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Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £135
inc VAT

It's a lot of money to spend on a router, but the N600's specification and performance certainly match its premium price


802.11n dual band, 4x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

Netgear’s N600 is a plain-looking combination ADSL2+ and cable router, only livened up with a blue stripe surrounding the status lights. It’s a no-nonsense exterior that hides an impressive specification – 2.4 and 5GHz bands and comprehensive support for network storage and guest networks.

There’s nothing fancy about the router’s setup process, either. A double-sided A4 sheet in the box tells you simply to plug the router in to the ADSL line and type the setup address into your browser. You’ll then be confronted with Netgear’s setup interface, which lists the router’s configuration pages in a column on the left and comprehensive, well-written help for each option on the right.

Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router

The clear options and help make it easy to find options such as port forwarding, QoS and the DMZ, but dig a bit deeper and you find some useful advanced features. Plugging a USB hard disk or flash drive into the router’s front or rear USB ports lets you mount it as a local shared hard disk or set it up to be accessed over the internet via FTP or HTTPS. The wireless page lets you enable one or more of up to 10 separate networks: primary 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, along with up to four guest networks for each, all with their own WPA or WPA2 passwords – but to connect at any speed faster than 54Mbit/s 802.11g you’ll need to use WPA2-AES encryption.

The guest networks are a useful way to let others use your home network for internet access while stopping them from accessing computers on your network, and you can define different levels of access for each. We were worried initially that having so many networks running concurrently would slow down the wireless connection, but turning on every 2.4 and 5GHz network didn’t make an appreciable speed difference to our 10m ‘Far’ test.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Modem type ADSL2+
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
Draft 802.11n support yes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz support yes
MIMO yes
Turbo mode channel-bonding
Stated speed 300Mbit/s


128-bit WEP no
WPA2 yes
Firewall yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ yes


Size 223x31x153
Antennas 4
Internal/external antennas internal
Upgradeable antenna no
Number of WAN ports 2
Ethernet ports 4
Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Other ports USB
Wall mountable yes
Power consumption on 8W

Other Features

Dynamic DNS yes
Universal Plug and Play support yes
DHCP server yes
MAC spoofing yes
Port forwarding yes
WDS Support yes
USB device support yes
QoS yes

Buying Information

Price £135
Warranty one year RTB