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  • 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Modem, a little expensive

    Posted
    Edison
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I received this C7000 unit for free as a evaluation product from Netgear. Coincidentally, I purchased the C6300 Netgear modem just slightly a week before receiving the C7000. Setup of the modem took only a couple minutes. Plug in the coaxial cable and power cord. Can't be simpler than that. Called my service provider and asked for activating my modem. All they needed was verification of service recipient and the MAC number on the modem. The call took about 10 minutes, but that depends only on the service provider's representative. After I hung up the phone, I was online immediately. It took me about another 15 minutes to setup all the WIFI password at home including 3 cellular phones, two IPAD Air, two Chromecast TV dongles, one Chromecast Audio dongle and two laptops. What I like the most is the WIFI was already set up and ready to use without going into the modem settings to enable it. The network name and password are conveniently labelled on the modem which is very easy to locate. Of course, if you want to change the password and WIFI name, you would have to login to the modem. The login name and password are also located on the modem. I personally don't mind using the existing password, all I wanted was to get the WIFI working right away after I change the modem. I have Time Warner Ultra 200 which gives me better than 200Mbps speed. My first and only run using speedtest gives me about 120Mbps download and about 25Mbps upload. My guess is it is limited service provider instead of the modem because I ran it during rush hour at night. I also set up two IPcam from Foscam and it went smoothly without issues. Not sure nowadays all the modems are like that or just the Netgear C7000 modem, when I changed the port forwarding setting and applied, it did not need to restart. I recall back then my other modems required rebooting. I have been using the modem for almost a week and it has not given me any issues or problems. The only reason I gives it a 4 star instead of a 5 star is mainly due to the price tag comes with it. For $280, it is a lot for a modem in a typical family. At the same time, if you are willing to pay for this modem, you must be willing to pay for the extra cost of internet speed and so $280 may not be much to you. Overall, it is a great product, easy to use and it meets my expectation. I would recommend it if you can swallow the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Recommended Modem Router for high speed internet

    Posted
    chrisyjk

    -Setup I currently used the TWC leased modem. It was simply replugging my cables from the old modem to the AC1900 and everything was smooth as silk to setup my modem. -Features Strong Wireless Features with 4 ethernet and 1 usb connections. All in 1 combo to make your room clean and organized. -Performance This modem router has an outstanding performance. The TWC lease modem is currently a wireless modem Arris DG1670a. My internet service is 200/20. The TWC modem's wireless was giving me 70 mbps down, which is almost 3 times less the speed. After using the AC1900, My down stream boosted to 180 mbps. I can surely say the wireless is massively stronger and giving me what I am paying for. My ethernet connection to the AC1900 was toping more speed as well. This is truly a beast. -Expectations I honestly disliked wireless featured modems due to the lack of performance, but after using this AC1900 It has changed my whole perspective on these products. -Price-Value My work forces me to have good internet connection around my house. It is sad that the provided routers from TWC are not fulfilling the performance for the service I pay for. If you know you need quality internet performance you will know what to get. Certainly having everything in a combo package works better. You do not have to have a separate wireless router and modem. If one of them fails you are bound to replace one of them, thinking in the long run this is price efficient. -Recommend I truly recommend this product for people that currently have a good internet service and wants to take advantage after it. Strong wifi signal and coverage truly made me fall in love with this product. I have received this product from Netgear with the Friends & Family program, to provide an unbiased honest opinion and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Router Modem Package

    Posted
    krk4201
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I received for free this modem as part of the Netgear friends and family program to review. Overall i am very pleased with its performance and highly recommend the product for those who are looking for a no compromise all-in-one solution for your modem and router. Setup - Getting the modem up and running could not have been an easier experience. After plugging the new modem in connecting the the internet was as simple as opening the browser and following the directions on the Time Warner Activate my Modem page which was automatically detected. A minute or two later i was fully connected with no fuss. A simple change of the SSID through the Netgear Genie interface and the rest of my devices were soon back online. Total time from taking the modem out of the box to fully operational was less than five minutes. For those who inclined to dig though the settings to adjust everything to your specifications all of the standard options are available and for those who want the easiest solution to get connected this modem fits the bill as well. Features - The C7000 offers all of the features one would expect from a device of this level. Wireless AC connectivity and DOCSIS 3.0 are included. One feature shared with the C6300 that can be sometimes overlooked but come in handy is the the USB port on the back for making media available through the media server client or as a option for networking a printer. An annditional item i appreciated about this device is that its footprint is slightly smaller than the C6300 and it visually is a more appealing device to look at. Performance - My basis of comparison for performance is against the Netgear C6300. On the software side the two devices are very similar . It is the hardware aspect of the devices where the the differences become noticeable. The first thing i noticed was how fast the device was able to boot up. It is very apparent the processor in the C7000 is a step up over the C6300. The C6300 offers great range and the C7000 is every bit as good. I live in a townhome and with many neighbors and not noticed any interference whatsoever. The range easily covers the entirety of my place and provides great performance throughout the house. With a 300mbps connection i had no trouble running netflix on one tv, while streaming music through a local server, and watching espn on my pc at the same time over a wireless connection. Value - Overall i think the C6300 might offer better value for the money for average users as it is a very capable device in it own right but for those who will push their router and modem to the limits the C7000 does offer good value for its price. In relative terms considering the price that TWC changes for their modem/router to the C7000 i certainly think it makes for an attractive option as it will cover its cost in rental fees in 2 years and is hands down a better solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blazing Fast Speeds!

    Posted
    Aperio
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For the past six years I have rented a modem from my internet provider (Mediacom) and used my own router. I was content until I cut the cord from cable TV and began to rely more heavily on streaming media. Having gotten involved in a Tablo OTA dvr as well as getting involved with setting up a Plex media server, i became frustrated with my prior rented modem/personal router setup due to the fact that i was unable to get any type of remote access set up for either device. After reading far too much material that, quite frankly, went well over my head, i finally came up with the conclusion that i needed to purchase my own modem/router combination in the hopes of simplifying my ability to get that remote access working. After reading what felt like endless reviews I finally decided on the Netgear Nighthawk Ac1900 modem/router combo. After trying to talk myself out of buying it over the course of the day, i finally decided to take the plunge after thinking about how much money i tossed away renting the previous modem over the course of 6 years. I figured after about a year and a half it has paid for itself, so i made the decision to go for it. The verdict? Oh. My. Goodness!!! I had become very accustomed to paying for 100 Mb/s and getting around 45 Mb/s during peak times and 60 Mb/s during the odd hours. My first speed test with the new Netgear combo during peak hours netted me a result of a whopping 164 Mb/s - i was floored... i actually didn't ever expect to go so far above and beyond not only what I was previously getting, but above and beyond what I am paying for - and this was NOT a direct ethernet connection, this was the wifi connection speeds! In addition to that, I got both the Tablo and Plex server set up with the remote connection and couldn't be any happier. The setup and interface is very easy - even for those of us without an abundance of geekology. To say I am pleased is an understatement and would readily recommend this unit without hesitation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance and value

    Posted
    alivanov

    Disclaimer: I have recieved this product from Netgear for evaluation purposes for free. I am a Comcast XFINITY subscriber and my previous cable / wifi setup was "Motorola SB6120 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 eXtreme Broadband Cable Modem" and "Linksys E1200 Wi-Fi Wireless Router". The setup was extremely easy, and took less than 10 minutes. Per instructions that came with NETGEAR modem, I have unplugged my old modem and router, I then connected coax cable to the new modem and plugged it in. I was then able to connect to new modem / router over wifi from my Mac using the default SSID and passphrase which was found printed on the modem. After openning the browser I was redirected to Comcast setup page and was prompted to enter my Comcast ID and password. After checking a few boxes and submitting a simple form I was instructed to wait 15 minutes for the setup to be complete. I checked back 5 minutes later and was able to browse the web. As my next step I logged in to the admin pannel of the modem / router and changed the default SSID / passphrase to the one I previously used on my old modem hoping that I wouldn't have to setup all of the wifi connected devices in my house. After rebooting the modem it worked like a charm, and all of my devices including all of the iPads, iPhones, TVs, Apple TV, Nest, laptops and printers returned online. Few words about the performance. My original hope was to just replace my modem and router with a single device and get rid of few cables, power supply, and clear up some space on my desk. That said, out of curiosity I ran speed test via Speedtest.net three separate times with my old setup to get a benchmark, all three test clocked around the same speed of 20Mbps/6Mbps down/up. After completing new setup and repeating same exact speed test the results were 90Mbps/6Mbps!!! Pretty amazing to get 4.5x speed boost without upgrading my Comcast plan. Features are pretty much what you want out of the modem / router. You can run 2 different private wireless networks (2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n/nc) Your devices will still be able to talk to each other, I was able to connect to printer from my Mac on 5GHz to 2.4GHz without tweaking anything. You can also enable equivalent guest networks, monitor and restrict which devices you want to be able to connect to your network, set parental controls and share files across network by plugging a USB memory stick directly into the modem. Overall I am very pleased with this modem / router. The setup was painless and quick, speed boost was incredible. I have recommended AC1900 to my friends and family members.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I've got it working well now, but...

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

    I initially got it set up very easily. That's the good. But a couple of weeks later, I noticed my IPv6 address was going stale. Even disappearing upon restarting. (and reappearing upon cycling power). I've got that solved now. [1] the VirtualBox "Bridge Networking" driver needed to be removed, by uninstalling+reinstalling VirtualBox with that adv option turned off . that was definitely causing the problem. also, [2] Norton firewall DHCPv6 and ICMPv6 settings seemed to be interfering (I'm not so sure). [3] I also set the Netgear Genie IPv6 Address Assignment to "use DHCP server" while fumbling+debugging. (Comcast). That turns out to be a good choice I think, and the IPv6 addresses assigned to my computers are actually public on the internet. But here's where my complaint begins. The Netgear documentation is atrociously bad. It has words that fill space but explain nothing. And the Genie interface is astonishingly badly implemented in the basic things. The "Attached Devices" often are not sync'd, the device names incorrect or absent. etc. I discovered after hours and hours of testing and rebooting that you need to enable the "Security - Access Control" option and manually edit-in the devices. then what it shows is stable. sheesh. Anyway, now that I've got that sorted out, it seems to be running absolutely great. Really fast. btw. the USB 2.0 port on modern equipment is a disappointment, practically an insult. I doubt I'll bother connecting a hard drive to it for a network share, considering how slow it would be. I'm glad to see, at least, that the ReadyShare device can be disabled so it isn't another distracting unused icon cluttering the Windows Network page.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best modem/router I've had yet

    Posted
    Ragnarok
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First, I did receive this through the Netgear Friend and Family program. However, this is a real review based on using it for the last week. I love this modem. I used to have the Netgear C600 and this blows it out of the water. Setup was fairly easy, though I did have to deal with Time Warner Cable and that took a bit since we just moved, but that's a whole other story. Once TWC activated the modem, everything else was easy. The ONLY issue with this modem is that with TWC, I am not getting 24 downstream channels. I asked TWC about it and they said it was a Netgear issue. After going online and doing some research though, I found out that TWC currently does not do 24 channel bonding and that there's nothing you can do until they correct it. The speed and range of the AC1900 is great. Using NetGear's WiFi Analytic app, I measured the strength and speed in the different rooms of my house. Once I installed the AC1900, I ran the test again and the strength improved by 30-60% and the speed increased as well. Talking about range increase, I live in a corner house, with another corner house behind us, and then the street. When I come home, as soon as I get in front of the house behind us, I am connected to my WiFi. I live in a two-story house and the modem is in the 2nd story, near the back. I have access in every room of the house, even in my front yard. As much as I liked my older modem, I was almost to the point of getting an extender since I was losing speeds on the front floor near the front. I don't have to worry about that now with the Nighthawk AC1900. So not only is it a good modem, and saves me money from having to pay modem rental fees from TWC, I now am also saving money by not having to buy a range extender as well. If you live in a 2 story house, this is the modem/router for you. If you need additional range, this is the model for you as well. Hopefully TWC will get it's act together soon and provide me with 24 channels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy This Modem

    Posted
    techgeek

    Worked very well for a month or so. Very fast. (Spectrum/Time Warner 300/20 Mbs service) Then it started dropping the WAN connections almost constantly. Pauses for a 30 seconds to two minutes and then resumes. Repeats the problem every 3-5 minutes. Can't get out to the internet even with a ping. Devices on both the wired and wireless connections had problems at the same time, so it's clearly the router. But the modem logged no errors. Rebooting the modem gives about half an hour of clean connection time. The cable company checked and said that the signal was one of the strongest and cleanest they'd ever seen. They replaced the wires to the poll and in the house a couple years ago. Netgear support was nearly useless. Insisted on changing some wireless settings and telling me that it was all fixed despite the fact that the wired devices weren't working either. Then without troubleshooting at all told me that it was the Ethernet cable and more or less dumped me. Lots of people on internet forums are reporting the same problem and frustration with support. Unfortunately, it looks like Netgear doesn't want to acknowledge the problem or fix it. And since it doesn't show up for a month or so, it's too late to return it. If the product continued to work as it did in the first month, it'd be 5 stars. Sad to say, I wasted my money on this brick and will have to buy a replacement and eat the cost. If I could give it zero stars, I would.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good router for most. Not for me.

    Posted
    ClassyZombie
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Let me just start this by saying that this is probably a great router for most households, it just isn't working out for me. I have two issues with the router. First, I am unable to connect two (or more) Xbox Ones to play a Call of Duty title (most recently Black Ops III) at the same time. The connection is usually atrocious for one user and passable for the other(s) and connectivity can switch users at any time. Though, If only one Xbox user is online, the connection is marvelous. I have yet to find a router that can reliably have a stable connection for two or more Xbox Ones playing the same title online. I have literally spent over a thousand dollars on network equipment with no luck. I work in IT in Enterprise networking, so I am no stranger to troubleshooting networks. I have probed dozens of forums and product reviews trying to find a device or solution to my problem, and have tried multiple router configurations (too many to list) to no avail. I’m beginning to think it is an impossibility to accomplish such a feat. My internet provider is Comcast, and I have very good download and upload speeds, so I know there shouldn’t be an issues there. The other gripe I have with the gateway is I’ve have lost internet connectivity, but the LED lights on the router did not give me any indication that the network was down. With most routers, when you lose connection to your service provider, the LEDs on the front of the router reflect that you don’t have connection with the internet. With this router, I’ve lost internet connection a few times and the LEDs on the front stay solid green indicating everything is fine, and when you log into the router the Cable Connection stated that Status = Good, but when I tried to ping any public IP address from the router, the ping failed. It wasn’t until I rebooted the router that the Download and Upload LEDs were not lit, indicating no network connectivity. Otherwise, for a normal household, I feel this router might be fine. WIFI seems to have a decent range and the wireless speeds seem okay (I prefer a wired connection with my devices) and I have no streaming issues with my phone or my PS4 when connected to wireless. The thing is, I also have a SBG6580 Gateway that I feel does just as good a job and is less than half the price of the Netgear C7000, so I can’t really recommend this unit… unless I figure out a way to run multiple Xbox Ones playing the same online game.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bye, Bye Rented Wireless Gateway!

    Posted
    seaphoto
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    About 1.5 years ago, our cable/tv provider pushed their "Wireless Gateway" onto us and from the minute it was powered on...I hated it. However, at the time, we had their Triple Bundle and needed the telephony capability. Since then...we've cancelled everything but Internet and have switched to WiFi connected streaming devices and no landline. This placed the Wireless Gateway's major downfall under a microscope...horrendously poor WiFi signal speed and range. We have the 200Gbps BLAST! speed and through the directly wired computer next to the Gateway...we would get the full 200. WiFi about 8" from the Gateway was around 65Gbps (through speedtest.net). Half-way across the house (small home, about 1100 sq. ft, 45' length) it would drop to about 35Gbps and in the living room where we watch TV...AT BEST...I would get about 12Gbps, but during peak hours...closer to about 2.5 OR LESS. After some research, I confirmed my speculation that the Gateway is JUNK and decided rather than to take it up with our provider...to just buy my own instead and if it works...drop the rental unit. Enter the Netgear C7000 unit here. I opened the box and in about 15 minutes it was installed (super easy) and I am now getting buffer free streaming with crystal clear image quality on demand and against using speedtest.net....I am getting about 215Gbps about 8" away and a minimum of 183Gbps all the way across the house ...and down in the basement where I have a laptop set up. This is on the 5G wireless band. On the 2.4G signal, the speeds are less impressive....somewhere between 80 and 60Gbps throughout the home...which is still a DRASTIC improvement and completely workable for my needs. Needless to say...I am happy with my purchase and more importantly...my wife is no longer giving me the side-eye about our decision to cut our Cable service and threatening to put us back ON to a cable subscription. As far as I'm concerned...the return on investment for this product is under 2 months if I consider the cost of monthly Cable TV service from our provider. I win. The "Wireless Gateway" is a big, fat LOSER. I can't wait to return it and take 10 bucks per month back into my pocket.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great router most of the time, confusing options

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

    When I switched internet providers, I wanted a really good router/modem combination, to save on space and power requirements. This cable modem/router had the best ratings I could find. Plus I've always been a fan of Netgear products. Pros ===== + Dual 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. Great wireless performance (most of the time, see Cons below) + Simple user interface, lots of configurable options + Handles the needs of my family, with 4 PCs and a couple of dozen iPads, Kindles, phones, etc. Cons ===== - Wireless drops out semi-randomly, every few days. During the drop outs, the hard wired connections work fine, just the wireless (both bands) drop out and get reset. When this happens, the wireless usually comes back about a minute later. I tried checking the router logs but they are inconclusive. I think this is a bug in the router firmware and hope they release a new version soon. - Many options have confusing names. One option, "Disable Port Scan and DoS Protection", was checked by default from the factory. This means that this protection was disabled by default. I read from different sites that this should be _enabled_ (unchecked) for maximum protection, which I did. Now the router logs show dozens of DoS attacks. Not sure what to think about this. Should the option be on or off? - No capability to block a specific IP address. I wish I could just block all traffic from one address, rather than have it show up in the logs with DoS attacks. Netgear says their firewall automatically detects and blocks IPs, but I want to be able to totally block a specific IP. Netgear really should fix this. Summary ======== Overall I'm actually really happy with this router, in spite of the cons. I really think it needs a firmware update to address my concerns. It does perform really well, but if the wireless drops at exactly the wrong time (like during my son's gaming sessions) it's bad news and ruins his game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great WiFi, But Poor Internet Performance

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

    This this router/modem combo almost 3 years ago when it was at the full price of $279. The Good: Great WiFi range in a 3400 sq ft 2 story home with a basement. No dead spots, even with the router/modem located in the basement utility room. Internet performance was great the first couple of months. The Bad: Started dropping connections after a couple of months. Web pages would frequently time out, and video streaming would cut off sporadically, but I would give it a few minutes and everything would be fine again. This was a daily occurrence. Thought it was my Xfinity service, and the new neighborhood that we just moved into. I didn't opt for the extended warranty with BestBuy and the 1 year warranty had long expired, so I put up with it until last week and bought a replacement Motorola MG7550 (also from BestBuy). What a difference that made. Makes me mad that I put up with the Netgear router/modem for so long. The Ugly: All electronic devices run the risk of going bad. But sometimes a particular product seems to have a higher rate of failure than others. And while some manufactures make the warranty process very easy, others do not. After looking at reviews for several retail sites it would seem that the Netgear C7000 higher failure rate than most, and attempting to get warranty service is equally as challenging. Overall: As long as the C7000 doesn't go bad, this router/modem combo is a solid performer. I would just recommend the extra BestBuy warranty protection though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend