By Ki Grinsing
WNDR3700 is the flagship of Netgear products in its time that is so popular and successful release to date. Even the model of this Netgear 3700 router is designed differently compared with the previous generations as well as next generation Netgear routers almost have similar model with it.
What this product does
Netgear 3700 is the first high-performance router from Netgear that is engineered with simultaneous dual band and gigabit interfaces after the previous release of the Netgear 3400 with fast Ethernet.
Main features (V2)
- Based on 802.11a/b/g/n simultaneous dual band N600 technology
- Powered by 680 MHz powerful MIPS 32-bit processor and 16 MB flash and 64 MB RAM
- Gigabit interfaces both LAN and WAN ports
- USB port with DLNA certified media server
- Guest network
- Video QoS
The second version of the Netgear 3700 is based on 802.11n not the draft version anymore even though it is little different from the final version. Many users are stating the second version is more stable than the initial version.
Comparison Netgear 3700 Vs Buffalo AG300H
Now how the spec comparison between Netgear Wndr3700 and Buffalo AG300H? Have a look at the comparison table below.
High speed and performance
Both routers are packed with concurrent dual band with speed up to 300Mbps each band with aggregate bandwidth of up to 600Mbps is ideal for your home multimedia wifi network including support for gigabit interfaces very stable for wired connections.
Completeness of USB port with DLNA certified media server support is very advantageous for seamless connection to other DLNA compliant devices including your home theater devices such as Blu-Ray, XBOX, HDTV and more. That’s what you get with Netgear, but Buffalo doesn’t support DLNA media server. Buffalo WZR-HP-AG-300H N600 supports NAS with easy management of the disk, shared folder, web access, media server and Bi-Torrent client.
Unfortunately you cannot host a USB printer but storage for shared across the network like Asus RTN56U or Belkin N600 DB.
The Netgear 3700 N600 supports guest network each band. Guest network allows you to create separate network (SSID) than yours with limited access to your network resources. You can grant Internet access to your guests without providing access right to your local network resources. But Buffalo AG-300H N600 is a bit difference; you can disable or enable multiple SSIDs with different security settings.
Guest network in Netgear 3700 would be better in securing your local network from being accessed by un-authorized users when you grant internet access to your guests. On the other hand, Buffalo AG-300H N600 with multiple SSIDs (up to three SSIDs) and with different security settings you can configure the clients to be able to connect to the internet but not to be able to communicate with each other.
|WNDR3700 v2 N600||WZR-HP-AG-300H N600|
|Wireless technology||Wireless N600 with fine tuned-antenna||Wireless N600 with 2×2 MIMO Adjustable high power antennae|
|Ethernet ports||Gigabit Ethernet ports both WAN (1x) and LAN (4x) interfaces||Gigabit Ethernet ports both WAN (1x) and LAN (4x) interfaces|
|USB port||Yes – shared storage supports : FAT16/32, NTFS Read/Write, Ext 2 Read/Write, Ext 3 Read/Write
|Yes – NAS with BitTorrent downloader|
|Networks||Multiple SSIDs, guest network each band||Enable / disable multiple SSIDs with different security|
|Customer Ratings in Amazon||Averagely four stars for ease of use, ease of setup, ease of installation and features||Averagely 3.5 stars customer ratings|
The figure 1 shows WNDR3700 N600 router with shared storage and XBOX console as the wireless client. Connect the Ethernet port of the modem to the WAN (internet) port of the router to share the internet. The same diagram can be used for Buffalo N600 router.
The WNDR3700 N600 router is DLNA compliant device which can seamlessly connect to any other DLNA compliant devices. WZR-HP-AG-300H N600 is high power router with a Linux-based firmware.
Note: Both Netgear and Buffalo introduce 5th generation of Wifi network, the fastest wireless technology delivering speeds up to 1,300Mbps: Netgear R6300 ac router and Buffalo WZR-D1800H ac router.