The Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 wireless router is another entry in the range “ultra-perfomance” Netgear networking devices that look like they are straight out of a military catalog and play with enough firepower to save the . But is that enough its stellar specifications and user-friendly software to compensate for areas where he fell short?
Keep reading my Netgear Nighthawk X6 review to find out.
Summary: The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 is a router that takes no prisoners, and offers wireless download speeds like few others.
Price: 256.91 $ Available: Now
What we liked
- Very fast in all scenarios download and upload
- Netgear Genie Router is a welcome change from the old configuration tools
- Additional features are abundant
What we have not
- stealth bomber design may not be the best for everyone
- Wired performance could be better
- Makes noise borne
Nighthawk X6 R8000 Specifications
|Type de connexion Wi-Fi||802.11ac|
|Processor||1.0GHz dual-core processor with three unloading processors|
|Operating modes||wireless router, an access point, bridge|
|wireless encryption of 128-bit|
|Ports Ethernet||4 Gigabit|
|USB inputs||1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0|
The full range of Nighthawk routers are threatening devices, beastly looking. If the bombers designer Nighthawk stealth (probably where the routers get their namesake) suddenly decided to leave the aircraft and take networked devices instead, the X6 Nighthawk is the result of what was on the other side.
The Nighthawk X6 comes with black on black stylings, metal aesthetics grated on the hull, and six antennas that serve both boost your wireless signal and to inform customers visiting you take your multimedia streaming , games and web browsing more seriously than most. It might come off a bit for some left houses, but as long as you plan to keep in the home office or out of sight in the living room, he must blend into the background very well.
The flat – form “Genie” Netgear may not be as graphically pleasing and intuitive to use Wi-Fi system Linksys Smart, but it is always useful for what he does. Using the Genie you can access Netgear internal parameters of your router, and any change of the wireless network password to the way the lights flash on board when transferring data between devices.
This deep level of customization is essential for ultra-geeks out there who want to control all aspects of connectivity options to their router and get into the nuts and bolts is as easy as switching tabs on top of the Settings menu ” Basic “to” Advanced “. For light users, however, the basic settings, you still access to important functions such as parental controls, multimedia ReadySHARE server and SSID settings where you can change the name and password for the wireless network.
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The companion app for iOS, Android, Windows and OSX is pretty fun too. It is especially easy to read categories with large buttons that make changing simple parameters, even when you are traveling.
Distance and Speed Tests
As one of the few routers there – there that can claim true “tri-band” capability, the X6 AC3200 (model: R8000) is in the forefront of its product category. Both the price and technical specifications leads us to believe that we would get the best performance we have seen on a router yet – and the X6 did not disappoint.
On the network of 2.4 GHz at a distance of 5 feet, we could max that the spectrum is able to: a 60Mbps download and 80Mbps average up. Surprisingly, this figure dropped to barely at all once we moved our test machine at a distance of 30 feet, with a wall and a door placed in the signal path.
Switching to 5GHz spectrum bumped that figure considerably. Again at a distance of 5 feet, the X6 Nighthawk reached an average download speed of about 210Mbps, with 280Mbps download speed. At a distance of 30 feet this number decreased slightly to 170 Mbps down / 169Mbps, but that is expected in the spectrum of 5 GHz, which may suffer a loss of greater signal upon transmission through walls or doors.
The only area where the X6 slipped performance was wired. When connected directly to the back of our fiber optic modem ISP, we get a download speed of 990Mbps download / 900Mbps. When plugged into the Netgear however, that the performance was cut in half, down to 410Mbps / 358Mbps up. This is much faster for almost every application we can think of, but losing half your speed between two devices is not exactly great, either.
One (admittedly minor) gripe we noticed that during speed tests where the router was running at max … it was noisy. This is the first time I work with a router that makes noise when it was on, and although it is barely audible in a room where people speak in a normal voice, in dead silence, he is about the only thing you can hear.
I can not imagine that this would be a deal-breaker for everyone, but something readers should know before you go out and take one.
The AC3200 Nighthawk X6 may seem a little scary on the surface, but this gives not mean you should not still a second look. With a serious power under the hood and enough features such as USB Media Windows servers and automated backup tools, the X6 offers a strong combination of hardware and software that should be enough to meet the networking needs whole house.
Whether you are a serious gamer or a serious media streamer, the Nighthawk is designed to withstand the demands of each member of your household.