NETGEAR - Nighthawk Dual-Band AC1900 Router with 24 x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Black

The Nighthawk AC1900 Cable Modem Router delivers WiFi speeds of up to 1.9Gbps. It ensures uninterrupted HD video streaming with 24x8 channel bonding. Save up to $120 a year by eliminating Internet service provider rental fees. This cable modem router supports XFINITY from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Cablevision & more.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Ethernet cable
  • NETGEAR Nighthawk Dual-Band AC1900 Router with DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
  • Power adapter
  • Quick install guide

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4236 out of 4420)

Features


Compatibility

Compatible with XFINITY from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, CableONE & more. Call your internet service provider for additional compatibility information.

Higher Speeds

Up to 960 Mbps download speeds for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming.

Enhanced Performance

Powerful 1.6 GHz processor boosts performance for streaming & gaming.

Reduce Interference

Simultaneous dual band reduces WiFi interference and doubles bandwidth.

ReadySHARE USB Access

Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive via the USB port.

Parental controls

Enable easy Web filtering. Guest network access provides separate and secure connectivity for visitors.

Guest Network Access

Separate & secure access for guests.

Improved WiFi Connection

Boosts speed, reliability, & range of WiFi connections.

Reliability

24 downstream & 8 upstream channels providing efficient and reliable Internet access.


Customer rating

4.7
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product for fast internet in 1 story homes

    Posted
    Emanuel
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Disclaimer: I received the Nighthawk AC1900 Router through NetGear's Friend's and Family test and review program. All comments and thoughts that make up this review are mine and mine alone; I received no pressure from the company to post a biased or untruthful review. What led me to searching for another router/modem was that the Comcast gateway rental that we were using is not powerful enough to distribute a WiFi signal throughout the entire house. I currently live in a house with two floors, and with the router downstairs, the people living upstairs (which includes me) don't get enough signal. When I was offered to test the Nighthawk AC1900, it worked out perfectly as this would eliminate the need for a separate modem. Due to the nature of our Internet problem, we have two ISP accounts from Comcast with a 70mbs and 150mbs plan respectively. I tested the Nighthawk AC1900 on the 150mbs Blast! network for the best results. For comprehensive purposes, I have broken down this review into multiple sections. Setup Setting up the Nighthawk AC1900 was fairly straightforward. The product comes with an easy to read manual if you get stuck along the way. After plugging in the router and connecting it to the internet in the house, the router began to set itself up. It took about 10 minutes to fully boot up and begin transmitting a wireless signal. A tip for those with Comcast: I was unable to actually connect to the internet until I verified my account information through a Comcast pop-up box. Make sure you do this if you are not able to connect to the internet after the router boots up. After I verified the information, the router updated and I was connected to the internet. Relatively painless process that was easy and straightforward. Setup is 10/10. Features The Nighthawk AC1900 has two WiFi signal that it uses: 2.4G and 5G. I personally love this feature, as it allows me to connect older and newer devices at optimized speeds. My ancient computer from 2010 can't use the faster 5G signal, but uses the 2.4G flawlessly. My Moto X smartphone is able to connect to it to the 5G, and is significantly faster. I'd prefer that all my devices are able to use the 5G band, but that is a hardware issue on my part. Looks like its time to upgrade the rest of the gadgets. The Nighthawk AC1900 also comes with an integrated router management system, which I'm using to manage who connects to the router and network names. Two other features that are included are USB drive sharing and wireless printing. We already have a wireless printer, so I decided to test the USB drive sharing. It looks like a great way to share a hard-drive across a household; I was able to drop some files in it and extract them from a different computer. A cool feature, even though I mainly use DropBox for document sharing. Features are given a 10/10. Performance This was difficult to test, as I was uncertain whether the problems are ISP based or from the router. The first thing I did after setting up the router is speed test it—many, many times. The various speed tests I used were: - Ookla speed test http://www.speedtest.net/ - Comcast speed test (also powered by Ookla) http://speedtest.comcast.net/ - Xbox360 Network Statistics test - Ookla speed test mobile app I ran 20 tests on the 2.4G band on my computer and smartphone, 20 tests on the 5G band on my smartphone, and 5 network statistics tests on my Xbox. I stripped the outliers outside two standard deviations and averaged the results grouped into the different test locations. When I was hardwired into the router, I was getting insane speeds. This proved that the router itself was able to get the full speed that was being offered by my ISP. I have included a summarized list of speeds below: *All speeds measured in megabytes per second (mbps) - Hardwired Ethernet Cable Avg. Download Speed: 158.12 Avg. Upload Speed: 11.97 - 2.4G WiFi Signal ~5 meter distance Avg. Download Speed: 41.86 Avg. Upload Speed: 12.11 - 2.4G WiFi Signal ~15 meter distance (upstairs) Avg. Download Speed: 28.90 Avg. Upload Speed: 11.05 - 5G WiFi Signal ~5 meter distance (Smartphone) Avg. Download Speed: 78.29 Avg. Upload Speed: 12.59 - 5G WiFi Signal ~15 meter distance (Smartphone upstairs) Avg. Download Speed: 31.45 Avg Upload Speed: 10.85 As you can see, the signal is reduced significantly upstairs by about 2/3. WiFi signal typically has a standard loss rate of about 50% of actual speed, so it is performing slightly less than expected. I am getting ~2 bars of WiFi signal upstairs, which is disappointing as I was hoping the Nighthawk AC1900 would be able to transmit a full signal throughout the entire house. I want a router that's able to give my neighbor down the street 2 bars of WiFi, and apparently this is not the router for that. I performed some bandwidth tests, where I had 4 devices simultaneously connected and streaming video. The router was able to handle all of the devices, but at the cost of reduced speeds on every device. The xbox we have upstairs is also not receiving optimal speeds (~11up and down); this is a problem as it is essentially our dedicated Netflix machine and we do not want any buffering to happen. My main gripe for performance is that the Nighthawk AC1900 is not able to distribute its WiFi signal evenly throughout a two-story house. The signal loss rate is slightly below average, and falls within acceptable range. However, the router is able to handle the hardwired speeds with ease, and the 5G signal is very fast while on the same floor as the router. All in all, performance receives a 7/10. The Nighthawk AC1900 fell a little short of my expectations; however, I have fairly high expectations when it comes to Internet speeds. For the price (currently $279.99 as of this review), I would like much more powerful WiFi signal distribution. It falls on the expensive end of routers, but since it is also a cable modem the price is more fair. A large bonus is that it eliminates the need for any surplus equipment from your ISP, such as any modem rentals. If you are a performance nut, and need your fast internet speeds over WiFi, I would recommend purchasing a separate modem and router. If you like decently fast internet, live in a one story home, and don't want to stress over modems, routers & excess wires, then the Nighthawk AC1900 is for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performer

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

    My cable internet service speed was increased a few months ago to 300 mbps. My prior modem, a Motorola Surfboard, was only getting 100. Also, recently I had to start rebooting every day or other day because my speeds would suddenly drop; rebooting fixed that. So I really had two problems to solve for the modem. For the router, I had actually purchased an AC router (Netgear) in January of 2015 and it generally did a fine job. However, about after six months of usage, it started dropping the internet connectivity for devices connected wirelessly; wired devices were fine. A reboot would fix that. I never was able to resolve that so decided to try the approach of an integrated unit. Theoretically less "moving" pieces. It was very easy to set up. I ended up having to talk to a technician at Time Warner but I don't think that was the fault of the modem. I think they had issues with the device registration site. But it was painless and I quickly got it set up to my usual SSID and such. The signal in the house is pretty strong. I have a two story of about 3500 square feet and the device is at one end of the house and still has solid strength at the other end (home built in 2006 to give you and idea of what the walls might be like). When I run speedtest, depending on the server, I can actually get 320 download speed and consistently get between 20 and 23 upload speed. There are parental controls but as my kids are now over 21, I haven't had to use parental controls in many years. So I cannot speak for the ease of use or quality of them. The web admin interface (Genie) loads very quickly, much more quickly than the old router I had with the same interface. In the interface, you can set up as much detail as you want it appears. You can block specific services to specific ports and even to the level of specific IPs on your network. I've not had to really do that but nice to know it is there. There is also the ability to provide access control so you specifically enable devices based on their MAC address. Not that the MAC couldn't be spoofed but if you are have concerns about others getting into your network even if you have a password on your network, you can implement further levels of access control. A feature I haven't used on this device but used in the prior router (same feature) is plugging in a USB devices, specifically a hard drive I have in an external case. You can use this to create network accessible storage directly using USB from the router/modem. I found it worked rather well. The other option is attaching a printer. That would be really useful if you have a nice printer that doesn't have a network connection and you want to make it available to your network. Or, if it only has a wired connection and you don't want to use any of the Ethernet ports. There are four Ethernet ports. I use a hardwired connection for my desktop and work laptop, my NAS, and then a run I have to a Harman Karman receiver. I've had no issues with any of the ports and they all seem to get full throughput. The wireless performance I've not dived into greatly but I definitely measured 100 download speed from a laptop connected tot he 5G network segment halfway across the house. Of course time will tell (I've been running this about two weeks now) but so far I'm please with the purchase. I chose to invest a bit more than originally planned (this cost me $280 before tax) but I wanted to try to be forward looking. I had also considered the AC 1750 which is about $80 cheaper. I hope this helps. Good luck in your purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extreme Performance Modem/Router From NETGEAR.

    Posted
    Srupimoo
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I’ve received this item to review and test the NETGEAR AC1900 Nighthawk Cable Modem Router, thanks to being part of the NETGEAR Friends & Family Test & Review Program. I’m very happy to be part of this Program and will be giving all honest reviews throughout my participation with this program. ~First Thoughts~ I received this modem within three business days straight from NETGEAR, upon receiving the box I immediately opened the product to expect and review the condition I received the item in just in case there was an issue but I didn’t find one besides that the item seems to have been previously used (Very Lightly) due to the NETGEAR sticker being broken. I’ve heard of the Nighthawk Routers that you can find though “Newegg, Amazon, BestBuy” and all other websites that you can buy them from. I enjoy the great reviews from those products it has always made me want to own one but I have never had the chance to get one. This is the first time that I’ve heard about the Nighthawk Cable Modem/Router that seems to have been released this year so being able to test this item and review it has been a privilege and honor. ~Setup~ The setup for this modem was very easy and straight forward process. I did currently own a NETGEAR modem the CM500 that I bought this year at $120 so I had to swap out modems with Comcast which was a bit of a process due to Comcast out sourcing their Customer Care Service. Setting up the Wi-Fi for this modem is easy too thanks to the NETGEAR Genie, I’ve had pass experience with NETGEAR Modems & Routers so using the NETGEAR Genie was a breeze and almost any user that is new with any product that NETGEAR produces will have a very fast setup process. ~Features~ The features of this modem are awesome with it being a 2-1 Modem I am able to remove the middle man that I’ve always had on my desk (i.e. standalone router) that has always plagued all mankind since its existence. Beamforming that this modem includes is an awesome feature to have, before with my standalone router I always had so little distance that I could go before losing my connection with the router while being on my phone so now I am covered all over my house. I have never experience this before and I believe that it only works on the 5GHz channel. Another neat little thing is now I can see what 2.4GHz & 5GHz Wi-Fi networks that are cluttering the surrounding area that I live in and being able to see this I am able to figure out what channel to move too for a better signal if needed. 24x8 Channel Bonding that’s 24 Downstream channels and 8 Upstream channels allowing for a better connection. This means I’ll enjoy full connection with the Comcast Servers while at high peak usage hours in my town when everyone is connected. ~Performance~ Right out of the box the performance with this Nighthawk Modem is amazing I’m reaching the max that my connection is allowed in my area until I upgrade my package at a later time but right now I’m on the Blast 93Mbps/12Mbps speeds. The 24 Downstream bonding channels will future proof myself until Comcast deploys the 24 channels in my area currently its 16x4 bonding and with this modem allowing me to have 8 upstream channels that will also help out a lot when they implement these bonding channels. Downloading huge files within “Steam-Game Client” have never been faster before at 12MB/s giving me the chance to enjoy my games better within a less time frame with downloading them to my computer. Ping has been a problem for a while for me but now that’s better too thanks to everything being a 2-1 Modem. ~Did Product meet my expectation?~ YES!! I’m really enjoying this modem because of everything that it has to offer and feeling a bit future proof for now thanks to it having the 24x8 downstream channels, beamforming for Wi-Fi , and for it being a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem. I do hope they release a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem soon within the next year. ~Price-value~ The price on this modem is a bit pricey at the moment in time with its price tag at $279.99 so I’m not sure if everyone would jump out and grab this modem at this full price range so I hope over some time that the price on it does go down so all end users can enjoy this great modem. ~Would I recommend this modem to my friends and or a family member?~ Another yes from me due to its extreme performance and punishment that it can take while being connected to one or more computers even with all the wireless devices that are connected to it right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome router combo package in one

    Posted
    thomas101
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I’ve received this item to review and test the NETGEAR AC1900 Nighthawk Cable Modem Router for free. Current I have the Motorola SB6141 Modem with Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router. The Nighthawk X4 is an awesome router combined with Motorola SB6141 Modem. Always have the top speed connection and never see any buffering with 3 Android TV watching, 3 ipad, 5 ip camera all through wireless connection. Now back to Netgear C7000 AC 1900 modem and combo review. I received this modem within three business days straight from NETGEAR, upon receiving the box I immediately opened the product to expect and review the condition I received the item in just in case there was an issue but I didn’t find one besides that the item seems to have been previously used (Very Lightly) due to the NETGEAR sticker being broken. Setup: The setup for this modem was very easy and straight forward process. I had configured the Motorola SB6141 Modem before and it seem like the same. One thing is I have to contact Comcast to provide the MAC address of the router before I can connect to the internet. If you had been setup a Netgear router before this would be the same Wi-Fi setup. The only different is that this combine both Modem and Router. Setting up the Wi-Fi for this modem is easy too thanks to the NETGEAR Genie, I’ve had pass experience with NETGEAR Routers so using the NETGEAR Genie was a breeze and almost any user that is new with any product that NETGEAR produces will have a very fast setup process. Features: The features of this modem are awesome with it being a 2-1 Modem I am able to remove the middle man that I’ve always had on my desk (i.e. standalone router) that has always plagued all mankind since its existence. Beamforming that this modem includes is an awesome feature to have, before with my standalone router I always had so little distance that I could go before losing my connection with the router while being on my phone so now I am covered all over my house. I had the same coverage range as the Nighthawk x4 router but never tested with all of the device mentioned above. I will tested out more during the week and update it here. 24x8 Channel Bonding that’s 24 Downstream channels and 8 Upstream channels allowing for a better connection. This means I’ll enjoy full connection with the Comcast Servers while at high peak usage hours in my town when everyone is connected. Right out of the box the performance with the Netgear C7000 Modem&Router combo is amazing I’m reaching the over the speed that my connection is allowed in my area at 176Mbps/12Mbps speed - (my Max speed should at 150Mbps with Comcast). Products Specs. Meet???? -------YES------- I’m enjoying this modem combo of everything that it has to offer and feeling a bit future proof for now thanks to it having the 24x8 downstream channels, beamforming for Wi-Fi , and for it being a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem. Price Range???? This device is a little over priced at $279.99. Mostly any high-end user they would spend the same amount of money or less for a new higher Wi-Fi speed router combine (Netgear Nighthawk x4 download at 2.33 Gbps price at $239.99). Would I recommend this to a friend or family????? -----Another YES-------- Due to its extreme performance and punishment that it can take while being connected to one or more computers even with all the wireless devices that are connected to it right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flawless setup and dual band performance.

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

    Has been in use since November 18, 2017 - about 45 days as of this writing. Love this combination of modem and router. Am currently subscribed with cable internet at 60 Gig and experience no lag or delays - instantaneous bidirectional communication. (Actually was on a 20 gig plan with same results but took advantage of my Internet Provider's offer of 60 gig for 6 months at a reduced price so I temporarily switch to give it a try. At the end of the promotion I'll go back to 20 gig though.) At first I was a little hesitant about having 'two devices in one'. But, after realizing that I would free up one 110 volt outlet by not having two separate devices to power, reduce the number of interface cables/wires and have the ability to keep only the modem on 24/7 (for direct connect to my PC) while turning on/off the wireless radio separately with a FRONT mounted on/off radio button/switch (thus increasing my personal security) made this a 'no brainer' for me! Coming from a tech background, I know that in the long run it is better to keep most devices that are frequently used powered up and turned on all the time even while not in use to prevent unnecessary warm up and cool down cycles relative to the circuit board and components. In effect then, this radio on/off button is simply enabling/disabling the radio transceiver while at the same time it is always in a 'warmed up' state thus reducing any chance of circuit board warping, moisture, condensation and cold solder joints etc. which ultimately lead to a products failure or shorter life span. Additionally, having the extended warranty I felt all my bases would be covered. The user interface includes the advanced Netgear version which is very comprehensive and user friendly. The form factor is the traditional tower style so it is minimalistic while on my desk's shelves and is without a doubt of professional quality overall. Because of its maximum speed rating of just under 1 gig I expect that now I am 'future proof' for many years. I highly recommend this unit and would encourage anyone to purchase nothing less than this. :-).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING Modem/Router with crazy speeds!!!

    Posted
    Howardy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is one AMAZING modem/router. Usually, I don't buy Modem/Router combinations because I heard there are so many problems associated with combo machines, but because I received this router as part of a Netgear Friends and Family program, I decided there was nothing to lose and boy am I glad I tried it out!!! First off, setup was so easy. It took literally 7 minutes from open to having it running. I called my cable company (time warner) to let them know my MAC address and I was up and running after the call. But what was so amazing is the incredible speed this modem/router brings! With the modem that I was renting from Time Warner, I was maxing at download speeds of 12Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps. But after installing this DOCSIS 3.0 modem, I was getting download speeds of 60Mbps and upload speeds of 5Mbps! This is a 5x jump in speeds (both download and upload) all for the same price (I am under the same internet package and did not purchase an upgraded plan). It literally made my eyes well up with tears of joy!!! Lastly, I've been running this modem for 1 1/2 weeks now (I wanted to wait a while before writing a review to see if anything gets messed up) and honestly I have ZERO issues with this Modem/Router combo and I'm so glad I got this! I am never going back to renting a modem from my cable company and it looks like I will keep this modem/router combo for as long as it will last me! It's fast, it's reliable, it's easy, and it saves me tons of money...what more could you possibly ask for?!?! I would recommend this modem to any of my friends - any day of the week!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievably easy install and extremely fast wifi

    Posted
    freightdawg
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I received this modem/router for free as a tester for the Netgear friends and family program. Having said that, I promise this is a fair and accurate review of the product. I am a Time Warner Cable internet customer with the Ultimate 300 plan. Before this router I had the Netgear AC1750, which is a good router, but the wifi from the AC1900 is a huge improvement! The speeds I receive from either router directly to my desktop through an Ethernet cable are comparable at about 300 mbps. This may be a limitation of my 4 year old computer or the TWC feed itself, but what I would expect for the plan I pay for. Where I think this router really shines is wifi speed. I live in a large single story ranch house with several rooms and walls in between the opposite ends of the house. The router is approximately in the center of the house. Using Speedtest.net on my Galaxy Tab S I averaged 269 mbps download and 24 mbps upload over the 5g wifi signal about 50 feet away from the router in the kitchen. At the other end of the house through several more walls I was getting over 100mbps download on the same device. My kid's IPhone 5s was able to get over 60 mbps in his bedroom which has historically been a wifi deadzone in our house. The 2.4 signal seemed to work better in the most remote areas through the most walls. With the improvement in wifi I would have been willing to do just about anything for the installation, but luckily, the installation was super easy. Following the instructions in the included Quick Start guide, I typed in the TWC address indicated and had the AC1900 activated and operating in less than 5 minutes----without talking to TWC on the phone! Also, after downloading the Netgear genie app, I changed all of the SSIDs and passwords to my previous settings so I didn't have to do any changes on my wireless devices. All told from opening the box to total completion was less than 30 minutes with no difficulties. This was the easiest modem/router install I've ever done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a good choice for more advanced users

    Posted
    TheNavyChief
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    First the good: As a modem, this is actually a very good unit. After some initial problems due to house cabling that I resolved, it proved to be a very fast modem capable of providing all the speed I was paying for (300Mbps/20Mbps). Also, as a wireless access point to my network, it was also very good. Despite not having any external antenna it was (at the time) easily the strongest signal in my house with excellent reach despite being in a challenging environment with multiple floors, steel support beams and HVAC ducting in the line-of-sight path to several devices. Overall, if your needs are simple and you just want one device for modem, router and WiFi, this is a good choice. HOWEVER, the fact that CableLabs certification limits the router functions that are integrated with the modem functions, and possibly some of Netgear's poor decisions relating to router functionality, make this product entirely unsuitable for those who need detailed control of their network. One example is that there is nowhere in the router configuration to set the local time and time zone. This leaves you to depend on the NTP time from the ISP to be correct and in many cases ISPs do not correct for Daylight Saving Time. As a result there was no way for me to correct the time being off by one hour, which prevented a number of my cloud-oriented devices from connecting to their cloud services. Another example is that there is no port-range forwarding to allow forwarding a port to multiple IP addresses, leaving me with no way to forward a single port to multiple IP cameras. And once a port is forwarded to one IP address you can't forward the same port to another address. If those complaints go over your head, then you probably have a simple network and would be OK using this device. If they make you cringe, you probably have enough network know-how and a complex enough network to steer clear of this product and put your money into more capable and flexible equipment..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend





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