|NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2012|
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Closer Look: Netgear R6300
The aesthetics and physical characteristics of a router normally are not among the main reasons why and individual purchases one router rather than another. However, that's not to say that these are not important points to some consumers. Take a look at the Netgear R6300:
A box is a box... is a box. The R6300 is a large router; hence, it comes in a box that is, obviously, larger. The router is well protected and is accompanied by an Ethernet cable, the power adapter, the quick install guide, and some other Netgear literature and offers. The R6300 does not have external/detachable antennas, nor does it come with an installation CD, so the contents are pretty streamlined when comparing it to the contents of other routers.
Considering that the R6300 is designed to stand vertically on a flat surface, it does not have much surface area on the bottom. However, the router has some very large slip-resistant pads, which cover about 50 percent of the router's underside to prevent it from sliding around or potentially marring a desktop.
Having a unique look, the Netgear R6300 may not be visually stimulating to everyone (Personally, I would get rid of the gold gradient on the bottom and just leave it glossy black.) However, the design was meant to maximize the capability of the internal antennas, since it is standing vertically with a few degrees of lean towards the back of the router. When on, "NETGEAR" can be seen glowing on the front of the router along with the LED lights toward the bottom that indicate the router's status. The LED lights on the bottom display the status of power, internet connectivity, Wi-Fi, and the USB port.
It is clear when looking at the back of the Netgear R6300 that ventilation was a serious design priority. The triangle-shaped ventilation holes cover the vast majority of the back and sides of the device. The back also contains all of the ports, which include a USB 2.0 port, four LAN ports, one WAN port, a reset button, a power button, and the DC power in port.