Geeky Gadget Review: Netgear R6300 WiFi Router
Last Updated on Friday, 3 August 2012 09:38 Written by Laddie13 Friday, 3 August 2012 03:31
If you are in the market for a new router and would like to be prepared for the next wave in wireless, 802.11ac, the Netgear R6300 is just what you are looking for. 802.11ac is capable of much faster data transfer speeds over a wireless network. It’s being dubbed the gigabit Wi-Fi and will work solely on a 5GHz frequency range. 5GHz will get you much less range when faced with obstacles such as walls but unlike the 2.4GHz that is the norm right now, it will suffer much less interference from home appliances like cordless phones and microwave ovens that often interfere with 2.4GHz frequencies. The current standard wireless is 802.11n that works on both frequencies. It’s estimated that 802.11ac will be years away from becoming the dominant wifi technology but the R6300 is still an impressive router especially if you play online games or are an HD Streaming aficionado.
When I went to set up the Netgear R6300 I was first taken aback by its look and size. It sort of looks like a small tv screen but the only thing it broadcasts is the illuminated Netgear logo. The dimensions are 8.07 x 10.04 x 3.03 which is a lot bigger than my last router which was basically a tiny square with antennas. Setting up the R6300 was very simple. I’m confident that even my non-geek friends and family who rely on me for such tasks could set this router up. You can download the Netgear Genie for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. This is a very user-friendly app where you can manage, monitor and repair your network. I set up mine from my iPad and was up and surfing the web in minutes. Read on for more…
If it’s security you are seeking the R6300 is top-notch offering Wifi protected access, double firewall protection, denial of service attack prevention and parental controls. You can also set up a separate and secure guest network which is perfect for sharing your wireless connection with guests but limiting what they can access of your home network. Much like the router itself security is a snap setting up on the R6300 with the help of the Netgear Genie.
After using the Netgear R6300 for a week now I’ve noticed considerable improvements in both my wireless and wired connections. One thing you should know about dual band routers is that not all devices are compatible with a 5GHz frequency. Out of my many wireless gadgets I’m able to connect my laptop, Ipad 2, Smart TV and Blu-Ray player. Devices that I have that will only run on the 2.4 GHz band are my iPhone, roku player, 3DS and surprisingly since it’s so new the Playstation Vita. I use a wired connection for my PS3 and 360 but tested PS3 and found it only recognized the 2.4GHz. As for the 360 I have an older model that doesn’t have built-in wireless so I can’t say for sure. I’m disappointed that I can’t use a 5GHz connection with my roku since streaming would really benefit from it. It has made life on the iPad even better though.
The only con I can find with the Netgear R6300 is probably the $199.99 price tag. However in a search I came across higher priced models offering way less. I’ve been through a few routers in my broadband lifetime and this is by far the best of them. Heck, I even noticed a lot less lag while playing MW3 and that is quite an impressive feat all on its own. I love this router and if you are even half the geek I am you will as well.