Price: $340 | Website: netgear.com.au
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. We tested the former performance and it was very impressive – not quite as quick as the Linksys EA6500 but not far off the pace either. As expected its results were extremely similar to the Netgear R6300 (review coming up next) which isn’t surprising given the many similarities between the routers.
As an added bonus with the D6300 you get two USB ports for sharing files and printers and one of the best-designed router interfaces we’ve encountered. It supports full DLNA sharing and very solid parental controls and bandwidth management. We tested the DLNA function with both an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and both worked flawlessly. We also tried out the Netgear Genie app for Android (also available for iOS) which lets you manage your router from a mobile phone. Although it didn’t provide quite the level of control we’d have liked it still gave us easy access to the most important features of the router which is a plus.
As an added bonus the D6300 also comes with ReadySHARE Cloud a web service from Netgear that lets you access the contents of attached files over the internet. It’s not a true cloud service – you’re not uploading to an online hard drive you are just getting remote access to your own drives – but it’s a useful free and easy way to get access to your files from anywhere. And we’d all agree that this is a very handy thing to be able to do.
Pros : ADSL is built in great firmware and associated apps.
Cons : That price tag.
Rating : 9 out of 10. Editor’s Choice!