- Editor's Rating
- Full complement of Gigabit ports
- Did we mention fast?
- Nothing is really compatible (yet) with this router's speed
Quick TakeThe Netgear R6300 represents an exciting glimpse at the future of wireless networking technology.
Still being developed at the time of the review, the new IEEE 802.11ac standard is the future of wireless networking technology and is making waves in the world of wireless LANs. The technology will extend Wi-Fi performance to raw Layer-1 speeds of 1.3 gigabits per second, three times the current standard of 450 Mbps in 802.11n implementations.
The Netgear R6300 wireless router is the first product on the market to offer that kind of throughput, but DesktopReview noted that users can generally expect to get one third to one half of the rated performance of any Wi-Fi device, assuming it has equal capability on both ends of the link with a relatively short distance between the ends with no interference. The Netgear R6300 has all the familiar features of today’s residential-class Wi-Fi routers, including dual radios/dual bands (2.5 and 5 GHz), support for the push button WPS security technique, parental controls, guest access, a DLNA media server, USB peripheral, printer sharing, four gigabit Ethernet ports and a gigabit port for connecting to a WAN. DR also noted the device comes with a comprehensive and informative User’s Manual.
Because there are no three-stream (1.3 Gbps) 802.11ac client devices available at the time of the review, DR used two R6300s with one configured as a bridge to the other, which remained configured as a router, for testing. DR used Nuts about Nets’ free Netstress benchmark test. At a near distance of three meters apart, the Netgear R6300 had convergence to an average of 414 Mbps. DR also saw convergence of 470 Mbps at one meter apart. The far distance test, with the end points five meters apart and straight up through two floors, produced average convergence of 315 Mbps. Reviewers at DR remarked that the Netgear R6300 is the “fastest Wi-Fi system we’ve ever tested.”
Overall, DR commented that “Wi-Fi is about to see another huge leap forward? and noted that the Netgear R6300 is worth a look as the “future of where Wi-Fi is headed.? DR noted that the router can be purchased today yet remain state-of-the-art for years to come. The Netgear R6300 is priced at $200 at the time of the review. DR awarded the Netgear R6300 an Editor’s Choice award for its outstanding performance.