I spent some time last night installing and configuring the Netgear WNDR3700 router, and was blown away by everything that this little device does. In addition to serving as a gigabit and wireless router (its raison d’etre), I now have an installed NAS device, and a DLNA-compliant media server to boot!

The highlight of this device was when I copied some photographs and music over to the attached USB drive and ran over to access them on my PS3. Accessing media without having to leave a media server always on is going to be great!

If you’re going to try this at home – note that setting a read-access password seems to disable the media server. It took me a while to figure this out … an hour of my life that I’ll never get back 

Obviously any device that tries to do too much makes certain design tradeoffs, and that’s the case with this router as well. The access to the NAS drive is fairly slow, and there are issues with securing access to it. However, its safe to say that I’m a convert now, and have gladly retired ol’ faithful – my Linksys WRT54GL.