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If you want the best value, this router is a good option. You can get this from online stones for only $60, which is great if you’re just trying to boost connectivity and want to add a few more home devices connected to the internet. Despite the low price and probably the weak marketing on the router, this gets some of the highest ratings among the three we’ve featured here.
For that price, you will get a maximum of 1000 Mbps from your internet service provider (as against the 6700’s 1300), and have a network that’s compatible with N150, N300, N600 and AC devices. The “genie” app that comes with this device will also allow you to conveniently your Wi-Fi network at home.
If you read reviews, one great thing they say about this product is its easy installation. The device can be set up in minutes and will work like charm after that. You’ll find the instructions that come with it is rather basic. If you have a rather complex system, you probably need customer support. However, NETGEAR support is not that great, so you better be acquainted with your system first before purchasing.
If you have an existing router, you need to figure out first how to activate the WPS on the existing router. Once done, the connection with the 6080 will be a-breeze. That will take just a couple of minutes. The WPS pairing will not take that long either. At the first, the connection will be for the 2.4 GHz. If needing to use 5 GHz, simply activate the WPS again.
This device is also quite big, but the lights on the top are quite small, and their location means you need to stand up every time you need to use these buttons. The small size is a bit annoying for some users. The big size of the router might inconvenience you as well. It stands 9 inches and has a length of 6.75 inches. Vertical footprint is narrow at 2 inches deep. So, wherever you put this device, take note of those measurements.
Just like the 6700, this is a triband-unit that has a nice network speed. Benefits include the ones we’ve mentioned – WPS pairing and easy setup. Additionally, you’ll enjoy its one-network ability and greatly extends your range on this one network.
There are 4 extra hardwire ports, enabling you to extend further your range and achieve a no-dead-spot Wi-Fi connectivity. It is an updatable unit, which, with little technical upgrade, you will be able to turn this into a future-proof unit. All these you will enjoy for that easy price.