Netgear R6320 Review

netgear r6320 review

Our Verdict00

The Netgear R6320 is a feature light modern router that has a minimal design, decent throughput and security protocols, just enough to suffice daily internet needs. The dual-band AC 1200 router provides good speed and is quite easy to set up. However, the lack of Beamforming and MIMO support can be a pain if you want to connect a long list of devices. Thus, this wi-fi router is suitable only for small to medium homes.

For

  • Easy setup process

  • Decent throughput

  • Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • Dedicated app support

  • Decent security protocols

Against

  • No MU-MIMO 

  • No BeamForming

  • The web interface is outdated

  • Poor range 

While many of us might be having small living spaces, our internet requirements do not remain confined. From streaming 4k videos to attending video conferences calls, a modern router has become a basic necessity. That’s why the Netgear R6230 is specially designed for small to medium-sized apartments, sufficing most of today’s internet needs. Also, the router offers basic features which are suitable for homes only. This is because it doesn’t support any MU-MIMO or BeamForming to enable many connections simultaneously. Therefore, the Netgear R6320 is a great choice for those looking for a decent home router at an affordable price range.

Technical Specifications

CPU Processor Dual-core
Connector Type Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Data Transfer Rate 1 Gigabit Per Second
Band Type Dual-band
Wireless Type IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz

IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz

Best Range 1200 sq ft
Wifi Speed (Peak Throughput) 1200 Mbps
LAN Speed 1 Gbps
MU-MIMO Tech-Enabled No
Beam-forming Capability No
No. of Supported Devices 20
Network Stability Rarely fluctuate
Number of Antennas 2

Design

USB Port (2.0 USB)
1
USB Port (3.0 USB)
0
Ethernet Port
4
External Antenas
2
Internal Antenas
0
Detachable antenna
No

The Netgear R6230 carries a minimalistic look and carries a usual horizontal laying body. The router is currently available only in an all-black variant. It has an all-plastic chassis that has a glossy finish. You can see a big Netgear logo on the top, and along with that lie nine LEDs that indicate power, LAN, WAN, etc. Like most routers, you don’t have an option to turn off the indicator LEDs. You find the usual array of ports at the back, such as a WAN port, four Ethernet LAN ports, a coax port, and a single USB 2.0 port. Yes, you won’t get a USB 3.0 port here like most modern routers today. Other functionalities at the back include the power button, a reset button, wi-fi on/off, and a WPS  button. You can also see vents at the back, which prevents the device from overheating. The router features two non-detachable antennas, which helps to provide you with a decent connectivity range of 1200 sq ft. Overall, the Netgear R6320 is a lightweight and reliable wi-fi router with nothing remarkable about the design.

Setting Up Guide

This router is pretty easy to set up as it comes with the dedicated app support ‘Nighthawk’ like most Netgear routers. The app is smooth and user-friendly, making the setup process as easy and fast as 10-15 minutes. In addition, you can enjoy several customization options in the app itself, such as guest network settings, parental controls, etc. For example- you can choose from various filtering levels in the parental controls and choose what kind of content your children can watch. 

Nevertheless, you can also set up the router through a PC, but the instructions and ease of use are prompt for the smartphone app. What’s worse about the PC setup is, the website interface is quite outdated and feels tacky. The Netgear R6320 also offers QoS (Quality of Service), which successfully handles the network traffic to provide a smooth internet connection. However, you won’t find any customizations related to QoS on the Nighthawk app, even though the startup guide mentions Advanced QoS.

Performance

The Netgear R6320 is a dual-band wi-fi router that performs great for a decent household to small office use. The AC 1200 wifi configuration enables it to deliver a maximum theoretical throughput of 1200 Mbps ( 900 Mbps on 5GHz band + 300 Mbps on 2.5 GHz band ). The 880MHz processor plays a crucial role in handling the uninterrupted internet speed and reliable connection across each connected device. This smart wi-fi router may have the most modern features, it still lacks the latest technologies like Beamforming or MIMO. Thus, the internet experience on large devices at a time might not be a cakewalk! However, the router suffices the internet requirements for small to medium-sized homes, apartments, and offices.

The router has two external antennas which are adjustable but not detachable. The antennas help with strong signal coverage in the range of 1200 sq ft. You can enjoy seamless HD streaming and web surfing across devices with no jitters. Overall, the Netgear R6320 features a decent speed and coverage. However, if you are looking for robust internet speeds on a large number of devices simultaneously, it might not be the best choice.

Security

Security Software
Yes, with Lifetime Updates
Firmware Update
Yes
WEP / WPA / WPA2 Supported
Yes
MAC Filtering
Yes

The Netgear R6320 comes with ample security features to provide you a secure internet connection. The various security protocols included in the router are :

  • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)- You lack the latest WPA 3 available in only a few certified routers till now.
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
  • Free custom URL using NETGEAR Dynamic DNS service

System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Microsoft® Edge, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or
  • Google Chrome™ 11.0 browsers or higher
  • Use a laptop with 2×2 300 Mbps adapter like Centrino® 6205/6235, 3×3 450Mbps
  • An adapter like Centrino® 6300/5300, or an 802.11ac adapter like NETGEAR A6210 for maximum performance

Warranty and Support

The Netgear R6320 comes with a limited warranty valid only if you purchase it from an authorized NETGEAR reseller. Also, you get 24/7 basic technical support for 90 days from the purchase date, but it is only applicable when purchased from an authorized NETGEAR reseller.

What is in the box?

You get pretty standard accessories inside the box, which include:

  • AC1200 Smart WiFi Router (R6230)
  • Ethernet cable 
  • Quick start guide and documentation
  • Power adapter (Localized according to the country of sale)

Is Netgear R6320 Worth Purchasing?

If you are looking for a decent router for your house needs, the Netgear R6320 makes a good choice. Although it is light in features and lacks various modern utilities like MU-MIMO, the router performs quite well for everyday requirements. Considering the extremely affordable price point, decent throughput, and easy setup, the Netgear R6320 can suffice many people’s daily internet requirements. But if you are looking for some robust features and office use, this might not be for you.

FAQs

Q- How many devices can I connect at once?

A- You can easily connect up to 20 devices and that too a variety of them. From laptops to phones and tablets, all kinds of devices are supported. 

Q- Why should I buy this model?

A- The Netgear R6230 is a budget-friendly product that comes with a great performance. Even though it lacks some features, this model promises to provide a fast internet connection with stable coverage all over your home. 

Q- Where can I download the Netgear Genie app?

A- You can download the app on all kinds of operating systems. The Genie app is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and more. 

About Nikita Swargiary

Hi, I’m Nikita from Delhi, India. I am a content writer and a Tech enthusiast who acquires good knowledge of an array of gadgets and devices. I am working on writing technical reviews on products that all of us rely on in our daily lives. I aim towards quality content and unbiased reviews to come up with a reliable platform for all. Nevertheless, I am willing to explore beyond my comprehension and looking forward to embarking on entrepreneurial marketing.

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