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Written by Greg Schepers   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
Closer Look: Netgear R6300
Netgear R6300 Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router Review

Manufacturer: NETGEAR, Inc.
Model Number: R6300 WiFi Router
UPC: 606449084450
Price As Tested: $199.99 (NewEgg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self-supplied.

Next generation wireless routers are now firmly in the marketplace, and Benchmark Reviews has had the opportunity to take a closer look at one of NETGEAR 's current flagship routers, which is the NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. Having Broadcom's 5G Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac chips on-board, The R6300 is capable of delivering speeds of up to 1300Mbps when connected to other 802.11ac devices, and speeds of up to 450Mbps when connected to 802.11n devices.

Netgear R6300 Gigabit Router

Some have suggested that it has, "a face that only a mother could love," but, personal preferences aside, the design of the R6300 is not indicative of this router's performance and capability. It is packed with great features, such as READYshare, that are designed to address your personal and professional wireless needs. Whether you want to stream HD video, sit down for an extended gaming session, or even do a number of tasks simultaneously, the NETGEAR R6300 can handle it.

The R6300 was designed for one position, and one postion only; to stand vertically with a slight tilt toward the back. It has no external antennas, so standing upright is the best position for it to maximize the potential range of this device, since the internal antennas are located toward the top. One striking design features that can be found on the back and the sides of the R6300 is the triangular holes. The holes cover about 90 percent of the surface of the back and sides, which prevent the device from getting too hot. In fact, this router is so well ventilated that it barely breaks a sweat.
Let's go ahead and take a closer look at the R6300.



# Nice router but...Kaldor 2012-10-17 07:28
I like the fact that we finally have near gigabit speed on a router and I am strongly considering buying an AC wireless router. However, right now there are no network adapters that will allow you to use the AC speed to its fullest. The only one that I know of, the Netgear A6200-100NAS is only USB 2.0. This is a major failing. Unless we see USB 3.0 and PCI-E adapters, only one people that will see a real use for this are owners of very new laptops that have the AC wireless built in, of there are none that I know of.
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# whats the pointScolex 2012-11-09 01:16
I am puzzled in the testing and results section you only gave numbers for your internet connection speed. Those numbers are worthless IMHO when you consider that even a simple G router can handle a 23.5Mbps connection with no problem. Not to mention internet speeds can change at the drop of a hat and are not exactly reliable/repeatable.
Why not setup a test with a wireless computer downloading files from a wired computer that would be a better indicator of the wifi potential.
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# RE: whats the pointGreg Schepers 2012-11-13 06:49
I appreciate your feedback regarding the testing of this device. You mention that "internet speeds can change at the drop of a hat and not exactly reliable/repeatable." However, I did mention in the Final Thoughts section that the R6300 has, "performed brilliantly for the better part of six months in my home," and then qualified that statement by sharing the level of performance it has consistently delivered. I encourage you to read the entire review. I apologize if you feel the testing was not thorough enough and will consider your recommendation for future router testing and review projects.
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