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NETGEAR - Nighthawk AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

Accelerate your WiFi with NETGEAR Nighthawk! Enjoy fast WiFi speeds up to 1900 Mbps and a powerful dual core 1GHz processor for extreme performance. High-powered amplifiers, external antennas and Beamforming improve range and reliability for up to 100% more wireless coverage. Features like downstream and upstream QoS prioritize streaming and gaming, creating a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 3x Detachable antenna
    • Ethernet cable
    • Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router
    • Power adapter
    • Quick install guide

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8575 out of 8984)

    Features


    Faster WiFi

    1GHz Dual Core Processor allow for better WiFi speeds.

    Dynamic QoS

    Intelligently prioritizes by application and device for the best gaming and streaming experience.

    Improved WiFi Coverage

    Beamforming improves range & performance plus High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your WiFi coverage.

    Easy Setup

    NETGEAR Nighthawk to set up & manage your network. Includes Circle with Disney Smart Parental Controls to manage your family's internet use.

    Compatibility

    Control your home network using voice commands, compatible with Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant.

    VPN Support

    Securely access your home network anytime, anywhere via the Open VPN mobile app.

    Smart Connect

    Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for each device on your network. Ensure the fastest speed for all the devices in your home so you can simultaneously stream, game and download.

    Kwilt Photo

    Nighthawk Router gives one more way to seamlessly view and share your photos. Just download the Kwilt app and access all your photos from your USB drive connected to your Nighthawk all in one place.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 8984 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The new standard for high end dual band router!

      Posted
      Eidos

      This is the best wireless WIFI router available at this time (IMHO). I had a very good router installed in my home and a secondary powerful AP (Access Point) that covers several acres of land. I can get a WIFI connection in some directions almost 500 yards away from my home. I removed that primary router (ASUS) and installed this one and then I took signal strength readings on the 2.4 GHz band at varying distances within my home and on different floors. The results show that on longer distances this router’s WIFI signal strength is more than 10 times stronger than the one I removed. I will post that detailed data later. When you unbox this router you will be shocked at its size. It is more than twice as large as my other routers and it takes up a lot of desktop real estate. Its performance makes it worth it though, especially if you have a larger home and need longer transmission distances. What’s in the box? • A high quality Ethernet cable to go from your cable modem to the WIFI router. The cable is 60 inches long. • An AC power supply to power the router. It is rated to operate from 100 to 240 VAC and 50/60 Hz. It is UL approved. The cable is 74.5 inches long from the tip of the AC plugs to the tip of the DC output plug. The power supply outputs 12 VDC at 3.5 Amps. • Three adjustable antennas that can be used to adjust the directionally of the WIFI coverage. They are also used to amplify the WIFI signal output from the router. • A brief instruction manual • There is no detailed user manual or disk included. (My only negative) On the top of the unit is a label and there is also one on the bottom that list the name of the default SSID and the network password key. On the back of the unit you will find: • Three gold plated screw on antenna connections. • A recessed reset push button. • Four Ethernet LAN ports rated at 10/100/1000 to allow up to a gigabit Ethernet connection which is ideal for the faster wired data communication speeds. • One yellow WAN Ethernet port that is to be wired to the output of the cable modem. • A USB port for use as an input/output for a network printer, external thumb drive or and external HDD for backups. • A power On/Off button for the router • The power input jack On the front of the router is a USB 3.0 port for connecting your devices like a USB flash drive or a HDD for back up processes. Since it is a USB 3.0 port save it for your faster speed requirements and use the slower USB 2.0 port on the back for items like your network printer. On the bottom of the router are labels that provide you with the factory SSID name, SSID password, Router admin password user name and admin password. If you change them to another value, WRITE THEM DOWN! The antennas are adjustable to allow you to adjust the WIFI transmission to achieve the best coverage for you home. There are several good WIFI Analyzer Apps available for your tablet that will help you to measure signal strength, look for open channels that you should use for a better signal and to help you possibly adjust your antennas. The beamforming+ functionality will help improve the coverage area of the WIFI network. This router will provide adequate coverage for most homes. This router has a 1 GHz dual core processor that helps speed up data communication and the use of the Admin functions. This was obvious to me while using the Netgear Genie software. This faster CPU speed is also ideal for fast gaming situations and the streaming of HD video. It provides faster and stronger WIFI signals with less stalling, stuttering and buffering. In addition this is a dual band router that provides a 2.4 GHz WIFI and a 5 GHz WIFI. This allows you to use the 5 GHz WIFI for video streaming and you will be able to control the video feed as well as you would a DVD player for fast forwarding, fast reversing and pausing. You can also split the workload between bands to maximize the speeds of the different tasks you are doing. For example, you can be backing up a computer using WIFI to a server while streaming HD video on the other bandwidth. This router is capable of up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz WIFI and up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz channel. In my experience you will get much faster streaming on the 5 GHz WIFI but better range on the 2.4 GHz WIFI. This router also has programmable QOS (Quality Of Service) settings where you can prioritize certain applications like gaming or video streaming and assign the bandwidth you want to set aside for those applications. Some applications are critical for bandwidth considerations like VOIP, fast action gaming and streaming HD quality video. Here are some of my experiences from setting this router up: 1. No disk is included in the kit and one is not needed to install the router to your internet. I did find though that I had several critical system components like 3 servers and an older laser printer that were set with Static IP addresses. The router would not connect to those items and I had to use multiple tricks to get them to properly communicate. Having a good instruction manual would have saved me a lot of time. I recommend that your make sure that ALL STATIC IP ADDRESSES are set to dynamic before you install this router. 2. It was fast and easy to set up and use with the internet connection. Let the wizard do the work. 3. This is a big router and it will require a lot of desktop space. It is about two times bigger than my existing router. 4. I have a lot of Netgear equipment in my home and I also purchased it for my company years ago. Why because it is reliable and it worked properly for years and so I knew there had to be a way to get the router to do whatever I needed to accomplish. 5. Upon connecting this router it fired up its Wizard and walked me through getting connected to my cable modem, then that was it. Very simple and fast. 6. It works perfectly with my ROKU and always allowed the highest resolution of video to be streamed without any buffering or stuttering. Here is my test data of signal strength versus distance. Some of these measurements even involved shooting through several floors of my home. All measurements were made on the 2.4 GHz WIFI band: Position-----Distance in feet-----Old ASUS WIFI signal strength-----Netgear WIFI signal strength A-------------10---------------------------minus 50 dBm----------------------- minus 48 dBm B-------------20---------------------------minus 50 dBm----------------------- minus 50 dBm C-------------30---------------------------minus 58 dBm----------------------- minus 54 dBm D-------------45---------------------------minus 70 dBm----------------------- minus 61 dBm E-------------65---------------------------minus 74 dBm------------------------ minus 66 dBm Please remember that the smaller the number the stronger the signal. As you can see the two unit’s WIFI signals were very similar on the up close distances but the Netgear began to shine on the longer distances. At the 65 foot range and shooting though a floor the Netgear was more than 10 times stronger signal than the ASUS. Remember the units are logarithmic. This router changed to network address for itself to 10.0.0.1 so all of the addresses for every wired and wireless device in your home must be changed. That is why I strongly recommend that you set all of the devices to DHCP settings for dynamic IP addresses assignment. I rated this router as a 5 star item and I recommend it. I do look forward to the insertion of a manual or a manual on a CD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nighthawk AC1900 R7000 Router

      Posted
      Anthony
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have Comcast Xfinity Blast Internet Service (75mbps). Comcast is increasing my tier in the upcoming weeks to 100mbps. They have forced me to upgrade my modem (I own my own) from an Arris SB6141 to one that will be compatible with the increased speed. The SB6141 will no longer be supported. Recently, I purchased the Arris SB6190, which was one of the six or so modems compatible with my service. I installed it and it works great. I had it coupled to an older Netgear N300 router, which worked fine, but was struggling to get range in my home (about 3,400 square feet). So, I decided to upgrade the router to achieve this. I ran various speed tests using an iPhone 7 and newer 11.6 inch Asus laptop (don't have the model number handy, but it is about a year old). I ran the tests throughout various locations in my home using the SB6190 and N300 to establish a baseline. Just as a side note, even though I haven't been bumped up in speed yet, I have always been getting a solid 85-90mbps while hardwired into the N300 router. I ran my range of tests. As expected, when I was in the same room (office) as the router, my wireless speed hovered around 55-68mbps depending on the device used. My iPhone7 had the better speed. As I got further from the router the signal and speed decreased (also expected). In my garage and in the second floor master bedroom (furthest locations from the router) my speed dropped down to around the 10-15mbps range. Definitely a router range issue. On 12/8/17 I went ahead and installed the Netgear AC1900 Nighthawk R7000 router with the default settings. There was one firmware update after installation of the router and I updated the firmware as recommended. I followed the installation instructions provided verbatim. I then reran all of the same tests from the same locations using the same devices. I was excited to see that my router's range extended through my entire home. In the two areas that were struggling (garage and master bedroom) I was nor getting an average of 31-36mbps in the garage and 41-47mbps in the master bedroom. I thought, "Wow"! Then, the disappointment... I went back into the office and other areas of the home where my signal was at 100% according to the bars on my devices and the Netgear Genie App, but my speed in those areas, which were close to the hardwired speeds, had dropped significantly down from the 55-68mbps to 41-45mbps. It was evident that although my range increased I was getting about the same speed throughout my home regardless of how close I was to the router. It didn't make sense. I didn't know if it had something to do with the Beamforming technology or firmware update. I reset the router back to factory defaults and went to the previous firmware, but did not get any improvement. I contacted Netgear and for the free service they were able to provide me, we adjusted some settings and played with channels, etc... No improvement and the technician was lost for words. His solution was to purchase a one-time service (around $49.00) so that he could go into the router remotely to see what was going on. I just spent $150.00 on this router while it was on sale and I was going to spend any more, so I declined. I reinstalled the Netgear N300 and got my close range speeds back to where they were and sacrificed the longer range. Fast forward to today, 12/114/17. I have always been a fan of Netgear and never had issues with my previous two routers, albeit technology and range as Wi-Fi continues to develop. I went out and purchased the Netgear AC1750 R6400 router using the default settings. Much to my surprise, the R6400 is performing much better than the R7000 did. I am baffled. My speeds have improved in all locations as compared to the R7000 and when I am in the same room as the router my speeds are near the wired LAN speeds. I can't figure it out? Anyway, I was unhappy with the R7000 and I am glad I gave Netgear another chance. So, if anyone else is struggling with this same issue, try the R6400 or another Netgear router. Hope this helps someone else who may be ready to throw their R7000 router out the window.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Big Improvement over Netgear WNDR4500v2

      Posted
      DRockstar
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Coming from a Netgear WNDR4500v2, I hoped to accomplish the following 2 goals by purchasing the Nighthawk R7000 router: 1.) Extend wireless range 2.) Improve speed of USB storage attached to the router Bottom line in short, both goals were accomplished with this purchase. Overall, I'm happy with the investment I have made. For what I am using the router for, I would be considered a power user. I researched many routers before pulling the trigger on this sale. This router has been given great reviews, often best in class, for a long period of time now. My decision was set when I discovered a no brainer sale price on bestbuy.com. I have to give kudos to Best Buy for beating every online price I researched at the time, by a fair margin. Thank you, Best Buy! The router arrived with the latest firmware already installed as of December 2016. I normally would enable both QOS and the provided DNS service, but some research indicated that disabling extra functions on the router would improve the USB storage performance. So far this has proven true. By disabling those extras, I have gotten higher transfer rates with both reads and writes with readyshare shares on my MacBook Pro. The shares even connect faster. I have the router on default firmware, with mostly default settings. I have restricted extra functionality to only enabling USB sharing, ReadyCloud sharing, and DLNA sharing. I have a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB drive plugged into the USB3 port on the router. I still wish it could be faster, but I won't complain... any improvement over USB speeds with my old router are welcome. I estimate they are twice as fast. I have a Public share for software installs and media, and a private share for documents. This configuration is serving as much needed storage to compliment the measly 500G drive on my MacBook Pro. I have ReadyCloud enabled so I can access my files from outside the home, and it does serve this purpose reasonably well. Also of note that may help others... I have a ton of media files, and I am selectively moving ones that I don't want to show up in DLNA to hidden directories starting with a (.). For me this includes tutorial videos, iTunes backups, and and many thousands of pro audio samples that overload DLNA media searching. The DLNA on this router can only handle so many files in so many directories. I want only certain songs and certain movie backups to be streamed via DLNA. Hiding media not needed for DLNA streaming has been my workaround. Also keep in mind that even if you have multiple shares, DLNA will attempt to discover all media files on the entire drive. This means I have to put media files on my private share in hidden folders too. I really wish I didn't have to do this, and just limit the DLNA media searching to a certain directory. As for wifi ranges, they have definitely improved substantially with this router. So far, I have only connected my devices on the 5G bands, and I still have decent signal 2 floors up through concrete walls. This is very good... I would only connect to the lower bands with my old router. I have the router hidden in a shelf below the television in my entertainment center on the first floor of a 3 story home. I have the antennae set up in a basic "W" configuration, which has served me well. I have had the router for a couple of weeks now, and have needed to have it reestablish its internet address once. My current setup is as follows: Vizio Smart TV, Roku 3, and Samsung BluRay connected through ethernet 3 Laptop computers (Mac and Windows), 4 Smartphones (Apple and Android), and a single Android tablet on the wifi network. Overall, everything has been smooth sailing for internet access and file operations. The single incident I encountered was rectified by simply hitting the "Apply" button in the Basic Internet tab of the router settings. Maybe that will help someone else if they ever lose connection, since a router reboot didn't do the trick for me in that particular case. I believe the Nighthawk R7000 router is an excellent value for the money in the current market, with a proven track record. It should be given top considerations if you don't want to spend the extra hundreds of dollars on the newer faster router models available. I can foresee this model still being available for some time, until the newer technologies can come down to the same price point.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simply AMAZING... It works when others don't.

      Posted
      RussW64

      Simply put..... this Nighthawk Netgear R7000 router is AMAZING. I wasn't really in the market to get a new router as my Linksys E4200 was working pretty good. I was dealing with dropped wifi signals and the fact that my TiVo at the far end of my house was getting 60% wireless signal. Then my friend and colleague texted me that he had purchased this router and was amazed and loved it. I then came on here to BestBuy.com and read the reviews and figured that I'd get one. I don't regret my purchase AT ALL. I knew this router was going to be great the moment I took it out of the box. This router is HEAVY and BUILT WELL. AND.. it has THREE EXTERNAL ANTENNAS that articulate (you can put them in any position). Set up and configuration was a breeze (probably because I'm a computer repair professional, but I think the "average joe" can set it up easily because the instructions are very clear and written in ENGLISH that makes sense! After connecting the router, I went down to the TiVo that was getting 60% and it was now getting 100% ! I thought that this must be a mistake, so I got my wifi signal tester out and sure enough, signal strength at the far end of my house where it once was 60% at best, was now between 99% and 100%. I then went outside, across the street, and was getting 86% where before I got nothing. That was amazing. I've been using this router for about 48 hours and have not had any drops, signal loss.. in short, no problems whatsoever. I only gave it a "good" rating on the price, because, well frankly no one likes paying $199 for a router when they can get it cheaper. This rating is only indicative of the price, not the performance, as I said, no complaints.. AT ALL. HELPFUL HINT: I found something that I want to pass along to everyone. I needed to reboot my router this morning (unplugged) and reconnected. When it rebooted, it lost the "handshake" to the cable modem (IP Address, Gateway info, etc) and thusly, no internet access. So, I rebooted again, and nothing. So I unplugged both cable modem (Arris TM802) and router, waited, and plugged in cable modem, waited for the four green lights, then plugged in router, and waited.... and ... NOTHING. This was perplexing as this is the normal procedure (cable modem first, then router). This time I just unplugged the cable modem and left the Netgear plugged in and working. And when the cable modem came up, the Netgear successfully handshaked and all was right again. SO... if you need to reboot the Netgear, reboot it first, then reboot the cable modem second and you'll be good to go. So... you still reading this? Get out and buy one!! :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for a small business or home consumer

      Posted
      Erutan409
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      My previous Netgear router died on me. I wasn't very happy, considering it was only 13 months old. So I decided to go pro and give this router a chance. Trust me: a lot of time and effort went into researching this router. Cisco CCNA complements by technical background, as well as advanced [web] programming/development. I knew what I needed and of course "wanted" from my home router. When I came across this beast (it is fairly large), I was immediately drawn in by the VPN functionality. While this functionality can be slightly daunting to setup if you're not confident with networking gear that isn't encapsulated in some kind of "one-button setup," it's all pretty much self-explanatory. It probably took me around 15 minutes to get it going. The VPN seems to function flawlessly, too. I use remote desktop on my servers on a regular basis and the comparative difference in response time working locally or remotely is next to none. Be aware that if your IP changes, frequently, and you're not using a dynamic-DNS service, the difficulty in maintaining your VPN configuration may be exacerbated. *WARNED* The web GUI is mostly the same, compared to other modern Netgear routers. I'm not exactly thrilled about the overly simplified customization, but I'm also very proficient in Networking technology. In fact, this would probably work very well for those who aren't; which is most likely the target audience, anyway. The wireless is ridiculously fast. The AC spec is around 1.3 Gbps on this router. I personally don't have anything that approaches that speed; over Wi-Fi. I usually like to keep most of my gear wired. I currently have an HD Roku (54 Mbps), wireless Canon printer (54 Mbps), two phones (54 Mbps & 133 Mbps), Nook HD tablet (54 Mbps), Wii (54 Mbps), and two laptops (both 300 Mbps) connected to the wireless at all times. I haven't noticed any performance issues, which I'm sure is a nod to the hardware supporting the router. The biggest issue I had to troubleshoot, for at least a week, was getting my Roku to play nice with the router. The Roku player(s) is very finicky if you don't have the wireless configured a specific way on the A/B/G wireless radio. *Hint* Limit the data rate to 54 Mbps on said radio so your video streaming is at full potential. You'll notice when you don't adhere to this, believe me. The wired switching works as expected, too. I personally prefer wired over wireless whenever I can help it. It cuts down on latency (important to gamers) and I run a few servers that need high network throughput. Honestly, at the rate that Wi-Fi is advancing, latency may not even be that much of an issue, anymore. Regardless, I find the aforementioned to be best practice. To sum it up: I'm very happy with this router and I made sure to get a protection plan on it just in case I had another unfortunate episode of unexpected failure. I would buy another one if I needed to setup a similar environment that was small business-oriented or residential.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      BEST Internet Router - Nighthawk R7000

      Posted
      DecimalZero
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is absolutely the best internet router I have ever purchased and used. With dual processors, the R7000 is able to give me wireless speeds that are equivalent to my ISP internet up link speeds. My old Internet router could only handle a couple of devices at a time before internet speeds decorated. because the R7000 has a very fast dual processor, my Note III Mobile Phone, Laptops, and Tablets are reporting Internet speeds of 100 Mbps Down and 5 Mbps Up; the same speeds I get from a wired Internet connection. I have 4 x Smart Phones, 2 x Laptops, 3 x Tablets, 3 x Desktops, 2 x Network Printers, and 6 Gaming Consoles that use a combination of WiFi and Wired Internet Connections and ever since upgrading my two Internet routers to Netgear Night Hawk R7000s, I have no network bottlenecks. The wireless signal strength is fantastic!! I have one R7000 in the house and one R7000 in another detached building about 50 feet away from the house. Wireless Bridge Mode works great, not requiring a physical RJ45 network cable between both R7000 routers; this is also called a WiFi Repeater, because the Remote R7000 repeats TCP and UDP network traffic to and from the Base R7000 Router. I have a RJ45 cable plugged into both R7000 Routers and setup one DHCP scope for all wired and wireless devices attached to either of the R7000 Routers. I setup the WiFi wireless names the same on both R7000 Routers, so when traveling between both R7000 Routers, I do not lose my WiFi network connection and only have one name and password to remeber. I have total control over who can access what when. I can block websites by URL or by a word list. The R7000 Router would work great for home, small businesses, and medium businesses. I guess the reason why the Nighthawk R7000 is such a great product is because they are owned by Cisco. You pay a little more for this product, but Cisco didn't cut any corners here. You get what you pay for, and for me, the price for the Nighthawk R7000 was totaly fair for the number of features Cisco included. The Nighthawk R7000 is a quality product all around and I for one will not buy anything else for my network routing needs!! I highly recommend buying the Nighthawk R7000, you will not be disappointed!!! :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect fix for a very poor Comcast Gateway!

      Posted
      MyReview
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was receiving a terrible signal or no signal from my Comcast Gateway (Arris 826). It is well documented how poor the signal strength, quality, and range is with the Arris 826. My download speeds were slower than my upload speeds and would often disconnect on a 125Mbps download and 25Mbps upload tier. My Wi-Fi signal, only 25ft away from the Gateway, would make watching anything through ON Demand pointless with all of the pauses and drops. To compound my issue, is that I live in a high congestion Wi-Fi neighborhood, with 20+ other networks all on the 2.4Ghz band. I tried a good quality extender, but I found that it would cut my already poor signal (12-20Mbps Max) in half. Finally, I purchased the R7000 Night Hawk, which solved every issue I was having! I placed my Comcast Gateway in "bridge mode" and turned off the Wi-Fi- signal from it and now use the R7000's Wi-Fi signal. Amazing difference! Awesome performance! Setup is pretty simple. Even if you don't have much experience with networks, there is a setup wizard that can walk you through the basics. There are several LEDs on the front of it, but most can be turned off if they bother you. The Night Hawk has dual band capabilities...meaning you can also utilize the 5.0Ghz wireless "ac" band, which is the latest, greatest, fastest, and at the present time least used. This means less interference from other devices. Take note, you will need a network adapter that is capable of using the 5.0Ghz band. My tablet only has a built in 2.4Ghz "wireless n" adapter, so I also purchased the "NETGEAR AC1200 A6210-10000S USB 3.0 adapter", and they perform awesome together. Honestly, I do not really need the USB adapter because the way I setup my Night Hawk it pretty much forces it's signal through all of my neighborhood Wi-Fi interference. The R7000 also has "Beam Forming". I cannot really say if this just a gimmick or actually improves performance. Simply put, "Beam Forming" is supposed to search out other wireless "ac" 5.0Ghz devices and shape a signal and project it directly towards those devices, rather than send out a giant spherical signal in all directions. Now, I am getting my full 125Mbps download and watching ON Demand online TV shows/movies with no pauses or dropped connections. I can even go outside with little change in signal strength, quality, or throughput. The range is way better than I was expecting! FYI, the R7000 is big and takes up a good portion of Real Estate. But the R7000 can also be wall mounted with a few screws. This is done much like cordless phone base stations. Put 2 screws in the wall but not all the way flush, leaving room for the router slid down onto the screws. Before I realized this, I went out and bought a small shelf to put the router on. Seriously, with no exaggeration, this is one of my best purchases EVER!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Tech Support Nightmare

      Posted
      RouterDoubter
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Initial setup seemed to be going fine - all my devices linked up with no problem...until my desktop. It said it was connected to the internet - but internet pages would not load. In the first of the 2&1/2 hour phone calls with tech support they insisted that the problem was not with this Netgear device but had to be my computer. Support for that would require paying a minimum $69.99 for six months support. Major hard sell - very hard sell. I finally caved and after that long long call, and it seemed to finally work I shut down the desktop and took it back to it's regular location (I had to haul it close enough to the router to run an Ethernet cable connection#. Turned it back on - tried to load an internet page and guess what? Same problem. Gritting my teeth I call again and this time it is "escalated" and I am assured they will fix the problem. After ANOTHER TWO & 1/2 HOURS ON THE PHONE #for a total of five hours folks# I finally hit the wall and told them to just stop - credit me my money back and I will take their product back to Best Buy and return it. Had to go to a supervisor to a customer service rep #who tried one more time to get me to stick with the $69.99 service plan# when I had to get VERY firm and insist that they either credit me back immediately or I will be calling my bank to put a protest on that charge. They finally relented. I unhooked this product, and hooked my old router back up #also Netgear ironically# and my desktop internet access worked just fine again. Bottom line? You just might be lucky and have this product work fine for you. If it doesn't? Pack it back up and go directly back to Best Buy to return it. Do NOT call their Tech support #which is far more "sales" than "support"# unless you have nothing better to do than spend most of your day on the phone watching incompetence in action.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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