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Routing Performance

Table 2 summarizes the routing performance of the original R6300 and the R6300V2. While the LAN - WAN performance of v2 was lower than the original model, the total simultaneous throughput jumped more than 50% to 1228 Mbps. The Maximum simultaneous sessions also jumped dramatically from 4096 in the original version to 30,099 in v2.

Test Description R6300 v2 R6300
WAN - LAN 806 Mbps 783 Mbps
LAN - WAN 753 Mbps 829 Mbps
Total Simultaneous 1228 Mbps 808 Mbps
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 30,099 4096
Firmware Version V1.0.3.8_1.0.60 V1.0.0.68_1.0.16
Table 2: Routing throughput

The IxChariot composite plot for unidirectional up and downlink tests showed that both directions had peaks well above 900 Mbps. Sustained throughput average throughput above 700 Mbps is more than all but a handful of us will ever need.

NETGEAR R6300V2 routing unidirectional throughput

NETGEAR R6300v2 routing unidirectional throughput

While the R6300V2 turns in a fairly impressive average simultaneous throughput of 1228 Mbps, it still lags behind the fastest router - the TP-Link Archer C7 that clocks in with an average of 1435 Mbps. It does appear that the routing engine is attempting to keep upstream and downstream traffic in balance.

NETGEAR R6300V2 routing bidirectional throughput

NETGEAR R6300V2 routing bidirectional throughput

Storage Performance

Another improvement in the V2 model is the addition of a USB 3.0 port. The USB 3.0 port is part of the Broadcom BCM4708 SoC, but not all vendors using the chip squeeze the additional performance you'd expect out of the faster port.

Table 3 summarizes the storage performance for selected AC1750 class routers with USB 2.0 ports. The R6300v2 is the fastest in this comparison.

  R6300 v2 R6300 TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 ASUS RT-AC66U Linksys EA6500
FAT32 Write 15.8 8.6 14.4 9.0 4.8
FAT32 Read 26.2 10.2 16.0 9.9 10.7
NTFS Write 23.2 11.3 9.2 13.5 7.7
NTFS Read 26.1 10.3 12.0 9.4 9.5
Table 3: USB 2.0 Storage performance (MBytes/s)

Table 4 compares the v2 with AC1750 routers with USB 3.0 ports. The Buffalo WZR-1750HDP still has the fastest FAT32 read performance, but doesn't support NTFS. The R6300V2 has the fastest USB 3.0 NTFS Read/Write performance of USB 3.0 enabled AC1750 routers tested.

  R6300 v2 Buffalo WZR-1750DHP D-Link DIR-868L TRENDnet TEW-812DRUv2
FAT32 Write 15.6 21.0 16.0 8.1
FAT32 Read 26.1 38.0 27.0 17.2
NTFS Write 23.3 - 11.5 4.8
NTFS Read 26.1 - 13.8 12.1
Table 4: USB 3.0 Storage performance (MBytes/s)

You may have noticed that the v2's USB 2.0 and 3.0 performance is virtually identical. We thought that odd and reran the tests and obtained the same results. So while the v2's throughput is about 2X the original R6300's, it appears to be running at speeds normally seen as best USB 2.0 results in AC1900 routers.

Wireless Performance

The R6300v2 was tested using our V8 Wireless test process with V 1.0.3.8_1.0.60 firmware. The Benchmark Summary below shows the average of throughput measurements made in all test locations.

NETGEAR R6300V2 Benchmark Summary

NETGEAR R6300v2 Benchmark Summary

To see how the v2 stacked up against competing AC1750 class routers, I created a composite chart of average uplink and downlink throughput results for both bands for all AC1750 routers that have been tested using the new V8 testing methodology.

The v2 performed fairly well on the downlink profile on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, coming in second behind the Linksys EA6500. However on uplink, the R6300V2 didn't fare too well. On 2.4 GHz, its average uplink was only 71% of the chart leader, the TP-LINK Archer C7 V2. (71 vs. 100 Mbps). For the 5 GHz uplink, the R6300v2 was only 81% of the chart-topping EA6500. (201 vs. 249 Mbps).

2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz Average Profile for all AC1750 Class retested routers

2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Average Profile for all AC1750 Class retested routers

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