Pros Internet connection speeds can be high, if you can stay connected.
Cons Drops connections on a regular basis. Intranet speeds between networked devices is horrendously slow. The R6300 struggles to maintain its connection with my cable modem. The cloud based parental controls are abysmal.
Summary The R6300 is an absolutely horrendous router. This is my second Netgear router and my last. I have never had any issues with DLink and will be going back to them as soon as I can afford a new router.
Pros Excellent range in a congested city neighborhood, for the performance minded individual
Cons Needs a little bit of shelf space, not something you can discreetly hide, but its not an eyesore either
Summary Terrific Range in a congested neighborhood, I've had it for over a year in downtown Boston and never lost a connection, My friends couldn't believe the results they got on their mobile devices when they speed tested on my network, I get faster speeds than what I pay Fios for, 160mbs down and 65 up from speedtest.net, external storage works great, stream video to every room in the house (netflix and Hulu) and not even a hiccup in performance, the genie app is a breeze to negotiate and setup more intense options such as guest networks and a wireless MAC filter.
Love blowing my friends' minds with my internet speed.
"So Far, So Good"on by ajtrek
Pros Stable on both wireless bands
Maximizes throughput on Wireless N
Works well in mixed environment (PC & Mac)
Cons None Operationally IMO
Summary Not sure what Dong Ngo meant buy "a router for someone with high standards and low-ego". Granted I do have high standards...but being in sales I doubt that anyone would categorize me as having a "low-ego". But this is not about me...it's about the NetGear R6300 Router.
I mentioned that it's stable on both wireless bands because I haven't had any dropouts. To be fair that depends upon a lot of factors in the surrounding environment as no one lives in a vacuum.
Throughput is greatly improved on the Wireless N band. I now get anywhere from 435 mbps to 450 mbps. I don't expect to exceed that throughput as I don't have equipment with Wireless AC network cards. (and I doubt anyone else does at this juncture ...or very few)
Setup was easy without or without the Genie.
I've always heard that Mac's work better with an Apple router especially in a mixed environment. The R6300 handles my iMac, MacBook Pro , Sony Vaio Duo 11 and Dell 1530 with no problem. In fact I have a total of 15 clients connecting to it at any given time of the day..including two internet phone systems.
Some may not like the "upright" position of the R6300 as it looks like a router standing on end. For me it's a welcome departure from the standard "flat" or slim "vertical" router. Ya baby..bring it on!!!
The NetGear R6300 is not a router that everyone will rush out and buy. Even after a year it's expensive at $199 a pop (although it can be had for less on sale... about $30-$35).
So why did I purchase the R6300 over other routers...
I didn't like the cloud interface of the Linksys EA6500 required to use all of it's features
The Trendnet TEW-812DRU worked for 3 days then quick
The design of the Asus RT-AC66U just didn't appeal to me (3 exposed antenna's...so 90's)
Next year I'm sure there'll be something better..but for right not the NetGear R6300 has my vote!
Pros Great 2.4 Ghz range and we use 3 iPhones, 2 iPads, PS3 for wireless Netflix, and 1 laptop. Our old router dropped service constantly, no issues so far with the R6300. 5Ghz is fast but less range, no need for Air Print printer!!
Cons Ethernet cables could be a foot or two longer.
Summary Very satisfied.
"Best Router"on by harold24915
Pros I have tried over the past few years to find a router that beat my old Linksys WRT56GL and I tried all of the name brands and then finally I tried this router.
Cons NONE that I can think of.