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Netgear Intros ''World's First'' 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router

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Netgear is releasing a new 802.11ac router in May, starting at $199.99.

Netgear has released what it calls an "industry first" with its new R6300 Wi-Fi router. So far it's the first 802.11ac dual band Gigabit Wi-Fi router enabling 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi) at Gigabit speeds. Naturally you'll need a compatible network adapter to reach those speeds, but legacy W-Fi devices will still be able to connect thanks to its support for the older 802.11 a/b/g/n specification.

"The Netgear R6300 Wi-Fi Router, powered by Broadcom’s 5G WiFi IEEE 802.11ac chips, is up to three times faster than today’s 802.11n routers," the company said on Thursday. "With an elegant new design that fits perfectly in consumers’ living spaces, the router increases the coverage area for HD streaming in the home. The Netgear R6300 WiFi Router has speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz and 450 Mbps on 2.4GHz enabling consumers to download web content from any device in the home in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device."

In addition to the speedier Internet access, Netgear's new router provides two USB ports for sharing storage and printers on the network. There's also guest network access, live parental controls, automatic Wi-Fi security, and DNLA support. The latter feature will stream content to any DLNA compatible device in the house including the latest Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, media players, game consoles, handheld devices, tablets and more.

Some of the technical specs include five 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology (1 WAN, 4 LAN), 128 MB of flash memory and 128 MB of RAM, Advanced Quality of Service, support for IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention, Wi-Fi Boost with high-powered radio amplifiers and more. IEEE 802.11 b/g/n signals will reside on the 2.4 GHz channel whereas the zippier IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac will reside on the 5 GHz channel.

As previously mentioned, the router is capable of sharing a connected printer via ReadySHARE. An additional Netgear Genie app for iOS and Android devices allows users to print directly to that "personal cloud" printer. The Genie app -- which also comes in Windows and Mac flavors -- also provides the ability to find photos, video or music files anywhere on the network and play them on a DLNA media player. Overall the Netgear Genie app enables home users to control, monitor, repair, and manage their home networks easily through a simple, elegant dashboard.

"802.11ac is the next-generation of WiFi connectivity and is set to revolutionize the way we consume content wirelessly by delivering Internet speeds up to three times faster than consumers are used to experiencing," said David Henry, vice president of product management, retail products at Netgear. "Netgear’s leadership in the industry, and collaboration with Broadcom to introduce the first 802.11ac router, will future proof your network by ensuring your home is capable of supporting new faster 802.11ac devices as they begin to roll out this year."

The Netgear R6300 WiFi Router will be available in May starting at $199.99.

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    stingstang , April 26, 2012 7:30 PM
    How about latency specs?
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    razor512 , April 26, 2012 7:44 PM
    Hopefully someone can test the range and see if it actually performs as advertised and not like the current crop of routers that advertise n900 speeds but only do like 80mbit in a base case scenario

    eg look at the reviews on http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-charts/view


    and look at their reviews of the n900 routers, you will see that none of them offer anything closed to advertised performance, n900 is beaten by 100mbit ethernet in almost all cases.
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    halcyon , April 26, 2012 7:48 PM
    I look forward to benchmarks.
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    TeraMedia , April 26, 2012 8:21 PM
    For a one-time cost of ~$200, I'll get up to 3x faster internet speeds? And here TWC wanted to charge me $19.95 / month...

    Just being picky, but come on David Henry. The only people who are going to experience faster internet speeds are the ones who are connected with FiOS at 100mbit or better. For the rest of us, WiFi probably isn't the bottleneck.

    I'd like to see how this thing performs with:
    - neighbors with 802.11a or 5 GHz-band 802.11n
    - multiple devices (such as the TVs, laptops and other devices they mention... all active at the same time)
    - physical barriers, such as floors and walls
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    razor512 , April 26, 2012 8:27 PM
    Would be interested in seeing how it handles a congested wifi environment.

    Modern routers seem to use a interference policy which drops the connection from 40MHz to 20MHz when other wifi networks are detected.

    In my area, there are 22 wifi networks with signals strong enough for me to connect to and about 70 total that come up if you leave inssider running for about 2 minutes

    Because of the neighbor crap policy, i am stuck using a modern N router for wired connections and an older N router for wifi because the older one will actually use the full 300 mbit rate which offers around 60+ mbit/s real world performance.
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    trumpeter1994 , April 26, 2012 8:29 PM
    This would happen shortly after i buy a brand new Netgear wireless n router...........
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    tomskent , April 26, 2012 9:00 PM
    I wonder how much an internal pci-e or / usb AC adapter would cost?
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    inerax , April 26, 2012 9:20 PM
    Quote:
    The Netgear R6300 WiFi Router has speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz and 450 Mbps on 2.4GHz enabling consumers to download web content from any device in the home in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device."


    Most people do not have internet connections that can get anywhere close to this speed.

    I have 30mbps internet.... This would not help me download from the web any faster.

    noobs.
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    funguseater , April 26, 2012 9:30 PM
    I believe they are talking about transfering ALREADY downloaded content between devices in your house (NAS I'm thinkin) 1300Mbps on my home network would be amazing. This sounds perfect for my media/game servers and the LAN.
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    memadmax , April 26, 2012 9:46 PM
    I will be willing to buy it if it had a little bit more RAM and external antennas, or a connector for some.
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    memadmax , April 26, 2012 9:48 PM
    Razor512Would be interested in seeing how it handles a congested wifi environment.Modern routers seem to use a interference policy which drops the connection from 40MHz to 20MHz when other wifi networks are detected.In my area, there are 22 wifi networks with signals strong enough for me to connect to and about 70 total that come up if you leave inssider running for about 2 minutesBecause of the neighbor crap policy, i am stuck using a modern N router for wired connections and an older N router for wifi because the older one will actually use the full 300 mbit rate which offers around 60+ mbit/s real world performance.


    I feel your pain.
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    11796pcs , April 26, 2012 10:14 PM
    Out of curiousity, do these new models support faster wired Ethernet or is there absolutely no reason to upgrade from Wireless G if you are using wired Ethernet?
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    SteelCity1981 , April 26, 2012 10:28 PM
    I don't care i just bought a linksys e1200 wirless N router on newegg for 20 bucks and it does more then i need it to do for web surfing. Besides that all my wireless devices are in from my laptop to my xbox 360. So i wouldn't see any benifit from ac not like i would notice anyhow.
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    bison88 , April 27, 2012 12:52 AM
    11796pcsOut of curiousity, do these new models support faster wired Ethernet or is there absolutely no reason to upgrade from Wireless G if you are using wired Ethernet?



    I guess that depends on whether or not your Wireless G router is 10/100 Ethernet or 10/100/1000 as the ones in the article is. Right now there is some controversy (especially with Linksys E-Series) where the 1gigE ports are limited to an artificial 250Mbps. Netgear tends to be more solid in almost being able to reach the max while the Linksys ones are limited in throughput in order to boost the effeciency of the Wireless part of the router. Makes sense, but it's still bullshit to advertise a port that is expected to perform to 1gigE levels and secretly you're locking the router to never allow anything close to that in a networking environment
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    JOSHSKORN , April 27, 2012 1:01 AM
    HalcyonI look forward to benchmarks.

    ...from someone that has Verizon FiOS or some other form of Fiber Optic, or Google's dark fiber.
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    830hobbes , April 27, 2012 1:15 AM
    At what point can we start dropping the advertised "a/b/g/n/ac" compatible tag? 2 or 3 standards from now, it'll get a little ridiculous...
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2012 1:50 AM
    Will this "future proof" in the same way 802.11n did? (ie- no such thing in tech)
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    Luscious , April 27, 2012 1:53 AM
    And I'm betting they'll come out with a model that's got DSL built in as well. The DGND3700 gets toasty already with both 2.4 and 5 GHz radios operating at the same time. I wish Netgear would do something about the overheating issues with their modem routers.
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    AznCracker , April 27, 2012 2:14 AM
    Most of my devices still use wireless G :( 
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    CaedenV , April 27, 2012 2:39 AM
    I'm waiting patiently for this one!
    I live in an older house that has a lot of brick and plaster. As a stop gap measure I have routed all of my ethernet cables through the HVAC system, and with this I could finally do it right... I just need the price to come down to ~$100 or so.

    My old wireless G router has worked pretty well for the last 7 years. I can only hope that an AC device will last as long!
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