|NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2012|
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NETGEAR R6300 Detailed Features
Versatility, in terms of where an individual may place the Netgear R6300, is something that is lacking. Many routers can be set up in a horizontal position, in a vertical position (usually with an attachment), or mounted on a wall. You can only position the R6300 one way - vertically. This may not be an issue for some, but for others, it may be a deal-breaker. If you have limited desk space and either need a router that can be positioned horizontally or mounted on a wall, you may want to keep shopping.
In the view above, you will notice the features located on the back that were mentioned earlier. In what I consider to be a design flaw, the ports and buttons are somewhat difficult to access for a couple of reasons. First, you may not be able to notice this in this view, but the R6300 is angled toward the back. Second, as you can see by the shadowing on the router, the ports and buttons are recessed. These two factors combined make it frustrating to manipulate anything on the reverse side of the router, especially when removing Ethernet cables.
In this side view, you are able to see two buttons and a USB 2.0 port. One of the buttons is to turn the Wi-Fi on or off and the other is the WPS button, which allows you to automatically pair Wi-Fi enabled devices. Also, placing a USB port on the side was a good idea, since the USB port in the back is far more difficult to access.
In the retail packaging, you will find downloading instructions for the GUI, which is called the "Netgear genie." Once downloaded, the genie setup wizard detects and automatically sets up your network connection. This software also includes a multitude of features that allow you to manipulate practically any router setting you can think of including advanced settings (IPv6, QoS, etc.). The Netgear genie gives you full control of your router and your network. It is very well organized and doubt that it would even intimidate a novice. Another huge plus is that the GUI is compatible with virtually any platform. The smartphone app is useful, but lacks the ability to manipulate the advanced settings.
The ReadySHARE feature provides you with a number of capabilities. One capability is the ReadySHARE USB Storage Access, which allows you to plug in an external USB hard drive and share its contents to any device connected to your home network. Also, you can connect a printer to a USB port and wirelessly print from devices on your network.