Just received my R6300 from Netgear. First impressions are this is the nicest piece of Netgear hardware I have ever seen. It really looks and feels like a high quality piece of hardware. I noticed with the change to the 4500 Netgear had upped its game with the hardware look and feel but thhe R6300 takes it to a whole new level. It even starts with the packaging. It just feels and looks fabulous.
The form factor as the pictures show is completely different from any other Netgear router. This only stands vertically and looks more like a wall as it is designed to face forward. Meaning that as opposed to slotting on its side this faces outward. It actually fits perfectly on top of my GS116 switch and creates for itself a wide open area for transmission. I had always placed the 3700/3800/4500 slotted sideways next to the attached USB drive and other hardware under my desk. Initially I thought this was going to be a problem but actually works better since it is a bit less tall and almost twice as wide as the older form factors and just fits fine and looks great.
The display section on the router is much simplified. Only 4 lights as opposed to the 10 or 12 on the older hardware. One might say this is an issue but frankly I never knew what lights were what until I crawled under my desk to look at what is going on. I now can see at a distance what is happening with all the major functions of power, usb connectivity, internet status and wifi. Some may be disappointed with this change but in day to day use for me this is a big improvement. Falls under the less is more category.
Given it's increased size the antenna sections are much improved. Even though power output is the same as the 4500 I see a noticeable improvement in signal strength to my wireless devices. This is particularly true in the 5ghz range.
Setup is identical to the 4500 so for me I was right at home. The new Netgear UI is really great in that it is very clear where key functions are and is very responsive to changes. Setup was as I said very easy assuming you do this from a none static ip address device. Unlike other Netgear routers this came set up in the 10.X.X.X range. Since I have a LOT o static IP address devices this needed to be changed asap. No issues here. As I said setup was easy.
The USB function of the R6300 is also improved with faster throughput due to its faster processor.. I just did a quick 6gb copy to the attached usb 2.0 drive and it was considerably faster then what I am used to seeing. So I am immediately seeing a big performance boost.
Netgear also really improved the Genie capability with versions now for IOS and Android. Either PC, Mac or phone you can get complete control of your router throgh Genie. This free app works with all Netgear routers so whether you have a 6300 or not you should download it now. It is a nice piece of software.
Add to it's network capability Netgear has added Airprint to Genie. This means that any attached USB or network printer can now be shared with an IOS device for printing. The usb printer does not need to be connected to the router. It can be directly connected to a pc to work but that pc must be on.
Ill report more on this as I get sometime on it. But for now I am VERY impressed with this router.
Netgear AV Consultant