The Netgear WNDR4500 is the company’s top-of-the-line router (unless we count in the recently announced equipment with 802.11ac support). It looks good with its large and pretty case with in-built antennas, handy indication system, two USB ports, dedicated Wi-Fi On/Off and WPS buttons. Unfortunately, there is no flexibility in positioning this router.
The hardware platform is advanced, delivering high performance in routing tests. The wireless modules are up to the mark, too. There are not so many routers with two 450 Mbps frequency bands available on the market, usually just a single model in each maker’s product range. Of course, they can only show their best with appropriate client adapters, but the speed is high even with 300Mbps clients.
The new revision of the Netgear Genie firmware has become easier to use and more modern, but we don’t understand why it lacks some features that used to be available in the previous version.
As for the USB interface, the WNDR4500 supports all-in-ones and scanning. The data-transfer speed is rather low with external disks while the access control system is too limited.
Thus, the Netgear WNDR4500 is going to be interesting for people who need high routing speed and maximum 802.11n performance.