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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

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:

NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.

 NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.

NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.

 NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.



 

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# 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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