Netgear Centria (WNDR4720) Media Storage Router

What does it feel like having a complete wireless media package right on your home or office without even worried about maintenance? This is what I came up with Netgear’s new Centria, which is available in two models (the WNDR4700 for the main body only, and the WNDR4720 for that which comes with a 2TB HDD inside) for only $299 now. Though big making it like an appliance, the Centria is full of features you’d love for your typical family who wants to enjoy media streaming and files sharing in the fastest way possible for a wireless connection. Should this combo deal be a good package for your home looking or a more-than-a-router? Let’s surf on to it.

The Netgear Centria (WNDR4720), technically, is a Netgear N900 dual-band router with a case and ports making it look like it’s a miniaturized CPU enclosure without the CPU and RAM. That said, you’d know that the Centria is a performer to being a router at first, with featured 900Mbps of speed and expanded 5GHz radio transmission frequency, promising something like speed and reliability regardless the size of a house. More with being a router, I am honestly pleased with how the Centria of Netgear kept up day and night regardless the number of users connected to it.

While it is not really for massive data transferring that can ensure 100Gbps download speed which is at the same time dependent on the Internet service provider, at least it does well with media streaming like watching a movie different from another wirelessly on the same remote hard drive without lags. I actually tested the speed at least to an app I have on my smartphone, and if you think 25mbps is not enough, I assure you it has everything it can to carry you around the web and around your personal contents.

The Netgear Centria (WNDR4720) actually has its own ‘app’ to make it easier to be configured, and such comes in two forms: one in an IP address form (or technically, the generic way to access the router through a specified IP address), and the other in a desktop mode. While both apps work almost the same, the desktop ‘Genie’, as what Netgear calls it, has a more intuitive interface to directly monitor data traffic, do some modifications, and even some simple troubleshooting. Going for the router’s IP address might be a little hassle especially to the newbies, but actually, doing so allows users to see more of what the Centria has to offer and allow. Adding more to the generic Genie are some UIs for the router’s features like backups and synchronizations, parental controls, and many more. I actually found only one problem with the app associated with the Centria of Netgear: it is inconsistent. Upon some initial tests, I actually encountered some failures referring to connection problems, or worse, to the app’s incompatibility with the device, which is surprising. Nevertheless, the Centria delivers great user experience in a lot of ways.

The Netgear Centria (WNDR4720) being an HDD holder does not only allow wireless media streaming, but as said, is also good for backups. Features are properly set on the control interface, and this allows users to go through different filters and other options for the automatic backup procedures. What made the Centria more distinct is its ability to do the same features (at least most of it) as those of Apple’s Time Capsure, and this allows both platforms to do backups seamlessly. Better than these, having some more extensions like extra USB 3.0 ports and a card reader allows users to go beyond what is available, and can even sync data between drives in just a button away. Lastly, backups can also be accessed online through a cloud feature offered by the company.

The Netgear Centria (WNDR4720) deserves its price for all that it promises, from storage size to speed and reliability. Though there are some hiccups to performance especially to the app or the control interface, such concerns won’t really put trouble on such a reliable connectivity one can possibly have. I only wish the Centria could come in a more stable version, and if it has a lesser footprint, I’m sure this is just what everyone would love.

Netgear Centria (WNDR4720) Media Storage Router Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,000.00

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