NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 Review

Before the installation there was nothing. Afterwards…the best wireless router?

NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000

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Setup & Software

Normally, the installation should not take a long time to complete. You don’t have to worry about a software disc to install the router, everything you need is provided by simply connecting the router via cables. If you have some devices in your network that have a static IP adress assigned to them you might get into trouble though. Sometimes the wireless router does not recognize them and therefore doesn’t connect. Once you left this problem behind you’ll have no problem at all. You can completely rely on the installation wizard.

Hardware & Wireless Connection

The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 is… big. Depending on your previous router it might well be 1.5 times it’s size or even double. Remember that when planning where to put it.

But that size is reasonable considering it’s powerful core: a Dual Core 1GHz which is much more than most other wireless routers can show off. Beside this powerful processor you get 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port as well as 4 LAN ports.

The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 has one 2.4 GHz band and a 5 GHz band which can reach a speed of up to 600 or 1300 Mbps respectively. This means you can perform a file download with your 2.4 GHz band while smoothly streaming HD videos at the same time with your 5 GHz band.

It’s obvious that the hardware of the Nighthawk R7000 is awesome. There is however one big downside I experienced myself.

Only a few days after purchasing this wireless router and setting everything up in minutes my wireless HP printer lost the connectivity to the router. This was no big deal at first because rebooting the router once made everything work again but when the problem occured again two days later and then again after four days I was starting to get angry. What’s even worse is that the support was not able to fix this problem for me which ultimately led to me purchasing another router.

The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 in comparison

ASUS RT-N66U
NETGEAR
Nighthawk R7000
TP-LINK Archer C7
Data Transfer Rate (max)900Mbps1900Mbps1750Mbps
LAN Ports444
Parental Control?YesYesYes
USB 2.0212
USB 3.0/1/

Overall…

The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 has great potential on paper. The hardware is good but the customer service and stability of the product don’t live up to the rest. The Nighthawk R8000 is better in pretty much every way and I’d really only buy the older R7000 if I absolutely wanted a NETGEAR router that is not as expensive as the R8000.