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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

To test the performance of this router, a laptop was used and speed tests conducted in various locations throughout a three-story home. The router was located in a room on the middle floor in the northwest corner of the home. Due to time constraints and limited access to comparable hardware, this was the best testing method available at the time.

The main considerations of this test included the following:

  • How does the range and proximity affect the speed of my Wi-Fi connection?
  • Is the R6300 able to provide an ample wireless signal throughout the house?
  • In order to determine the speed measurements in various locations throughout the house, the tool found on speedtest.net, which tests Internet connection bandwidth, was utilized. In each location, the test was conducted three times in order to determine the average result. Six locations were used, two on each floor. On each floor, one test was conducted in the northwest corner, the other in the southeast corner.
  • The distances from the R6300 are as follows:
  • Third Floor, NW Corner - Approx. 10 feet directly above
  • Third Floor, SE Corner - One floor up, approx. 35 feet away
  • Second Floor, NW Corner (router's location) - Approx. four feet away
  • Second Floor, SE Corner - Approx. 42 feet away
  • Basement, NW Corner - Approx. 14 feet directly below
  • Basement, SE Corner - One floor down, approx. 40 feet away

Test System

  • Laptop Model: Acer Aspire 5920
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo T5450 @ 1.67GHz
  • System Memory: 3.00 GB DDR2 667MHz
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
  • Wi-Fi Adaptor: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Results

There are a number of factors that can lead to the degradation of a Wi-Fi network including signal-to-noise ratio, Wi-Fi pollution, and channel congestion. Considering the location of each test, some of these factors likely influenced the results.

There is a disparity between the stated speeds of the package I receive and the actual speeds experienced through my ISP. The package is supposed to provide me with access to 20Mbps download speeds and 12Mbps uploads speeds. However, what I have experienced far exceeds those speeds (with the far more capable desktop PC's in the house). A possible reason for this disparity is due to the fact that I use my own modem, a Motorola SURFboard SB6121, rather than the modem supplied by my ISP.

To establish a benchmark speed, I hardwired the laptop, ran the speed test three times and averaged the results, which were 23.51Mbps down, and 16.01 up. The average results of the aforementioned locations are as follows:

Netgear_R6300_results.jpg

Considering the potential for signal degradation in a three-story home, the results were impressive. The signal strength was consistently strong, dropping to four bars on a five bar scale in only two locations, which were the 3rd floor, SE corner and the 1st floor, SE corner. The drop in signal strength directly impacted the speeds in those locations as you can see above. The encryption was set to WPA2-PSK during the testing process.For those of you interested in Wi-Fi performance on a mobile device, I ran a quick test. Using a Motorola Razr Maxx and the Speedtest.net app, I experienced some very strong results. On the third floor in the southeast corner of the house, the Razr Maxx recorded a download speed of 12684kbps and an upload speed of 11415kbps.

Considering the potential for signal degradation in a three-story home, the results were impressive. The signal strength was consistently strong, dropping to four bars on a five bar scale in only two locations, which were the 3rd floor, SE corner and the 1st floor, SE corner. The drop in signal strength directly impacted the speeds in those locations as you can see above. The encryption was set to WPA2-PSK during the testing process.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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