Note that the Intel(R) Centrino Wireless-N 1030 is a Single-Band card, where will only connect to a 2.4ghz Network.
If your Netgear DGND3700 Dual-Band router is broadcasting Wireless-N on the 5Ghz spectrum, then the card would not be able to even see the SSID at all, and this explains the behavior you are seen.
We would recommend either contacting Netgear* and see if there's a way to change the router's setting to broadcast Wireless-N on 2.4Ghz spectrum.
The speeds on the card would vary, depending on the integration from each OEM, however you may want to try the following:
1. Have the most current driver from the OEM manufacturer
2. Set router to 20/40 Auto channel width, mixed n/g
3. Turn on WPA2/AES encryption, not TKIP
4. Enable WMM and QoS on router
See the following URL:
Data rate will not exceed 54 Mbps when WEP or TKIP encryption is configured
I saw your response to Chris, which said that the N-1030 was not dual-band. That is very helpful
information as it explains a problem I was having.
To be honest, I thought any adapter that support 802.11n was dual-band by definitiont. Apparently I’ve learned something.
I was looking at the product specs for the N-1030, (http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/centrino-wireless-n-1030-brief.pdf) and while it states support for 802.11b/g/n I don’t see where it says anything about single vs dual band, or 2.4 vs 5 ghz.
So, I guess my question...as I look for WiFi solutions, what should be I looking for in the specs to be assured that it can operate in both bands?
Buy a laptop that has the "802.11a" or "802.11ac" on their specs. For example, the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 has this specification: 802.11a/b/g/n. If you see the letter "a" before "b" it means it has 5 GHz capability. follow this thread for more information: https://communities.intel.com/message/220265#220265