Review: NETGEAR N600 Dual Band Gigabit Router – Premium Edition

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I am a huge fan of NETGEAR networking devices, so far none of their products have ever let me down, and the devices I own already are still running firmly and strongly today. A few months ago I was lucky enough to win a giveaway here on TECHGEEK.com.au, I was lucky enough to win the NETGEAR N600 Dual Band Gigabit Router. When I found out that I had won the router, I was ecstatic, because I had been looking on the market for a high-end router to handle the large amounts of traffic that my family uses on their devices.

Check out my review after the break.

  • Score:

    8.0 / 10

  • The Good:

    Extremely fast Wireless & Ethernet speeds. Easy to use admin interface & a very sexy all round design.

  • The Bad:

    LED Lights on the front are too bright.

  • Bottom Line:

    Awesome router if you’re looking for something to help with media streaming or gaming.

The NETGEAR N600 provides the ability to simultaneously run two wireless 802.11n networks side by side, which has been terrific in my house, as I let my family have the 2.4GHz network and I have the 5.0GHz network. The N600 isn’t just capable of the dual-band wireless, it also includes four Gigabit ethernet ports on the back which provide high speed transfer to any wired device in the house.

When the router arrived, it was extremely easy to set up, the hardest part was probably taking it out of parcel bag that it was shipped to me in (Thanks Terence…), after about 5 minutes of getting it out of the parcel bag, it was as easy as plugging it all in, switching it on and it was online instantly. Because the N600 is just a router, I didn’t have to go through and configure any internet service provider settings, or check for any line syncs.

I was quickly blown away by the speed and performance of the router, like anything you and technological, you want to test the limits and the boundaries of it, so I quickly jumped on and transferred a 1GB test file to my NAS over the 5GHz wireless. To my amazement it took just under 10 seconds. Now I sit about 4 – 5 meters away from the station of technology that powers the house, and I was shocked at how fast the transfer was. I tried it on the 2.4GHz network as well, this was just a little bit slower at about 15 seconds to transfer, but that was still incredibly quick, much quicker than by Billion router.

In following, I love the NETGEAR N600 Dual Band Gigabit Router; It was actually the router I was looking at buying before I won it in the holiday giveaway. The clean interface makes it easy to manage and navigate around the administration panel, the high performance and speeds are great for streaming our movies, TV shows and other media to any of our devices in the house, as well as playing games on the XBOX or PlayStation. This is a great all round router, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who streams or plays on the PSN or on XBOX Live.