NETGEAR - Nighthawk AC2300 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router provides up to 1625 + 600 Mbps WiFi and MU-MIMO for lag-free gaming, better video streaming and multiple mobile devices. With Gigabit WiFi, Beamforming, and built-in high-powered amplifiers and external antennas, get ready for extreme performance! Manage it from anywhere with NETGEAR genie remote access.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 3x Detachable antenna
    • Ethernet cable
    • Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router
    • Power adapter
    • Quick install guide

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (698 out of 765)

    Features


    Faster WiFi

    Faster performance and speed.

    MU-MIMO

    Capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices.

    Smooth Streaming

    Better video streaming, lag-free gaming, surfing, and more with a powerful 1GHz Dual Core Processor.

    Dynamic QoS

    Prioritizes network traffic by application & device.

    VPN Support

    Secure access to your home network and Internet when you're away from home using any of your devices.

    Smart Connect

    Intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device.

    Two USB Ports

    One (1) USB 3.0 & One (1) USB 2.0 for faster streaming, backup and easy access to your stored media.

    Enhanced Parental Controls

    Manage website access by family member and device.

    Improved WiFi Coverage

    High powered amplifiers and external antennas increase range for whole-home mobility.


    Customer rating

    4.5
    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Quality Router with High Performance

      Posted
      Aggie71013
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I received the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 R700P Router for free as part of a review and test program. Setup: Initial setup of this router was simple. I connected the power and booted up the modem and then the ethernet cable to my existing cable modem. The router prominently displayed a suggestion to use the Netgear Up app to easily configure the router. I downloaded the app; however, found it overly simplified and not particularly useful. For someone with little to no networking experience, it may prove beneficial; however, I did not find it useful. After powering on the router, I logged into the admin portal and configured it to meet my specificiations. Netgear has a consistent interface for all of their modems and routers which made the configuration easy, user-friendly, and familiar. Configuring my NAS, network printer, wireless networks, and LANs took approximately 15 minutes. Rating- A for ease of set-up / configuration C for the Netgear Up app Features: I have used several 4+ routers in the past few years and used to believe that a router was a router for the average home user. As long as it provided consistent and reliable service, I figured I was maxing out my expectations. The Nighthawk R7000P beat my expectations and actually performs better than the more expensive routers I have used in the past. This model has a few features that set it apart from the competition. The overall footprint of the device is quite large, and I would prefer it to be smaller, but it is added gain in WIFI signal is worth the size. Considering most consumer internet speeds are less than 500 MBps, and the Nighthawk R7000P is capable of much faster speeds, the router is more than the average consumer requires, but will future proof you as internet speeds continue to increase. The R7000P’s dual bands are a huge plus. I live in an apartment complex with many WIFI signals so channel interference can be an issue. The use of the 5ghz network, and ability to manually change channels, resolves this issue for me and provide the most consistent speeds possible. The external antenna also improved the reliability and consistency of my signal across my apartment. Overall the device beats my expectations for a consumer router. Rating- A due to the large footprint Performance: I was recently forced to downgrade to 25 MBps from Comcast as Comcast was raising rates in my area. I consistently received speeds of 25+ MBps download and 5+ MBps upload, based upon speedtest.net reports across all of my devices. These tests were performed during high bandwidth usage times (between 5-9 PM), as well as, lower demand times, such as the weekend and weekdays. I have had no instances of dropped connection from either the wireless router. This router has had more consistent and reliable connection to my devices. Data transfer speeds between my NAS and computers has improved in comparison to my previous router. Wired connections have experienced 0 drops in the month I have been utilizing the router. I would like to see additional ethernet ports; however, more than 4 is rare on a consumer router. Rating- A Expectations: The R7000P far exceeded my expectations. It provides reliable, and fast, internet speeds and was simple to setup and utilize. It is truly a set it and forget it device, which is what I am looking for in a cable router. It also has many settings for more experienced home network users who wish to better regulate their LAN/WAN networks. Rating- A Price-Value: At the current price of ~$180, the R7000P represents a compelling value proposition, depending on ones needs. This device is certainly not the cheapest option; however, you get a quality product for your money. If you’re looking for a high quality, device, than the R7000P is for you; however, if you’re looking for the best price, there are likely lower cost options which will meet your needs. If the cost was lower, I would have rated the R7000P five stars. Rating- B Recommendation: I would definitely recommend the R7000P to friends and family. The router is a quality product that should remain compatible, relevant, and last for years to come. This has been the best performance I’ve encountered from a router that I have owned in the past 5 years.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent router with latest features

      Posted
      GoHawks
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This review is for Netgear Nighthawk AC3200 dual band WiFi Gigabit router with MU-MIMO technology (R7000P) First of all, let me say a few words about the setup. Netgear made it extremely easy to setup this router. It comes with everything you need to get started: antennas, power cable, ethernet cable and Netgear Up App that needs to be downloaded on your mobile devise. The Netgear Up App is the easiest way to connect. It walks you thru all steps needed and shows basic info about connected devises and network status. For more advanced setup you can use any browser on any devise, go to www.routerlogin.com page and login using credentials printed on the bottom of the router. I prefer the later since I like to fiddle with my network settings. You can always adjust them later if you need to. This router is equipped with a WPS button that allows to add more devises without typing in passwords. This router is one impressive machine. It is very fast and it has great range. My house is around 2500sqft and by placing it roughly in the middle I get full bars coverage everywhere in the house. Even in the farthest conner upstairs I have plenty of speed. I also tested connection outside my home, in the yard, still have good signal. There is definitely no dead spots thanks to Netgear Beamforming technology. This Nighthawk didn't just meet, it exceeded my expectations. It is definitely not the fastest router on the market today but it has most of the same features that routers that cost twice as much have. So I think that for this price it is an excellent value with plenty of features, speed and range. My favorite feature of this router has to be MU-MIMO technology. This new feature is not always available in more expensive routers which sets this router far ahead of it's competition. MU-MIMO allows multiple users and multiple devises connect to the router at the same time and each one is a priority and maintains full speed and range without sharing bandwidth with others. This router is not just for home use. I think small businesses will benefit greatly from new MU-MIMO technology since it provides same great speed to lots of devises. That is why I highly recommend this router to small business owners and home users alike. I received this router for free thanks to the Netgear First Look Review Program in return for my honest and unbiased review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great wifi coverage and speed

      Posted
      TracerX
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My current daily wifi router is an r8000 which replaced an r7000 due to slightly better coverage a few far-reaching areas of my home. Because of this, I wasn't expecting a lot out of the r7000p but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Setup was simple using the Netgear Up app and Genie app for management on an iOS device. I plugged in the device and waited approximately 3 minutes for it to boot up and easily connected to the default network (network id and password are included on a removable label on top of the device as well as underneath). From there the Up app walks you through the initial device setup and you're online. You can use the Genie app to setup guest networks, parental controls, and other things like that. While the Genie app is sufficient for standard setups, if you want advanced setup controls like port-forwarding, vlans, etc..., the management page at routerlogin.net (which brings up your router when you are on its network) has all of those available. Again, the reason I replaced my original r7000 was because in some corners of my house the 5GHz signal wasn't strong enough so I would have to fall back on 2.4GHz which is not as fast. Surprisingly every location in my house I tested the r7000p was rock solid and performance was on-par with the more expensive and larger r8000. While I have been suggesting the r8000 to people who need a lot of coverage for many devices, it is hard knowing that it is still typically $260-$300. I will now be suggesting the r7000p for those users since the coverage and speed appear to be comparable at a lower price. I received this device for testing as part of the Netgear First Look Review program for free. I do my best to consider all devices as if I had paid the current listed price for them and am in no way compensated for a positive review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Reliable high end router for home and small biz

      Posted
      leche

      Received this router free from Netgear's First Look Review program. I have been using Netgear R7000 for almost a year now (also sponsored by Netgear), and it has served me well, no major issue with it. Now I got the new R7000P, the real difference is the MU-MIMO capability. Now, I have to be honest, as a typical home user, my broadband is limited at about 80mbps, so MU-MIMO would not make any obvious difference to me for steaming or downloading things off the internet no matter how many devices are all streaming/downloading at same time. But I did notice a bit more stable connection in AC connection. My old R7000's AC would sometime drop connection, but the R7000P never have this problem with me. So this is a plus for me. As for those of you who never had a Netgear router, it supports pretty much all the feature an high end router would support, VPN, port forward, QoS, vlan, guest network...etc. I don't think there is any feature that I need is missing. Now the bad part, I tried this new app they have called "Netgear Up", to help you do an initial setup of the router. This app is a complete waste of time, it only works if your router is connected to the internet (then why would I need this app at all), and pretty much the only option is to check for firmware update, then it shows you router status, which is also pretty useless consider I had to download a whole app just for that. I think they should have just integrate this with the Netgear Genie app (which is a decent router configuration app you should have around). Overall, I am happy with the router, it has been running for the past 2 weeks and never had any issue. And I will keep it has my main router from now on.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Works as advertised, but user interface lacking

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

      This is my second one, my first was essentially DOA. Took the first one back to store for replacement with no issues. The router does it's job but the app interface could be better. Having been using a older ASUS router - I've been spoiled. For example, when I set up a MAC filter, on the ASUS I could assign aliases to a device to help me keep track of things as they come on line. While the netgear allows that, the name doesn't get referenced on all the other screens - so I have to enter it on the Attached Devices and Block control screens. Another challenge is parental control. I can break it up into two parts. The first is time limits. . With the ASUS, I could restrict time limits for my kids devices on a case by case basis - just identify the device from the mac address (or alias if you set one up) and make the adjustments using a drag/click interface. Very smooth.. Netgear's basic software sets up access control limit that can be attached to one more more devices, depending upon IP range. As far as content blocking -with the older ASUS, I would specify DNS servers (I use OpenDNS) during router set up. You can do the same thing or try out Netgear's UI for Parental Blocking by giving you a choice of OpenDNS or Disney's Circle feature, but that's a monthly subscription based service for more control. As far as performance, I've got it connected to fiber and attaching devices thru the router's ethernet ports can reach the max speed capacity. The wireless connectivity doesn't reach the ISP's max speed - but that would be the same with any wireless device. There is a page on the Admin UI for the router that can auto set QoS by doing Speedtest but that result falls far short of what my ISP offers. I've gone to independent speed test sites and they show faster speeds than Netgears Speedtest. It offers a guest network but the ASUS offered three guest network which I found handy, keeping some of the internet of things devices separate from my more sensitive data. As I said, it works but I am not a convert yet.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      So far junk

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

      I purchased this router a few weeks back. I moved into a new home and hadn't upgraded my router in five six years so I decided to buy one. Bought the nighthawk. When my service guy installed my service we installed the router. It didn't want to work at first. Then after half a dozen attempts it connects. Everybody is happy. Four days later no wifi. So now I go though the process of troubleshooting what's wrong.", starting with my service provider they ended up with something is wrong with the router. So I call Netgear go though all the same steps even though I just told them just did all this. So after several minutes (being nice) they came up with the same conclusion. Huge surprise. They tell me they are going to ship out a new one. So go about my business. They send a email they will send me one out first if I pay them to do so. Otherwise I need to ship to them then they would send anew one out. So I chose to pay the $17. Then wait. Next day I'm out of town now. I get a phone call at630 in the morning yep I said 630. Woke me up. Bubbly girl that I'm sure have a caffeine drip going proceed to tell me they are not going to process the RMA enless I produce proof of purchase. Remember I'm moving and I'm out of town. I said I don't have said receipt. She said then it will not happen. Then I remembered my Best Buy looked it up found receipt sent. Got a message that said all I did was send them the Best Buy site so they still will not process. So I went to same place where info was took a snap shot with phone. Sent again. Realize again each one of these back and forth correspondences is a day apart. They decided it was good enough. I put new router on yesterday which is when I got it. Between you and I will not use netgear again. I did purchase the geek squad. Guess I should of use them or just took to back for a different brand. Which depend on this new one I might anyway.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to use, lots of features

      Posted
      Aggie06

      The router was easy to set up, either with the Netgear UP app or through the web interface. I tried both methods and was done in just a few minutes. One thing to remember is that you’ll have to turn off your ISP’s router function (not just the wifi) so that the Nighthawk is used as the router to make the dynamic QOS work. I used this router instead of the Uverse router. The Uverse box was set so that it was only used as a modem. Wifi and router (including NAT, DMZ, and firewall functions) were turned off. My experience with the Wifi on the Nighthawk product was similar to my experience with other MUMO devices. If the client device supports it, it’s great. Gives you that little bit of additional bandwidth, especially on the local network, to make things feel a bit quicker. If you have some people in your house that want to watch Netflix while others download files from work, the Dynamic QoS feature works suprisingly well. I was able to watch a movie while my wife moved large files to and from her work Google Drive account. That wasn’t as easy with just the basic Uverse router/wifi access point we were using. It won’t increase your bandwidth, so don’t expect miracles if everyone in the house is trying to watch a movie. Another nice feature is the ReadyShare USB storage access. Just plug in a USB drive and start accessing it from the network. I’ve used this on other Netgear devices, and it’s a just a basic network drive. It’s really useful to have, especially when you attach to your ReadyCLOUD account. That way you’re able to backup your phone’s pictures remotely without paying extra for more iCloud storage. This thing is a somewhat bulky and looks like something out of a Robocop movie, so make sure you’re prepared to either put it on display or have a good place to hide it. I tried it on the top of a bookshelf and in an interior networking closet, and it gave plenty of range for a 2500 sq. ft. home. Overall, I’d recommend this thing as a step up from your ISP’s rental. Depending on how much you’re paying a month for it, the Nighthawk version pays for itself pretty quickly. It has a lot of neat features that are simple to setup and to use. I was given the device free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Long range, no buffering

      Posted
      AggiePaul

      Let me start off by saying that Netgear has made the initial setup of this router super easy with the Netgear Up app. Launch the app and it will walk you through connecting to the default wireless network from the convenience of your phone. Then jump into the Netgear Genie app to do a little more in-depth setup to your liking. Note: the new Genie user interface is much cleaner and easier to use - kudos Netgear. The range of this router is impressive. It has a strong signal that makes it to the back corner of the property, even while passing through another outside structure. I can't tell you exactly how Beamforming+ and MU-MIMO works, but I haven't had any signal or buffering issues on any of the 20 or so devices when all connected at the same time. It has a lot of the features that other higher end routers have like parental control features (block sites, block services, scheduling, access control), USB storage/printing/vault (computer backup solution), OpenVPN, VLANs, and also includes support for open source firmware like DD-WRT. I'm glad Netgear is now including the ability to use the same wireless network name (SSID) on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks (Smart Connect setting in Advanced Wireless Setup). The only minor feature drawback is you have to install the Netgear Genie app to setup Parental Control, which uses OpenDNS. However, once I installed the app on a Windows 10 computer, I was able to setup filtering in just a few minutes. The power button on the back is a also a nice touch. Overall, I would say the features you get for the price are right on and this R7000P is worth a look if you are in the market for a full-featured router. I received this product for free from the Netgear First Look Review Program for my honest opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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