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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

NETGEAR R6300 Final Thoughts

The 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 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

Netgear R6300 Conclusion

From 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.

Pros:

+ Signal Range
+ Signal strength & speed
+ Intuitive GUI
+ Ease of set up
+ Next generation Gigabit router
+ READYshare

Cons:

- Large design, limited placement options
- Difficult to access most ports/buttons
- Expensive price tag
- USB 3.0 ports would have been nice

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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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