Netgear R6300 Review 2015 Super Quick
It isn’t cheap, but what is it is a lightning-fast 802.11ac router – very possibly the fastest on the market.
Tremendous wireless speeds combined with an attractive feature set make this router an excellent purchase.
Netgear R6300 Features
– 802.11ac support: 802.11ac is the latest version of the WiFi specification, and boasts speeds of as high as 1750Mbps, combined with a substantial boost in range. 802.11ac adoption in consumer devices is still limited right now.
But a router that supports the standard provides a great way to future-proof your wireless network.
ReadySHARE Netgear’s Tech
Allows USB hard drives or printers to be shared over the network simply by plugging them into the router.
It’s far more convenient than building a NAS, or trying to work with the byzantine UI for the wireless functionality built into most printers.
– Netgear Genie: The Netgear Genie app provides you with a simplified, easy to work with dashboard on any PC, Mac, or mobile device.
You can see a visual map of your network, modify network settings, or configure parental controls using an easy, nearly-automatic tool.
– WiFi Protected Setup: The Netgear R6300 supports push-button WiFi connections using WiFi Protected Setup.
Just push the button on the router’s side at the right time, and the setup takes place automatically; you don’t need to manually enter a long key on every device you own.
Netgear R6300 Review, Performance
The 802.11ac WiFi broadcasting works as advertised; the R6300 consistently provides network speeds well in excess of 1Gbps, be they wired or wireless.
The range is especially impressive, providing top-notch download speeds in even the largest homes.
As a matter of fact…
you can easily get a serviceable connection from the far end of a large apartment building; it’s a little bit weird to be sitting outside your building, at the opposite end from your apartment, and maintaining a good wireless signal, but it speaks very strongly for the router.
The other features are also very useful. ReadySHARE can provide an easy way to make media accessible for the entire network, without dealing with a full server.
It’s also a great tool for data backups.
The Netgear Genie isn’t as powerful as the control panel, but it’s a good way to do simple tasks without a whole lot of headache. The WiFi Protected Setup features do what they’re supposed to…
…there’s not much to talk about, which is exactly how a push-button connection should work.
Overall – Takeaway
The Netgear R6300 is a fantastic router; it does exactly what it’s supposed to do, and it does that very well.