Originally Posted by SoundsGood
It's time to replace my very old Netgear RangeMax router...
We've got a fairly large house to cover with multiple devices including several laptops (2 Windows machines and a future Mac) and several Apple devices (iPhones, iPods and an iPad). I've heard good things about these routers (in alphabetical order):
Cisco Linksys E4200 v1
Any thoughts or suggestions on which one to go with? Or perhaps a different model??
Thanks in advance!
In spirit of transparency I work with Netgear to help them work with the AVS community. As such I have access to all of their products and get to live with the good and the bad. The two of the routers from Netgear you list the WNDR4500 and the R6300 are their latest top end routers. The R6300 is built on the new AC standard that is capable of 1300mbs with the new AC clients. A big note here is that unlike the other routers this is an actual potential to a client. All other routers list speeds combining both 2.4 ghz band and the 5 Ghz band together. Meaning when you see N600, N750, N900 etc this is taken as the sum of all these bands added together. Not the case with the R6300. The AC technology is the most significant wireless breakthrough since the transition from G to N.
As I wrote in my post on the 6300 these theoretical speeds only matter when you have the compatible client. But they are coming. Netgear will be releasing their AC usb dongle in about 60 days. And it wont be long before you start seeing laptops with this built in. Im sure Apple will be first on this.
But even with out the AC client the 6300 has proven to me to be the best router I have used to day. Why? First it has been a rock. I have not had to power cycle it since I set it up a couple months ago. The range is also the best. I have a large house and hd to use a router and 2 access points. With the 6300 I was able to eliminate one of the access points thus simplifying things. In particular I have found that the 5ghz range is great. Best of any router I have used.
So points of comparison. I have the R6300, WNDR4500, WNDR3800 and the WNDR3700. The R6300 and the WNDR4500 are built from the same/similar chip-sets. The 3700/3800 are of a different vendor. The 6300 and 4500 are the basis of Netgear technology going forward. Both the 6300 and the 4500 have higher powered radios then do the 3800/3700 and therefore better range.
But again in my real world test the 6300 is by far the best I have used. My need for the 3rd access point was because my 6300 sits under my desk between to computers and other electronics. The worst possible placement. The 6300 doesnt seem to mind. It just powers through this electronic mess.
So in my opinion the 6300 is the best choice. You will future proof your purchase for many years to come. If you want to save some cash there is a 6200 model coming shortly that will be $20 ($179 versus $199) less but is a 2 radio (450*2=900mbs versus the 6300 3 radio 450*3=1300mbs). And the 4500 has just been price reduced to make room for the 6200 and it is now $159.
I can vouch for the routers I mentioned from real world use. But knowing what I know I would not hesitate and buy the R6300. It is that good.
Netgear AV Consultant