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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great new router, with a few concerns

    Posted
    ShawnM
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Today’s review is for the Netgear AX-8, or the ‘RAX80’. Seriously Netgear, why can’t you just have 1 model number? As many other reviewers have pointed out, the specs on this thing thing are future proofed, by adopting the 802.11ax wireless spec, future additions to your network are guaranteed to be compatible. (Note: there’s not currently any 802.11ax adapters available on the market, yet.. So any performance tests have been tested with previous generations of chipsets…. If you’re reading this after the AX series of adapters are out, your mileage may vary) Alright, so let’s get the obvious out of the way, here first… Netgear marketing clearly missed an opportunity to make the RAX80 white, and partner with Disney/LucasFilms to make this thing look like an imperial shuttle… right? Add a center wing, and you’d have a neat piece of tech that any SW Fan would appreciate :) Now, I could drone on an on with the technical specs, but you have a ton of other reviews and tech specs IN the sales sheet, what you want to know is the real life end user experience. Now, I’m required to mention that I got this as part of the Netgear friends and family first look program, so for those of you who immediately discard reviews based on that fact, please take the time to read this one before you immediately throw this review in the trash bin… because I generally insist on using a device for a few weeks before I write up any review, and this device is no exception, so don’t expect a ‘NEW TOY!’ review here, all excited and positive because of it being a brand new device… not everything is all wine and roses here.. Which I’ll explain in a bit. The device looks large, but coming from the Netgear XR500 router, this device is positively small. People who walk into our family/computer room immediately see the thing sitting there, and surrounded by other sci-fi memorabilia, everyone immediately assumes it’s a spaceship. (hence my original statement, above) When I tell them that it’s the newest router we’ve added to the house, everyone seems fascinated and start asking more questions. I’m able to connect all of my wireless devices, with no real issues (couple of quirks I’ll note below). During the holidays, our house was filled with up to 20 people, and everyone was able to connect, as they have in the past, with zero issues. 4k wireless streaming seems to be handled, well, by this device… no buffering or ‘please waits’ experienced with it. The fact this router offers port aggregation or ‘trunking’ is something I’d like to see more manufactures offer in the future… as someone with 10Gbase-T wired throughout my home, often a single 1Gbps port can act as a bottleneck for some of the storage processes I have in place. I live in a single story home, primarily drywall and wooden studs in the wall.. No weird metallic paint, no metal studs in the interior walls, and no cold air returns in the walls, either, that would block signal. However, in the past, I’ve discovered that I have a couple of dead spots at the far end of my house. I’ve since ran Cat6 networking cable to those locations, and have installed wireless repeaters/bridges there to provide full coverage.. But having multiple electronic devices laying around the house becomes a nuisance when moving furniture, and changing room layouts.. So I’ve been searching for that one magic solution that covers every nook and cranny of this house. Prior to now, I’ve gotten close on many occasions, with other routers, but always I keep running into a problem, because that’s my daughter’s room, and her desk is the far corner.. So without those repeaters, the signal drops down low.. AND let's not discuss when she has 6-9 friends in that room all streaming and browsing the net on their individual phones… I can feel the headache coming on, right now, just imagining the yelling. Anyhow, the RAX80 was the newest router to claim that it gives whole house coverage…. And it mostly succeeds at that fact. My daughter and her friends have coverage in her room, and I’ve been able to remove the wireless bridge from her room… so that should remove the possibility of yelling, right? Wrong. See, since installing this device, there have been a few little… quirks… that we’ve seen, and they’ve been happening so often, I’m to the point I’m beyond believing it to be just coincidence. As mentioned, above, I’ve been using this router for approximately a month now, and since then, we’ve experienced a larger than normal number of our Google Home devices, sort of disconnecting. Prompting the homes, with ‘OK Google’, seems to often return with a ‘Please hold on while I connect to your wireless’ or something of that nature. While I’m sure many more people added Google Homes, over the holidays, this has been happening enough, that I’m not entirely certain the blame is all on Google. Now, regarding my daughter and her friends… For the last month, yes, her room has had full wifi coverage, and that’s awesome. However, her friends started reporting, almost immediately, that when they’re here, their lookups and web page browsing seems to… pause… every time they load into a new domain. I’d love to say it’s just them, but after their first reports of it.. I started really paying attention on my end, and I can confirm there’s a weird pause that happens before a page on a new domain loads… is it a game stopper? No.. but for some, it might be annoying. If you’ve ever worked on a network that’s being filtered by a content or AV scanner of some sort (proxy), then you’ll know what I’m referring to. It’s not a big thing.. but it adds just the slightest level of annoyance. Also, I can’t fully explain why…. But occasionally I’ll get performance lag with this device, on the WIRED side of things. I’ll be in Discord with friends/family/co-workers and I’ll watch the latency indicator go red, at the same time friends will say I’ve gone all ‘robotic’ with my voice. It could be the server, sure, but it’s not something I experience very often with my other routers. Note: I’ve reached out to Netgear’s support team, and the good news, is that a new firmware just came out a couple days ago, that addresses some of these quirks… unfortunately, it’s so new, I’ve only been testing it for the last day or so, and while I can confirm the weird pauses seem to be gone, for now, I had the mysterious Google Home issue this morning. I actually wonder if this is partially due to this router having OFDMA. I’ll have to research this more. Occasional performance issues aside, there’s a few other things I’d like to mention. For some really strange reason, I can’t hit my maximum throughput with this router. It’s almost as though it measures the speed, and then reserves 10-15% to keep the network from being overly saturated. This might be by design, but I’d at least like to know more about why it’s doing it. The user interface is similar to what you’ve experienced on other Netgear devices, but it honestly feels like someone decided to remove all color from the GUI. The UI is decidedly sparse, operating entirely in black, white, and grey… Also, someone needs to work with the UI design team, and explain to them that you should NEVER have multiple scroll bars on the right side. The entire UI scrolls a bit larger than 1080p, and then you have a framed window inside of that UI, that also has a scroll on it… and it doesn’t matter what resolution you’re using to work within the UI, 1080p, 4k, 2k… that UI scales accordingly, so you’re stuck with that terrible design. Now, let's also go one step further.. The ‘frame’ also has other frames within it.. And those have scroll boxes too…. Look, Netgear, I know you want everyone to use your Genie/Nighthawk apps… but you have to make a conscious effort to not make the UI look terrible, for those that want to use the HTTP UI. I guess that brings us to the question.. Do I like the device? That’s a tough question to answer… Yes, I like the device, but it kind of feels like it was rushed to market. Some of the strange little issues should have been picked up during beta testing, and maybe they were, but marketing forced it out the door prematurely... If you’re in the market for a new router, right now, and you require future proofing, or aggregate ports on your router (for something like a NAS), OR you need more coverage than your current router gives… then by all means, I’d recommend this router wholeheartedly. Yes, there are some issues that are apparently being ironed out, and while that’s good… for $400, consumers shouldn’t have to play beta tester for the device. Still, it’s a strong device, and will have plenty of support available for it in the next couple of years. However, if you’re on a strong 802.11ac router from last year, or the year before that.. Justifying the $400 purchase is much harder for me to do. In that case, I’d say hold off a bit until this product (and the 802.11ax spec) matures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great feature set and incredible range

    Posted
    Donkey1521
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Netgear Nighthawk AX8 WiFi Router is packed with features and has the range to cover very large homes. This router is replacing an existing Linksys router (EA3500) and two Netgear access points (AC1200 – acting as an access point and the ProSafe WN203) in hopes of reducing the number of devices in our home network while increasing the reliability of our internet. Unpacking the device is what you would expect from a top line router as it was well packaged and easy to remove the contents from the box. The setup was a breeze as I disconnected the existing access points and replaced the existing router with this mean machine. The quick setup guide walks you through the simple setup process, along with installing optional software to make your experience even better. I installed the Netgear Genie application, which allows you to manage the majority of the features of the router. For a comprehensive list of advanced setup configuration options, you can log directly into the router itself using the provided credentials. Be sure to remember to change the administrative password, once you get started. The AX8 has all of the features you could hope for in a router. It comes with 2 wireless bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and the smart connect option allows the router to intelligently select the best WiFi band for each device that connects to it, ensuring you have the fastest connection at all times. The OFDMA increases your throughput capacity allowing data transmission from 8 separate devices concurrently. The router supports 160MHz channel to provide Gigabit speeds for mobile devices and laptops capable of supporting it. The AX8 is built for speed with a 64bit 1.8 GHz Quad-core processor and as with most routers of this caliber, the AX8 has a guest network option to allow guests an easy way to get connected without giving away your personal network credentials. The router comes with 6 Gigabit ethernet ports and 2 can be aggregated for faster LAN transfers and to enable Multi-Gig internet. It also possesses two USB ports to connect up external hard-drives and network printers. We hooked up a 4TB external hard-drive to one of the router USB ports and then enabled the ReadyCLOUD option which allows you to store and access the drive anywhere you have the internet. My dad immediately downloaded the readyCLOUD app on his iPhone and began to show us pictures he had saved to his hard drive directly from his phone. The AX8 comes with several security features as well. It allows you to grant/deny access by specific devices using their MAC addresses, block unsafe sites from being visited and block services. It also allows administrators to set a schedule for when the internet can be available, which is helpful if you want to limit the online time of children. Finally, it allows you to setup alerts and logs to be sent via email to stay informed about your network traffic. From the administration screen, administrators can manage attached devices, backup / restore router settings, update the router’s firmware, reset their admin password and more. The router is also capable of advanced setup like port forwarding, setting static routes, VPN service and remote management. Above all, the most impressive thing about this router is the speed and range. I did several speed tests at multiple locations throughout the large home this device was placed in and we saw as much as an 88% increase in speed in a few locations. With this router, the maximum download and upload speeds by our ISP were achieved in every room in the entire house! We were also able to successfully eliminate 2 additional access points in the house, minimizing the failure points if we should ever experience network challenges in the future. It is safe to say that this product far exceeded my expectations and the fact that it looks awesome is simply icing on the cake. I would definitely recommend this powerful router to anyone who needs coverage and speed across a large home or office. Although I received this product for free from the Netgear First Look Review Program, the content of my review contains my honest and unbiased opinion of this incredible product. The bottom line is…this thing rocks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding range and speed

    Posted
    Ragnarok
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is a review for the Netgear Nighthawk AX6000 Dual Band W-Fii 6 router, RAX80. When I first started to set it up, I was skeptical if I would have the same speeds as my previous Netgear router, the Nighthawk Pro-Gaming Router, XR500. I tested the speeds on my PS4 and Xbox One before removing the XR500 and after installing and setting up the RAX80. I should not have worried as I actually have a little bit better speed on both consoles (wireless setup). The setup of the RAX80 was pretty easy once I removed the XR500 from my device list on the Nighthawk app from Android. Once I did that, I was up and running in just a few minutes without any issues. I renamed my SSID's to match my previous setup and that was it. I rebooted my modem, and I was online. I've been very happy with the RAX80. The speeds have been great. I'm getting a few MBs faster in my upload and download than with the previous router, which I think is due to the range of the router being improved. The router is in my office while the gaming consoles are in the media room. I also had some Netgear range extenders downstairs to help with the range of all of my previous modems so I could get signal in my backyard when working in the yard or entertaining friends. I'm happy to say that I now use those as a "guest" network as the RAX80 has outstanding range. The modem is in my office, towards the front of the house upstairs and I now have a steady signal in my backyard. Pretty dang impressive to be honest. The admin/router settings interface is your classic Netgear interface. It's easy to navigate and to change settings on the fly. I was on the road and my son wouldn't go to bed when his mom asked him (hooked on Fortnite). I went through the remote admin option and turned off the access to just the PS4 and Xbox One within just a couple of minutes. I love how easy it is to use. My mom could probably figure out how to set up the RAX80 - it's that easy to setup and use. What I really love about this router as well is it has OFDMA which allows it to handle the traffic to all of my connected devices. I no longer have to worry about my Alexa dot, show, or firesticks taking away any network from my work laptop, my cell phone, or from the consoles when they're in use. I've noticed that the overall speed seems to be better as the RAX80 knows how to prioritize data on its own it seems. I have DishTV and I've always had issues with buffering at times on Netflix. In the past, Netflix would start to load a show and stop at 16% loaded even though audio would start. I'd then have to exit Netflix and go back in. It happened almost daily. I'm happy to say that I was able to binge watch Netflix the past couple of weeks and I had no issues with streaming/buffering once. Another nice feature about the modem is that the antennas are already optimized so there is no messing with them to find the best layout. You can also hang it up on the wall, which I have been thinking about doing, just to have more shelf space. Love that small touch. I would recommend this router to anyone who has multiple smart devices in their house, who stream shows, and anyone who has kids who play online games. This device is a powerhouse when it comes to providing constant connectivity. This past weekend, my son was playing Fortnite, I was streaming Netflix, and my wife was on Hulu and we had no issues at all. In addition, my wife was looking at Facebook on her phone, my son was looking at YouTube videos (because he has to watch other people play while playing), and I surfed Reddit. I can honestly say that this router handled all device/network requests beautifully. While I did receive this modem through the Netgear First Look Review Program, it did not influence my review. I am in love with the Netgear Nighthawk AX6000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router. I plan on buying one for my brother as he was complaining about the range and speeds in his house over Christmas.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Router is Awesome!

    Posted
    FarSideOfCrazy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This router is awesome! Review done, that’s all you need to know. Ok, I will add a bit more, starting at the beginning: This was the simplest networking setup I have ever done. To add even more weight to that statement, I have done a lot of setups that were pretty easy and the ease of this setup simply blows them away. From start to finish the set up only took a few steps and I was guided the entire way by the Nighthawk App on my iPhone. If you want to set up a powerful home network and don’t want to have to spend a lot of time configuring then this would definitely fit that bill. Of course, easy installation is great but what does it matter how easy it is to install if the system doesn’t work well? Not to worry in this case as the system performs like a champ. In the past I had WiFi coverage problems in my home which required a strong WiFi device to get basic coverage throughout, and even then the coverage was generally intermittent. The AX8 not only covers the house it does so at full strength. No missing Wi-Fi bars on any of my devices anywhere in the house! Not only that, it is F.A.S.T! I have yet to see a slowdown on any device which, in my smart home, was rare because so many devices are competing for bandwidth. How does this new router do that?! The big reason for this is probably the addition of AX and OFDMA technology. Not to bore you with too many details but the simple way to put this is old routers used the entire frequency bandwidth to transmit data to one device and it had to wait for a channel to be clear before sending to a different device. If you have a lot of devices, even if they are only getting small amounts of data, that can add delays for the data waiting for the bandwidth. With AX, the router can deliver multiple packets of data simultaneously by splitting larger channels into smaller sub-channels. That way it can deliver data faster to more devices at all at the same time. The best comparison I heard was the old technology is like a delivery truck that can only carry one package at a time with one delivery per trip but AX is like a delivery truck that is full and can make many deliveries on a single trip. The net result: no traffic jams! I am a tinkerer and I like to “check in” on my network from time to time to see what’s up. With the Nighthawk app, once you do the basic setup you have some of the basic controls that most people might want to use right at their fingertips. There is no need to login through a browser and dig into the configuration pages to do things like enabling/disabling the guest WiFi network. Just a quick launch of the Nighthawk app, push a couple of buttons and you are good to go. You can also easily see what devices are connected, adjust parental controls, even shut off the network completely if, for example, you want to have an old-fashioned dinner as a family and see what everyone’s face looks like when not jammed into their screens! One feature I really like with the app is the capability when enabling the guest network to set a duration for how long it will run. That way you don’t have to remember to turn it off after your guests leave. Did I mention you can also use Alexa to control some settings, including the guest network? Yeah, you can do that too! Because I am fairly familiar with the setup and configuration of a home WiFi network I like having the ability to “look under the hood” and see how everything is configured. Generally, there are pages of settings with network gear and sometimes, if you understand what you are doing, it is worthwhile to make changes to fit your needs. This system also allows you to get in and have access to all of those deeper controls too using the browser pages for control. So it has the best of both worlds in that regards, simplicity for those that want it, full control for those that want more. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the designers of this router. This thing looks awesome! I love the design with the wings that contain the antennas which give the whole device an amazing look. Nice job! There must also be a lot of power under the hood too because I can hear the slight sound of a fan when it is powered on. It is really quiet when it is running and I don’t know if I would have noticed it if I hadn’t heard it when I turned it on. If you are using this in an exceptionally quite space it may be more noticeable. In conclusion, if you want a great WiFi router that is incredibly simple to get up and running yet is very powerful this is a great system for meeting that need. At the same time, If you are a networking power user and also want to be able to configure Access Control Lists, QoS, enable a VPN, etc. this system also has that capability too. If that last sentence sounds like gibberish then this system is definitely the one you want to give you great performance and coverage in your home or small office but not require you to learn anything about networking to set up an excellent network. Although I was provided this product for free to test the system and write this review, the content of the review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice Router!

    Posted
    damaya5454
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First impressions of this device after taking it out of the box was that it looked like it should be on the set of a Star Wars movie. It looks cool, I could tell it was very well constructed and not made of cheap plastics. When it boots up the fan is very noisy, but that thankfully stopped once it was ready. Setup The AX6000 is very simple to setup. Make sure you plug in the power/Ethernet cable and connect to its Wi-Fi network before going through the Nighthawk app setup. It takes about 1-2 minutes to boot up and connect to your modem. Setup takes about 4-5 minutes because of the firmware updates (Don’t skip the update). It defaults to a 10.0.0.1 lan IP so I logged in through the address and very quickly adjusted the DNS info, LAN ip, and SSID info to what I previously used so all of my devices automatically connected. Performance This thing is a beast. I don’t live in a huge house, but it fully covers all 3 floors of my townhouse with very little degradation. It covers our smart home devices, 2 servers, Google devices, and has allowed me to watch hi-def videos on my 3 devices at the same time without issue. I guess the Wi-Fi 6 capabilities have actually helped! Is It Worth It Because of how it handles traffic, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who lives in a decently large home with multiple high data using devices. The price is kind of high, but it’s worth it if your Wi-Fi is congested. If this is too expensive, I would also recommend the Nighthawk X6 since it was previously handling my devices very well even though it doesn’t do multi-channel data handling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for 4K Plex Content over WiFi

    Posted
    Andrew
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I personally love how this router handles traffic. It handles my 4K content over WiFi no problem to my living room with 0 stuttering. All my previous routers stuttered when it came to 4K content and we just gave up on it and went for BluRay content instead. There is one major issue for me in its current state. Plugged in directly to the ethernet port, as the only device, my Internet Speeds are instantly cut in half.... From Spectrum 1 gig internet getting about 700-900Mbits average directly connected to the Modem, these "1 gig" ports struggle to get anywhere near average of 300-400Mbits speeds. For some reason also, I consistently get micro stutter and notice on ping tests that my pings are going from 50-70 and spiking up to 350+. This happens 4-5 times in the span of a 10 second test and sometimes requires multiple restarts of the router. As someone who streams on a consistent basis and use it as a source of income, I find myself getting extremely frustrated with this router. Sure, I fixed my Plex issues and can watch 4K content locally over Wifi, but I should not be having any kind of direct connect issues with how much the price of this router is, and how new it is. This Modem came out in December 2018 and it has a great deal of room for improvement but as of right now its been 8 days since making a ticket with Netgear and I have yet to hear back from them about my issues. Also, AX is NEW technology and its a great concept, but the problem is the same as AD, its a technology that current technology has to adapt to and the pickings are very slim if you want to get the most out of your router. At its current state, if you are using this on a home network for sending content/file transfers/etc I would definitely recommend this router. If you want the best possible speeds and intend to directly connect, I honest would steer away. I get faster ethernet speeds on my older Nighthawk X6 which on average gets me around 600 Mbits download. Range is decent, but not as good as I hoped. I really wish I could give this a 4 or 5 stars because of how impressed I was with local connections, but as of right now I give it a solid 3/5 starts and advise waiting a few months for firmware updates to potentially fix some of the early issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router

    Posted
    MadDucks
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I rarely hand out five stars. For me, four stars means the product is doing what it should doing, and I am happy. This time, I'm wavering but I'm pretty sure this is going to be five stars. While all NetGear routers of late sport a "alien" look, The AX8 really looks kinda extra alien. I bought this router for the main reason that I had just moved and gotten Centurylink's Gig Fiber to the home, and my last two routers (one of them an Orbi) just could not give me full wire speed of the Gig out to the internet. So, I went looking, and found this router. the spec's made it look like it would handle the line rate of the traffic, so I ordered it and just waited. I got the box, and opened it up. Soon I had most of it up, except I had never used the nighthawk app - I'm kinda old school that way. Anyway, I decided to give the app a try. It worked pretty good. I needed to make the config a bit more complex so I had to move down to the web interface. After setting a few of the regulars (name and password) into the new router, I noticed that while the web UI is pretty bare bones, it does get the work done. i also found a speed test area in the web app. The speeds were consistent at 990M. I was pretty ecstatic. After looking around, I told the unit to upgrade since it's always smart to have the firmware upgraded. While the AX8 is pretty snappy, I'd recommend that you always upgrade the firmware. After a few minutes of testing wired connectivity, I put the router in the middle of my network. It handled it without a trouble. Wireless clients started getting on the router and it seemed we had faster speeds. I like the new interface, though I suspect that will disappear as the app is pushed more. I like the signal strength. I think this is a nice little router for the price, and it has some pretty good features. I'd recommend it if you need either line rate speeds (aka Gig) or you need faster speeds in your house. I would recommend this to my family. It's future proofed and ought to be worth OH! And I Forgot, while I'm not currently using it, I could team two of the ports in order to have *two* gig lines coming into your house. If you are setting up on a Centurylink GPON Gige line, you will need to go into advanced setting and change the VLAN two 201 on the incoming WAN ports. you will then need to look for PPoE in the advanced section so that you can set up your username and password from the provider. And then you are off to the races. Overall, this router is pretty amazing, and I would get it again. Netgear is building on the building blocks of the previous NightHawks. I hope you enjoy it too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Beware: Very Poor Engineering and Quality Control

    Posted
    Veryolddog
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been a Netgear Router and equipment user for a long time. We have started steaming our video and Live TV getting away from Cable so I decided to purchase this Netgear Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router. Within 24 hours it failed. What happened is it lost the 5 ghz radio signal and it disappeared completely. Went through the process of power down, reboot, power up including Cable modem to put them in synch. Nothing. I brought it back to the store and replaced it with a second unit. Within 24 hours again, we lost the 5 ghz signal. This time through power down, reboot, power up with the cable modem, the 5 ghz was restored. Lasted 2 hours and disappeared. After visiting the router, I noticed excessive heat in the bottom of the unit. Very, very hot. I returned the unit again. Picked up my third router. Within 2 hours, I lost the 5 ghz radio signal. After investigating the unit which I raise up to allow more ventilation beneath the bottom, there still was excessive heat. At this point, I had enough. i can speculate the cause as well as anyone, but I am no engineer. I finally replaced this router with a Netgear A10. I have not lost service for a week and half. Very consistent and reliable. One positive thing to say: Best buy has been absolutely fantastic about this. They have replaced the exitsting routers every time without any hesitation and provided credit to purchase the A10. Excellent company and more excellent people. That is why I like to shop there. They also will price match. They price match my purchase of the A10 from the Amazon website. But if you give me a choice any day, I would rather purchase from Best Buy than Amazon any day. I think it is best to wait for these routers to be out there for a while to get the bugs out before they shove them on the public. Bad move Netgear. Your QC process needs to improve.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and easy

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

    First I honestly don' t understand any of the bad reviews because this is the best router I have ever had. When you open it up it tells you to install the app. So all you have to do is plug everything in to the Nighthawk correctly the app then communicates with the router installs it and updates it within a few minutes and done. Plug and Play. The speeds are amazing. I had the verizon fios quantum with 1gbs speed but it would never reach that speed and when I would watch 4k videos even with direct ethernet connection it would lag especially when I was using google play to watch movies. I would get maybe 40 mbs speeds over wifi even though I am paying for 1gbs. However once I switched to this router I am now getting 900 mpbs through ethernet and 400mbs through wifi and with only about 5 ping. Right now this is the best it can do until more devices become compatible with wifi 6. If you want to future proof your router then this is the one to get and also if you want one of the fastest and best experiences with wifi you can get. It doesn't have as many features as some cheaper Wifi 5 routers(AC) because it is a new technology you will pay for that. SO if you want to have the fastest speed with the future in mind I would get this. If you are looking for a more feature rich router with adaptive QOS and more customization and aren't too worried about the newer wifi then I would get a wifi 5 router until wifi 6 become standard and the technology gets cheaper. If you have a ton of devices, are watching 4k videos, playing games online and have an older router or are noticing lag I would definitely recommend this router if you want to upgrade but if you don't care about future proofing then I would wait and just get a AC router for now Because you are paying a higher fee for early adoption. To sum up though I love it and am Loving my speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Must be defective

    Posted
    NetworkNut
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Let me say from the outset that I have been using Netgear products for over a decade. I use these products hard and constantly. I have a variety of Wired computers. Phones. Tablets. Gaming machines. Smart TV's. Smart Appliances. Streaming devices (roku etc). HardDrives. Cameras. Doorbell. etc etc etc. This device does have some amazing range but unfortunately my devices can't seem to stay connected. Some of my older devices cannot connect at all... and even my Garage door opener (brand new last summer) can't connect to it. So keep in mind this device does not support the legacy protocols and doesn't have wep or wpa (only wpa2 or the newer standard) The biggest annoyance was in the Quality of Service section where you define your various gear around your home and set priorities (such as streaming devices get priority over games and games over web traffic etc) This device could not seem to "remember" what device was what even after I went through each and every device and labeled them. And now the device will not connect to the Internet after a soft reset when changing parameters. I have had this for 2 days and it has been nothing but a hassle. Netgear's website form for requesting help is giving me a server error... So I will be returning this thing once the store opens today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great design, well built, amazing speed

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    skooi
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My first impression is this new AX6000 is beautifully designed and very well built. Both wings are solid and there is no need to worry about flimsy antennas like on my old R8000. The setup process using Netgear iOS app was straightforward and the experience was great. It took me about 5 mins to complete the setup. I would like to also point out how much I love and appreciate the feature that you can *share wifi credential* to other devices from the app. If you have guests visiting, you don’t have to dig out your SSID password anymore, just ask them to join your network and you should see a prompt on your Netgear app asking you to share your credential to that requesting device. Simply tap “Share” and your guest’s device will automatically join. On the security side, you never expose your password too. After using it for a few days, I can see a huge difference on all my connected devices in terms of speed and stability. I have 6 security cameras that are constantly streaming 24/7. On my old R8000, I often see cameras taking a long time to connect, going offline, or the stream drops, and this is very frustrating especially when you get motion detection alert. With this new AX6000, the problems are gone! Beside great speed, I also notice it has a wider signal coverage which is covering what used to be a dead spot in my house (2200 sq). Regarding the fan noise issue, I don’t hear it and my firmware version is 1.0.1.36, so I believe the problem is resolved. Resolving my camera streaming issue alone is enough to justify the price of this product. It also comes with some sweet features like link aggregation which would give you more than 1G speed and improve reliability, perfect for online gaming with heavy graphics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Noisy..

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

    Fan is constantly on with ambient room temp 69 deg F. Netgear X10 and ROG Rapture fan never spun up sitting in the same spot. I even propped up the unit on top of a box to provide more air for the vents underneath hoping it would stop the fan from constantly running, it didn’t work. The fan noise would not be an issue if the router was in a different room but it so happens to be in the same room as where I sit and where the cable port is located. Speed is no faster then NETGEAR x10 or Asus ROG Rapture since it’s not running in true AX standards (no devices with AX adapters yet) Running latest firmware. Also my dell laptop cannot see the WiFi channel unless I disable the “AX” feature in the settings. I have an open case with Netgear support (tiger team) to look into both of these issues. I thought the 1st unit was defective so exchanged it and same issue with constant fan on as well as unable to see WiFi channel from my dell running windows 10. I would wait to purchase this until a firmware fix for the constant fan running is fixed as well as backwards compatibility is resolved with certain WiFi adapters.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Enough for Gigabit Speeds

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    CrisH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Towards the end of November I decided to upgrade my WiFi plan to the 1 Gigabit from Xfinity. Previously I had speeds of 15 Mbps and I had to upgrade my equipment. I ended up using Xfinity's own modem for a few days before I decided to buy my own modem. When I had to look for a router I came upon this Netgear Nighthawk AX600. I was drawn to this mainly for the new 802.11 ax technology. Before buying this I already knew I wouldn't be able to fully benefit from the technology unless I had devices that were compatible with the 802.11 ax technology. After I bought the router I installed it and perform updates before I started using it. Right away I was pretty disappointed at the WiFi speeds. My internet connection gives me around 930 on Ethernet and the speed drops to the 600s when using WiFi. I had this router for about 2 weeks and performed constant speed tests to get the speed at any given moment. The most common speed for me was 480 Mbps. At first I thought this was the max speeds over WiFi. Before I returned this router I decided to purchase the Asus RT-AC5300. On my first day of testing with the new router I noticed speeds reach high 500s and also reaching around 640 Mbps. The WiFi speeds were completely different with this router when compared to the Netgear one. I also decided to test this router against the Asus one on range. The Netgear router drops about 200 Mpbs when going from a second floor to a basement getting max speeds of 280 Mbps. It still covers most of the house but the drop is significant. I decided to compare the Asus router on the range and apart from providing fasted WiFi speeds, it also provided better range. In the basement I was getting speed of around 450 Mbps constantly. This was around the same download speeds that I was getting with the Netgear router when standing in the same room. The Netgear router is a lot more expansive and did not provide any improvements for a Gigabit connection. Apart from that, the Asus router has more features and it is easier to manage router from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. I'm sure people have valid reasons to buy this router but for me it didn't provide any improvements.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nighthawk AX6000 router is a new KING of routers

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    GoHawks
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a very nice router. The best I ever tested. It has a very unique design for antennas. Just like a StarWars spaceship. It is very good looking and very sturdy. Excelent quality materials are Netgear's signature.  Setting up this router is very easy in Nighthawk app. It automaticaly updates firmware and guides thru the simple install process. I prefer to use web GUI interface to make sure all the settings are set just as I want them. This router is so much better then my previous multi-router setup. I have succesfully switched all my 20+ connected devises to this new router and I am glad to report that all of them work and have a better signal strength.  With my old router I had a few wifi dead spots in my house but AX6000 has all bars wifi coverage everywhere in my house and even around my property. I am completely satisfied with the range coverage of this router. It must be due to WiFI 6 capability. It also has very fast CPU that can handle a lot of devises without any issues. I don't have any AX devises yet but it is a very nice to know that when I get them they will work with this router. Transfer speeds are very impressive. I get no leg at all. I have a NAS connected to one of the gigabit Lan ports and it is running at peak speed and performance. I am able to stream 4k content to 3 TVs simultaniusly. I also run 8 wireless security cameras and this thing of beauty never miss a bit.  I also use VPN and this router is very easy to configure VPN settings. Gaming thru a VPN tunnel is the best. I am able to set QoS for gaming and I like how this router handles requests.  One of the reasons why I decided to upgrade was constant need to reboot my network. Sometimes a couple of times a day. And after switching to this router and initial reboot after firmware update I don't ever need to reboot it. It just works and works great. I'm planning to buy an AX wireless adapter for my PC as soon as possible to start enjoying the extreme speeds of this amazing router. I’m having a blast with this router and would like to recommend it to you. After trying AX6000 I will never look back at my other "high end" routers. Thank you Netgear for providing this complimentary router to me through the first look review program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple to setup, super fast!

    Posted
    cstubbs10
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got this router as a replacement for my old AC3200 (R8000). The first noticeable aspect of this router is the solid position antennas. The AC3200 had 6 movable antennas that never really improved the performance. The solid positioning on the AX6000 is a nice feature, not to mention, a totally better look. As far as setup, like many Netgear products, it was very straightforward. The Nighthawk app was actually really awesome to use as it walked you through the overall setup and configuration and also included a nice speed test feature. Compared to my older router, the AX6000 had a download speed bump of about 10 Mbps (from 90 to 100). The more noticeable improvement came on the range. I live in a really old home, with metal-lined sheetrock that causes some big issues with regards to range. This one reaches well beyond the walls of our home and makes connectivity consistent across our entire home. Having the multiple range networks along with Guest capabilities is a must-have for me in order to connect all of our devices. I've yet to have any issues with connecting all of my devices and use at the same time. One thing I did have to troubleshoot was connecting to an older laptop, that did not recognize any of the networks SSIDs. I ended up having to turn off the AX feature to get the device to see the networks, but it does not appear to have impacted any performance. Overall, this is a pretty expensive router, but if you want the best all-around performance, I think it is worth it. For that kind of money, you expect the best results and the AX6000 definitely delivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slick design & awesome performance

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    AggiePaul
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my first experience in the world of Wifi 6 (802.11ax) and it looks promising for the future of cord cutters and online streaming. I threw everything I could at this RAX80, including a 4k wireless stream and multiple Youtube/YoutubeTV/Netflix wireless streams at the same time, and it didn't skip a beat. My videos remained clear without any pixelation or buffering. The range of this router is on par or slightly better than other AC routers I've tested; a testament to the innovative antenna design. Speaking of design, does this look like a Manta Ray to anyone else? I dig it. I was a little concerned about fan noise, but after initial power on, I haven't heard it. Initial setup was easy using the Nighthawk App. The step by step process was easy and includes steps like changing the default passwords and checking/updating firmware. More advanced setup was easily done through the simple web interface. This router has one of the fastest web GUI's I've seen - a benefit of the processor. The features found in this router are impressive: OFDMA, QoS with automatic speed test, 4x4 MIMO on each channel, DFS channels, 1 WAN + 5 LAN gigabit ports with aggregation. You get what you pay for! If you're a family or business with a large number of devices or looking for the ability to handle multiple streams simultaneously, the RAX80 is for you. I received this product for free from the Netgear First Look Review Program for my honest opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Router from Netgear!

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    Edison
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Been a Netgear customer for years because of its excellent quality. Appearance: I have to say this is the best looking router I have ever used. You can literally tell it costs a fortune by the look of it. Looks like some futuristic product. Setup was easy and dummyproofed. I took the router out from the box and hooked up the ethernet cable provided to my modem. Plugged in the power cable. I immediately connected my phone to its wifi network. Network name and password were clearly printed on the router bottom for easy access. I downloaded the Nighthawk app and followed its steps to register and set up the device. I did not change the name of the network or password. The whole process only took me less than 15 minutes. I even used the app to update the firmware on the router. Performance: I got about 70Mbits download and 10 Mbits upload speed using my existing wifi from the modem. (yes, it is also a Netgear product) I ran the same test around the same time. I got over 100Mbits download speed and 10Mbits upload speed. I think it can go much faster than 100Mbits download speed and 10Mbits upload speed because I know for much my Spectrum cable internet service can only go up to 100Mbits download speed. It feels great I can run the max speed on my phone now. I personally think this router was born for gamers and people who use a lot of wifi device at home. Its superb speed is just unbelieve$ble. I am actually very curious how fast it can go if it is not limited by the service provider. The price tag of $400 is not cheap. It would be good if the price could be slightly lower. Overall, I am very satisfied with the router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice router for home with many devices

    Posted
    Paperbag
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was a beta tester for Netgear and I received a unit to test for free. Firmware 1.0.1.36 fixed the fan noise and there is a massive heatsink inside to keep the router cool. Try to lift the router to feel the weight. The router feels solid and well built. As for performance, all my wired devices (Roku, Blu-ray player, Ooma, and my Network printer) work well and no issues. The sound quality on my Ooma device is fantastic because the conversation was very clear. My friends and family are not complaining anymore that the conversations are breaking off or I can’t hear you. On wireless devices(Ipad, IPhone 7, IPhone XR, Samsung S7, Dell XPS 13), I only had one Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop not connected to the router but once I disabled the OFDMA feature, it connected. I lived in a 1300 sq ft home and the RAX80 covered 90% of the house but I was expecting 100% due to the power of this router. I was getting 3/5 bars on R7000p and now 4/5 bars on RAX80. I didn’t like the administration page to manage the router because it is a new theme where I had to scroll up and down to change settings. The older interface on R7000p, I didn’t do much scrolling of up and down which I like better. The only issue I found was the icons for attached devices. I can assign a printer icon to the network printer but after some time, the RAX80 will remove the icon from the device after some time. Netgear is aware of this and planning a fix in a future firmware. RAX80 is the primary router I’m using for now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Connection issues - Do not Buy!

    Posted
    TechGuy1819
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After upgrading my internet to 1 gig I decided to get equipment that would support it. My ISP is Comcast. I paired this equipment with the cm1000 Netgear modem. After starting my service I began to notice disconnect and connection interrupted issues. MDD message not sent and T3 timeout. Latency, lag, packet loss, and not pinging when directly wired or Wireless while playing Call of duty Blackops 4. Spent several days on the phone with Netgear. Tried several firmware updates and beta versions. Also changed several settings in router. Nothing seemed to correct this issue. Assigned fix IP addresses and still had a problem. I was losing connection to multiple devices at same time. No other traffic on network - using xbox one x. After almost 3 months I decided to give up on this router as it clearly had issues. Replaced with a tp-link Archer C5400x. So far so good. No disconnects. Plus the 5G coverage is better on tp link. Lucky for me I had a 2 year replacement plan and decided to use it. Much happier with tp link router as it is not showing any performance issues. If you are thinking about this netgear router I strongly recommend gaming as much as possible in the first 10 days to test. If you're router is not working correctly return within 15 days to get a full refund on replacement plan and cost of product. Otherwise you will be using your replacement plan after day 15 and will lose your $40 it cost. *The software and app was easy to use. Netgear did try to to help. *This is the only reason I gave this 2 Stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fast Router

    Posted
    woodsz26
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had many consumer grade routers trying to find the one I can settle with. I used all previous routers as wireless access points connecting to my pfSense router because they just couldn't do everything I needed well enough. This router is different. The AX6000 can handle everything. This router does everything very well, its extremely fast, has a high contrast GUI that's easy to use, and has Zero bufferbloat. I have a 1GB up and down connection and the AX6000 delivers all of the bandwidth all the time. It works well with my Roku and nvidia shield TV and all my wireless devices and at the same time. I don't have to worry about antenna position either or antennas breaking off because of this new antenna design that works very well. For me the qualifications for a great wireless router have to be speed, range, no disconnects and very low buffer bloat. The AX6000 is the best router I have had.

    I would recommend this to a friend