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Wireless Features

Figure 4 shows the main Wireless Settings screen, which controls both radios via the Mode selector.

Wireless configuration
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Figure 4: Wireless configuration

Available modes are:

  • Up to 270Mbps at 2.4GHz
  • Up to 270Mbps at 5GHz & 54Mbps at 2.4GHz (default)
  • Up to 130Mbps at 2.4GHz
  • Up to 130Mbps at 5GHz & 54Mbps at 2.4GHz

Since there is only one draft 11n radio, simultaneous coverage in the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands uses the draft 11n radio in 5 GHz and the 11b/g radio in 2.4 GHz. If you want draft 11n in 2.4 GHz, the 11b/g radio is disabled and you have a single-band draft 11n router.

Note that channels in the 5 GHz Lower (36, 40, 44, 48) and Upper (149, 153, 157, 161) bands are available. But the 11 N Channel selector allows choosing only channels 36, 44, 149 and 157 in the default 270 Mbps (channel bonded) mode.

Security options include WEP and WPA / TKIP and WPA2/ AES modes as well as an auto WPA/WPA2 mode. But only WPA/2 "Personal" (PSK) modes are supported. The 3300 also supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and I ran a few WPS pushbutton sessions using the Netgear WNDA3100 dual-band USB adapter.

Contrary to my earlier observation, I found that Netgear's client application does support WPS. But you don't see the client WPS "button" until you actually try to make a connection. Each attempt that I ran (after resetting the router to factory defaults), looked like a successful WPA-PSK connection was established, with the Netgear client application even showing that it was associated to the 3300. But each time, the session ended without the client able to lease an IP address via DHCP from the router, so the connection failed.

Figure 5 shows the Advanced Wireless controls, which are pretty sparse and don't include transmit power control. Note that the radio disable is here and applies to both radios.

Advanced wireless configuration
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Figure 5: Advanced wireless configuration

The 3300's Wireless Repeating function was added in the V1.0.23 firmware. It works on the draft 11n radio only and I didn't try it. If it works, this makes the 3300 the only currently-available draft 11n router to support wireless repeating.

Advanced wireless configuration
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Figure 6: Wireless repeating

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