Netgear DGND3300 review

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After a slow start, ADSL users now have a good selection of 802.11n hardware to choose from. But when it comes dual band routers, the selection is pretty thin. This Netgear is a prime example – it’s the only concurrent dual-band ADSL router on the market.

Netgear DGND3300 review

This means it’s able to maintain both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks simultaneously, allowing devices such as internet radios access at the same time as laptops on the less crowded 5GHz band.

It does this in an unusual way, however. Instead of two full-powered 802.11n radios inside, the DGND3300 has one 802.11n and one 802.11g. This means you get one fast network and one slow one. In theory, that allows the best performance at the lowest possible cost.

It’s an interesting approach but not a wholly successful one. Despite the presence of eight internal aerials, we found performance to be sluggish, in both our close-range 2.4GHz and 5GHz tests, returning below par rates from router to laptop (using an Intel WiFi Link 5300 chipset) of 63Mbits/sec, and 42Mbits/sec in the reverse direction over 2.4GHz and 77Mbits/sec and 45Mbits/sec over 5GHz. Both tests were carried out using the high power radio.

Netgear DGND3300

It was better at at long range, but the results were still disappointing, returning rates of 64Mbits/sec and 33Mbits/sec over 2.4GHz, and 42Mbits/sec and 20Mbits/sec in the 5GHz band. Part of the problem is the lack of Gigabit Ethernet ports, which places a cap on maximum throughput, but even taking this into account, we’re underwhelmed.

It did maintain a reliable enough signal to pass our Full HD video-streaming test in all locations without any frame drops, pauses or signal dropouts. And the feature set, apart from the lack of Gigabit, is reasonable.

Highlights include a USB port for sharing hard disks or flash drives, a tool that alerts you to firmware upgrades when you log into the web admin pages, and a guest network feature.

Despite Netgear’s cost-cutting, the DGND3300 still costs a fair bit, and that dual-band support fails to translate into a real-world advantage. Future firmware upgrades may improve it, but for now you’re better off with a more powerful, single-band router.


WiFi standard802.11n
Modem typeADSL

Wireless standards

802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes

LAN ports

Gigabit LAN ports0
10/100 LAN ports4


MAC address cloningno
Wireless bridge (WDS)yes
Interior antennae8
Exterior antennae0
802.11e QoSyes
User-configurable QoSyes
UPnP supportyes
Dynamic DNSyes


WEP supportyes
WPA supportyes
WPA Enterprise supportno
WPS (wireless protected setup)yes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZ supportyes
VPN supportyes
Port forwarding/virtual serveryes
Intrusion detectionyes
DoS protectionyes
Web content filteringyes
Email alertsyes
Activity/event loggingyes


Dimensions223 x 153 x 31mm (WDH)

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