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Review: Linksys RE6300
by Bennett Ring | Jul 21, 2017 | Comment Now
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Review: Linksys RE6300
Rating
Overall:

Fantastic value for the performance.

Price
$110 AUD *

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Specs
2.4GHz and 5GHz support; AC750 maximum theoretical throughput; twin antenna
* Price at time of review
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At half the price of a decent router, you’re paying rather high premium to extend your home network with this extender. However, as our results show, it almost doubled the performance at range compared to our base router, showing that in some cases, extenders can be worth their weight in gold. 

This unit is considerably larger than most extenders, so if you plug it into a twin power outlet, expect to lose the use of your other outlet. We wish the manufacturers of these devices would put the extender on a small power cable to stop this from happening, but not one of them has chosen to do so. A large antenna is located on each side of the unit, and they can be rotated through 180 degrees. 

There’s full support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, and it’s rated as an AC750 device, delivering a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 750Mbps over both networks. This puts it at a disadvantage compared to other extenders in this price range, and yet the performance was in the top half of the pack.

If there’s one major flaw with this unit, it’s the utter lack of diagnostic LEDs on the unit itself. There’s a single LED on the front, and that’s it. You’ll instead have to log into the device via web browser and use the web-based interface to diagnose any issues. Considering Linksys generally offers easy to use interfaces, we were a little surprised at how basic the interface is for the RE6300. However, it does allow the tailoring of certain settings, such as the channel width, that network pros will use to get the best possible performance, a feature missing on lesser extenders. 

It’s not quite the fastest of the bunch, but it’s also not far off. However, the lack of diagnostic LEDs plus the less-than-best performance means it’s not the best of the bunch, but darn that price is attractive.



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