Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wrapping Up

I can't help thinking that other consumers will be fighting with problems caused by personal firewalls much like I did, which doesn't bode well for NETGEAR customer support and returns. The manual did have a section on configuring a McAfee firewall, but the instructions didn't match the version installed on my laptop.

But once I got my firewall issue resolved, I was generally pleased with the box. I'd even say that I prefer the MP115 over the Viewsonic WMA100 mainly due to the MP115's more mature software. I also feel that the MP115's user interface performs better and it was able to play more of my media without throwing up cryptic errors - especially my iTunes ripped MP3s.

That said, I wasn't all that impressed with the MP115's user interface beyond its responsiveness. It reminded me of Windows 3.1, being a bit dull and often un-intuitive. But realistically, based on the way I'd use the box, I wouldn't use its browsing features that often. I found myself just selecting an album or movie and letting it go.

Eventually I'd like to re-encode my DVD library to a hard drive and play them through a device such as this. So while the video issues were an annoyance - but not unexpected given the wide variety of movie formats in use today - they were a useful tutorial in what will be involved in realizing my desire. I suspect that, with time, I could come up with the proper encoding magic that would satisfy both my needs and the box's requirements. But if you're planning on using an existing library of digital movies, you may want to do some research to make sure that the MP115 can play them. Note, however, that movie formats supported by the MP115 played without problems.

Note also that if you decide to bring an MP115 into your home, you may have a difficult time finding one. A quick check of on-line shopping sites brought up surprisingly few hits. When I asked NETGEAR about this, they would only say that the product is in "limited distribution in the US, Europe and Asia/Pacific and that it is in "field trials in various channels, including service providers".

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

Having read through many reviews in Wifi Products, I noticed that most reviews are focused on coverage and throughput. However there isn't much covera...
Hello, I have an Asus AC3100 router running Merlin with no problems. I'm trying to set up an extender to get the network signal a little stronger on t...
I have an RT-AC86U router running the 384.11_2 firmware. I have it set to reboot every morning at 4 AM and I am experiencing failures to reboot. I’ve ...
I am trying to buy a used AC68U off Ebay. The front picture does not state "RT-AC68U Dual Band" next to the Asus logo. Instead it reads "AC1900 Dual B...
The Register reports that it is possible to crash network-facing Linux servers, PCs, smartphones and tablets, and gadgets, or slow down their network ...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3