There are some people who want a wireless router. There are some people who want a NAS drive. The Netgear Centria WNDR4700 provides both of these in one. Let’s have a look and see what features it offers and conclude the findings…
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Netgear Centria WNDR4700 Features
Wireless and storage all in one. There’s also a few other nice surprises…
6 Features of the Netgear Netgear Centria WNDR4700
Dual Band Wireless N
The Netgear Centria WNDR4700 uses Dual Band wireless technology to help you get the most out of your wireless connections. Using 802.11n wireless and both 5GHz & 2.4GHz bands, a total speed of up of 900Mbps is achievable. Pick which band to use depending on what applications and traffic types you want to use.
Bandwidth intensive traffic types should use the 5GHz band, while other general types should be using 2.4GHz. By using both types, data throughput is increased and packet loss is decreased giving a better experience when watching online TV or playing games. Wireless N also provides better coverage and more stable connectivity compared to older wireless technologies.
Interchangeble Hard Drive
The Netgear Centria WNDR4700 is Hard Drive ready. Whatever HDD you decide to use, it’s interchangeable giving you the option to upgrade to the latest and greatest as you want to.
There is the option of going for the included 2TB hard drive model – Netgear Centria WNDR4720
There are 2x USB 3.0 ports available for use, ensuring that there are no bottlenecks when accessing files from a centralized hard drive. Attach your USB 3.0 (or USB 2.0) hard drive to the Netgear Centria WNDR4700 and access your files and folders from any location within the home. USB 3.0 is up to ten times faster than USB 2.0
Share The Love!
Netgear has all your sharing needs in mind. Store all your files and media on the Netgear Centria WNDR4700 so that they can be accessed from anywhere in your network and even from outside – on the Internet.
– Use DLNA to stream movies, photos or music from your TV or games console.
– Control and play your media how you want to, using your smartphone.
– Create a local cloud for secure access from the outside world using the Internet.
– Using either of the USB 3.0 ports, share your hard drive or printer to users around the home or from outside, if desired.
Backup your computers (PC or Mac) automatically to the centralized hard drive. This keeps your data secured in the case of an accident, so you can easily restore your preserved data.
SD Card Slot
Backup the contents of your SD card with the touch of a button. If you have photos or files stored on an SD card, just place it into the WNDR4700 and backup to the centralized hard drive.
Netgear Centria WNDR4700 Technical Specs
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
- IEEE 802.11a/n 5GHz
- 2x USB 3.0 Ports
- SD Card Slot
- WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
- Security – SPI & NAT Firewall / DoS attack prevention
Netgear Centria WNDR4700 Conclusion
- Excellent Wireless N Performance
- Well Spec’d CPU & RAM
- Feature Rich
Not so Good
- We Wish It Was Wireless AC….
All we can say is – use the Genie App to install the Netgear Centria WNDR4700. The Genie App ships with the router or can be downloaded from the Internet if you prefer. Once you have it installed, setup is pretty much acheived in auto-pilot. Passwords are selected which are reasonably secure by default – of course, you can change them to anything you choose. The WPS feature, which can have security vulnerabilities on some routers, has had a security tweak on the WNDR4700 so that after 3 failed WPS attempts, WPS disables itself so brute force attacks are negated.
The NAS storage, using SATA read/writes faster than other drives. 70-80MBps are regularly seen, depending on the type of file and how full the hard drive is. This is double the speeds seen on other network drives. The USB 3.0 ports mean you can plug in an external drive and/or printers, providing centralized printing and an expansion of the file-sharing capability offered by the SATA drive, if you have one installed. Good to see USB 3.0, there just isn’t any excuse for having USB 2.0 ports in this day and age. There’s also an SD card slot for fast backup of files you may have on an SD card. This would be useful for quickly backing up photos taken on a camera.
And what’s the reason for the high performing wireless and NAS drive? The Netgear Centria WNDR4700 has a 1GHz CPU and 256MB of RAM. That’s meaty for a NAS drive/router, so Netgear have installed a fan to keep things cool, making sure there’s no over-heating.
The Netgear Centria WNDR4700 should be seriously considered if you want a NAS and wireless network crossover in one box. (Just one wish Netgear – please give us 802.11ac next time….pretty please? That would be the icing on the cake!).