802.11ac support, 2.4GHz and 5GHZ support
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.
Superb 802.11ac performance
The Netgear D6300 is an odd concoction. Visually it is an eye sore and its specifications make for uninspired reading, but in practice Netgear has been able to pull off the wireless miracles it claimed were possible with smart firmware. Still choosing an ADSL2 plus modem rather than VDSL is a missed opportunity, but for those without fibre optic broadband this is a neat all-in-one solution which pleasantly surprised us.
ADSL is built in, great firmware and associated apps
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.
Good looks, bad 2.4GHz coverage
The D6300 is a strange beast: so much about it is likeable, but it's spoilt by poor 2.4GHz coverage, random 5GHz disconnects, and inexplicable things such as email on a Mac slowing to a crawl whenever it's in use (other routers I've tried don't do this). Really, for the price, you should be able to expect a little better.
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