PROS / The Netgear N300 provides parental controls and a guest network.
CONS / The one-year warranty is no better than the industry average.
VERDICT / Unless you want to pay for a router than supports IEEE 802.11ac, this wireless n router is quite a bargain.
The Netgear N300 Wireless Router is a simple and affordable way to navigate the internet, manage email, chat online and conduct social networking. It has detachable antennas. The dashboard makes it easy to monitor and manage your home network. Set up is easy and does not require an installation CD. Parental controls are included.
The Netgear N300 conforms to the IEEE 802.11n wireless standard, so it is referred to as a wireless n router. Theoretically, it can operate at speeds up to 300Mbps. If you want to buy the best home wireless router and your budget is not limited, then you should look at an IEEE 802.11ac router. While wireless ac routers are at least triple the cost of n routers, an ac router would also boost the theoretical data-transmission speed to 1.75Gbps. Realize, however, that even if you can afford a wireless ac router, you would also need to buy new laptops, tablets and smartphones to take advantage of the extra speed supported by IEEE 802.11ac. Wireless ac equipment will drop in price in about two years, and in the meantime, 802.11n is the affordable approach.
This wireless internet router contains five Ethernet ports: One wide-area-network port and four local-area-network ports (10/100Mbps). It supports Wireless Multimedia (WMM) based Quality of Service.
Excellent security technology is one reason the Netgear N300 is included in our review of the top-rated wireless routers for people on a budget. For one thing, it has two firewalls: NAT and SPI. NAT stands for Network Address Translation. It changes the ports your computer employs for internet communication and hides your computer from public view. SPI is Stateful Packet Inspection, which checks to see whether inbound packets are addressed to your computer. SPI protects you from hacks that are general broadcasts experimenting to see who will respond. Any computer that responds to a general broadcast automatically reveals how the hacker can reach it.
Ease of Use
Features that make the Netgear N300 easy to use include Universal Plug and Play, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup. A web interface to control the settings allows for remote management.
Help and Support
Netgear guarantees its equipment for a year, and you can receive support on the telephone or by email.
If an IEEE 802.11ac wireless router is out of your price range, the Netgear N300, a wireless n router, is a good way to go. It has two attractive convenience features: parental controls and support for a guest network. It is easy to set up and manage. The manufacturer's warranty covers the N300 unit for one year.