NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 R8000 Review

What’s in the box? A brand new NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 R8000 of course!

NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000

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Setup & Software

It’s the same as with the Nighthawk R7000, really. The setup detects everything by itself so you just lean back and enjoy your coffee, soda or beer. Depending on the time of day. And on you, of course.

Hardware & Wireless Connection

In terms of hardware it’s a step up from the previous Nighthawk. You get the same Dual Core 1 GHz processor with 3 additional offload processors which can boost the performance quite a bit. The ports are the same: 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 and 4 LAN ports.

Now we come to the main advantage over most other wireless routers at the moment: the Nighthawk X6 R8000 is not your average dual band router but a Tri-Band router. This means it has an additional 5GHz band over dual band wireless routers. With those you can reach a speed of up to 3200 Mbps (600 Mbps for the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps for each 5GHz band). The router automatically chooses the connection which is best for your connected device so you do not need to be tech-savvy to get the most of it.

This allows you to connect even more devices to the router while maintaining a reliable and fast connection for each one. Why you ask? It’s simple, really. Wireless bands only work with the speed of the slowest currently connected client/device. This means having just one slower 5GHz client active will hinder the performance of every other device connected to the band. With two 5GHz bands you can reserve one for the slower clients and one for the fast ones thus optimizing your speed.

At this point I want to mention once more that your maximum speed is determined by your Internet service provider. Even if your wireless router could potentially reach 1300Mbps on one band you probably won’t reach that speed when browsing online. Within your local network it is very much possible though.

The NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000 in comparison

ASUS RT-AC68U
NETGEAR
Nighthawk R8000
Linksys WRT1900AC
Data Transfer Rate (max)1900Mbps3200Mbps (Tri-Band)1900Mbps
LAN Ports444
Parental Control?YesYesYes
USB 2.0111
USB 3.0111

Overall…

After I was a bit disappointed with the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 I am hesitant to get this one. People still complain about the bad NETGEAR support and some NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000s seem to simply not work. Going through so much trouble for over 250$ might not be worth it. If you’re willing to take the risk then go ahead because every other aspect of this router is just great. Especially the performance at longer ranges and with many devices connected to it is nearly without equal.

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