Everyone these days owns some sort of mobile device whether it is a Smartphone, tablet, or laptop. In addition, you know these devices are using wireless technology. Therefore, what does our Nighthawk R7000 by NETGEAR review has to do with using this technology?

A lot, as this hardware appliance is a wireless router connecting the internet/modem at your home to a network of devices used by family and friends while roaming around the house. Further, it helps to connect different networks together and allows one device to communicate to another device on a different network.

Another, great thing about using the Nighthawk R7000 is it protects your home network against malicious jerks. HOW? It provides safety to your PC as the router has two built in firewalls. The first is a NAT for address translation and secondly, it has SPI that acts as a packet inspection. The SPI keeps track of data and protects the router and your computer as it filters out all the bad stuff.

Therefore, why should you choose the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi router? Let us find out.


What makes the Nighthawk R7000 UNIQUE?

The Nighthawk R7000 by Netgear may not be a newbie on the block but is one of the best routers available for home users. These powerful routers packed with a dual-core processor and run at 1 GHz. This means it is one of the fastest 801.11ac routers available from Netgear.

Further, it offers users a couple of exclusive features such as built-in Open VPN server, DD-WRT, external storage access and more.

DesignProminent Features

The only downside with the AC1900 it is a bit on the bulky side. You may need additional space for it and a clear wall-socket as it has a large power adapter. The Wi-Fi router lays flat and Netgear has moved away from the standing vertical design.

Further, it has three detachable external antennas and you can wall-mount the device. The router has a plastic chassis and does not leave fingerprints behind. Setting up the wireless routers a breeze as it comes with a preset wireless network printed on the label (with the name and password.)

Both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band share the same password and visible to clients to see. All you need to do is connect the router to an Internet source, turn it on, and get surfing. To make sure your information is available at all times you connect to the Netgear Genie Web interface and view your data there.

This app is available to download to your mobile device and you can customize the router through the app interface. As mentioned, the router is large, measures 1.97 (H) x 11.22 (W) x 7.26-inches (D), and weighs 1.6 pounds.

For keeping the device secure there are, rubber feet found at the bottom to prevent slipping.

The R7000 has a couple of standout features such as the dual-core 1GHz processor that is powerful for any home use. Further, the Wi-Fi router supports 600Mbps at 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps at the 5GHz band. There are three detachable antennas and has 128Mb available in the flash memory and 256MB RAM.

You get two USB ports, one found on the front (USB 3.0) and the back (USB 2.0). The great thing about the USB 3.0 port placed on the front helps prevent interference with the 2.4GHz radio. Additionally, both the USB ports support printers and storage devices.

On the back panel of the router, you have the GB WAN and four GB LAN ports, reset button and power button. For indicating activity of the unit, it has LED lights and the R7000 can run a bit warm – best to place it in an area with continuous airflow.

Another feature that stands out from the rest is the QoS optimized video streaming. To use the QoS you need to do a couple of settings when setting up the router. This feature is great to have as you set it for upstream Internet traffic or downstream traffic.


Other Features
  • Customizable settings such as OpenDNS parental control
  • Can sign in from anywhere via the OpenDNS website to manage accounts
  • The USB ports give you NAS functionality known as ReadyShare
  • Supports HTTP/HTTPS and FTP
  • Handles formats in FAT32 and NTFS
  • Supports SMB protocol and third-party firmware
  • Built for mobility, gaming, and streaming
  • Share files via the Netgear ReadyCloud
  • Free backup to ReadyShare Vault PC software
  • Set up different mobile devices
  • Easy to connect with the Push ‘N’ Connect
  • Backed by a two-year hardware warranty and a 90 day 24/7 technical support



Performance:

The performance on the Nighthawk R7000 is superb, especially in the 5GHz band giving you top speeds. For a wireless connection, it has decent range coverage with the Beamforming+ features. This wireless technology directs the signal from the unit to other wireless devices and improves the quality of the signal.

The signal strength while tested is up to 15-feet away from the device with an average speed of 174Mbps data rate. While the network storage function works well when connecting an external hard drive.


Included with your package:

  • The Nighthawk R7000 Wireless Router
  • Three by detachable antennas
  • An Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter


Pros and Cons Related to the Wi-Fi Router

Pros
  • Excellent performance when using the 5GHz band
  • Great set of features
  • Affordable
  • Great design
  • Superb range
Cons
  • Bulky
  • The 2.4GHz band fast but slower compared to other brands
  • Bridge mode configurations a pain
  • The Netgear Genie app does not work at all over the Internet

Hardware Requirements

You can set up the Nighthawk AC1900 to the following:

  • Windows 7 & 8, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, Linux, and UNIX
  • Can use it with Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.0, Google Chrome™ 11.0 browser, Firefox® 2.0, and Safari® 1.4

However, you should note the data coverage can vary and certain environmental factors can affect coverage.


Final Thoughts

For an excellent range throughout the 5GHz band and packed with features that include a VPN the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is the best home router to have. The AC1900 is not only a wireless router but capable of handling NAS servers once connected with an external hard drive. Take your home networking to a new level with the support of Time Machine backups and fast speed.

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