The N150 WNR1000 is NETGEAR’s latest wireless-N router that comes in a sleek and stylish design and claims good features, range and wireless performance. So is it worth getting one? Read on.


The wireless-N (or IEEE 802.11n) network devices have been around since 2006, though the ones available in the market are still pre-N, as the standard has not yet been finalized. IEEE 802.11n offers multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), in addition to exisiting 802.11 standards, which helps to improve performance with multiple transmitter and receiver antennas. It is possible to achieve up to 600 Mbit/s data rates with the maximum of four spatial streams using a 40MHz-wide channel.

NETGEAR sent in their new N150 WNR1000 Wireless Router for this review, which claims better wireless coverage with Wireless-G devices and faster speed with Wireless-N devices. Speed-wise, it offers only up to 150Mbps but that is still good enough for seamless streaming music and videos, multiplayer gaming and making VoIP calls (at its maximum throughput).

Here’s a look at its features and specifications.

Features Parental control
  Double firewall protection
  Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention:  – Wi-Fi 
  Protected Access™ (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK) and WEP 
  Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)—push-button and PIN 
  Push ‘N’ Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
   and Smart Wizard
Standards IEEE 802.11 b/g 
  5x 10/100 (1 WAN and 4 LAN)
Physical  Dimensions: 175 x 118 x 28 mm
Specifications  Weight with power adapter:  0.399 kg
Package Contents  N150 Wireless Router (WNR1000)
  2x stands 
  Ethernet cable
  Setup CD 
   12V, 1.0A power adapter
Warranty NETGEAR 1-year Warranty
System Broadband (cable, DSL) modem with Ethernet port
Requirements 802.11n draft 2.0 adapter or 802.11b/g wireless adapter, 
  or Ethernet adapter and cable for each computer
  Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Mac® OS, UNIX, 
  or Linux