Netgear R6300

Netgear R6300
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Netgear R6300 Review

Netgear’s R6300 is their first 802.11ac router designed to deliver next generation Wi-Fi Gigabit speeds.  The theoretical top speed of the R6300 is 1.3Gbps and is capable of packing three times more data into each spatial stream.  The R6300 is a dual band router, so if you change the settings you can put slower devices on the 2.4GHz band and place faster devices on the 5GHz band. This router has DLNA support which will allow you to securely stream media across multiple devices.  The  R6300 is one of the largest routers around, standing over 8in tall and stretching even wider sideways to 10 inches and weighs 1.44 pounds. Unlike some routers that are as at home on their sides, this router is designed only for standing upright on its integral flat foot.  It’s a bizarre design and resembles a large digital photo frame or some type of media player. It looks like a device meant to be put on display. The worst part of the design is you are limited with its placement. Although you can remove the base, you can’t operate it horizontally because of the way the cables sit in the power and LAN/WAN ports. It’s also not wall-mountable. The finish is all shiny black plastic, smooth and obsidian glass-like to the front and perforated with hundreds of small triangles across the back and the beveled sides. Routers can run a little warm so these holes should allow plenty of useful ventilation. The side panel has a Wi-Fi on/off button, a WPS button and a USB 2.0 port. The rear panel has a second USB 2.0 port, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, the WAN port, and the power button. The USB ports support both printers and external storage, although lack of USB 3.0 in a supposed future-proofed 11ac router is disappointing. The base has rubber footing to keep the device in place, but this is a large router and is not going to move around much even with cables connected The R6300 supports up to 450 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band. Other internal specs include 128 MB flash memory, 128 MB RAM and internal radio amplifiers. Netgear has a more consumer-focused graphical look for its admin interface, which it calls Netgear Genie. From here you can readily find the setup wizard to first configure the router, and the various settings for QoS, port filtering, port forwarding, security and other optional administration tasks.  There’s also a good iPhone app, and a proper full-size iPad version too, that allows useful feedback on router status as well as some configuration options. The full web browser interface focuses on the adjustments that most people would need. Put another way, you’re less likely to render the device not working by mishandling the settings. The performance of the R6300 was tested in 5GHz 802.11ac mode at short ranges of 1m, and less, as well as over a 9m span through two thin plaster walls.  At 1m distant, the Netgear R6300 could average data transfers of around 400 Mbps. Best, if impractical, results were found when that span was reduced to 0.4m, which hit a maximum of 480 Mbps. still well below the advertised ‘speeds of up to 1300 Mbps’. Tested at the 9m range, the Netgear R6300 lost little of its close-range speed. Speeds were averaging 391 Mbps, with one measurement even returning 411 Mbps. Used in 5GHz 11n mode, the Netgear allowed strong connections to be made, with OS X indicating a steady and consistent Transmit Rate of 450, and real-world performance of around 300 Mbps. Overall, the Netgear R6300 provides a comprehensive feature set and easy installation. Despite its bulky design, the R6300 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast home network for wired clients as well as existing Wi-Fi clients and future 802.11ac clients.  

  • Pros:
    Fast Easy Setup
  • Cons:
    Expensive Bulky No USB 3.0
Our score:
4 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Netgear R6300 is manufactured by Netgear and was added in December 2014 in the Router section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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