Netgear D6300 Wi-Fi Router
Easy setup; 802.11ac
Minor unexpected packet loss on wireless
The Netgear D6300 is one of the first in a new wave of routers we’ll be seeing over the next year. As well as support for 802.11 a, b, g and n, it also supports the all new, but still in draft, 801.11ac standard that uses a 5GHz radio to move data at speeds in excess of 400Mbps today and up to 3.47Gbps in the near future.
However, it’s important to note that Apple doesn’t support 801.11ac in its computers, and support for USB wireless adaptors that handle the new standard are pretty thin on the ground. That said, buying an 802.11ac ready router now does offer a degree of future-proofing.
The D6300 offers a separate WAN port, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, an ADSL modem and a USB port for connecting and sharing storage devices. Netgear also offers ReadyShare Cloud – an online storage service – and there are Parental Controls on board to censor certain content from the kids.
The initial setup is secure as Netgear ships the D6300 with wireless network with password protection in place. The details are on a sticker attached to the packaging. It only took a few minutes to get the device connected to the internet and ready to go.
Performance was solid. We did encounter one anomalous result in testing: even with our test machine, a MacBook Air, sitting just a metre or so away from the D6300, it occasionally suffered some packet loss. Although the loss of single packet isn’t likely to be noticeable, we did find this odd. However, at distances of up to 25m we were able to maintain a strong connection.
If you’re looking for a device that will see you through the next stage of wireless performance improvements then the Netgear D6300 is worth a look.