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NETGEAR - Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 5 Router - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 5704 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router

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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Initial setup is a pain, but works wonderfully

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    Chris
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    Coming from a place where our wireless connectivity would fluctuate from bad to nil, I wanted to make sure we had good wi-fi in our new home. Looking around I settled on the AC3200 and so far I have not been disappointed. We've experienced no connectivity issues, even when multiple computers, gaming consoles, and tablets are using the wi-fi at the same time. The one downside was the initial setup of the router, which is preventing me from giving this 5 stars. It kept having trouble detecting the internet signal from my modem. Restarting the device would let it find the internet, but then it kept treating itself like a second router, wanting the information on the "already existing" router, which was just itself before it was restarted, and I couldn't get to a login screen to make manual modifications to the settings before it got through the automatic setup. After a couple of times restoring default settings, I was able to get it working and now I can log into it as needed to adjust settings or set up things like port forwarding or guest networks. Recommended, with a caveat regarding the initial setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nighthawk X6 gets the job done with an easy set up

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    RCrace
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    Well, first off, no 5 stars. Here is my reason, the equipment gives me decent reception all the way to my rear patio, but sometimes it just can't handle the distance. I'm asking a lot from it and what I will suggest is that it be located as high as possible to get the best reception. I have a 2 story home and have it upstairs pointing towards the major part of the house, interior reception is good throughout the house. I'm able to stream in HD anywhere in the house. As soon as I step outside into the patio area the HD will auto adjust and sometimes will lag a bit. I have to say that the home is 3000 sq. ft. and there is plenty of walls between it and the outside. Definitely has made an improvement over the outdated unit it replaces. Features, I like that it has plenty of RJ45 ports and the WiFi is excellent with 3 channels to choose from (two 5g and one 2.4g) It allows for multiple wifi electronics with no bottle necks. The installation/setup was simple, you can customize as much as you want or just use the default settings. So far it has worked flawlessly and my only gripe is the degradation when you go outside.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Strong signal

    Posted
    PaulG
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    It seems these days that you need to replace your router every 3 years, which I do fine frustrating. Either websites are getting more and more data hungry, or the updates we do to our routers, slow them down, just like cell phones. Anyway, this router is huge, but not just its size. The coverage I now have with this bad boy is fantastic! I have a 2 story 2400 square foot home, no issues anywhere, even in my garage which has never been great. So far I have no complaints about the way it performs. My only issue is it's not very user friendly to set up. The included instructions I found some what misleading. It also wouldn't except the passwords that I've used on previous routers of the same make! I had to make up new ones, which it was happy with, and then change them back to my old ones. Very odd, but was able to get there in the end. I do like the ability to turn off all of the LED indicators, making the router much darker at night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice But Some Issues

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    wwdnet
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    The wifi signal is strong and has relieved problems with major connected components (TVs and security cameras). On the flip side, my Android phone loses wifi connectivity several times daily, which is frustrating. Netgear tech suggested changes to channels, but it hasn't resolved the problem. When my phone says "WiFi not available on Netgear xxx" but the TV and cams are strongly connected, I know it's an issue with the router-phone connection. My phone settings are correct for maximum wifi connectivity. I rarely had to reboot my old R7800 router, but reboot the R8000 every week to maintain good connectivity. Fortunately, I only paid about $25 to upgrade to the R8000 as my failing R7800 was covered by a Geek Squad extended warranty. As long as TVs don't freeze in the middle of my favorite shows, I'm overall happy with this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup-hard to get it correct

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    Delzona
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    This router certainly has the horsepower to handle all my connecting WiFi devices. It was very easy to get setup, however it has taken me a couple of weeks working with their tech support to get the most from the router. I kept having issues with the WiFi just dropping offline at random times and when it returns (reboots?) speeds sometimes are in the low 10s Mbps!! I will say that so far the tech support I've been using through email has been trying to figure out the issue and has given a lot of different options to try. They have stated that if they can't figure out the problem they will replace the router, which of course I would expect since its brand new!! Even with the issues I've experienced I would still recommend this router because when it is working its great!! I may have just gotten a defective one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nicest router ever!

    Posted
    dunhamti
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    I am tech savy but even if I were not this set up like a dream! Absolutely no hang ups and I have not lost or dropped signal anywhere in my house which is a 2400 sq ft ranch so it is stretched out. Currently managing 4 phones, 6 tablets, 3 laptops, 3 tvs, xbox1 and a ps4 with no issues. It is big and obtrusive, some of the connections are in places that make little sense. The directional antennas seem cheap and easily broken if not kept in a safe spot. The only issue I have with this and most of the rest is the lack of a cable input. Why don't they make a router compatible with cable??? That being said if you buy this router you still need the old cable modem to send signal to the router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works pretty good

    Posted
    Nick
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    I've had this router for about a month. The signal works good for our application. We have a smaller home, about 1300 sq ft all one level, no basement, and the router is centrally located. At the furthest points of our home the signal is good on all of our devices. When I say good, I mean the wifi signal is ALMOST maxed out. We used to have ATT uverse and the signal was stronger, the signal maxed out everywhere. I not complaining, but I would have thought that a router this expensive would have equaled the ATT router. The router has never crashed nor have we had to reboot it (so far), but after reading the reviews about Net Gears return policy we purchased a Geek Squad warranty. One of the "Head Geeks" at Best Buy said that the routers are some of the most returned items in the store... I gave it 4 stars because as most everyone has mentioned, the antennas are flimsy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the WOW I expected

    Posted
    GreenMarine
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    My last router was a D-Link DIR-826L. I needed an extender to reach my office and my wife complained that the printer constantly dropped from the network. After reading the reviews and the product description that claimed multiple diverse products that can operate simultaneously, I took a chance at spending the big money to buy the Nighthawk X6. It did set up relatively easily and with my extender, I get screaming speeds in my office through my comcast network, but my wife still complains about the printer dropping from the network (only on her MacBook Pro) and her Google drive dropping. I haven't had any issues with those, but the network is sluggish on occasion. My son, who is a community PlayStation enthusiast was not impressed with the network performance over our last router. For the money I paid, I expected a happy family with no more network complaints ... that didn't happen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Netgear R8000 X6

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    DoctorPepp3r
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    Review of the Netgear R8000 x6. Own the R7000 series and was looking for an upgrade due to r7000 dropping wi-fi channels after around 3years, a reported issue with that model. R8000 setup was very easy. Router login and device isp setup simple as most Netgear interface. Range is very good. 2.4 and 5Ghz signal strong, secure and acceptable. No issues gaming, streaming and definitely made for multiple devices and streaming. Tested on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Smart TV streaming Wireless and Wired tested. Had 0 packet loss on both tests. Speed very acceptable. Recommend this Router. Only a 4 Star due to price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Parental Controls are just bad

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    vatechguy
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    Love the router - fast and relatively easy to set up. My one complaint is that the parental controls are just bad. Schedules and filters are based on the entire lot of the house - and cannot be applied to individual machine/IP/MAC which is a must for teenage boys. There's a ridiculous app you can download that lets you bypass the filters - which is useful, but again, it requires a username and password - how many kids can remember more than one password? The parental controls are just more hassle than they're worth. I do like the filter categories - but there should be some additional granular controls so when a kids not doing their chores I can easily segregate them off the network without either changing the wifi password for everyone or having to take their wireless adapter away.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nighthawk router should last us for a long time

    Posted
    Techywage15
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    Our original Netgear router died and although it had done an adequate job for years, we have more things to connect to the router than ever before. The only reason I do not give it 5 stars is it has not been as easy as I thought it would be to use the various channels on the router by dedicating certain things strictly to a different channel. It also was not as easy to set it up initially as it should have been. Also our older printer would not stay connected to this resulting in our having to buy another printer. The capacity is more what we need for computers, smart phones,ts, TV's, etc. and should serve us well from now on in. Our older Netgear was 5 years old, hope this one lasts as long or longer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as easy as I thought

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    hard2access
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    Setup was not as easy as anticipated. I'm a TWC subscriber with my own modem. I thought simply switching outs routers and changing a few passwords. Since I had already disconnected the previous netgear router I wasn't prepared for the questions asked so I started over several times. The 2ghz runs slow @ times and I may still have to tweek a little more. I set up smart connect so it would connect to the best GHz (2G or 5G) for my devices. Also had to channels as a neighbor also has Netgear. Still pleased with the results as I am a diy person.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good router, but not great

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    suitedmonkey
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    My challenge / problem statement - I was unable to get the ATT router to broadcast my 1 Gig signal to all corners of a tiny 1100 sqft apartment. What i did - Bought this Nighhawk expecting magic What i got - Got a noticeable improvement in coverage and performance, but did not get the magic I hoped for. Hardwired, i was able to get close to 900 Meg. On Wifi, I was able to get close to 500 Meg (the ATT was able to not do beyond 200 MEg) Pros - Looks impressive Good LED indicators Flexible Antennae Good throughput Good Netgear software and decent interface Cons The wall hang put the router upside down The range is not monstrous The broadcast direction is very specific and not 360 degrees

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

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    mast3rof0
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    Overall, this has been a good purchase and I would purchase it again. The hardware has been been reliable and offered great coverage throughout my home. With that said, if feel as though it is lacking for a router at this price point, especially the UI. The plus is that it does support DD-WRT which does give provide more advanced features and more granular controls. One of the gotchas that experienced is with the guest network. The Roku's ping the router interface to determine connectivity to the network. Unfortunately, the Netgear does not respond to ping from the guest network so I had to disable ping on the Roku to get it to work. This change has lead to other issues with the Roku so that I have to reconnect to the wireless network after it has gone to sleep for an extended period.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speed...With An Occasional Restart

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    ScanningFool
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    I must have read hundreds of reviews for this router and others before purchasing. This tri-band router runs a little warm, but not like the comparable Linksys. As others experienced, sometimes this router's throughput drops to a third or less of the max speed of your external internet connection, requiring a soft reset. It happened twice in six weeks. However, the range is great, covering over 2,000 sq ft on each of two floors and extending outside the house on the lower band. Internet speeds consistently exceed the maximum speed of my plan. Internal home network speeds are about half of the theoretical max due to different max speeds of connected devices. Except for the occasional resets, great speed and range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall a good product

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    snohoman
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    I recently purchased this router instead of going with an eero mesh as I had not heard much about the eero product and did not personally know anyone using it. The Nighthawk X6 was a breeze to set up and configure (even advanced features). It's really been a "set it and forget it" router for my home network. I do have a home office with static IPs so I wish there had been a way to route static IPs directly to a second internal network (VLAN and passthru). I did not easily find a way to do this (and still haven't) which is why the 4 stars instead of 5. The ability to separate out the ports to specific IPs may be a bit more than most home networking systems need to be able to do, but it seems like a simple feature to add.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product with stability and good range.

    Posted
    MDUser
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    My 5 year router was having disconnection issues and had limited range. Even the speed was an issue. Nighthawk X6 AC3200 is an excellent replacement. The set up was very easy. It is sitting in my bedroom upstairs. The two TVs, roku, xbone, media center 2 floors below are connected to it. I can stream netflix, you tube etc in hi-def without any lag. The app on android also allows to set up a guest account for fixed period of time. I've connected a USB drive to play my media anywhere in the room I like the fact that you can switch off the flashing lights on it. I'm giving it 1 less star because of high price. I bought it in November and at the end of November Amazon had it 30$ reduced. Best buy gladly accepted the price match.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great unit, some firmware updates needed.

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    CompGeek
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    Very nice unit, good range. Very brite LEDs if placed in occupied area but can turned off. Like the multiple user accounts and guest account for visitors and filters for unwanted guests. The unit does have occasional issues with the dual 5g band's under load but a simple disconnect and reconnect usually gets you going again. I have 2 Android phone, 1 Iphone, 2 pc, 1 laptop, 1 tablet, 2 smart TV, 1 Samsung blueray player, a Roku stick and PS3 along with LAN connected and shared Printer for a load on it with only the above mentioned issue. Have not had a issue with the 2g band. I'm sure that a future firmware update will fix. Good unit for the money, very solid build feel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beast of a router

    Posted
    Bill
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    Physically it's a monster. So...make sure you have the space. I had an Asus RU66, and it was acting up wouldn't connect with some of the devices well, like my DVR. And it had been a couple of years. I decided to get the biggest, and "best" which for the most part is. The interface is real easy to set up even for novices. The only issue this didn't get 5 starts is the range. I expected a much better range than my old router, and it really isn't. For the money (almost $100 more) one would think it would be outstanding, but, unfortunately, it's not. All in all, I think it's a really good purchase, and is a router that meets current speed needs until more is needed with 4K content a couple of years from now.

    I would recommend this to a friend