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.
Easy setup The DHCP
Available and supported in Australia
Compatible with everything
Streams to 8 devices
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