Review ~ Netgear D7800 Router ~ Great Wi-Fi  BUT

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Over the past few months I have been testing the Netgear D7800. This is a top of the line router.  It was very straight forward to set up, including in my case, port forwarding.

My previous router was chosen for having 1Gigabit wired ports. I don’t get some router specs, how can a router be “High Speed” if the wired ports are slower than you computer.

The D7800 has 1Gigabit wired ports, an eSata port (not tested) and 2 x USB 3.0 ports. Connect a USB drive to one port and get 82MB/sec of NAS (Network Attached Storage) which can also be an iTunes music & video server AND connect a printer to the second and it becomes an AirPrint printer for we Apple iDevice people.

So the big upgrade for me, was the Wi-Fi, my previous router had 2.4 GHz only and now I have simultaneous dual band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHZ.

I had significant Wi-Fi improvement in my 2 storey town house. This can be seen in the heat maps generated by the Telstra Wi-Fi Maximiser app.  Even to the point of having useable signal at my hardware workbench for the first time. (See H & F on the maps)

My disappointment has been the DHCP server.  It has been a shocker.  Family come over and we would have to restart the router to get them able to re-connect.  I even tried the OpenWrt firmware BUT it was no different.

I was lucky enough to use my main server as the DHCP address giver-outer-err,  which really makes this un-recommendable to normal users.

Pros                                                         Cons

Easy setup The DHCP

Available and supported in Australia

Compatible with everything

Streams to 8 devices

Disclosure – we are ­not paid to give product reviews, good or bad.

 

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