shows a networking diagram using the DGND3700. The router connects direct to the phone lines (RJ11 ADSL port) or connects to the Cable modem via gigabit WAN port. With the wireless network, you can connect your HDTV using the Apple TV or Roku to the internet and let you rent your favorite TV shows and other videos. Or you can connect your XBOX console with XBOX wireless adapter or wireless media bridge to go XBOX Live games.
Pros and Cons
- Single device for ADSL modem plus router with dual band support (N600)
- Gigabit WAN port for Cable modem – ideal for connecting DOCSIS 3 cable modem
- Gigabit LAN ports and 2 USB ports for shared storage with DLNA compliant media server. Check here for USB compatibility lists.
- USB port cannot be used for shared printer
Netgear DGND3700 N600 wireless modem router is a single solution for your high performance wireless network for fast response gaming and HD video streaming.
Comparison DGND3700 Vs DGND3300
The table shows main feature differences between Dgnd3700 N600 and Dgnd3300 N300 ADSL modem router.
|Wireless technology||N600 (300Mbps each band)||N300 (300Mbps and 54Mbps)|
|Ethernet ports||4xGigabit LAN ports plus 1xGigabit WAN port for Cable modem connection or fiber equipment||4xFast Ethernet ports|
|USB Port||2 USB ports front and rear for storage with DLNA media server||1 USB port for share storage|
|On / Off switch||Power and wireless||Power only|
The apparent difference DGND3700 Vs other ADSL wireless routers is the availability of Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for cable modem connection or Fiber equipment.
For Cable broadband subscribers with existing cable modem, I think you have no reason to upgrade your router with this DGND3700. It’s better upgrading your wireless router with WNDR3700 v2 N600 router or the Netgear flagship product Wndr4500.
You may consider new Linksys X2000 which has similar product as Dgnd3700. Check here for comparison between Netgear Dgnd3700 Vs Linksys S2000
By Ki Grinsing