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Netgear R6230 Affordable Router Review

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Description

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The Little Router That Could
If you live in a house full of gaming junkies, several HD TVs, multiple laptops and phones running all at once don't get this router. If your single or if you and your significant other like to curl up to a good movie at night and do basic surfing, shopping and enjoy social media during the day this affordable router is all you need. This router is designed to provide a strong, stable internet connection for several people in a small to mid-size home. Nothing fancy. It's gets the job done without breaking the bank.
Rating
8
PROS
  • VPN support
  • Advanced QoS
  • Gigabit switch ports
CONS
  • 1 USB 2.0 Port
  • Below average long-range speed

 

NETGEAR WiFi Router (R6230) - AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Speed (up to 1200 Mbps) | Up to 1200 sq ft Coverage & 20 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 2.0 USB Ports

Netgear R6230 Design

A black dot on your desk with blinking lights. That’s the R6230. It’s tiny but shiny. It will take up very little space on your shelf or desk and look pretty doing it. You have the usual blinking LEDs for LAN port, a USB LED and a WPS LED. Turn it around and we have 4 LAN ports and a WAN port. The LAN ports are 1GB by the way and not 10/100. There is only one USB 2.0 port but it’s more than suitable for printer sharing. Connecting a USB hard drive might be a little laggy. The antennas are adjustable but not removable. The pre-programmed SSID and network key printed on the back label is a nice touch and means you can literally plug it in, turn it on, and connect with no setup.

Features

You won’t find advanced features like MU-MIMO, Beamforming, and SmartConnect on the Netgear R6230 but you will find some features that are somewhat surprising for a wireless router in this price range. Features like VPN support, Advanced QoS, and Parental Controls allow you to control the website access of certain users and devices. This is a 1200Mbps dual-band wireless router. That means the bandwidth of the two bands adds up to the total figure of 1200Mbps.

The 2.4GHz band provides 300Mbps and the 5GHz band provides the other 900Mbps. The router can handle up to 20 connections but it’s probably best to keep it well under this number for the sake of a more enjoyable experience. The router also provides the basics like Guest WiFi, Firewall, and WPA2 security.

NETGEAR WiFi Router (R6230) - AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Speed (up to 1200 Mbps) | Up to 1200 sq ft Coverage & 20 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 2.0 USB Ports

Netgear R6230 Performance

The R6230 scores were high in terms of usability which is a plus for beginning owners. In performance tests, it scored on par with routers such as the ASUS RT-AC68U and TP-Link Archer C7 in terms of throughput and 2.4GHZ short distance. Fairly impressive for an affordable router. Unfortunately, it fell well behind the pack in long-distance throughput. On the plus side, the Netgear R6230 was among the leaders in 5GHz throughput. Right up there with the ASUS RT-AC88U AC3100. Very impressive!

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Nighthawk App

Netgear likes to claim how easy the Nighthawk app is to use despite its reputation for being buggy and somewhat troublesome. It might be best to stick with the web interface by plugging a computer into the router and typing in http://www.routerlogin.net into your favorite web browser. The beauty of this router is no complex setup is necessary because the router comes preset with an SSID and passphrase. Of course, if you are concerned about security (and you should be!) you can use these credentials for your initial connection and go in and change them to something more secure.

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Conclusion

Hey, if you want to surf the web, watch movies, or play a game or two without going crazy with multiple connections this is a great device. Remember the 1200MHz speed doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any slower than a 3200MHz router it just sends out fewer radio broadcasts (Also known as spatial streams) and is capable of fewer connections at once. If you are a single person or couple why blow the money for a nice night on the town on extra networking hardware you don’t need?

In conclusion, the Netgear R6230 is a great router for people who are looking for an affordable option that has good features. It is perfect for small to medium-sized homes, and it is easy to set up and use. I would definitely recommend this router to anyone who is looking for a good quality, affordable option.

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Since: August 6, 2022
  • Highest Price: $106.99 - December 8, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $25.79 - October 4, 2022

Additional information

Specification: Netgear R6230 Affordable Router Review

Router Specs
AiMesh

No

Alexa Support

No

Bands

Dual Band

Beamforming

No

Connectivity

Ethernet, USB, WiFi

Coverage

Up to 1200 sq ft

Ethernet Ports

4x1GB

WiFi Bandwidth

1200 Mbps

Max Stream

No

MU-MIMO

No

Number of Devices

Up to 20

Parental Controls

Smart

QOS

Yes

Smart Connect

No

USB Ports

1×2.0

VPN Support

Yes

WiFi Standard

802.11ac

Specification
Size

Is Adult Product
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