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ProductNETGEAR R6300v2 Smart WiFi Router   
SummaryUpdated version of NETGEAR's first AC1750 router with second gen Broadcom processor and USB 3.0 port
Pros• Has WDS, Client Bridge and AP modes
• USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports
• Improved storage throughput vs. original version
Cons• No site survey in client bridge mode
• Can't adjust transmit power
• Relatively expensive for performance delivered

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About This Class

AC Routers are the current choice for most buyers. Dual band routers (AC1200, AC1900, AC2600) will serve most buyers well. "Tri-band"/tri-radio products (AC2200, AC3200, AC5300/5400) have a second 5 GHz radio that can help if you have a lot of devices that are streaming video. They help improve capacity, not range.

Features you shouldn't pay extra for are MU-MIMO and 160 MHz bandwidth, because most devices don't support them.

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