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NETGEAR - Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    Posted
    NorthernShoob
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Forgive the unoriginal title, but this router truly left me speechless. As a system administrator, I'm always using the latest and greatest technology, so I can keep up to date and be current with the trends. I had a Netgear Nighthawk X6, but noticed that it started slowing down when I added more smart devices to my network (I currently have > 50 wifi-enabled devices connected to my router at a given moment). This router answered my prayers - I was truly taken aback by the performance of this router. Plugging it in, I was amazed to see an amazing boost in performance, reliability, and range. I have a 3000sqft home, and I previously designed a mesh network to cover the entire house. With this router in my basement, the entire house has a strong wifi signal (Even outside in my front yard). Performance-wise, this blows the X6 out of the water. I have a few 4K TV's, and noticed slow-downs when trying to run multiple streams at once from Netflix (Even though my Internet is > 200mbps). When I installed this, I could watch 4K streams on all of my TV's at the same time, while using my smart phone and tablet to check up on my other devices/read the news - all without running into lag (MU-MIMO is most likely to thank for this). Streaming 4K content from my NAS drive is a piece of cake with this - the included USB 3.0 ports are also great for when I need to share content across the entire network (Eg. Family photos from a vacation, or movies on a hard-drive). By far, my favorite feature is the built-in Plex server. My Plex library has > 5tb of content (1080p & 4K, DTS-HD-MA) that I use to stream to my home theater system. I was previously using my custom built work computer, but even my i7 processor was sweating a bit when it came to transcoding videos in real-time. From my observations, the X10 can handle two simultaneous Plex streams at the same time without slowing down (Thanks to its quad-core design). Being able to shift the responsibility of transcoding videos to my router was a godsend that I didn't know I needed until I tried it out for the first time. Last point - 802.11ad. 802.11ad isn't supported by many devices yet, and has its shortcomings (Mainly range/penetration through materials). By VR ready, Netgear is saying that this router is capable of supporting 802.11ad VR headsets when companies start releasing them. At the moment, I can't gauge how the 802.11ad performs (As I don't have devices that support 802.11ad), but I'll be very excited to see how this beast handles wireless VR gaming. Be warned though, this router is huge, and will take up a lot of space on your desk (It's about 25-40% bigger than the X6), but that's to accommodate the massive heatsink that's needed to keep everything cool. If you have $500 to spare, and you're a media/technology enthusiast like myself, get this router - you won't regret it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Only a few flaws... :-)

    Posted
    Technoguy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've been using Netgear products for many years, and in general I find them pretty sturdy and reliable. This particular router is pretty much in line with my expectations with several pretty significant flaws that I hope will be corrected over time with Firmware updates. If you are pretty technically inclined or you are an I.T. Specialist or Security Professional I think you'll be pretty happy with the features and configuration options of this device. However, there are some things about it that really frustrated me. I'll just list the pros and cons as I have experienced them. CONS: 1). QoS - Doesn't seem to work properly over time. I noticed that my throughput absolutely cratered over about 12 hours. With QoS turned on my throughput went from 300Mbps to 20Mbps. My suspicion is this feature as presently implemented eats up buffers over time. When this is turned off, my throughput remains a little more consistent. I am also suspicious this feature caused the router to reboot at least once and I have it disabled at the moment and haven't done additional troubleshooting. 2). 60GHz band - I have also disabled this feature since nothing presently supports it and I suspect leaving it on creates additional demand on the processors and eats RAM unnecessarily and could also be contributing to the rebooting and possibly overheating issue, but I haven't tracked the temperature over time. PROS: Too many to list. This router has almost every geeky feature you could want. I haven't used ALL of them so I can't vouch for things like the media server capabilities, cloud storage capabilities, or cloud backup (to Amazon). I will eventually try these features out, but right now I don't have a lot of use for them. This device has some good logging information for troubleshooting, monitoring Firewall hits, etc, and even has an alerting feature for sending various logs to a specific Email address for Firewall events, blocked site attempts, etc. Very cool. I also like the very powerful port forwarding capabilities that are highly customizable. You can open a specific inbound port, and forward that to an entirely different port on an internal device. I haven't tested the VPN capabilities, but that's also a gigantic plus, however I don't think you can do certificate based VPN, which would be really great. Another fantastic feature is port mirroring the WAN (Internet) port to LAN1 port. For the really geeky/security nerds this allows you to set up a packet sniffer and watch the traffic flows in and out of your local network. This feature is HUGE. There is apparently a web-based debugging screen built into this router as well for the UBER mega-nerd and I suspect useful for tech support. There are some great options on this page for troubleshooting and other cool stuff like built-in packet capture. There is a telnet feature, but I haven't been able to get the device to response to telnet, so I'm not sure if it's really implemented. I struggled with whether to keep this router or not for 2 weeks due to the apparent QoS problems, but with my home bandwidth (300Mbps) and the fact that I work from home using a Cisco VoIP phone with QoS disabled I've had no problems at all. I fell in love with the router so I did purchase the extended service plan as a protection against any future unsolvable issues or failures. I hope Netgear continues to refine and tweak the firmware on this device because they've done a pretty good job so far. I'd REALLY like to have command-line access to the device but I can understand why the manufacturer would lock people out of that feature. I'm going to recommend this router conditionally... you should really have a fairly high level of technical skill if you want to get the most out of it and be willing to deal with some issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    Posted
    KoloRed
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I own numerous Netgear products and recommend them all the time. 2 years ago I replaced my Nighthawk R7000 with an Asus AC88u router. Very nice improvement on speed and coverage. Software wise it was noticeably better than the netgear (Netgear is more intuitive but Asus is more powerful). Well I was ready for something bigger and better and decided to get back into Netgear Nighthawk routers so hear is my review.... Build quality is superb, best I have ever seen in a router, even best the Asus. Setup was super easy and included the AC adapter with one 3 foot Cat5 cable. This gets another nod because you dont need to attach the antennas. So here come the big negatives. The netgear software is the same on this router as it is on the $50 router. They have still done nothing special with the nighthawk series. I'm definitely stepping down a lot when compared to the Asus. It will get the job done but it doesn't have any real graphical information or data on the ram and CPU usage. I love that visibility on the Asus. Another step down was only 6 nic ports for devices vs 8 on my old one. Performance, this is where the real disappointment kicks in. I live in a small 860 sqft apartment and this was installed on one side of that so I know ideal would be middle placement. This was where I install all my routers. Signal and dBm strength was the same as the Asus ( a little disappointing but not the end of the world). The network speed was terrible. I tried numerous configurations (made sure router was running the latest firmware), QOS on/off, meshed the 2.4 & 5GHz ssid on/off, turned off the new AD 60GHz band, tried different signal bands to find the best one. Devices used in testing. Galaxy S9+, Macbook Pro 2017 Touch bar, Razer Blade 2018, PS4 Pro. I'm considering a mesh or range extender for the other room (on other side of apartment but the Asus was getting 80ish down and the Netgear is around 40Mbps on 2.4. 5Ghz was 35Mbps on the Asus vs 4-5Mbps on the Netgear. I know the 5Ghz doesn't penetrate walls very well but that is a drastic drop in speed when compared to the old router. Summery. Do I regret buy this? Yes, I don't believe it's worth the money when compared a router at half the price. Consider that this does have the new AD band so it will have more longevity but not helping the current tech. Would I still buy Netgear and recommend their products in the future? Yes. While I dont think this product is worth the money they do make very reliable items. They really need to update the phone app and make the router software more modern. Maybe firmware will help this router in the future but as it stands it's worth maybe $200 in my book based on the competition. I dont think I will return it (undecided) but I may switch back to my Asus. Note on using as a Plex media server. This is a great option if you dont already have one (I have a i7 QNAP Plex server already). So if you need a new router and dont have an existing Plex server this router is a better choice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing router with tons of features!

    Posted
    Donkey

    This Nighthawk X10 – AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is simply incredible. It has everything you could ask for in a router, including the newest wireless standard 802.11ad. From the moment you begin to take it out of the box, it becomes very evident that NETGEAR put a lot of thought into this router. Setup and installation was a breeze with the NETGEAR UP installation app. I downloaded it to my iPhone from the Apple app store and the app began walking me through the installation process. Within a few minutes, the router was up and running smoothly. Subsequently, I spent a good amount of time walking through the numerous configuration options with this router, to ensure I set it up exactly how the way I wanted. During the installation process, the installation wizard will ask if you would like to install the NETGEAR “genie” application. This genie application assists you with configuring the router and allows you to access certain features of the router including the ReadyShare options and AirPrint (the ability to wirelessly print documents). Although I installed the genie application and looked through it, I am accustomed to using the traditional routerlogin.net admin screen and preferred to adjust the configuration settings using this method. It is nice that NETGEAR provides you with multiple avenues to configure your router, in order to optimize the experience. The router comes with three bands (2.4GHz b/g/n, 5GHz 802.11a/n/ac and the new 60GHz 802.11ad). The new 60GHz band works great and provides you with blazing speed but it does have a few downsides. It has a fairly limited range and requires that your devices have line of sight to the router. This is due to how the band functions and not a deficiency of the router. The router performs outstanding on the 60 GHz ad band. If you are close to the router, can see the router from your device and your device supports the 60 GHz ad band, I strongly recommend utilizing this band as you will likely get the fastest speeds. If you aren’t able to use the 60GHz band, the 5GHz band is more than sufficient. We have a 2,600+ square foot office and I was able to get the maximum speeds that our ISP provides throughout the entire office, no matter where I was. The WiFi signal strength indicator showed the maximum strength on all the devices I used, everywhere in the office. This router has fantastic range and is even better than the R8500 model it is replacing. The X10 comes with a 1.7 Quad Core processor, which is faster that most computers produced a few years ago! It also comes with PLEX media server built-in to allow you to store all of your media (music, videos and pictures) and access it from anywhere you have an internet connection. If you are utilizing this router for personal use, having PLEX media server built-in is an incredible feature, allowing you to view your movies in a manner that is congruent to Amazon Prime video or Netflix. The PLEX premium feature was included for free for the first 3 months. The X10 also comes with 6 gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports and a 10G LAN SFP+ port so you can connect several devices. It also possesses MU-MIMO technology which allows multiple devices to connect up simultaneously without decreasing the performance of the network. During our initial tests, we had ~20 devices simultaneously working on the network and did not experience any performance degradation. From the administration screen, you can configure a number of features to make your router your own. You can setup a guest network, enable parental controls to ensure your kids aren’t accessing content they shouldn’t and even setup a schedule for when your network is available. You can even go so far as to grant and block access by the specific device, if you want to get that granular. The admin screen also allows you to setup a ReadySHARE Printer, allowing you to print wirelessly while on the network. In addition to the wireless printing option, you have the ability to setup ReadySHARE storage in multiple ways. You can use the ReadySHARE Vault, which lets you automatically back up your files to a USB device (external HDD) for local access. You can also use ReadyCLOUD, which allows you automatically backup your files to a USB device (external HDD) and access the content remotely (anywhere you have an internet connection). There is even an app that allows you to access and manage the content from your tablet or phone. Finally, you can automatically setup your backups in the cloud with Amazon Cloud Drive, which is free for the first six months. We currently use a Network Access Storage (NAS) device to house the content for our office and collaborate on projects. With the X10, we have already seen a significant increase in performance with regards to the general storage of documents/media and with our daily backups. The speed and efficiency that this device affords us makes it an easy recommendation to users who frequently stream content and transfer or share large files. I would also highly recommend it for small businesses that need to share documents frequently between employees. I received the Nighthawk X10 from NETGEAR for free as part of NETGEAR’s First Look Review Program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good But Not Perfect

    Posted
    Jeppy43923
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 for almost a year which I purchased from Best Buy. I can honestly tell you that was my favorite wifi router. It had everything I wanted and was looking for. Unfortunately it developed problems which caused me to use my extended warranty I purchased from Best Buy. I now have the Nighthawk X10 AD7200 and have been using it for a little over a month now. It has been pretty solid with the exception of a few times I have had to reboot the unit. For some reason it locked up and I found it to be a DNS issue both times. I'm thinking the firmware may have some DNS issues so I did let Netgear know about my issue and what I found in my troubleshooting. I love the PLEX server built into the router. That is a simple A+ in my opinion. You can't go wrong with that addition to a router. It is not perfect but PLEX appears to be constantly updating the firmware and working on issues that seem to pop up and resolve them really quick. I think they are really listening to feedback if you ask me. As for running any sort of torrent downloads I did notice this router does not really like it much. I seem to get lock ups and have to reboot the router after letting it run for extended torrent downloads times. Yes I do run a VPN for my torrent downloads and did verify the issue is not with the VPN it all points to the Nighthawk X10 AD7200. It just does not like torrent downloading I guess. The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 makes onel of the best video streamers for all your streaming subscription services. No complaints or issues at all that I can find. Remote access from my phone, table or work to my Nighthawk X10 AD7200 seem to be flawless. No lock ups no problems at all that I can think of. I have had something like four firmware updates from Netgear so I can tell you they are constantly working to improve how the Nighthawk X10 AD7200 functions. Now yes... All gamers want to know how it works for gaming. I have to tell you that it works very well. I'm a Twitch streamer and do play on PS4, Xbox One and PC. I have had not lag or problems with online Twitch streaming or just gaming online in general. This is a well rounded wifi router in my opinion. The reason for the not giving five stars is because of the few lockups and torrent downloading issues. I'm not going to get rid of the Nighthawk X10 AD7200 anytime soon but I am on the look out for the best of the best when it comes to wifi routers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very strong router, but at a high price point

    Posted
    cochranjd

    ** I received this router for free as part of the NETGEAR review program in exchange for my honest evaluation of the product which is below ** Overall, when compared to the other routers I've owned and used, this router is as performant as any. It can easily serve my entire 2 story home, which is great as I've never been a fan of splitting access across multiple access points. Even when using the same setup on both to allow auto-switching, many of our devices tend to hang on to the poor connections. All that to say, this thing is a beast as a home router. That said, this device is not priced in the range of a typical home router. If it didn't perform better, the price would be impossible to justify. As it is, it is a great router, but it still may not be worth the premium to everybody. I would definitely recommend it to a small business owner who was looking for a stronger setup without wanting to go into a more full blown enterprise setup. When the package first arrives, you can tell that a ton of time and effort was put into the packaging. From the outer box to the way the items are packed, it feels like a premium device. The weight of the device itself is impressive and you can certainly tell that it has more to it than a typical router. This is certainly not an item that you can just throw in to an existing setup without any consideration of the footprint, so keep that in mind. One HUGE plus to this model versus some of Netgear's previous models is the bulid quality and attachment mechanism for their antenna. In the past, no matter how much I tried to tighten down the antenna bars, they would inevitably become loose and fall down. These antenna are much more rigid and much more substantial in size. They adjust easily, but there is enough pressured required that you can tell they are secure when you let go of them and they stay put. While the device is substantial, as I mentioned, I love the fact that it has a shorter front which houses all of the indicator lights. This works well for our home as we can stowe it behind our television, which is a couple inches off of the table on legs, and slide the front of the router under the bottom of the teleivsion. This keeps the bulk of the device hidden away, but makes it easy to glance at and tell if anything is going on (i.e. has somebody accidentally turned off WIFI). The setup app is very nice and makes it much easier than it otherwise would be. That said, I wish you could administer the device from the app. Once the device is setup, the app is still useful, but only to see what devices are connected along with the SSID/PW setup for the 3 WIFI bands. One note on the Plex Media Server - I was very excited about this router in part because our family heavily uses a local Plex setup. Unfortunately, this router can only be used for this purpose if you attach a HD. Our current digital library is already housed in a rack mounted RAID and I have no interest in changing that physical setup. The router does not allow you to point to a network location as the source for the material Plex serves, as far as I can tell and from what I've read online, which means that we're sticking with our current setup which offloads the PLEX handling to a NAS. It would have nice to be able to benefit from the transcoding power of the router, as our NAS cannot handle that load, but we only use PLEX locally so it isn't a game changer for us - certainly not worth purchasing additional drives and an additional housing to attach them to the device, which - as mentioned previously - already takes up a nice chunk of real estate itself. I do NOT have any devices that take advantage of the 802.11ad standard, which, in my opinion, WOULD be a potential game changer if making a decision for or against this device. I think that is important to note because much of the price on this device is going to be in things like AD and the PLEX server, neither of which served to benefit me personally at this time. I've never loved the software interface NETGEAR uses and that is still the case. I find that it is overly cumbersome, and in many cases it is hard to pin down exactly what I'm looking for. I LOVE the ASUS interface, by comparison. That said, there are plenty of solutions to this problem if somebody is interested in running separate software on top of their router. As for my recommendation - If you are looking for a router at home and don't need all the power or bells and whistles this device offers, the price point is probably not worth it - at that point, you're buying a very expensive router and not using it to its full power. I would say if you have the money to spend, want to make use of AD or PLEX or just want to make sure you have one of the most powerful consumer level routers around, this item is definitely the one to buy. It would also likely be a good choice for somebody that wants/needs a bit more power out of their router, but isn't ready to jump into a more robust infrastructure setup. ** I received this router for free as part of the NETGEAR review program in exchange for my honest evaluation of the product which is above **

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This router is a beast

    Posted
    MadDucks

    When I opened up the box, my first thought was, this thing has a heatsink fan on it. When NetGear built this router, they were not fooling around. I first heard of the X10 from a Plex e-mail. I have a large Plex library and was keen to try this router out. I came from the Netgear X4 (pretty good router) and then the Orbi. This time I was replacing the X4. The X10 is just bigger in every respect. After opening the box, I found that I had just enough space to place it in the computer room. I took the X4 out of band, put the X10 in - changed a few network settings, and everything was up and happy again. My network is not a normal network, so I as pleasantly surprised. As an additional plus, NetGear also prints in a big font, for you to upgrade the firmware. I did this twice, and it makes the admin experience so much more enjoyable. So - After the router up and running, it was time for be to kick the tires. Like I said previously, I have a big Plex environment. I was able to get this router up and running with a small USB drive, but my current environment leverages a NAS and some other x86 systems. I was looking around, but could not find a way to NFS mount the storage. Right now the router wants you to hook up the drives to router itself, not something I'm too jazzed about. I'm really hoping as Plex and Netgear keep on pushing out code updates, that this will be something I can change. Gaming, Video streaming, a HUGE IoT setup (I have multiple devices), a Satellite receiver, this router is currently handling them all without sweating. The MU-MIMO works like a dream, and the Amazon Drive functionality, though I just set it up, seems to be working just fine as well. I'm very pleased with this router so far. There are some elements that I can't test right now (10G interface, 802.11ad) which is the only reason I'm giving the X10 a 4 star review. If I can get some of that tech in my home, I'll revise this review. Overall, if you want to lower your computer footprint at home, and want to have a fast router, with the ability to transcode your Plex library I would recommend that your buy this router. It collapses a lot of different pieces of what you would need laying around your house. With the power, ease of setup and ease of use, this router can't be beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    They should have called this router the DeathStar

    Posted
    routerhead

    Installed it last night ,I have the Netgear CM600 modem as well Docsis 3.0 cable Modem,excellent modem btw.The Router is big in size has a giant heat sink with fan,you can see through the vent/grill,no you can't hear the fan run even when you put your head close to it..The antenna's were already mounted to the router.The install was a breeze,just plug and play comes with six gigabit ports and one ten Gig port as well.I took full advantage of all of the ports except the 10 gig.That was nice the extra ports, old router only had 4 ports.I have over 25 devices connected in house hard wired/wireless ect,,xbox's, ps-4's, ipads, phones,lap tops, and so on. The antenna's light up blue and there not bright good thing , and the info lights in front can be easily turned off with a switch on back nice feature to have so you dont have to see all those flashing lights in your room/living room.I replaced a two year old router that was rated top router at the time,ASUS model,at times it would not stand up to the task with everything in house running,(causing lag game play and movies not running smooth.Not the case with this new beast!!! OMG is all i can say it is laughing at what we are throwing at it,wireless speeds are great from basement to second floor and signals strong everywhere even out side in driveway and back deck.The kids are gaming happy and all devices are doing great,yes I am very pleased with this router, complaints only that its 500 bucks oh well guess you get what you pay for and this so far seems to be worth every penny it better be for the price!!.If your paying for 200-300 mbps internet speeds take advantage of it with this router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Alot left to be desired

    Posted
    Envy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    First off I have been building PCs, and setting up networks for friends and family for the last 16 years. I have Verizon Fi@s Gigabit service and decided to try this as in my house there are a few weak spots. When installing this router I first updated the firmware, and used the "app" to install and set up the router. First of all if someone is dropping $400+ on a router making it need to be set up via app on a smart phone is dumb. I want to be able to plug the router in and do everything from my main wired computer as this offers the best connection by far. Once installed it gives you options to import previous wireless setting etc. Its all pretty easy and straight forward. Everything was all set up and I tested everything that was connected and everything worked perfectly. I used my main wired computer to watch youtube at which point came the first hiccup. After about 2-3 minutes of video internet lost connection, and the router was "offline". I had to restart the router and after 2 mins it was up and running again. This problem persisted for 2 days, even full resets and reinstalling software made no difference. It would also tell me after a reboot 50% of the time, IP addresses currently in use, resolve the problem with the net genie app and after 10 minutes it MIGHT fix itself. After calling customer support , they tried to tell me it was an issue with the firmware not updating all the way, and would be indicated by a blinking power light. Nope the power light was constantly on, but was told it was an issue I caused. When I brought the router back to BestBuy the girl was great, it was funny as she actually said whats wrong with it? keep losing connection ? When I said exactly, how did you know. She said shes seen a "bunch" of people return it for the same issue. I just chose a refund and will be getting a different router in the future. Reading on Cnet and other forums many other people have experienced the same issue. Sorry but if I am dropping $400 on a router, the Quality control should be top notch. Not happy with netgears customer service either. 2 Stars for the wife range and strength when it was working. But if I have to manually go reset the router once an hour, the router isn't doing its job.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not worth $500

    Posted
    TechNerd

    As a former IT guy, I always get excited about new technology products. I was intrigued by how this router would perform compared to others. I've tried just about every high end router from the Linksys EA 9500 which was a complete disappointment to the Apple Extreme(ok for average user), to the Asus Rt-AC88U (the best overall) to this router. I have Comcast 150 mbps plan, along with the Netgear CM700 High speed modem that has 1.4 Gbps. Of course the only speed that matters is what your ISP sets your speed at. With that said if you have the right hardware you can usually get the speeds you pay for. I mostly wanted a router that has long range because I live in a 4000 sq ft home. The 3rd floor is where my internet speed is most lagging. I still get about 30-40 mbps which is really fast, but I'm a tech nerd and want at least 100. I bought this hoping the Quad Core processor and strong Antenna would somehow help overcome the walls and distances to reach my computer on the 3rd floor. While this router works amazing at shorter distances. I now get slower speed upstairs around 20-30 Mbps then my old Asus AC88U router delivered. I've tested this router out for 2 weeks now and nothing has changed. While it is a great router, it's not a $500 router. Maybe 250, but not 500 therefore I can only give it 4 stars. Most people I imagine get a router for 2 reasons. The speed and distance, alot of the other stuff is just the cherry on top of the cake. Unless you're an IT guy or gal, or a geek like me you're not gonna care that much about Plex media server, Amazon drive cloud backup, Link aggregation, AiProtection, NAS server, GUI(Graphic User Interface) and etc. Don't get this unless you have money to burn or just want the newest router on the market. If you need to upgrade get the Asus Rt-AC88, it's 5 Ghz is kind of iffy, but overall it's the best router on the market. Believe me I've tried them all, if Netgear sold this for 250-300 I would tell you to get this instead as it will future proof your network several years from now. But for $500 it is simply not worth it, doesn't give you any faster speeds then other high end routers. Only tech dorks like me would notice the speed difference as I use software to measure the speeds. But most people don't do these things. All they want is a router that works seamlessly and doesn't take forever to load web pages and videos. My advice for Netgear is to reduce the price to something more reasonable like $300.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Speed

    Posted
    bllackeagle
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    Quadrupled my speed at home. There are four essential points I'd like to make: 1) All these years I paid for a 50mbps speed from my cable company. I had an older Netgear from 2009 which has served me well all these years (and still works), but I decided it was time to upgrade. Typically I was getting only 12-17mbps through my wi-fi (for example, to my iPhone6). After getting this Nighthawk Router, I now understand 57mbps on the same iPhone. All of my devices are much faster now... PS4, iPhones, iPads, Epson Printer, Baby Monitor, Tablets, Roku 3 box, Roku Streaming Stick, etc... 2) Cables .... Please note, one other thing I did in addition to getting this router is that I also bought all new cat6 wires (from Amazon Basics), and that has helped the router to connect well to the cable modem. From the router itself, I have a few wired items (Roku 3 box, PS4, my PC). And note that I tested the Roku 3 box, PS4, and PC wirelessly as well. In all conditions, wired with Cat6 cables and wi-fi, this Nighthawk router has delivered the speeds I was missing for years. 3) Interface.... Also, I like the interface for setting up and using the router. I love that you get two options of 2.4ghz or 5ghz connection. One thing to keep in mind is that some older devices can only use 2.4g, so it is that old device itself that limits the connection speed (not your wi-fi necessarily). Newer devices are 5g capable and can maximize the speed capability. 4) Security... I also like the "Access Control" feature so that you have to permit a device to connect to your wi-fi. For example, when I got a new iPad this Christmas, I logged into my wi-fi network and put in the proper password, but it wouldn't connect to the internet. Then I went to the Netgear interface on my PC, and it displayed that the iPad had been blocked (because Access Control is turned on). So then I simply hit a checkbox to "allow" the iPad onto my home network, and then it connected. Finally, I am not a tech person; I just try to read up on things to the best of my ability. I hope my review helps some of you. 5 STARS

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rock Solid Router

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    Chris
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    This router has been running fine for the past few weeks. I'm mostly pleased with it. This router is more of a "prosumer" product with a lot of bells and whistles. It has a ton of features that most users will probably never touch. This NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 is probably overkill for most networks. It is also quite expensive. My reason for purchasing this router is that it supports IEEE 802.3ad LACP link aggregation. This allows a device that has 2 or more Gigabit NICs to share network traffic and i enjoy an increase in bandwidth and availability. My server's network interfaces were getting saturated and Link Aggregation has remediated the issue. It also has a 10GB LAN SFP+ Fiber Connection port for future that will allow for growing my network. One of the caveats of this device is that it has a wireless band that hasn't seen a lot of wide adoption. It is the 60 GHz 802.11ad radio. It's supposed to get up to 6GB per second, but there are very few devices that support this standard. The 60GHz radio also requires line of sight to actually maintain speeds and the device needs to be in the same room. This wireless standard has already been superseded by 802.11ax. The file server functionality of this router is a little on the hinky side as far as Time Machine support is concerned. It will corrupt HFS+ volumes. Otherwise, it works okay with ExFAT and Ext4 volumes. The LED's are also bright. They light up the room. They can be turned off with the exception of the power light. That light is also somewhat bright, but tolerable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst router ever

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    Romany
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    I purchased this router as a replacement to my old ASUS RT-AC68R, because speed of old router was not enough for 1Gbps internet I recently got. NETGEAR - Nighthawk X10 got 4 core 1.7GHz CPU and should cover all my needs. First impression of new router was excellent, but when I tried to set some restrictions for my home network in the same way I have with my old router, it becomes a nightmare. Pros: 1) excellent piece of hardware way advanced to competitors. 2) Has 60GHz 802.11ad support, but it's useless right now. 3) Has 10Gbps Ethernet connector, I'm not sure it could be using for home networking right now. 4) It supports aggregation of two gigabit LAN ports for wired perf improvement, but it requires support from other equipment and pretty useless for me Contras: 1) Worst firmware ever. Sometimes it's even hangs in UI after some settings updated and to revive router you need to perform power cycle. 2) Parental control requires extra software need to be installed on client system and has very limited set of restrictions (mostly not useful) available in router UI. 3) Router is quite loud if it's actively using. If network has significant loading, active cooling system in the router turn on noisy fan. For final words I would like to say that Netgear created an excellent hardware, but it's software is a piece of junk. Maybe, some enthusiast would use WRT third party firmware in this router and it makes router more user friendly, but I don't want to fix such problems by myself in very expensive piece of equipment which expected to be perfect for the price I paid. PS So, I checked online reviews for this router and I regret that I haven't checked them prior the purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup with many great features!

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    FMSJ

    The NETGEAR X10 R900 router has been the best router I have used to date. Before obtaining this router, my household was configured with a model/router and an access point connected so that my house can get complete coverage. The previous access point device was broadcasting wireless N, so moving to the X10 has greatly improved bandwidth throughout the house. As a matter of fact, with the X10 alone, I get complete coverage upstairs and downstairs with ease. I was able to stream content from my Plex server to my downstairs media center with no buffering at all, which was a huge pain from my previous network configuration. As for the built-in Plex server capability, I absolutely enjoyed the ease of getting it up and running. I Simply went into the router’s page where I was able to download and activate the Plex server, followed by plugging my USB device, and having Plex grab the content from the USB device. I was even able to link it with my current Plex account to the X10 with no problem whatsoever. I am in mid process of moving my media content over to a USB media storage so that it can all run through the X10 router. One of the great features of the R9000 is that the router houses two USB 3.0 ports so that I can have two USBS drives connected, which essentially means I will have two NAS storage drives that I can access from the Plex server and ReadyShARE. As for initial setup, it was a breeze since the antennas, which have LED lights on the edge, were already attached to the router during unboxing of the unit. Configuring it to my network was a breeze as well. Thanks to the NETGEAR up phone App, I didn’t even have to log into my Desktop to configure the router to my network. The app goes through the entire process of setting up the internet connection, updating to the latest firmware, and configuring my WIFI settings. Now the only downside, may be the size of the router as it is larger than any of my previous routers. Yet this is not really a downfall for me for since I enjoy the design of the R9000 due to the router looking like a slim PC with fans visible from the grill. Actually one other great feature of the R9000 is the ability to turn the LED lights on and off, which can be great if placed within a room and do not want to stay awake with the LED lights blinking and flashing. All in all, I am glad to have this router in my house and am hoping to get more AD compatible devices so that I can enjoy the true performance of NETGEAR’s R900 router. Please note that I received this product for free to test as a part of the NETGEAR F&F program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Quality Netgear Product

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    FlyBoyJ
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    Before I bought the R9000 I tried that EA9500 from Linksys. So I can provide a comparison between them both. The R9000 is perfect for my needs and is complimented by my R8000 in Access Point mode. With 6 LAN ports and the 7th being a 10gb line (one can dream right!?) I'm able to provide networking capability to my entire house without the need for switches all over the place. I've only experienced 1 hiccup with the R9000 since I've hooked it up and that involved all the LAN ports not having internet access, however, the WIFI worked fine - a simple router reboot and I haven't seen it happen again. I've been a Netgear user for the past 5 years now (intermixed with some mistakes of trying Linksys) and I couldn't be happier. I don't use the USB functions of the router so I can't comment on that. Pros: - 6 LAN Ports - No degradation in through-put to any device measured by Speed Tests - Easy to manage and navigate GUI - It just plain works! Cons: - Really have yet to encounter any Like I mentioned, before buying the R9000 I had the EA9500 for 2 weeks - biggest mistake ever. The EA9500 had excellent wifi coverage, maybe just a tad better than the R9000 but it had a terribly dumbed-down GUI and constantly dropped devices and internet connection. Further, the EA9500 GUI would constantly lock up and crash the router - in two weeks I had to reset the router to factory defaults 3 different times. The only leg up the EA9500 has on the R9000 is the linksys iOS/Android app is superior to netgears - but that doesn't tip the scales at all. Overall, I highly recommend the R9000 - like I said I've been a netgear customer for years and years and I've barely ever had an issue. You won't be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Hardware check! Software ugh!

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    AlmostGeek
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    I want to really like this router but I will be replacing it when the new ASUS ROG routers come out this fall. It has nice hardware features but the Firmware leaves a lot to be desired. Here are the issues I have with the firmware: 1). Netgear has acknowledged this bug but cannot seem to fix it after more than a year. Primarily, if you enable Access Control (who would not due to security), then you cannot see the connected devices if you log into the router from a web browser. 2). QOS Settings - these are automated and you cannot change them. I have read you can set QOS specifically per device but that is not an option since you cannot see the devices due to the above reason. 3). Priority traffic (part of QOS) - WiFi takes precedence over wired connections. So, if you have home office with wired connections and VPN to your company, your business takes a back seat to anyone streaming wireless over your connection. I have updated the Firmware, rebooted, tried the App for Apple, App for Windows, 4 different browsers, and still have not been able to see any connect devices on a browser and the apps do not allow for changing (giving priority) the QOS between different computers. I gave it an extra star for those users who only need WiFi in a home environment (no VPN software such as Hamachi for gaming). In such an environment, this router rocks! Just remember, do NOT enable Access Control! Given the status of the Firmware, this product is not worth the price in my opinion. I previously owned a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 for multiple years and never had an issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the cost

    Posted
    AvgJoe
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    I purchased this router with the hope that it could handle our home network of devices. My previous nighthawk had no problems but when we upgraded to 1gig speed it couldn't handle all the traffic. This router looks amazing and is beefy. The UI is garbage and outdated when compared to ASUS and other brands. First let me start by stating I have the follow items on my network Modem:NetGear CM1100 (I own it and using Comast/Xfinity 1G Down and 50 Up) xBOXx-Wired Ps4Pro-Wired VOIP Extender-Wired Network Drive-Wired Wireless: 5 Echo Dots 1 Echo Show 2 Nest thermostats 5 Arlo Cameras and 1 Arlo HD 3 Computers 1 Ring door bell 2 Schlage door locks (wifi modulus) 1 Xboxone X 3 Xbox One's 2 firesticks 10 smart bulbs 4 home security wifi lights/camera's Along with 1 Nighthawk 1500 Extender. According these specs handling all this network traffic should be NO problem at all. Well, Lets just say that only the gaming system and security cameras were connected to 5g and rest 2G. The 2g DROPPED almost daily. I tested this router numerous times even tested different signals and still had issues. I removed the extender and installed a different one didn't resolve. Contact Netgear who basically said it "must be" faulty with no help. So back to the store it went and a I purchased a ASUS 5300 triband which runs amazingly on our network. You would think for this price the UI would be better and it would handle a home for 2,900 square feet which isn't large at all. Maybe I got a bad one not sure. The only positive thing is when it worked I was pulling some very fast speeds well over my cap around 2.8-3.2, If you're a home with multiple devices I would avoid this. I deff think there is something wrong with the lasted firmware and they just don't have a fix for it. After some Googling I realized this most likely the issue but I didn't have time to wait months for Netgear to get there act together.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great WiFi of FIRE!

    Posted
    smarthomesmarty
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    Let me just say, the X10 is the router I never expected to be able to buy. It supports VLANS, has a GBIC port for direct Fiber connection, port aggregation for a home SAN setup... I mean wow.... thats before even getting to the wifi. I am really into smart home technology. I am coming from an older Nighthawk, the AC1900 (which is a great device in its own right), but as you would expect, like all routers, the more devices connected to it, the more lagged it would get. (It never really got lagged, but you could see tell the difference between a few devices and the 80 I had connected to it)... The X10 has taken the 60-80 devices I have on my home network (mixed between wired, and wireless) and not broken a sweat. I HIGHLY recommend this router to anyone wanting to have the ultimate smart home. A good infrastructure is vital to having the best experience with all of your IOT devices throughout your home. 500 bucks for a router may seem excessive to a lot of people.. but here is what to keep in mind. The bandwidth needs of your home devices is doing anything but decreasing... this will be the only router you would need to buy for at least 3 to 5 years. It is fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Intelligent router with more speed & reliability!

    Posted
    PDNYC

    The Nighthawk X10 is truly a "next-generation" router. There are very few competitors out there in the Wireless AD (vs. Wireless AC) space as far as I can tell, so you'd expect a flagship device to come loaded with all of the bells and whistles. The X10 does that and then some! Below are some of the most important and stand out features that are worth mentioning. Pros: - Very speedy: I have 2 different 802.11AD devices that I was able to test with the X10. The speed / performance is incredible and definitely lives up to the hype. I was able to receive full wireless performance in excess of my current 802.11AC router. - Multitasking: The X10 easily handles multiple devices on its beamforming channels. I connected over 10 devices to the X10 at once and conducted some serious downloading tests...to my surprise, all of the devices were able to stream / download large files with little to no noticeable degradation (i.e. they all seemed to get the full internet speed that I pay for, which, believe it or not, is very impressive). Note that not all of my devices are AD compatible so I imagine the more AD friendly devices that are connected, the better the performance will be! - Media Server: The Plex media server used to be one of those "gimmick" services that were hard to use and set u. Note anymore. Netgear has done a great job implementing this service into the X10. I've found it very satisfying to be able to access all of my media across a variety of different devices with ease. No wonder the router needs a 1.7GHz processor to handle bulk local media sharing! Cons: - Size: This router is not small. In fact, you'll probably get a good workout just carrying it to your home (just kidding!). My advice is to find a nice place behind your TV or somewhere to hide it as it's larger than most home routers on the market these days. That said, Netgear did a great job designing the X10 to look futuristic. I am posting this for your benefit and hope this review helps any people who are on the fence about buying this router. If you want the latest and greatest, the X10 is not to be overlooked. Please note that I received this product for free to test due to my participation in the F&F program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Fantastic Router If You will Use The Features!

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    jerflash
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    First like to say i have been using this router since late July while still on beta but now it is ready for the rest of the world! It has performed great for me from the start and since upgrading to the latest production firmware it has been flawless. My big takeaways from this router is just how strong the 5GHz band is on this device. Using the the router with my AC equipped wireless devices i noticed a clear advantage in range and wall penetration compared to the R7000 i was using before this. By far the strongest signal i have seen from a consumer grade router. The throughput speed were also second to none but i really wish i had some MU-MIMO devices to test it with but i used every other kind of device under the sun with it. All worked well. Another thing to touch on and i tested is the Built-in Plex server. All that’s needed is a plex account and a huge usb 3.0 external Drive and you are good to go. Super easy to setup and work really well. Even the transcoding! If you want to offload this from our main machine or only have a laptop this is awesome. I said in the title that this is an awesome router if you are going to use all the feature it offers. This is true because it is very pricey, but you get what you pay for and the functionality is here!

    I would recommend this to a friend