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Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 Wi-Fi 6E Router Evaluation Rating
The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 is an excellent router at a far more partaking price than its large brother, the RAXE500. Most prospects are unlikely to see a distinction in effectivity and resulting from this reality this makes it a higher buy.
- Great price-performance ratio
- Great effectivity and range with 5Ghz @ 160Mhz
- 6Ghz must guarantee 160Mhz channel width and multigigabit throughput
- Some preliminary factors with setup
- 6Ghz lacks the range as compared with 5Ghz
Earlier inside the yr, I reviewed Netgear’s new WiFi 6E flagship gaming router, the RAXE500. This new experience is being utilized in extra fairly priced fashions, and I was not too way back reviewing the model new RAXE300.
Netgear RAXE300 vs. RAXE500 Specification
To keep away from losing you from having to judge the desk beneath, the RAXE300 is simply a stripped down mannequin of the RAXE500. Nonetheless, till you’re using this in a crowded individual setting, I doubt you’ll ever uncover the excellence.
The number of obtainable bands for every 2.5 Ghz and 6 Ghz has been decreased to 2×2. This might solely affect you if in case you’ve got many items transferring a substantial quantity of data on each band at any given time. 6GHz WiFi stays to be very unusual and has extreme throughput, so it would take a fairly demanding and peculiar scenario for this to have a difficulty.
It’s unlikely that we’ll see the discharge of 4×4 client chips, however after they did, this might make an enormous distinction from the sooner assertion.
If one thing, I would say that WAN hyperlink aggregation may have the next real-world impression than lack of bands.
Netgear has moreover barely modified the multigigabit port and WAN ports. You now have two ports that will act as LAN or WAN, one 1G and the alternative 2.5G. Throughout the UK you’ll perhaps want to stay to 1G as your WAN port after which 2.5G for LAN.
Completely different minor variations embrace dropping a USB port and altering it to USB-C. I found this pretty inconvenient as most USB drives and exterior exhausting drives nonetheless use USB-A, so you want an adapter or hub. So the RAXE300 is now fanless, although I under no circumstances heard the fan on the RAXE500.
|wifi experience||Triband AXE7800||Triband AXE11000|
|first band||2.4GHz 2×2 Wi-Fi 6
As a lot as 574Mbps
|2.4GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
As a lot as 1148Mbps
|Second Band||5GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
As a lot as 4804Mbps
|5GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
As a lot as 4804Mbps
|Third Band||6GHz 2×2 Wi-Fi 6E
As a lot as 2402Mbps
|6GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6E
As a lot as 4804Mbps
|Gigabit group port||4x LAN, 1x WAN/WAN||4x LAN, 1x WAN/LAN|
|multi-gigabit group port||1 LAN/WAN 2.5Gbps||1 LAN/WAN 2.5Gbps|
|LAN Hyperlink Aggregation||Certain
(LAN3 and LAN4)
(LAN3 and LAN4)
|WAN Hyperlink Aggregation||Nope||Certain (WAN + LAN1)|
|USB||1x USB 3.0 (USB-C)||2x USB 3.0 (USB-A)|
|processing power||1.7GHz quad-core CPU,
256MB Flash, 512MB RAM
|1.8GHz 64-bit processor
512MB Flash, 1GB RAM
|Dimensions||11.86 x 8.16 x 3.23 inches
(30.13 x 20.79 x 8.2cm)
|11.7 x 8.3 x 3.07 inches
(29.8 x 21.1 x 7.8cm)
|Weight||2.23lbs (1.01kg)||3.2lbs (1.45kg)|
It’s possible you’ll configure it by the use of the Nighthawk app or the web interface. In case you try to do it by the use of the web, Netgear is pretty forceful in attempting to get you to utilize the app, nonetheless there’s a hyperlink on the bottom of the net web page that takes you to the web settings.
I had some minor setup factors with this router, I’m guessing it was a mix of individual error and my tousled group setup.
For a lot of testing, I mix the router inside my common group and the Netgear routers will then change to 10.0.0.1 to stay away from IP conflicts.
After I test effectivity with my server, I alter to entry stage mode.
Points appeared to work at first nonetheless when switching to entry stage mode the 6Ghz group failed. I moreover had intermittent factors with the WiFi slicing out intermittently. This led me down a path the place each little factor breaks. After I rebooted the router, I couldn’t even get it to hook up with the net.
In the end, after my 3dr reboot, each little factor merely labored. I’m pretty optimistic there’s one factor else on my group that prompted this problem, nonetheless I felt it was essential to highlight it in case anyone else experiences associated factors.
Wi-Fi 6E 6Ghz Effectivity
I examined the speeds in three places:
- Office using my office PC with WiFi 6E PCIe card
- Flooring flooring lounge with Huawei Matebook 14 and Pixel 6
- Entrance room, two rooms previous the lounge, using Huawei Matepad 14 and Pixel 6
With iPerf3 on the laptop computer pc, I managed to:
- Office: 1.47 Gbits/sec.
- Entrance room: 798 Mbit/s
- Entrance room: 212 Mbit/s
Using the Group SpeedTest app on an UnRAID server, my Pixel 6 achieved:
- Office: 1.39 Gbits/sec.
- Entrance room: 1001 Mbit/s
- Entrance room: 351 Mbit/s
With the default settings, I didn’t get very good effectivity with 6Ghz. Residence home windows would current a connection tempo of spherical 1.4 Gbps. Experimenting with utterly totally different channels yielded considerably higher outcomes and I ended up choosing channel 85.
In the end I was able to be a part of at 2.4Gbps and iPerf speeds had been 1.47Gbits/sec which was a fraction of decrease than 5Ghz at 160Mhz.
File transfers had been among the many biggest I’ve seen over WiFi. When transferring a giant ZIP file, I was able to persistently get 192 MB/s which is the same as 1536 Mbps.
As anticipated for 6Ghz, the signal prime quality drops faster than 5Ghz. After I attempted this in my storage/well being membership driveway, I couldn’t see 6Ghz, whereas every 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz had been seen and sensible. Effectivity was moreover lower than the RAXE500 after I examined the range on that.
WiFi 6 5Ghz effectivity
- Office: 1.50 Gbits/sec.
- Entrance room: 901 Mbit/s
- Entrance room: 433 Mbit/s
- Office: 1.41 Gbits/sec.
- Entrance room: 956 Mbit/s
- Entrance room: 618 Mbit/s
- Storage: 73 Mbit/s
Beforehand, I’ve had some downside getting Netgear routers to establish a safe 160 MHz enormous connection. Nonetheless, in all my newest evaluations, they’ve labored correct out of the sphere with no factors.
5Ghz effectivity was flawless all through my exams, and speeds maintain extreme as a result of the range will enhance. This reduces the enchantment of WiFi 6E and 6Ghz a bit, nonetheless I dwell in a semi-detached house in a seaside metropolis. In case you dwell in a flat in a metropolis or near an airport/radar, you’ll have additional points with 160Mhz.
The range was distinctive, with the router positioned in my office, which is the hub of my residence, I was able to get great speeds all the time. As quite a bit as you could get smitten by mesh strategies, having an trustworthy router like this, optimally positioned all through the residence, may perhaps current superior effectivity for a decrease value.
Pixel 6 and iPerf outcomes on the laptop computer pc had been virtually an an identical
- Office: 214 Mbits/sec
- Entrance room: 72Mbit/s
- Entrance room: 31 Mbit/s
Wi-Fi 5 5Ghz
Many items will proceed to utilize the earlier Wi-Fi customary and effectivity stays to be good proper right here. Residence home windows connects on essentially the most tempo of 1.7 Gbps
- Office: 1.2 Gbits/sec.
- Lounge: 829 Mbits/sec.
- Entrance room: 301 Mbits/sec.
As quickly as as soon as extra, the outcomes had been glorious. On this case, among the many highest I’ve seen on WiFi 5. Nonetheless, making an attempt once more at my earlier evaluations, that’s seemingly on account of they’d been working at 80Mhz, not 160Mhz.
To my information, Netgear retains the firmware choices an an identical on all of these Nighthawk routers, and the general choices are the an identical as a result of the RAXE500.
It has the entire necessary choices, nonetheless if in case you’ve got granular administration over each little factor and a great deal of choices, you could possibly uncover this disappointing.
Like all totally different Netgear routers and mesh strategies, this comprises Netgear Armor, and likewise you get a free month with it. It’s a paid service that seems pretty pricey to me, nonetheless it’s a useful service if in case you’ve got a giant family of individuals that’s in all probability not very adept at determining and avoiding potential cyber security risks.
Value and totally different decisions
The Netgear RAXE300 is in the marketplace from Amazon US for $399.99 and Amazon UK for £376.86, although it’s not presently obtainable.
The Netgear RAXE300 is simply not however obtainable from the Netgear retailer, nonetheless the RAXE500 is £550.
Then you’ll have the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 for £478.99.
Most residence prospects can ignore the RAXE500, it’s a super router, nonetheless it’s unlikely that it’s going to be able to push it to the prohibit.
The Netgear RAXE300 will current a nearly an an identical experience nonetheless for nearly £200 a lot much less. It must be higher than passable for any demanding residence scenario and even any small enterprise that needs to take advantage of the speeds that WiFi 6E brings.
As a result of the range of this router is great, it’s pretty partaking over mesh strategies. As long as you probably can centrally place it, it has the potential to outperform a mesh system, and for a lot much less money.
With this router, I expert some teething points. I really feel that’s individual error and my difficult group, though in all probability the router itself because it’s new to the market.