Netgear WNR2000 (

The first router made by Netgear Company with a free web-based web-filtering tool. It provides exceptional range and speed. The Netgear WNR2000 is not expensive; the cost is around $70. It is a simple and solid wireless-N router. It works on 802.11n wireless technology and gives a speed of up to 300 Mbps. It has four Ethernet ports, on/off button, WPS button, and one WAN port. An installation CD is provided with the Netgear WNR2000 router which guides you throughout the setup process. Some of the disadvantages of the router are missing USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, external antennas and 5GHz band support.

If you are installing a router for the first time and want control over its Internet access then it is the best router you can have.( )

Design and setup

The size of the router is very compact so it fits almost at every location. It measures 7*5.1*1.4 inches. It is designed to sit upright on a table; you cannot mount it on a wall. It is a stylish router with glossy touch and the LED lights are very bright. The WPS button is very useful in the setup. The design is similar to other Netgear RangeMax series with a fingerprint magnet on the front.( )

You can see the status of the Internet and wireless connections as well as the status of each port via LED lights that are on the front of the router. The WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button is also on the front panel of the router. If you press this button, a short window of time opens where other WPS-compliant clients can enter the network without entering the encryption code.( )

The on/off button, four LAN ports, and one port are on the back of the router. It can’t be mounted on a wall, only designed to operate in the vertical position. To make it stand in the vertical direction, a detachable stand is given with the router.( )

A guide or software application comes with the router. So, it is easy to setup the router. The software application guides you in setting up the hardware to creating the wireless network. The one method is to install the router through the setup CD and another one is using the Web interface. The web interface has another Web-based wizard that provides on-screen instructions to setup the router.

Features of the router

The features provided by the Netgear WNR2000 make the use of Internet convenient for a user. The size of the router is small and price of the router is less as compared to other Netgear routers. So, this router does not provide you many features but you don’t get features in some other router that is provided by this router. It provides a semi-web-based Parent Control which works in collaboration with OpenDNS.( )

To use the above-mentioned feature of the router, you have to first install the Netgear Live Parent Control Software. With the use of this software, you can create a free online account with OpenDNS. There are five levels of web-filter that are high, moderate, low, minimum, and none. None level means nothing will be blocked and high level means most will be blocked. You can also set the web-filter level with this feature.

After making an account, there is no need of the software. You can control and access your network from anywhere just by login with the account you have created. Go to the Parental Controls Centre Site and customize the Web-filtering feature.( )

The Web-filtering feature filters the content. Each level filters some of the content, as an instance the moderate level does not filter the video sharing. There are 54 categories from which you can choose which category you want to add in a particular level. Just put a check in front of that particular category that you want to add.( )

  • Able to assign a fixed IP address to a computer in the network
  • High-level wireless security with WEP and WPA.
  • Supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
  • Easy to manage the router by using its Netgear Genie app.
  • Advance QoS: Optimized for smooth HD video streaming and gaming.
  • Guest network access: a separate and secure network for your guests.
  • Provides excellent range for small to medium homes by using the internal antennas.

Service and support

It comes with one-year warranty. If you have any issue while setup the router or while configuring the router then you can contact the support team of the Netgear Company. All the details related to support are given on their official website. Download the manual of the router and read it properly to get the proper knowledge about the router. The company also provide the 24/7 free phone tech support. If you are unable to contact the Netgear support team then you can contact us via our live chat window. ( )