Netgear Nighthawk R7000 vs Netgear R6300v2

So, Netgear Nighthawk R7000 vs Netgear R6300v2. What’s the difference, if any? Should you go for one or the other?

Well, both routers come in at the top-end of the Netgear consumer wireless router market. Aimed at users who have a taste for HD video streaming, file sharing, heavy Internet usage and lots of features amongst other things, these two beasts are fleshed out right here before you very eyes.
 
Netgear R6300v2 AC1750

Netgear R6300v2 AC1750 Router

The Netgear R6300v2 router, with up to 1.75Gbps theoretical data rates. This is the follow-up to the R6300 router.

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Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router

The Netgear Nighthawk has data rates of 1.9Gbps. This is Netgear’s flagship router.

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Netgear Nighthawk R7000 vs Netgear R6300v2 – Shared Features

 
Super Fast Wi-Fi
Both are top-end Wireless AC routers. The Nighthawk is pretty much the fastest consumer AC router out there (we got 370Mbps out of it, only the Asus RT-AC68U was faster).

Dual Core Processor
Luckily enough, both the R6300v2 & the Nighthawk both have Dual Core CPU’s – Essential in eliminating lag or slowdown, especially within your local network transfers. You need to be sure that all the features and network transfers can operate at 100% when you need it, without the router letting you down.
The Nighthawk has an impressive 1GHz CPU, slightly gruntier than the R6300’s 800MHz offering.

Great For Gaming
Online gaming is more popular than ever. When it comes to gaming and choosing a router, it’s important to have something that can reduce the evil lag. This is accomplished by having a good Internet connection of course, but on top of that, it’s important to have a router that can reduce the following:

– Latency
– Jitter

With features such as QoS (we’ll come to that later), and powerful CPU’s, gaming experiences are improved. In fact, especially when it comes to time critical gaming (First Person Shooters for example), it will make the difference between killing and being killed.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router


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Quality of Service
It’s important to prioritize network traffic, especially with regards connectivity to/from the Internet. Playing games, streaming videos/music and voice/video calls are pretty sensitive under congested network conditions. It’s very easy to drop calls, lose games and watch videos which painfully buffer if you don’t have Quality of Service at your disposal, or don’t enable it.
Both the Netgear’s have this feature and can be fully customized.

USB 3.0 Ports
Whether you want to centralize your file sharing or print from one location, it’s useful to have a USB port on your router. You might as well share from something that’s always switched on and accessible from everyone around the home, right? Then it’s best to plug in a USB drive/printer into the USB port of your router. What’s even better news is that both the R6300v2 and the Nighthawk R7000 have a USB 3.0 port for Gigabit transfers. This is essential for utilizing the powerful Wireless AC speeds that these Netgear’s have at their disposal.
Both routers also have a second USB 2.0 port (plug the printer into this one!).

Both Easy To Set Up
That’s one thing about Netgear routers, they’re easy to set up. Both the Nighthawk and the R6300v2 are no different.
Just connect via Web GUI and it’s just a matter of running the setup wizard. There’s also the Network GENIE App which is useful for making changes and monitoring your network from a tablet, smartphone or PC.

Beamforming+
Beamforming+ increases coverage, data throughput and reliability, especially when you are further away from your router.

Netgear R6300v2 AC1750 Router


Netgear R6300v2 AC1750 Main
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Netgear Nighthawk R7000 vs Netgear R6300v2 – Conclusion

 
Ok, here’s the deal in the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 vs Netgear R6300v2 debate – both routers are great. One is greater than the other though. The Netgear Nighthawk has all the features and the best hardware. But then, you would expect that, it’s Netgear’s flagship router.

Although not quite as powerful in the wireless and CPU areas, and not having quite as many features, the R6300v2 is still awesome.

So it’s a no-brainer right? The Nighthawk is the best? Well technically it is. If that’s all you’re basing your opinion on, then go for the Nighthawk every time.

However, if budget comes into the equation, the R6300v2 must be seriously considered. It’ll do what most users want from an AC router – and it’s about $40 cheaper (at time of writing).
 
 

Alternative Wireless AC Routers Worth Considering

 

Asus RT-AC68U Apple AirPort Exreme Base Station Linksys EA6900 D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router

 
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