|NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2012|
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NETGEAR R6300 Final ThoughtsThe Netgear R6300 has performed brilliantly for the better part of six months in my home. There are two PC's constantly running on the network, one in the room where the router is located, and the other on the third floor in the southeast corner. The PC near the router typically experiences speeds in excess of 50Mbps download and 25Mbps upload. The PC on the third floor, working off of the Netgear WN2000RPT Range Extender, will see speeds around 40Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. In addition, we have streaming HD video capability throughout the house and it works flawlessly.
Netgear R6300 ConclusionFrom a standpoint of performance, the Netgear R6300 is impressive to say the least. It maintained speeds throughout the house rivaling that of the hardwired benchmark. Considering that the testing was done using an antiquated laptop, the final results seem even that much more impressive.
One of the elements where the R6300 falls short is from a design standpoint. Not only is it not very visually appealing, but its stature combined with the positioning of the majority of the ports it a bit of a disappointment. Also, it could have used a USB 3.0 port or two. However, the performance of the router drowns out it shortcomings.
The GUI, also known as the "Netgear genie," is intuitive and extremely easy to use. After setting up the router on you network and downloading the GUI, all you have to do is sit back, wait a few minutes, and you will be connected to your network without lifting a finger. If you want to manipulate settings, even advanced settings, you will have no problems at all.
As of mid-October (2012) you can buy the Netgear R6300 for $199.99 (NewEgg / Amazon). Considering the fact that you can get a good router for less than half that price, this may seem excessive. However, this router truly does deliver and is prepared for the next generation of Wi-Fi devices. There are not many options for Gigabit routers on the market right now, but if you have one, you are set up for the long-term. Considering the features, performance, and future capability of the R6300, this device is worth the asking price.
+ Signal Range
- Large design, limited placement options