Win a Netgear R6300 802.11ac router!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 8, 2012 - 12:39 AM |
Tagged: netgear, giveaway, contest, broadcom, 802.11ac

Broadcom and Netgear came to PC Perspective recently to discuss some upcoming products based on the new 802.11ac protocol, a new technology that will enable a minimum of 1 Gigabit wireless networking in the 5 GHz spectrum.  

While we are learning about the new products that the two companies are partnering on, they offered up a few prizes for our readers: one of three new Netgear R6300 dual-band, 802.11ac routers!!

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While not on the market yet, these routers will offer some impressive new features including:

The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router delivers next generation WiFi at Gigabit speeds. It offers the ultimate mobility for WiFi devices with speeds up to 3x faster than 802.11n.

Compatible with next generation WiFi devices and backward compatible with 802.11 a/b/g and n devices, it enables HD streaming throughout your home. The R6300 with simultaneous dual band WiFi technology offers speeds up to 450+1300‡ Mbps† and avoids interference, ensuring top WiFi speeds and reliable connections. This makes it ideal for larger homes with multiple devices. In addition, four Gigabit Ethernet ports offer ultra-fast wired connections. Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and USB printer using the two USB 2.0 ports.

The NETGEAR Genie® app provides easy installation from an iPad®, tablet, computer or smartphone. It includes a personal dashboard, allowing you to manage, monitor, and repair your home network. NETGEAR customers can download the app at http://www.netgear.com/genie or from the Google Play or App Store.

All you have to do to enter this contest is submit your answer the question below and be sure to include your REAL email address so we can contact you!!  The survey will run through the rest of this week (May 11th) and you can enter from all over the world!  They had one simple question:

What is the most important factor in determining what type of WiFi technology you use at home?

Email:

What is your email address?

May 8, 2012 | 01:03 AM - Posted by Zanthis

Is this the one with the bigger GB's?

May 8, 2012 | 01:16 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Yes! If it has bigger GBs its better!!

May 8, 2012 | 01:33 AM - Posted by Buyers

I want ALL the GB's!

May 8, 2012 | 01:15 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

Nice, thanks for the giveaway =D

May 8, 2012 | 02:03 AM - Posted by fourpixel

Awesome giveaway!Thanks for the chance!

May 8, 2012 | 02:30 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Oooh shiny!

/jealous! :D

May 8, 2012 | 02:57 AM - Posted by Loquacious (not verified)

Nice one Ryan, seriously need a new router... and Netgear is the brand I've been looking at. Good timing for taking a shot at the brass ring, thanks for the chance! :)

May 8, 2012 | 03:38 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Nice. When does the giveaway end and who can enter? (Is it worldwide?)

May 8, 2012 | 10:50 AM - Posted by snowbound999

"The survey will run through the rest of this week (May 11th) and you can enter from all over the world!"

May 8, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

In his defense, I added that AFTER reading his question. :)

May 8, 2012 | 04:22 AM - Posted by Loquacious1

Nice one Ryan, seriously need a new router... and Netgear is the brand I've been looking at. Good timing for taking a shot at the brass ring, thanks for the chance! :)

Had to request a password reset again... now I'm 'verified'

May 8, 2012 | 07:26 AM - Posted by Martin_591

Really nice! I really need of a new router!
Thank you for this nice giveaway!

Oh, just two little questions:
1. It's open to Canadians?
2. When is the draw?

Sorry for the bad english ^^'

May 8, 2012 | 10:51 AM - Posted by snowbound999

"The survey will run through the rest of this week (May 11th) and you can enter from all over the world!"

May 8, 2012 | 07:41 AM - Posted by j0hndoe

Awesome. I really am in the need of a new router. Hope I win. Thanks Pcper!

May 8, 2012 | 08:50 AM - Posted by terminal addict

What about "Lots of advanced, configurable options"? I think there are quite a few people out there that end up using custom firmware because there are features that aren't implemented in the shipping firmware.

While I understand the desire to "keep it simple" for the average Best Buy shopper looking for a wireless router, there should be an "Advanced" section/menu. You could even hide the "real" advanced menu (like an Easter Egg) so that the average Best Buy shopper would never even know it was there.

May 8, 2012 | 11:18 AM - Posted by William Thieme (not verified)

Couldn't agree more!
Another option could be having two firmwares, either simple or advanced.

May 8, 2012 | 12:19 PM - Posted by klatch

I like that some of the manufacturers are embracing the custom firmware community. I think Asus and Buffalo both have a relationship with DD-WRT and I'd love to see other players like Netgear jump on board that, or if they are already onboard, advertise it.

May 8, 2012 | 12:07 PM - Posted by klatch

Wow. Routers have come a long way from the two WRT54GL routers that I'm running (one as an access point). As you can probably guess, I answered "more reliable connectivity" but I am getting to the point where I need more speed for when I use the wifi to copy files to a laptop or my phone... So I have been looking but, as mentioned earlier, custom firmwares are pretty non-negotiable for me (running Tomato on my current routers).

May 8, 2012 | 12:19 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

heh, yeah I had a WRT54GL for a long time running Tomato as well but it just wasn't fast enough to let the GF watch TV on the laptop using WMC and a HDHomerun Prime tuner.

I ended up getting a DLink 655 and it's been good to me. No custom firmware but the DLink firmware is better than most stock stuff I've used.

May 8, 2012 | 05:33 PM - Posted by Moogle Stiltzkin

Sadly all of the stuff marked on the survey was important to me. But i chose throughput as being the most important. because after all, if the throughput sux, whats the point ?

Although the same could be said for range and stability, that even if it was fast whats the point if the range sucked and you don't get a steady/stable wireless connection.

also the power efficiency = heat ? if the router overheat it's gonna require reboots way more than you would like.

As such their all important, so if i had a choice i'd choose all of the above :X

May 8, 2012 | 05:38 PM - Posted by Moogle Stiltzkin

PS: i probably can make better use of that router if i win. I recently updated my rig with ivy bridge cpu, panther point motherboard, and a kepler graphics card. Not to mention i got a QNAP TS-659 Pro II and a QNAP TS-509 Pro, so i could definitely use that gigabit wireless :}

May 8, 2012 | 05:42 PM - Posted by Moogle Stiltzkin

What i like most about this router is the fact it sports a broadcom cpu, thus opening the way for third party firmware support like the popular tomato and it's variants.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/26/netgear-r6300-802-11ac-router/

But i'd still love to give the stock firmware a whirl to see what Netgear has come up with :}

May 10, 2012 | 07:37 PM - Posted by Craig Hubley (not verified)

DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc., support Atheros radios and have for years. I didn't think Broadcom had any advantage in this regard any more...?

Broadcom is falling behind Qualcomm Atheros in its new chip sets because it seems to leave powerline and G.hn out - foolish as 802.11ac doesn't go through walls and requires some other (and almost always existing-wire not Ethernet) way to get to each room.

"I'd love to give the stock firmware a whirl..." I hope you mean that smiley, dude. Stock firmware is, like, "Oh boy, *DOG FOOD AGAIN*!!"

May 8, 2012 | 05:43 PM - Posted by Craig Hubley (not verified)

The options are not clear enough. I selected "max number of devices and type of devices" and almost selected "range" or "reliable connectivity", but what I mean by those may be different from how they are interpreted. What really determines my router selection (or advice to others) is:

1. Backbone alternatives. This router, it appears, can only make a wired connection via 1Gbps Ethernet. It's not clear in this review whether the stock software supports OpenFlow or some other means of teaming two (or even four) 1GigE wires. But regardless of that, it would be very important to make say 5.8GHz or 2.4GHz connections as a wireless backbone leaving the 802.11ac for users. Obviously that requires simultaneous dual band operation. Even more important, and the central strategy of Qualcomm Atheros, supporting IEEE P1901 powerline networking which can reach every AC outlet in a building, would be the deciding factor. That's a pretty reliable 200-500mbps. A router that supported all three modes of backbone, and optionally could support G.hn backbones using coax or cat3 to boost throughput, is what I really want, not something that only backbones on 1GigE.

Look up IEEE P1905 and OpenFlow if you don't comprehend that your backbone can only be reliable through more parallel connections.

2. By "range" I mean one thing: Replaceable antennas. Nothing else. No router that has an external antenna port can be out of range, because you can always replace the antenna with one that's suitable to your needs. The L-type is most common for good antennas, RP-SMA sometimes. TNC and micro-coax you see as well, especially on low end routers, but you can't get too many good longer range antennas that work with those without adapters (*VERY* hard for ordinary users to find because the terminology is obscure).

Give me three L-type connectors for antenna diversity and a radio > 250mw and that's good enough for any SOHO or residential purpose. It's the TNC connectors and 251mw radio that keep people using the old blue Cisco Linksys WRT54G versions 1 through 6 (with DD-WRT not crap Cisco firmware). I will never buy a new router without these same advantages, why should I, when old Ciscos sell for $20-30 each?

3. Ports. USB 2.0? Please. Garbage. A network device needs to communicate via 1GigE, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt or 10GigE, period, if it expects to keep up with a good home network with a >1Gbps backbone (combining two 1GigE + IEEE P1901 + a gig more of coax, cat3 or non-user-wireless-band backbone means the access requests may come in at 3-5Gbps eventually, with 2Gbps out of the box with just ethernets).

A USB 2.0 port is an unnecessary bottleneck on any 802.11ac router, and really doesn't belong on anything that can keep up with even a single kiddie-style 1GigE unteamed backbone, let alone a pro network with redundancy on how it reaches its (multiple) backhauls.

Without at least a USB 3.0 port you will not get all the GBs! <--ungood

If USB 2.0 is your bottleneck (which it isn't with most spinning metal drives, but could be with a hybrid SSD), your network will have no more GBs than your old one! -- plusungood

4. Energy efficiency - the main factor for home users is going to be energy-efficient ethernet (EEE). For professional purposes, though, I want the router to run on powered Ethernet so I don't have to use any wall warts. For people already using powered 1GigE for other purposes (security cameras, Voice over IP gear, 2.4 or 5.8 Wi-Fi access point, 900MHz Canopy radio, rackmounts/data centre) it is beyond annoying to have to waste power on an always-on wall wart.

It just sits there sucking up heat and wasting UPS power in outages.

It is wasting money you could use for more GBs!!! <-- doubleplusungood

It's energy efficiency and lack of powered Ethernet support that is going to make you throw away that router, a few years from now, if the lack of external antenna and USB 3.0 ports and IEEE P1901/1905 don't.

5. Open source software. If it doesn't run DD-WRT, OpenWRT, Tomato and any variant thereof, it's worthless trash, a brick from day one.

Not even worth trying to explain why. You get this or you're not a network expert, right? The first thing you do with software that a hardware company wrote is *VAPORIZE IT* to replace with good stuff.

"Custom firmwares are pretty non-negotiable for me (running Tomato on my current routers)." <-- doubleplusgood

Hopefully some of you will pick up the above talking points and pepper the router makers with them so they stop selling us junk. Or worse, selling junk to our friends and families we end up having to configure.

May 8, 2012 | 06:32 PM - Posted by droozilla

I just want a router that goes past G.

May 8, 2012 | 11:43 PM - Posted by Angryfuture (not verified)

I just need something better than my WT54g2, (...that doesnt support DD-wrt!)

May 8, 2012 | 11:55 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Oh wow, yeah you're definitely in need of an upgrade! ;)

May 10, 2012 | 02:20 PM - Posted by bob3030

Cool! More Power!!

May 11, 2012 | 10:20 AM - Posted by gordong11 (not verified)

This would be an uber addition for new HTPC build. I Learn something new everyday here :)

May 11, 2012 | 07:10 PM - Posted by Cr1ms0ngh0st

Nice big GBs

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