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r7000 vs. r6300v1

I picked up an r7000+CM500 modem today and immediately updated the firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.4.30

 

I am just using wired, 2.4G/N, and 5.0N

 

I configured it pretty much the same as my r6300v1 which is on V1.0.2.76_1.0.57 -- which is the best 6300 f/w yet -- and ran some tests, inside, outside, streaming, file transfers, etc.  I stress tested it, as I wanted to see if it would outperform the 6300 under heavy data transfers and streaming.

 

In the end, I can't really say that there was any noticeable difference between the two, performance-wise, either on wired devices, G or N. The 7000 was very fast and snappy, just like the 6300. Now with that said, there were some initial problems with the 7000.  When I first started using it, I found that many of my wireless devices failed to get an internet connection.  I found that if I deleted the connection first, and then reconnect, that all was good.  But shouldn't have to do that.

 

In Guest Mode you must select from keeping guests from seeing each other and staying off of the network, vs. having the option to select either / or, as in the 6300v1.  The 6300v2 works the same way as the 7000.

 

I did like the VPN option as well as NOIP for ddns, neither of which the 6300v1 supports.

 

The CM500 is a very nice modem, but I only have a 50mbs/5mbs ISP connection, so it performed the same as my Moto sb6141.

 

So, for $200, I didn't see any performance improvement at all for my environment.  But I thought some of the features were very nice.

 

And the 7000 looks really cool! Ready for takeoff.

 

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Re: r7000 vs. r6300v1

One other thing I really liked about the 7000 was that in attached devices it showed 5.0N connections separately from 2.4 connections.

 

I couldn't tell if QoS worked better for my VOIP or not, as I didn't use my phones during the test.

 

 

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At 50mb I doubt you be able to see much improvement. I personally like the QoS features better on the R6300, as it has a port based QoS, something I couldn't find on the 7000. I don't run QoS on the 7000, as it impacts CTF, and performance takes a hit.. I have moved away from the stock firmware, and am now running a Merlin port, which has way more options, than the stock firmware. If you are interested in having a look, check this link out:  http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/asuswrt-merlin-on-netgear-r7000.71108/

 

EDIT: What I did find better, was the wireless range on the R7000. Although, at this point, I have turned off the 2.4ghz radio.

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The wireless range on the 7000 was excellent.  The 6300 with the LATEST f/w is much improved over what it was on the prior f/w, both are very good.

 

Interested in what Merlin is doing ... so is that just an asus skin on top of the Netgear f/w or is it entirely new code, and does it offer any other advantages over and above the netgear f/w?  I couldn't tell from the screenshot

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It's ported ASUS code, then Xvortex makes some changes to it, so it can run on the 7000. It is easy to port from stock to Xvortex/Merlin. Lot's of features. I like the wireless setup, as there are more settings, I am currently using a 7000 that is with me as an AP. Check it out!  

 

EDIT:  All the changelogs are with the  FWreleases so you can see what the changes/updates/fixes are.

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Excellent, I'll try it ... I notice that .55 says it's a hotfix, so do I have to install .53 or .54 first, and then install .55?

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I'm running .52.  I tried .55 but there is an issue with the wireless scheduler, so backed out to .52. I didn't follow for the hotfix issue. I think it's a boardnumber vs. MAC issue for for stock vs. custom CFE. I stayed with stock CFE. I'm using my 7000 as an AP, so I'm not seeing the benefits most will see with all the fw updates.    

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I am back onto the r6300v1 with the ,78 f/w.  Although it doesn't have some of the nice enhancements in the 7000 (NOIP and VPN), with the latest f/w it's just as fast wired and wireless in my environment, with my ISP configuration.  I also went back to the Motorola 6141 modem as I saw no difference with the CM500.

 

It seems to me that the faster multi-core processors, beginning with the r6300v2 mainly benefit USB-attached HDD data transfer, since I don't use the router for that I don't see the benefit there either.

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