The Netgear R6300 was one of the first 802.11ac routers available to buy in the UK. It stands as the company’s flagship 'ultimate performance' home router, and offers most of the features you’d expect from a comprehensive home hub. It’s a dual-band 11ac router with four-port gigabit switch and gigabit WAN port. Read more wireless router reviews.
The R6300 is also the largest router we’ve ever tested, standing over 8in tall and stretching even wider sideways to 10 inches. Unlike some routers that are as at home on their sides, the Netgear R6300 is designed only for standing upright on its integral flat foot. See also: Group test: what's the best wireless router?
On the right side is a handy Wi-Fi on/off switch, and a button for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), for automated pairing to devices. See also: Group test: what's the best modem router?
On the front the NETGEAR name shines in the centre and we couldn’t find any way to switch off the company’s always-on advertising.
Two USB ports are available, one on the side, one behind, and like most router manufacturers, Netgear has scrimped by providing the slower USB 2.0 version.
Again, like others, Netgear has moved to a more user-friendly graphical look for its admin interface, which it calls Netgear Genie. From here you can readily find the setup wizard to first configure the router, and the various settings for QoS, port filtering, port forwarding, security and other optional administration tasks.
There’s also a good iPhone app, and a proper full-size iPad version too, that allows useful feedback on router status as well as some configuration options.
We tested the performance in 5GHz 802.11ac mode at short ranges of 3m as well as over a 10m span.
At 3m, the R6300 could average data transfers of around 466Mbps. It's obviously well below the advertised ‘speeds of up to 1300 Mbps’, but it's in line with other 11ac routers available at the moment.
Tested at the 10m range, the Netgear R6300 lost a little speed. We saw an average of 362Mbps. Used in 5GHz 11n mode, the Netgear allowed strong connections to be made, and was a good performer compared with its 11ac rivals.
Original review from Andrew Harrison on next page.