EA6300 and R6100 Wireless AC1200 Routers
Various models of wireless ac1200 routers introduced in the market such as Linksys EA6300 and Netgear R6100. How do you like them?
Competition between wireless routers in the market is very tight, especially wireless ac routers in the same class. For example wireless routers in the same wireless ac1200; wireless ac1700 or wireless ac1900 category but from different vendors. Generally they come with slightly different features. However, the one with richer features doesn’t necessarily perform better in the real world.
Even though the product with higher customer ratings doesn’t reflect the actual performance of the product, higher ratings attract users to purchase the product. Users always find comparison between the products before they decide to purchase the one that meet their need. Linksys EA6300 and Netgear R6100 are the two wireless routers with ac1200 category, the two best value wireless ac routers for your home environment. How they compare?
Linksys EA6300 Vs Netgear R6100
Basically both Linksys and Netgear have the same features, slightly different in some areas. You can see in the following comparison table for some main features, not all to record in the table.
Both routers are in the same wireless ac1200 class, meaning maximum bandwidth is up to 1200Mbps for both bands. The number of internal antennas is the same i.e. 4x, 2×2 for each band with MIMO technology. The high end routers typically apply Beamforming technology for focusing wifi connection to clients. Netgear R7000 and Linksys EA6900 wireless ac1900 routers are powered by Beamforming technology.
Do you use the USB disk storage intensively within the network? Does storage create I/O bottleneck causing slow network processing? Upgrade the storage to support USB 3.0 and connect to the same USB 3.0 port for ten time faster data processing. Linksys EA6300 includes one USB 3.0 port for high speed storage, accessible across your network as well as via internet using FTP feature.
Netgear includes only one USB 2.0 port for storage or printer share, and it supports DLNA media server as well, so does Linksys.
|Netgear R6100||Linksys ea6300|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band AC1200 WiFi – 300 + 867 Mbps speeds||Simultaneous dual band AC1200 WiFi – 300 + 867 Mbps speeds|
|Antenna||4xinternal antenna (Tx/Rx) – 2×2 (2.4GHz) + 2×2 (5GHz)
WiFi Boost with high-powered radio amplifiers
|4x internal antenna (Tx/Rx) – 2×2 (2.4GHz) + 2×2 (5GHz)
SpeedBoost antenna technology
|Ethernet ports||10/100Mbps Autosensing 4xLAN and 1xWAN||10/100/1000 Mbps autosensing 4xLAN and 1x WAN|
|USB ports||1x USB 2.0 with DLNA certified media server and USB ReadyShare||1x USB 3.0 with DLNA certified media server; virtual USB and share storage or printer
FTP remote access
Secure wifi connection
Advanced security and firewall
|Guest network with limited users can connect;
Parental control; advanced security and firewall
|Ease of use||Netgear Genie personal dashboard – CD less installation;
Wifi and Power on-off buttons
|Simple Tap feature
Power on-off button
In Amazon, many users are not satisfied with the performance of the Linksys EA6300 router. The average rating up to Nov 2013 is only 3.2 out of 5 star customer ratings. Netgear R6100 is slightly higher on the average of 3.8 out of 5 star customer ratings.
Comparison with DIR-860L
With the prices around $100 as the above two routers, you may also consider D-link DIR-850L wireless ac1200 router. It also has the same wifi technology, 1x USB 2.0, Gigabit ports, and one more benefit is the personal cloud MyDlink share to allow you access your content anywhere anytime using whatever the mobile devices you have.