Many internet providers nowadays include a router. However, these are generally very limited in their capabilities. A separate router is therefore still very interesting for the more advanced user. I was given the opportunity to test a Netgear R6300.
The R6300 router has some interesting features. It can also work as a simple NAS (Network Attached Storage), so that you can make a hard disk available on your network. This can also be reached from outside, via http (s) and FTP. It is not fast (50-60Mbit), but it works fine. In addition, a guest network, so you no longer have to allow your friends to join your own WiFi network when they are visiting.
What Netgear puts the most emphasis on is support for 802.11ac. This is a WiFi standard that is still under development, but is already being used. It should be able to reach a maximum speed of 1Gbit, by using three antennas. Normally two antennas are used. I don’t have any equipment to test this, but according to some websites a doubling of speed is expected, to 300-350Mbit. Remember that Wi-Fi is a shared medium: more devices means less bandwidth per device.
Well, install it first. I know it doesn’t matter for the performance, but striking box: A number of things have been taped. Such as the guest network (doing fine) and the logo that the R6300 is WiFi certified. I assume hey.
Continue with the installation: the router has one uplink port and four switched ports, all 1Gbit. Furthermore, the connection for a USB drive, which can also be used for a printer. In addition, a WPS button, for quickly registering wireless devices on the network.
Then the software. Fine, can not say otherwise. The first screen gives a brief overview of the status of the most important points (internet connection, wireless, etc). Furthermore, there is a section with basic settings, where you will be taken by hand, and for the enthusiasts, the advanced settings. There you can, for example, set up port forwarding, set up dynamic DNS servers and activate ipv6.
The first series of gigabit routers for home use often failed to reach the maximum speed. For example, my first reached a maximum of 85Mbit. Very unfortunate if your internet provider provides 120Mbit. This should not be a problem with this Netgear: the maximum measured speed is more than 900Mbit. By the time you have such an internet connection, there are bound to be 10Gbit routers. In any case, the R6300 is prepared for the future: with ipv6, 802.11ac and almost gigabit speeds, you can use it for a long time.
Netgear also has an App, the Genie. This allows you to access your router from your mobile / tablet. There are versions for iOS and Android, but also for PC and Mac. Well what should I say about this. Nice start, nothing more. The functions are: settings of your wireless network, guest network, overview of the connected devices (which only shows the iPhone to me), parental control, traffic meter and my media. The latter should make it possible to view media from DLNA servers on your network. However, it does not recognize any and even the connected USB stick is not seen. Then Genie also has an option to scan QR codes. I don’t see what that has to do with a router. It is a great pity that Netgear has not put their energy into more options for Genie. I would like to be able to set up my entire router,
The Netgear R6300 is simply a very good router. It is fast, forward-looking and easy to set up. The biggest flaws are in the app, not the device itself. I don’t like it, but that doesn’t detract from his great performance. Also the range of the wifi is very good, the best I have seen so far. If you are looking for a new router that you can enjoy for years to come: definitely take this powerhouse into consideration.
- Lightning fast
- Convenient interface
- Accessible from the outside via Genie
- Printer sharing
- FTP and NAS functions
- ipv6 support
- Only the Genie app is mediocre
- About appearance is debatable