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    What is the range on this router? I need WiFi in a shed 150 feet from my home...   (7 Answers)

    By itshelli November 23, 2015.

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      THE THING ABOUT WI-FI IT DOESN'T MATTER WHOSE WI-FI YOU BYE IT ALL DEPENDS OF WHAT YOUR HOME IS MADE OF.ELECTRONIC THINGS THAT ARE RUNNING IN YOUR HOUSE CAN AFFECT YOUR WI-FI.LIKE MOST PEOPLE AND MYSELF END UP BUYING A WIFI EXTENDER

      By wlh356 November 23, 2015.

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      Buying advice?   (8 Answers)

      I am looking to upgrade router to more solid, stable, reliable, strong signal, good constant speed, no need to reboot, future proof for say ~8years, router. I only have 8-10 devices and 25mbps Comcast connection. I want to upgrade connection to 75mbps and upgrade modem to Arris SB6183, and upgrade router to maximize new situation for long term. Is this X8-ac5300 router my best choice? Is it lot better than X6-ac3200 and other ac5300 and ac3200 routers on market (i.e. ASUS)? Is hardware and firmware really up to speed so I don't have to replace it for long time? I am concerned with some bad reviews regarding need to reboot often and firmware bugs? I appreciate your thoughts.

      By RobF November 20, 2015.

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        I recently reviewed the same routers and saw the same reviews as you did. However i saw the date they posted their review and the went to netgear's website and from there you can see when they patched the bugs with firmware updates. They have since patched them. I bought mine last month and have never had any problems and have never had to reboot it. The main reason i went with the X8 was that it had faster data transfer rates for WiFi and really to best reason was that it had 6 switching ports. I ran Cat 5e cables through my house because if you truly want the fastest possible speeds, you need to run ethernet cable. WiFi will never be able to beat the data transfer rates of ethernet and since i ran cable, i went with the 6 port to give my more wires to run.

        By Jake November 28, 2015.

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        Can I link two X8's together and use one as a range extender?   (8 Answers)

        If so, how?

        By JW December 7, 2015.

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          Yes you can create a wireless link between the 2 X8 routers. Only down side is that the repeater/extender will work as bridge. That means you will only be able to use the LAN ports of the repeater/extender to connect wired devices. The repeater/extender will neither broadcast the 2.4Ghz wireles band nor the other two 5 Ghz bands. That means you cannot use the repeater/extender to broadcast and connect it in wireless mode to your Clients. Whereas the other X8 which is the base station will work like a normal router. Hope it helps you

          By HANISH22 March 27, 2016.

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          Can u connect a phone line to this   (10 Answers)

          I have Comcast n the modem I have requires us to connect the phone line, can I connect a phone line on this

          By The Rock November 27, 2015.

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            There is no phone connection on this router

            By phil April 29, 2016.

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            Does this work with Comcast?   (5 Answers)

            By cheryl August 1, 2016.

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              The answer is yes. I have comcast and just set up this very router and it works great. However check with Comcast to make sure your modem is compatible with the Nighthawk X8. I'd recommend a DOCSYS 3.0, but should be at least DOCSYS 2.0 modem and buy your own modem. The rental fee on a modem from Comcast is more per year than the fastest and best modems on the market you can buy out right. Hope this helpful...good luck.

              By Draw007 August 13, 2016.

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              I have a old netgear router/modem. Can I use it as a modem with my new nighthawk?   (7 Answers)

              By Gary December 15, 2015.

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                When you upgrade, you need to upgrade both your modem AND your router. Most ISP's have a link to assist in helping you determine what modem and router you need for the speed of internet you desire. Then its just a matter of choosing a brand. Netgear is without question the best.

                By Chucks August 7, 2016.

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                Can you use this router to connect to a Sprint Hotspot device for you internet connection?

                By wvtxman October 27, 2015.

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                  Although I don't know the specific Hotspot device you have nor the specs on it I did a quick Internet search of sprint hot spot devices. I didn't find any that had ano ethernet port to pass service on to the router. It also requires modem configuration and the hotspot devices can't be configured for pass through and shutting off WiFi on them which is required so the two don't conflict. So the short answer is No.

                  By Alarmman March 11, 2016.

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                  How many wireless devices can connect with this router   (4 Answers)

                  By SK March 20, 2017.

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                    ...a lot. I know I've had over 15 devices running at once. I'm not sure the technical answer, but that has been my experience.

                    By NeonSalsa June 21, 2017.

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                  Do I need a modem with this? I'm trying to cut out cable and being that I'm over 60 not sure what I need other than help.   (5 Answers)

                  By MikeC November 26, 2016.

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                    Yes, you will need a modem with this product.

                    By CommunityAnswer November 26, 2016.

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                    Does this router work with AT&T U-Verse high speed internet   (9 Answers)

                    I have U-Verse and I need a router that can support more devices. Will this work

                    By Colleen H November 24, 2015.

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                      It does work with U-Verse, but only as a replacement for wireless networking or direct connection of a computer etc. Your TV and Phone will still have to come from the U-Verse router. There are good instructional videos online showing how to set this up.

                      By etcjoe December 4, 2015.

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