NETGEAR - Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

The NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router, with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi delivers multiple bands for homes with many WiFi devices. WiFi speed up to 3.2Gbps and 6 high performance antennas provide maximum speed and range. Smart Connect allows you to game, stream, and download mega-sized files without lags.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Ethernet cable
  • NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
  • Power adapter
  • Quick install guide

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4605 out of 4938)

Features


Faster WiFi

1GHz dual core processor to boost performance and speed.

Improved WiFi Coverage

Six high performance antennas and powerful amplifiers deliver maximum range throughout your home.

Smart Connect

Intelligently selects best WiFi for every device.

Compatibility

Ideal for homes with 8 or more WiFi devices and connectivity for dual band WiFi devices like mobile phones and tablets.

Smooth Streaming

Better video streaming, lag-free gaming, surfing, and more.

Enhanced Parental Controls

Manage website access by family member and device.

ReadySHARE USB

Open up a powerful set of convenient features like USB storage access and streaming media, and enjoy high-speed access via WiFi.

USB 3.0 Port

USB 3.0 port offers high-speed, USB storage-ready access.

Storage Access

Implicit & explicit beamforming delivers stronger connections for all your mobile devices.

Tri-Band WiFi

3 dedicated WiFi bands to optimize speeds for all WiFi devices.


Overall customer rating

4.6
94%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth for the price

    Posted
    Jacobs
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

    I bought this router to replace my perfectly working Asus RT-66R model. I wanted to change my router just to get bit more range in my new 2200sqft home. Prior to getting this router I have tried one of the best range extender Ampedwireless AE-20. It’s range was excellent, but connection was very much degraded and struggled to get connected at times though it was set up to clone settings from original router. So, after reading few positive reviews on BBY and mixed reviews on amazon, I decided to give new Nighthawk R8000 a try. I am happy with its slightly improved range than Asus and very much disappointed with its 2.4Ghz performance. I have more than 15 years of network experience and I really don’t bother tech support unless until it is really out of my hand and hardware specific. Here I am trying to do a fair comparison with two routers I have (Asus & Netgear) + sign means “better” and – signs means “poor” Wired Connection: + RT-66R has excellent wired connection which works at par with Motorola SB6141’s consistency - R8000 has fair wired connection with slight consistency issues. Wireless 5.0 Ghz: + RT-66R has excellent consistent connection + R8000 has excellent consistent connection as well at full speed by ISP Wireless 5.0 Ghz Second Connection: - RT-66R Not applicable (does not come with this feature) + R8000 excellent connection with full speed by ISP’s Wireless 2.4 Ghz: +RT-66R has excellent connection with 80~Mbps out of my actual 120~Mbps ISP feed at channel 6 with 450 Mbps capability. - R8000 is a complete failure in terms of 2.4Gh network I have tried all available channels and found it degrade my 120~Mbps connection 1-14 ~ Mbps At this point I called customer service and it sounded like they kind of aware of the issue. With minimal trouble shooting and changing the channels to their recommended channels (01, 06, 09 & 11), there was no improvement. So they asked me to degrade from 600Mpbs to 289Mbps and it started working. So technically now their claim of 3200Mbps became 2911Mbps. Access Control: + RT-66R has fairly good access control capabilities. You can schedule what time of the day each device can access the internet. This feature is important for me as I found it is very useful with kids on top of parental control settings. - R8000 access control only let you allow or deny connecting a particular device. You cannot decide what time it should be able to connect. – Major drawback for me. Parental Control: - RT-66R has poor parental control settings, but with an option to point DNS to OpenDNS we can achieve better parental control settings with their FREE offerings. +R8000 – also use OpenDNS but with dedicated service assigned to netgear so that you can add bypass account also which can’t be done with OpenDNS free account. This is the only additional benefit I found with this router so far compared to RT-66R. VPN: + RT-66R is also able to use OpenVPN with mobile access with their free App. I was abe to access local network using iOS and Android devices with no issues. -R8000 – did not bother to check as soon as I read that it does not support mobile devices using same OpenVPN platform. LED Control: - RT-66R – Not applicable (missing feature) +R8000 – very useful feature if you have your router in bedroom or other place you don’t like lot of flashing lights. Can be accessed via web GUI and with a dedicated hard button at the rear of the router. USB Storage and Cloud access: +RT-66R allow you to create a personal cloud with your router with AiCloud application. I am able to enjoy my music and movies over AiCloud on the move. - R8000 – could not find any documentation about cloud access. Only information I found is about ReadyCloud and it is dedicated to Netgear NAS only. Another major setback for an expensive router. Web GUI: Though Netgear has a simple interface and easy to follow GUI, it lack modern look and feeling. I like Asus GUI better. Customer service: + Asus- Never had to call them. No subscription fee, 24/7 free support (as far as you are within product warranty). - Netgear – Though I received prompt customer service when I called, it was shocking to learn that the phone support is only available for 90 days of purchase, then you have to pay PREMIUM subscription to get phone support. CONCLUSION: I have thoroughly tested all important feature that I need. Rest of the features are generic to me and I am not bothered much about them. I am sure this router with Dual 5.0Ghz network will be very useful for those who have new wireless devices. For me I have a lot of devices that depends on 2.4Ghz frequency such as smoke detectors, thermostat, laptop that connects to NAS for backup etc. and degraded and unreliable 2.4Ghz network make it absolutely worthless considering the amount I spent on this router. I am seriously thinking to take this back to the store. I don’t see any point in spending almost double amount of money to get a couple of benefits and a lot of drawbacks and pay for a premium to get their phone support if needed to an overpriced product. I would not recommend this router at its current price and it is unable to meet its original claims and comes with a premium phone support after 90 days.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Currently the best

    Posted
    damalixxer
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was using the Netgear wndr3700v2 for over 2 years, I had at least 8-10 wireless devices attached, along with my 3 gaming consoles and desktop computer (also was using a Netgear extender that was connected to the router). That router was a workhorse and it served me the best that it could do for it's time that worked. Then a few weeks ago the router started to drop signals constantly, I knew it was time for a new router. I did a lot of research before purchasing this router; after all it is a 300$ purchase! I looked at Linksys, Asus, Belkin, etc. and saw what they had to offer. I purchased the Netgear R8000 first from Staples (Best Buy stores don't have it in stock) and I loved it - no issues whatsoever with it. Then, I read about the ASUS RT-AC87R and it's impressive hardware specs that it had. I returned my Netgear R8000 to Staples and bought the ASUS from Best Buy. I installed it and it ran good, speeds where the same, coverage around 4+ bedroom house at farthest locations were about the same. However, the signal tended to drop a few times throughout the day - I researched this issue among other forums and had found that ASUS's firmware for this router was very buggy, the hardware of the ASUS was not the issue but the firmware was. I then went on BestBuy.com and ordered the Netgear R8000, I picked it up today and returned the ASUS. Also I would like to point out, the newer ASUS router (one that I had) and future newer ones will use MU-MIMO technology - it is an awesome piece of hardware to have in your router as long as your current wireless device supports it, almost no current device on the market supports this yet. Setup was very easy for the router, took less then 20 minutes to open the box, setup the SSID and the passwords for 3 different bands that is supported by the router; also with the firmware update that it had. Design is the only thing that could have been just a tad bit better but that's only superficial and the most opinionated thing that I have to say about this piece of networking hardware. One awesome thing about this router is that it has an on/off for the LED lights - which is handy if you put this router in your bedroom and do not want to see flickering lights before you go to sleep. Reliability, speed, range, etc. I used this router to download large 2+ gb files on my desktop while streaming to a video box, while having 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 3 smartphones connected to it. It performed terrific with everything connected to it simultaneously. I am very happy with the R8000 and I would recommend to anyone

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dead in 3 Months - Poor Customer Service

    Posted
    TechyTart

    I purchased this item to upgrade my home network for multiple wireless devices and to stream media. I'm a cord cutter (using over the air TV and streaming media for my entertainment), thus fast, stable wireless and wired connectivity is very important to me. I also work from home using the internet for my work every day. The Nighthawk setup was quick and easy, and the Netgear Genie interface easy to use for an intermediate to advanced user. When the Nighthawk worked, it was very fast, but never stable; needed a reset every 48 hours or so. After 3 months of this type of performance, it would no longer maintain a connection. I contacted Netgear Customer support and tried 5 different possible fixes they offered for the problems I was experiencing. Thankfully I'm a techy-type and understood how to do all those fixes that were offered. I thought at the time that someone with less experience or someone who was afraid to try the tech fixes, would be in real trouble; feeling stuck and helpless. When it was determined it was a hardware failure, I was given a RMA number and asked to ship the unit with tracking (at MY cost) to them. In 7 business days I received a replacement unit. I had sent them mine in excellent condition with no nicks or scratches, in the original box. The replacement I received had a chunk out of the antenna and scuffs all over it. It was packaged very poorly; loosely wrapped in bubble wrap in a basic brown box, with the antennas rolling around the box. The refurbished replacement unit worked for a few weeks and then it too began having issues dropping connectivity, and needing frequent resets. I also bought the R7000 model and had a similar experience. Since I had this experience with (3) Netgear Nighthawk routers in 6 months and now am using a TP-Link Archer 8 without incident and achieving faster download speeds and stable signal quality, I believe the Nighthawk series may have some serious software and hardware issues. Considering the high price on this item, you may want to consider similar products from TP-Link, Asus and D-Link before you grab this one - even on sale. Save yourself the potential headache of dealing with connectivity issues and lack of quality customer service after the sale.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Far the Best Router We Ever Owned

    Posted
    HomeOffice8174
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Before making an expensive purchase on a product meant to be used extensively I always read customer reviews. I start with the one star then work up. What I noticed were two negatives which stood out: 1.) Purchasers kept losing network connections and had to do a hard reset. 2.) Purchasers said configuration was difficult. While we have only had this router for two weeks we have not had to do a reset as of yet. Also, configuration was somewhat a breeze. If you let the router do its work and are patient it will get you online handily. It does take time to configure itself and one may be thinking "it's not working"; yet let it go and it will do its "configuration thing". As for the pluses we see in our household (which includes a home-based business, two desktop computers, two wireless printers, four tablets, four smart phones, three laptops, a smart TV, a smart thermostat) the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200, which replaced our Netgear R6300 (a good router as well), added noticeable speed and especially range from the router by quite a bit. My son is an avid streamer and does not see his Internet speed slowed down at all which is critical while streaming, slowdowns did sometimes happen with the 6300. While I do feel the router is a bit pricey at over $300 with tax, so far I have not heard, "the Internet disconnected" or "the Internet is really slow". Not having to hear that, at least so far, is peace of mind to me. One thing you must do upon purchasing is upgrade the firmware to the newest version! I believe many of the bad reviews are using older firmware. If we start to have issues I will stay up to date and amend this review, yet so far so good. If you just use the default settings you should not be sorry

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router

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

    Bought this to try to get signal out to the back porch where the Comcast/Xfinity Cisco branded gateway would not reach, nor would an Apple Time Capsule Gen1, even with a Airport Express extender right against the back wall. The X8000 will reach the back porch on 2.4GHz "N". One tip, I get terrible 5GHz performance when letting the router decide on traffic management on the two 5GHz radios. I think Netgear knows this as it comes out of the box with 3 SSIDs visible. I would not use the "Smart" traffic manager on 5GHz and use your head to make the decision of which radio to use, use 5G-2 for devices with 802.11 a/c, and anything that has slower radios like the b/g/n radios, stick them on the 5G-1 radio if they are close to the router and put anything that has signal issues on 2.4GHz if they are further away, lower frequencies penetrate walls and obstacles much better than higher frequencies! The Netgear web interface is pretty simple, setup is simple, true gigabit throughput on Cat5-e and Cat6 (figuring overhead) and around 880Mb/s on the 5G-2 radio using 802.11 a/c clients. You can also download the Netgear genie software to run on your computer to get immediate notices of issues the router wants to alert you to. Last note, make sure this thing can breathe, dont put it on anything but a flat hard surface and dont put anything on top of it, it will get crazy hot and start malfunctioning or just shut off, it has 3 radios and 4 processors in it. Ideally, also maintain a 3 foot gap between the router and any other electrical equipment/ adapters/ home security hubs/ smart home hubs/your computer/NAS units/ flourescent, or LED light bulbs, these all put off EM radiation and the quality of transformers (wall warts) of various pieces of equiment can be vastly different, I had one that was so badly made (big brand name on it, too), that it reduced the range of the 2.4GHz WiFi to about 5 feet due to RF jamming. Non Apple or Samsung made USB phone chargers are notoriously noisy and often a fire hazard as well. You get what you pay for. I've also seen them SEVERELY reduce the range of cellular devices while working in the field. If you have issues of this sort and moving the router away from all these sources of EMI, there are other options, you can buy high quality adapters for just about anything with interchangeable tips to power just about anything. Hope any of this helps, but the main gist is that the R8000 is a great router, they best I've ever used and the aggravation it has saved me from justifies the premium price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've ever owned

    Posted
    Mikec555
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is by far the best router I've ever owned. I'm getting the the max speed on speedtest.net which is 100mbps download speed wirelessly in a large home with 3 levels. I am very experienced with complicated setups and networking, but this router could have been setup with a laptop or tablet without being hard wired during initial setup by a chimp in a few minutes. It was the easiest and best setup software I have ever used. Usually I don't use the setup software and just do it manually, but this software was amazing and I enjoyed using it. All of my past routers get slow and deteriorate after time, like every 3 to 4 years. I've seen it happen over the past 14 years with various routers and also read a lot about it online. Every router slows and deteriorates after time. The internal heat and the fact that they are on 24/7 is the cause. I hope it doesn't happen to this one, but it probably will just like every other one I've had. When your wireless router is 3 or more years old and you need to reset or reboot it every day or so, it's time to replace it. For this price, I hope this router last me at least 5 years this time. I love everything about this router. I found 0 negatives. It also looks really cool!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dazzling Router

    Posted
    Jepito
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    he Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 might be more expensive than the average router but, as a tri-band device that supports the 802.11ac standard, it's flexible enough to accommodate all your devices and their varying connection needs. Getting the X6 AC3200 up and running is a "no-brainer" according to PC Mag, and TweakTown says that the "basic menu system for the X6 lays everything out in a simple manner," though Gizmodo Australia feels it might be "a little simplistic for the power users." Once you've got it set up, the X6 is ready to handle your various needs, with TweakTown calling it "a transition router, with legacy 2.4GHz devices having their very own band, and then having two separate 5GHz bands" to handle newer devices. But, though they say it allows you to use 802.11n "without bottlenecking the AC devices," CNET notes that you'll only really notice the advantage if "you have a lot of 802.11ac clients -- like a dozen of them or more." In action, Gizmodo Australia says it "clocks great Wi-Fi transfer rates," with TweakTown saying the X6 AC3200 "performed quite well" at 2.4GHz and "pretty well" at 5GHz. CNET calls it "one of the fastest I've seen." However, CNET also had some problems with "random disconnections," and noted that at a distance of 100 feet, "it registered just 242Mbps, noticeably slower than 295Mbps of its predecessor." On the other hand, PC Mag actually noticed "increased signal strength" at 30 feet compared to 5 feet, "a rarity well worth noting," though it "lost range at 30 feet in 2.4GHz mode." While it exhibits some inconsistent results across distances, you can count on the Nitehawk X6 AC3200 to connect to all your devices no matter their age, making it an ideal buy for users looking to make the leap to 802.11ac without leaving their older a/b/g/n devices behind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, Stable, Great Range, Looks Cool

    Posted
    Chapzter
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I replaced my Wndr4500 (N900) router with this one. Where I noticed the difference is when I stream movies from my media server while gaming. Using the N900, my movies would glitch and freeze if someone was gaming at the same time so I had to copy the file to usb and physically move it to watch a move and game. With the x6, I can stream and have multiple gaming systems on without interruptions. My household was able to stream a MKV file, have two PCs playing Titanfall and play COD on XBOX One perfectly. So far I have not experienced and drops or issues. The SMART Connect on the 5ghz channel also works well. Before this purchase I tried the Linksys AC1900, but it was dropping and eventually overheated and shut down. Knowing this is SU-MIMO, my only fear is that I'll want to upgrade to MU-MIMO when it becomes available. I am also interested in seeing how good DD-WRT works on this when it becomes available. I am using this in conjunction with my old N900 as a wireless bridge to connect my systems downstairs (Direct TV movie downloads and guest network). I'm not sure if I really need this setup, but it's cool and I feel better using my N900 since it was such a great router too. It also worked well in cascade mode, but again I really didn't need to. I helped take the load off the main router with my media server plugged into it if you feel like giving the x6 a break. Again, not necessary, just cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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