There are just too many negatives to recommend this router, in spite of its aggressive pricing. Unimpressive range, low file sharing throughput, problems with 2.4 GHz 40 MHz mode connections and even its inability to properly communicate its Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) status are all reasons to leave it on the shelf.
My best router
Finally, I absolutely love the way this router looks. I have it sitting right next to my flat screen tv. The LED "NETGEAR" lights really gives it class. It doesn't have a lot of super bright LED lights that flash with network activity in the front, and if anything, the power and wireless network lights are a little too dim. Netgear must have tried to listen to the home entertainment crowd on designing the outward appearance of this device cause it's really a good looking router.
Well-featured home wireless router with good performance
The R6300 is a well-featured home wireless router with good performance in 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n modes. In 802.11ac mode it was decent, although anyone expecting close to gigabit speed will still be disappointed. At around £200, it's more expensive than some of its rivals.
5GHz 802.11n is speedy
As a 5GHz router, the Netgear R6300 excels. It provides a comprehensive feature set and easy installation. Problematically, it's very expensive, and frankly, even if it's compatible with future 802.11ac hardware, we wouldn't recommend investing in any such hardware at this time just on the back of that.
Signal strength & speed, Intuitive GUI
Considering the fact that you can get a good router for less than half that price, this may seem excessive. However, this router truly does deliver and is prepared for the next generation of Wi-Fi devices. There are not many options for Gigabit routers on the market right now, but if you have one, you are set up for the long-term. Considering the features, performance, and future capability of the R6300, this device is worth the asking price.
Ground breaking 802.11ac & 802.11n performance
We come back to the key questions in the intro: will you see the performance benefit of switching to 802.11ac? Yes, 802.11ac to 802.11ac is incredible. But should you buy now? Arguably not until prices drop and 802.11ac devices and USB dongles become widely available - a bridge is impractical for all but the most hardened speed fanatic.
Good USB sharing performance
Netgear's R6300 is a cream-of-the-crop dual-band wireless router that supports the 802.11ac standard. It's a great overall unit that will work well in any networking environment. Team it up with client devices that support 802.11ac, and it will supply wireless speeds that are noticeably faster than 802.11n. Indeed, it's a router that represents the next step in wireless networking and it's well worth considering.
Router, NAS & personal cloud in a Box!
A very good Router, NAS & personal cloud in a Box solution and from a good reputable company who consistently improves their product line and listens to users on their forum and make constant changes to software and firmware. The only problem seen with this router is poor 5 GHz performance which still baffles me but I see that I am not alone. There are some GUI issues when you restore saved configuration backup wherein the user's password is set to factory defaults.
Fast, solid, includes various features
Overall the WD My Net 900C is a very accomplished router offering almost every feature that WD could cram into it, and providing decent 11n wireless performance. If you need an all-in-one router with storage now, the My Net 900 Central is a fast, solid, if slightly pricey option (£299 for the 1TB and £349 for the 2TB). However, do bear in mind that 802.11ac wireless routers are already hitting the market which are promising gigabit wireless speeds.
Prettier than your standard router box
Western Digital is off to a good start with its routers; it has a well-designed, usable interface, attractive aesthetics and a decent feature set. The 2.4GHz performance needs improvement, though, and the one-year warranty and non-user-serviceable hard drive hurts.
Class-leading 5GHz 450mbps wireless performance
In a way the full nature of its feature-set is the downfall of the WD My Net N900 Central.
Including the 1TB HDD significantly bumps the price of this device, doubling it over that of the hard-drive free WD My Net N900 that, with its expanded Gigabit LAN ports, could be a better choice for many people.
While the 450mbps technology means you're not guaranteed to reap the rewards of your outlay, but if you can you'll be very, very happy.
Simple remote access to media content
Western Digital has made a solid entrance into the router market. The My Net N900 Central may not be the most attractive router you'll see and its 2.4GHz performance is nothing special, but its 5GHz speeds are excellent and its integrated storage makes it a wonderfully simple NAS. The mobile apps are good too offering quick access to media from any location.
The problem is pricing.
Very simple administration, combo NAS and router
The WD My Net N900 Central is a fine product: a unique combination of router and NAS. It's not a particularly strong NAS, but it's clearly better than most routers at the task. It is a very fast router, switch and access point, and it's simple enough to not scare the heck out of your non-technical parents.
Offers an easy graphical interface for setting this up
The Cisco EA4500 remains as well styled and constructed as the Cisco E4200. In general wireless performance, our tests suggested that this router falls a little behind the performance of the E4200. The Cisco Connect Cloud service is a neat idea, poorly rolled-out by a company that seemed to expect undiscriminating users to click through worrying terms and conditions without reading them.
New Cisco Connect Cloud interface looks nice and controls well
We can see where Cisco was going with Connect Cloud, but it's definitely a first-revision product. The forced removal of settings to the cloud, the privacy debacle with its launch, the potential to have a slow and unresponsive server, a downed internet connection, the potential security risks during initial set-up - it's poor execution. As such, we've scored for the classic interface, which we suggest you install at great speed. Either that, or just buy another brand.
Apps give your greater control
The Linksys EA4500 isn't like a normal router. It's more like a glimpse at the future of networking. The specification list includes dual-band Wireless-N, DLNA certification and support for gigabit Ethernet - although the imminent ratification of 802.11ac does cast a shadow over the EA4500.
Excellent 802.11n performance & range
Cisco's Linksys EA4500 is a router which masters its art. It looks great, performance is top notch and the new Cisco Connect Cloud user interface is a revolution which the rest of the industry will soon follow. The trouble is the EA4500's art is 802.11n and it comes in at a premium price when 802.11ac routers are starting to hit the market. As such we love the Linksys EA4500, but know our romantic intentions won't last long.
Very good speed and range in 5GHz
The Linksys EA4500 offers good speed in the 5GHz band and is a good choice if you are in the market for a router that can supply up to 450Mbps in this band. Its CD installation process did not go smoothly for us though and we had to revert to good old manual methods. If it did work though, we reckon it would be the simplest router to set up in the Aussie market.
Has routing speed fast enough to handle any service a consumer is likely to have
As good as the RT-66U is, our wireless performance results once again show that no router is good in every mode that we test. But that said, the Dark Knight clearly outperformed both the NETGEAR WNDR4500 and Cisco Linksys E4200V2 in most of our two and three-stream tests. And it's the only router in recent memory able to reach to our worst-case/lowest-signal test location on the 5 GHz band, albeit with barely-usable throughput. Still, this is an accomplishment in itself.
Fantastic wireless range, Good 5GHz speeds
While the RT-N66U may not have had the fastest 2.4GHz signal at close quarters, it certainly has the best range of any 802.11n router we've tested. Add to this the easy-to-use interface, leagues of options and the fact that it simply works â?? we can't help but recommend this.
Strong range, very fast
FOR THE FIRST TIME in a very long time, our Best of the Best pick in the wireless router category does not bear the Netgear brand. Asus's new RT-N66U not only beats Netgear's WNDR-4500 in almost every benchmark, it also delivers more features, a better user interface, and a more attractive industrial design.
Sleek and simple design
The Asus RT-N66U still follows the 'black diamond' design from the RT-N56U. Sleek and simple design makes this router pleasing to the eye. This product is not just limited to tabletop placement. Its adjustable position allows it to be wall mounted or vertical stand which allows a much wider placement range.
Ton of features and tweaks that one can perform
The ASUS RT-N66U dual-band wireless-N900 gigabit router can be described as many things: "Fast", "Stylish", and "User Friendly" are just a few. However you want to describe it, the result is the best Wireless-N router we have tested.
Supports file sharing and multiple SSIDs
It is time to conclude the RT-N66U as succinctly as we can. Looks wise, the N66U has our vote over the previous N56U for a few reasons. For one, we see no harm in external and upgradable antennas, and we also favor the router's matte finishing as opposed to the N56U's glossy dress code. We understand that this might be an arbitrary opinion, but that's our two cents if you buy them. The bundled stand is a nice touch from ASUS too.
3G backup connectivity is an interesting addition to a router
The RT-N66U is expensive for an Ethernet router at £100 to £120, but if you have a very fast broadband connection it makes no sense to cut corners and restrict your Internet access speed due to the choice of your broadband router. The ability to run both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks at the same time also means that you can avoid the increasing amount of WiFi congestion on the more common 2.4GHz band.
More user-configurable security features
Even though the DIR-505 currently commands a premium price, I'd still probably opt to purchase it - primarily because it does have WPS and is Wi-Fi Certified. However, I'm certain that a lot of consumers will buy a less expensive, non-certified product and gamble that it will work with their equipment. But I also suspect that D-Link will face a lot of pricing pressure from the TP-LINK TL-WR700N and other devices that perform similar duties and cost much less.
Small and compact, Integrated power
The D-Link DIR-505 doesn't offer stellar connection speeds weren't stellar, but they were fast enough and dependable enough to give you decent wireless while out on the road. Although the design presents some niggles, this is handy solution to the connection woes of travelling workers.
Rugged build-quality, compact size
The D-Link DIR-505, priced at Rs. 2,299 should definitely be considered as an essential piece of hardware in your travelling kit. The rugged build-quality, compact size and quick configuration are its USP and we recommend this product for every office and business traveller.
Excellent bargain router, but not without it's quirks
Bought this to replace the shockingly poor D-Link DSL-2640R which was unable to maintain a stable connection (i.e. frequent disconnects) and, more annoyingly still, would not reconnect quickly (or at all sometimes) after it had dropped the connection.
The TP-Link by contrast is a marvel, holds the connection well and - should the line have problems - reconnects quickly and without requiring a reboot.
3G router, hotspot, Ethernet-to-WiFi adapter, relatively easy to use, USB powered, well priced
The ASUS WL-330N3G is a mobile router with lots of useful functions. Not only can it be used to distribute a 3G broadband connection, it can also act as a hotspot and even as a regular wireless router for a wired Internet connection. It's very versatile and it's also affordable. It's a good tool for any business user's briefcase.
Pocket-sized 3G router
The Asus WL-330N3G is a mobile router with lots of useful functions. Not only can it be used to distribute a 3G broadband connection, it can also act as a hotspot and even as a regular wireless router for a wired Internet connection. At Bangalore, we found that the WL-330N3G could be purchased at an end-user price of Rs. 2,700. Thus being versatile and affordable, it is a good tool for any business user's briefcase
Ultra portable, Large, versatile feature set
Leave it to Asus to create a router that can also act as a repeater, access point, Ethernet adapter, hotspot, and 3G sharing device. While that versatility is great on its own, add in the fact that this device will fit in your pocket and that makes it a truly exciting product for users on the go. The price of $69.99 for all of this is well worth it and Asus makes setup as easy as possible with their intuitive web interface.
So far, so good but set-up was problematic
So far, the signal strength is powerful, and we are getting the appropriate download and upload speeds for the internet package that we have. The original setup was a bit of a problem - the customer service even didn't know how to solve the problem and left us to figure it out for ourselves. It was only after calling a third party technical support line that the problem was fixed (as it turned out, easily), but it can be a bit tricky if you have to troubleshoot on your own.
Rather handsome shiny monolithic cylinder
Overall this product definitely ticks a box other routers do not. It is a budget-priced router that provides exceptional control for parents over what their children can and cannot access. For families this would be an excellent option. However, we would recommend checking out the DIR-826L for another £15. This has all the same monitoring features but adds the useful 5GHz band into the mix.
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