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NETGEAR R6300 Wireless Router 802.11ac Review


by Stuart Davidson - 16th October 2012
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NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Review

NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router 802.11ac Review


About a decade ago it was reasonably normal for consumers to have one, maybe two PC per household. Often they would share the same internet connection and often the same wiring with more complex setup's really being for advanced users. Since then as our devices have advanced at an incredible rate it isn't uncommon to find each member of a family having a laptop, smartphone, tablet and maybe even a desktop PC. Add to that other internet connected devices from consoles to TVs and even cameras and our networking needs have clearly changed.

To manage these needs we require a router that can handle the demands of modern connectivity and recently we took a look at one of the most advanced Wireless-N devices around, NETGEARs N900 kit. There is a new wireless standard on the way though, promising us more range and more speed, Wireless-AC (not to be confused with powerline networks) and unsurprisingly NETGEAR are at the cutting edge of that market too.

With a completely new styling and specifications in excess of Wireless-N the new NETGEAR R6300 is one of the most advanced routers available. Today we review a pair of them giving us Wireless-AC (802.11ac) connectivity at either end of the transmission.

Packaging and Bundle

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NETGEAR R6300 bundle

NETGEAR package their router in a sturdy box which gives us a clear image of the product as well as listing key features on the front and more detailed information on the back/sides. Inside we find the router wrapped in protective plastic and suspended in cardboard. Bundled with the R6300 we find a selection of product documentation, Cat 5e cable, mains power plug and the routers PSU.
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