Conclusion: The recent introduction of the new 802.11ac standard has certainly brought with it a whole host of new routers from various manufacturers offering speeds up to previously unheard of levels of 1300Mbps. But as with any new technology the price is currently at a premium. The Netgear D6300 is listed at £239.99 but thankfully it is widely available for much less.
Conclusion: The gradual introduction of a new WiFi standard has given manufacturers the opportunity to launch premium routers that tout far greater potential than those supplied by most broadband service providers. Aimed at ADSL users seeking maximum wireless throughput, the Netgear D6300 offers easy setup, eye-catching design and excellent performance on a 5GHz band by utilising the forward-looking 802.11ac standard.
Excerpt: The sole ADSL router we were able to acquire for this feature the D6300 is perfect for those who have ADSL2+ but want to be ready when the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre comes along. As has become the trend in new ADSL routers it includes both an ADSL2+ port and a Gigabit WAN port ready to be switched over to the NBN when it finally comes your way. The D6300 supports full 1300Mbps 802.11ac and 300Mbps 802.11n in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
Pros: ADSL is built in great firmware and associated apps.
Excerpt: Company: Netgear Product: WiFi Modem Router (AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit & Built-in ADSL2+ Modem) Release Date: Now Reviewer: James Wright Review Date: October 2013 The D6300 Wi-Fi Modem Router from Netgear is an all in one solution for the home and small business that offers users an ADSL2+ Modem Router with powerful 802.11AC Wi-Fi capabilities.
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: As a 5GHz router, the Netgear R6300 excels. It provides a comprehensive feature set and easy installation. Problematically, it's very expensive, has disappointing 2.4GHz performance and is outperformed as a 802.11ac router by the Linksys EA6500. And frankly, even if it's compatible with future 802.11ac hardware, we wouldn't recommend investing in such hardware at this time just on the back of that.
Excerpt: Fazit: Im Test zeigt der Netgear D6300B mit maximal 580 MBit/s unter optimalen Bedingungen eine der besseren Transferleistungen – insgesamt verpasst der Router nur knapp ein "sehr gut". In der Funktionalität fällt er gegenüber der Spitzengruppe etwas zurück, hat aber ein DSL-Modem an Bord.