Updating linksys wireless firmware
Like most of Netgear’s Nighthawk series, including the R7000P, the R6700 features a smartphone-grade dual-core CPU, solid range, an easy-to-navigate interface, and handy extra features like a VPN server and a USB port for hard drives and printers.
Unlike the R7000P and RT-AC3200, it lacks band steering, and its range is noticeably shorter on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
If you have a larger family, or a large house—more than 2,000 square feet, or more than one floor—you should probably look at our mesh-networking guide instead.
A good rule of thumb is if you’ve considered adding a wireless extender or extra access point in your house, get a mesh system instead.
We tested this feature very carefully—unfortunately, some theoretically band-steering routers have the misguided idea that they should connect your device to the “strongest” signal, which ends up cramming everything onto a single 5 GHz band again. Tri-band routers have an extra 5 GHz band in addition to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands of a dual-band router.
This allows more devices to connect and be busy at once without slowing the network down so much.
We spent more than 100 hours running new tests on 18 routers, and we think the Netgear R7000P is the best one for most people because it’s easy to set up, has good range and speed, and its load-balancing band steering helps it handle busy networks with lots of devices.
Quality doesn’t necessarily scale with price, and a router with a bigger number on it may not actually solve your Wi-Fi problems.Netgear’s aging R6700 is a great pick if you’re on a tight budget.You’ll have to manage its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios separately, but you’ll still get solid performance and plenty of useful features. If you live in a small apartment or single-story home, or you just can’t spend the extra money, the Netgear R6700 will give you great throughput throughout your space for half the price of our main pick.More specifically, I’ve lived and breathed networking and Wi-Fi for the last couple of years writing for Ars Technica and Wirecutter.
As a consultant, I deployed and maintained models of nearly every brand of network gear under real-world conditions; as a technical writer I obsessively test them, and listen to readers’ concerns to make sure I’m testing the right things.
If you’re happy with your Wi-Fi, you don’t need a new router—it’s as simple as that.