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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 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.

 NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.

 NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.

 NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

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.



# 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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