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An indisputable leader of the network equipment market, Netgear offers both home-oriented routers and corporate solutions. It was one of the first companies to introduce dual-band 802.11n routers and built-in antennas. So, Netgear is good at innovations but you don't always have to innovate to bring a new product to the market.

The WNDR3800 router we are going to discuss today follows the popular WNDR3700 model which was released in multiple modifications. The external differences are only limited to the secondary color of the case you can see on the front panel. But inside, the WNDR3800 is the first Netgear device with revised firmware which provides new features in a new user interface. By the way, this model has been launched together with yet another WNDR3700 modification. It is the snow-white WNDRMAC intended for Apple users.

Currently, the WNDR3800 is the junior model in Netgear's high-performance router series. There are two more advanced products in it: WNDR4000 with old firmware but a faster Wi-Fi controller and WNDR4500 which supports data-transfer rates up to 450 Mbps in each 802.11n frequency band.

Package and Accessories

Besides Netgear's traditional blue, the box of the WNDR3800 is painted red, which indicates the premium positioning of the device in the company's product line-up. You can check out the exterior design, specifications and capabilities of the WNDRT3800 on its box, including such parameters as its processor clock rate and memory amount.

There is nothing unusual inside the box. Besides the router, it contains a stand, a power adapter, a Gigabit Ethernet cable, some documents, and a CD with electronic documentation.

You may want to download exclusive software from the manufacturer's website to make use of every feature of your WNDR3800. Note that you have to look for it on the pages dedicated to the router’s individual features rather than on the product page. You can find the links in the relevant locations of the router’s setup interface.

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