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Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £135
inc VAT

It's a lot of money to spend on a router, but the N600's specification and performance certainly match its premium price


802.11n dual band, 4x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

While the 2.4GHz band is useful for non-5GHz-compatible devices such as mobile phones and older laptops, the 5GHz band avoids interference with other 2.4GHz devices (such as some DECT cordless phones) so can lead to higher speeds. When testing with our 5GHz-compatible laptop, transfer speeds were impressive. Using the laptop’s built-in Centrino 2 chipset and with 300Mbit/s mode enabled, which uses two 5GHz channels to improve throughput, we transferred files at our 1m ‘near’ test at a huge 54.8Mbit/s. At our 10m ‘far’ range, speeds were still up at 48.4Mbit/s, which makes the N600 router faster than any of the models in our last router test (see Labs, Shopper 280). In our 25m ‘very far’ test, speeds dropped to 9.8Mbit/s, but this is still one of the best results we’ve seen.

Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router rear

With Netgear’s own WNDA3100 USB adaptor (£37) we saw 45.1Mbit/s at 10m, which is similar to our Centrino 2 result, and 17.1Mbit/s at 15m. We managed to improve our 25m result slightly by turning off channel bonding, which pushed transfer speeds up to 18.4Mbit/s – making the N600N overall the fastest router we have tested at 5GHz. The router isn’t quite so impressive in 2.4GHz mode – speeds with our Centrino 2 laptop were only average, and it was slower than most with its own adaptor in this mode.

Netgear’s N600 is a very expensive router, but its comprehensive support for guest networks and superb transfer speeds make it stand out from the rest. If you mainly use 2.4GHz devices on your wireless network the Belkin Play Max N600 HD makes more sense, but if you’re using more modern equipment the fast and fully-featured N600 is an excellent choice.

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Basic Specifications

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Modem type ADSL2+
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
Draft 802.11n support yes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz support yes
MIMO yes
Turbo mode channel-bonding
Stated speed 300Mbit/s


128-bit WEP no
WPA2 yes
Firewall yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ yes


Size 223x31x153
Antennas 4
Internal/external antennas internal
Upgradeable antenna no
Number of WAN ports 2
Ethernet ports 4
Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Other ports USB
Wall mountable yes
Power consumption on 8W

Other Features

Dynamic DNS yes
Universal Plug and Play support yes
DHCP server yes
MAC spoofing yes
Port forwarding yes
WDS Support yes
USB device support yes
QoS yes

Buying Information

Price £135
Warranty one year RTB