Today, we are going to take a look at two products featured on Amazon.com and look at some similarities and differences between the two. The products in the spotlight of this article are two separate "Smart Routers" created by NETGEAR, the r6400 and the r6700. Both routers have unique features that sets one apart from the other, but by the same token, they have key characteristics that could leave consumers, such as you and me, with mixed feelings about which one would be best suited for our individual needs.
We'll start with the NETGEAR r6400, a smart router that functions with Amazon Alexa and/or Echo, which, for all youdomotics enthusiasts, is a key feature. Another key feature of the r6400 is the 1,750 Mbps (Megabits per second), which makes for a solid, consistent internet connection. Might I add, it's not up to par with NASA, but for the average consumer, it's sublime. As an added bonus, the r6400 comes equipped with a set of powerful external antennas.
Another plus to this product is the dual band feature which allows more devices the ability to connect without as much interference to the internet connection, and if your home is anything like mine, then that could make a world of difference. I can barely check my email because of all the devices connected: My wife, my children, any house guests or visitors, and I think the neighbor's cat has my Wi-Fi password, as well.
All jokes aside, another thing that begs to be included is the "Beamforming" tech that NETGEAR boasts of. According to NETGEAR, "Beamforming" improves the overall range and performance of your internet connectivity and increases the overall coverage of your Wi-Fi, as well. I don't know about you, but I like to kick back in my hammock outside, browsing and carousing the world wide web. While I'm watching cat videos on YouTube, I'm also covered, as far as the kids are concerned, by the r6400's built-in parental controls, which filters what is received from the internet for each connected device.
If that wasn't enough, this router has one USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 port, 1 WAN (Wide Area Network) port, and 4 LAN (Local Area Network) ports, along with an advanced QoS (Quality of Service), which has been optimized for amazing HD streaming, and is compatible with multiple gaming systems. Last, but not least, is the "Nighthawk" app, which allows for quick and rather easy setup of your r6400 router. Via this app, you can also manage internet access by simply pausing and resuming internet instantaneously from your mobile device.
Now, that brings us to our next product, the NETGEAR r6700 router. The r6700 has the same 1,750 Mbps as the r6400, and is also compatible with Amazon Alexa (Domoticsaficionados, take note), but comes with a little more "bang for your buck". The r6700 is meant for homes with upwards of twelve devices connected to the Wi-Fi, simultaneously.
The r6700's whole design was set around prioritizing and optimizing internet bandwidth for gaming, streaming videos, and/or music, because, let's face it, I can't be the only one who likes to listen to AC/DC whilst watching Netflix. It also boasts advanced features for lag-free gaming, which, in my opinion, is probably one of the best things since sliced bread. I've found it hard to win online matches while suffering from lag. One second, pulling off a soon-to-be headshot, the next second, I'm staring at a wall, having shot said wall, and meeting my demise at the hands of whom, by all rights, should've been the victim of my second-to-none marksmanship.
If you've read this far, then obviously you're in the market for a new router and by divine intervention, you've found your way here. By all rights, the r6400 and the r6700 are both quality routers, and which route (Route, router, get it?) you go will be solely dictated by your needs as a consumer. Whether you're using the Wi-Fi to check a few emails, browse the web for gardening tips, or you're an avid online gamer, I'm certain you can find what you need in the r6400 and r6700 routers.