NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router (R7800) - AC2600 Wireless Speed (up to 2600 Mbps) | Up to 2500 sq ft Coverage & 45 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet, 2 x 3.0 USB, and 1 x eSATA ports
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- Fast wifi performance: Get up to 2500 square feet wireless coverage with AC2600 speed (Dual band up to 800 + 1733 Mbps). WiFi Band-Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz)+ 4x4 (5GHz)
- Recommended for up to 45 devices: Reliably stream videos, play games, surf the internet, and connect smart home devices.
- Wired Ethernet ports: plug in computers, game consoles, streaming players, and other nearby wired devices with 4 x 1 gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Loaded with advanced technology: Designed with a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 4 amplified antennas, Beamforming, MU-MIMO, Dynamic QoS, Amazon Alexa Voice Controls, and more.
- USB connections: Share a storage drive and printer with any connected device, and create a personal cloud storage to access from anywhere, using the 2 x 3.0 USB and 1 x eSATA ports.
- Smart parental controls: The Nighthawk app lets you manage device internet access and filter websites.
- Safe & secure: Supports WPA2 wireless security protocols. Includes Guest WiFi access, DoS, Firewall, VPN, and more.
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Better WiFi? We’ve got you covered.
Up to 2,500 sq. ft of powerful WiFi coverage
Easily upgrade your WiFi experience and coverage with the Nighthawk R7800. Range-boosting Beamforming+ antennas and Dual Band streaming deliver fast, reliable WiFi to every corner of your home.
Built for Heavy-Duty Streaming
Up to 2600Mbps wireless speed for demanding activities like 4K Ultra-HD streaming and multi-player online gaming.
Seamless WiFi for up to 45 Devices
Intelligently selects between dual bands to minimize interference and maximize speed for your many smart wireless devices.
Secure WiFi Connections
Rest easy knowing your network is protected with high-level WPA/WPA2 wireless security, double firewall protection, and the ability to create a Guest Network separate from your home network and private information.
Convenient Parental Controls
Use the Nighthawk App to effortlessly manage website access, web filtering, and even pause WiFi for individual devices and family members.
Easy 5-Minute Setup with App
The Nighthawk App makes it a snap to set up your router. Just connect your internet Ethernet cable to the router and the app will walk you through simple setup steps. Connect your devices to the network and you’re done.
Four High-Speed 1G Wired Connections
Gigabit Ports give you fast wired connections to your computer, game box and other devices. Two USB plus 1 eSATA ports let you share a storage drive or printer across your network.
|WiFi Speed||AC1900 (Up to 1900Mbps)||AC2300 (Up to 2300 Mbps)||AC2600 (Up to 2600Mbps)||AC3200 (Up to 3200Mbps)||AC4000 (Up to 4000Mbps)|
|WiFi Coverage||Up to 1800 sq ft||Up to 2000 sq ft||Up to 2500 sq ft||Up to 3500 sq ft||Up to 3500 sq ft|
|Recommended # of Devices||Up to 30||Up to 35||Up to 45||Up to 50||Up to 55|
|Wired Ethernet Ports||4 x 1G||4 x 1G||4 x 1G||4 x 1G||4 x 1G, Supports 2G Port Aggregation|
|USB ports - For Shared Storage/Printer||1 x 3.0||1 x 3.0, 1 x 2.0||2 x 3.0, 1 x eSATA||1 x 3.0, 1 x 2.0||1 x 3.0, 1 x 2.0|
|Parental Controls (schedule device access, etc)||Circle App||Circle App||Basic controls||Circle App||Circle App|
|Network Security||WPA2, DoS, Double Firewall||WPA2, DoS, Double Firewall||WPA2, DoS, Double Firewall||WPA2, DoS, Double Firewall||WPA2, DoS, Double Firewall|
|Armor Cyber-threat Protection (anti-virus, unlimited devices, and more)||30 day free trial, then 69.99/year||30 day free trial, then 69.99/year|
|Advanced Technology||Dual Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, Smart Connect||Dual Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, Smart Connect||Dual Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+||Tri-Band, Beamforming+, Smart Connect||Tri-Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, Smart Connect|
|Additional Features||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control|
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|Sold By||WEDNET LLC||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||wanderlux||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
|Connectivity Technology||WiFi||Wi-Fi Built In||Wi-Fi Built In, Ethernet, USB||Ethernet||Wi-Fi Built In, Ethernet||Wi-Fi|
|Data Transfer Rate||1733 Mb per second||1750 Mb per second||1900 Mb per second||—||1200 Mb per second||1733 Mb per second|
|Frequency Bands Supported||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz|
|Item Dimensions||11.22 x 7.26 x 1.97 inches||9.59 x 6.32 x 1.29 inches||9.59 x 7.34 x 1.29 inches||7.30 x 10.10 x 6.30 inches||9.05 x 5.68 x 1.45 inches||8.50 x 6.46 x 1.45 inches|
|Item Weight||3.50 lbs||0.93 lbs||2.10 lbs||1.59 lbs||—||1.23 lbs|
|Total Ethernet Ports||5||4||5||—||5||—|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11ac||802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a||5 GHz Radio Frequency, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency||802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a, 802.11b||2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 5 GHz Radio Frequency|
Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router with 160MHz, MU-MIMO, and Quad Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds. Stream 4K content in pristine quality with 160MHz support while receiving ultimate WiFi speeds of up to 2.53Gbps, with a powerful 1.7GHz dual-core processor. Enjoy smoother streaming and gaming by prioritizing application and device with Dynamic QoS. WiFi Range - Very large homes.
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Here's what I really like about this router.
- Easy to set up and despite it's features, it's very noob friendly
- Mobile apps that help you tweak and trouble shoot
- Firmware upgrades are easy and painless.
- Excellent throughput on all bands and channels.
- Excellent wireless range and signal strength on all bands.
Now onto the bad things, of which there is really only one.
Here's what happened. I've purchased two of these routers. One for me, one for the girlfriend. The 5Ghz band on my router has ceased to function. At first it was transmitting a very weak and unstable signal. Now it's just gone. I now have a very expensive 2.4Ghz wireless router.
And to be perfectly fair, the wired and 2.4Ghz bands/channels are still going like gangbusters. But I bought this for the 5Ghz, not the 2.4
- NetGear customer service and support is one of worst I have ever encountered.
If your product is less than 90 days old, they will be more than happy to assist you. If your product is more then 90 days old then they expect you to PAY THEM to "trouble shoot" your item. In my case, they wanted 49.99 for "Advanced" tech support to come to a conclusion that I already knew about. The router needed to be replaced.
I get that we (the customer) need to jump through their hoops to verify that the product is actually defective. But why should I have to pay you to replace your faulty product?
We went through the entire process and guess what... The router needed to be replaced. Was told that I would get a follow up email with instructions on what I needed to do next to complete the RMA 24 hours later, email never arrived. They cant even be bothered to do that much. Apparently if I want to RMA this device, Im expected to jump through even more hoops. NetGear, my time is more valuable than that. I'll simply wash my hand of this and move on.
TL:DR NetGear Customer Service and Support is a joke. If your breaks, don't bother with CS, simply buy something else.
If you are experiencing 1-5 second dropouts on your wireless network like clockwork (every 5-10 minutes) then you need to Roll back your FIRMWARE VERSION. You probably have a version ending in .58 or .60. You need the 22.214.171.124 firmware version.
Long review, details, and explanation below.
If you are playing a game using the wireless network (not LAN) and every 5 to 10 minutes your connection drops for 2-10 seconds, or you are watching a stream on twitch/youtube and it regularly cuts out LISTEN UP. It is your FIRMWARE. To be clear, I am not talking about a spotty connection. I am talking about a full on 50-300mbps constant wireless communication that has practically no latency EXCEPT, every 5-10 minutes, it cuts out like someone turned off the wireless transmitter. This makes any online gaming UNPLAYABLE as just about every server will drop you since your computer essentially disconnects for those 1-5 seconds like a wifi plug was pulled.
If that is the case, you probably have 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52. You can check by logging into the router (Default 192.168.1.1) and checking to see in the upper right corner what version number you are on. If it ends in a .58 or .60 or higher, that is 99% your problem.
You need to go to Netgear's website and download 184.108.40.206 for the X4S R7800. The .52 version is the latest STABLE WIFI build. Upload it (maybe hard reset) and reconfigure your router and BAM, problem solved!
Netgear customer support is less than useless and won't admit fault regarding the firmware update. Period. They will constantly ask you to hard reset your router and blame interference in your environment over acknowledging the router is the issue. I have not done networking and IT for long, but I know how to use network analysis tools and watch ping/turnaround time and monitor when throughput drops.
To verify this issue, I tested with the AC frequencies and channels, and the B/G/N frequencies and channels as well. All still suffered a regular 1-10 second dropout every 5-10 minutes like clockwork. Different devices (Note 8 streaming twitch, 3 different desktops playing games/streaming, TV streaming, Steamlink streaming, etc) all behaving the EXACT same.
To help reinforce the point that this was the router, I dug out a DECADE old Relic (the D-Link DSL-2640T) and set it up in the same spot, and fired up its "Deluxe dual channel B/G wireless network" and my signal was rock solid consistent. I was capping out around 50 Mbps all over my house in connection with the router, but I could stream live videos, have Skype calls, and game for HOURS without any drops whatsoever.
A DECADE old B/G 54mbps router was beating the pants off of this B/G/N AC 2600mbps powerhouse in terms of reliable steady internet connection. Nobody wants a sports car you have to push start every 5-10 miles if their Grandma's station wagon will actually get you around town.
Once I rolled back the firmware to the 220.127.116.11, the signal issue evaporated. No more inconsistency issues, no latency spikes, all smooth sailing, my old D-Link can go back in its dusty coffin.
In all, Netgear Customer Support won't help you since that involves admitting they made a mistake they have yet to fix. Do yourself a favor and roll back to 18.104.22.168 and disable auto updates under Advanced>Administration>Firmware Updates and choose the "I disagree" option.
Thanks for reading!
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While researching for my new router I narrowed down on Netgear Nighthawk x4S, and TP-Link Archer C2600 - both dual band (2.4+5 GHz) routers that compete in the AC2600 market slab. Both offer 800 Mbps theoretical max thoughput in 2.4GHz and 1733 Mbps in the 5GHz bands. Anything beyond is an overkill, because your client(laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, smart-TV) would be limited by the capability of the onboard wireless adapter. Here is why:
(i) The top wireless cards for laptops available today in the market (Intel Wireless AC8265 and Killer Wireless-AC 1535) are both capped at theoretical max throughput of 867 Mbps and 2x2:2 MU-MIMO. Highly likely that your laptop will have a previous gen wireless adapter than these two, which means that it would be a still slower device.
(ii) The top USB adapters: TP-Link Archer T9UH (4x4:4 - four-transmit x four-receive: quad-stream), ASUS USB-AC68 (3x4:3 - three-transmit x four-receive, tri-stream), D-Link DWA-192 ( 4x4:3 - four-transmit x four-receive: tri-stream), are all limited to AC1900 speeds (600Mpbs on 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps on 5GHz band) . The Edimax EW-7833 ( 3x3:3 ) is capped at AC1750 i.e 450Mbps for 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps for 5GHz band.
Note that the number of spatial streams that can be multiplexed over the air is dependent on the number of transmitting modules.
(iii) The wifi modules onboard even top-end smartphones will also be no better than 2x2 ac wave2 limited to a max throughput of 867 Mbps.
Keeping this in mind, though there are more capable routers available in the market such as Netgear x8, ASUS RT-AC88U, ASUS -AC5300, the max theoretical throughputs will still be limited by the capability of your wifi clients. The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 comes at a much cheaper price tag and is not short on features and hardware specs.
Significant Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 features:
1) Intuitive user interface and easy setup (some ISP providers restrict access to one ethernet MAC address per connection, so while setting up the new router make sure you either use the computer's MAC address, or copy the MAC address from old router to the new router)
2) Theoretical max throughput of 2600 Mbps (800 + 1733). I use an Edimax EW-7833UAC USB adapter and getting blistering(quite literally as the USB adapter heats up while streaming 1080 movies for hours) fast speeds on my lappy.
3) Dynamic QoS for optimal bandwidth prioritization by application and device.
4) Packed with features such as ReadyCLOUD, ReadySHARE printer and vault, Open VPN, Guest Network, and Device Whitelist/Blacklist, secure remote management and remote access of data. Support scheduled backups of your connected devices.
5) DLNA and USB compatibility for wireless media streaming from USB attached external HDD and/or NAS.
6) Hardware specs are second to none - Processor: Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8065 (1.7 GHz, 2 cores), Memory: 128 MB flash and 512 MB RAM. In comparison the TP-Link Archer ac2600 has a previous gen Qualcomm IPQ8064 1.4 GHz processor and a flash memory of just 32MB!
7) 2 USB 3.0 + 1 eSATA ports.
8) In comparison to other high-end routers, this one is not that heavy/bulky.
9) Supports the future-proof 160 MHz spatial stream.
10) Wifi range: I get decent coverage in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bands in my flat (2000 sqft), so can't really complain.
11) Configurable in either of Router/Access Point/Bridge modes.
12) Comes with India specific power adapter.
1) The system time is stuck on Jan 1, 1970.
2) There is a nifty little feature ( "Turn off wireless signal by schedule") that allows you to schedule wireless downtimes (you may schedule the router to turnoff wifi signals in either or both bands overnight) to save power, but the feature is inaccessible due to some bug in both the pre-installed firmware, as well as the latest firmware available for dowload(V22.214.171.124)
Neither router reset nor updating to the latest firmware could solve these two bugs. Turns out NTP server update is disabled by default and there is no way to enable it via the GUI. SOLUTION: Finally came across an NTP patch of an earlier version and flashed it promptly - everything works perfectly now. Now the system time is accurate, as well as can access the "Turn off wireless signal by schedule" feature. Hope Netgear release an updated firmware version and not just a patch of an earlier version. Link to patched firmware - https://mega.nz/#!Tdd3XCQY!xcrfJo-asC4lhrPsr36pOoHYL7MXxffSaIzkMKhG_ps
Router: Apart from the aforementioned software glitch, this router is perfect in all regards! Worth the money invested.
Seller: Prompt 2-day delivery by "Shopper's Pride". The offered deal was for INR 16,550/- which was close to import cost (~ INR 16,200) from amazon.com
Worked fine throughout this time (though needing occasional reboots). The hdd access is fine, and can be used with a printer too.
The bad: My r7800 conked off all of a sudden. Just a solid orange light. Tried whatever they mentioned on their troubleshooting pages to no avail. Contacted CC, and they asked me to send my invoice for validation. Validation took 5 days ! Post validation, they informed me that they don't have this router in stock anywhere in India (whoa !), and cannot commit on timelines for replacement.
The support is abysmal, the CC executives are rude and just want to close the call.
You can have the best product, and be ruined due to poor customer support. That's what is happening with Netgear. Never gonna purchase a Netgear router again.
To my shock I thought Netgear AC2600 will much better speed.. I am shock to say it gives the same speed of what my old router used to give.. I thought according to the speciation it will faster speed on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.. So guys be sure before u decide to blow 12 to 15k for this router.. as it does the job of just any 2k router does..
- Ugly, outdated and buggy UI
- Firmware date stuck in the year1970, even with latest firmware V126.96.36.199 and no way to change it after adjusting the time zone to GMT +5.30 hours
- Scheduling option for the two radio bands for switch on/ off not possible, as default is "off"" and cannot be changed
-Parental control is a piece of crap and do not work even after registering log in with netgear.opendns.com and saving the options. Control from iOS or Android Netgear Genie do not work after login or do not register on the router. Observed abrupt blockage of internet on devices observed even forbun blocked categories. Eg. App market wont download apps on iOS and gets blocked. Ridiculous.
-Very limited storage for key search word blocking in router firewall
-Netgear Genie apps on iOS and Android looks like a kindergarten kid's game and practically useless for advanced set ups or changes. Its very basic at best.
- Very minimalistic basic firewall and is enabled by default. Not like Trend Micro firewall available on similar Asus routers
- Below average 2.4ghz n wifi range. 1.5k to 3k n routers like my good old Dlink Dir 605L will steal the show and clearly outperform.
Now here is where Netgear R7800 takes the cake😊-
- One if the best dual band AC router if you wish to future proof your xevices/clients with higher broadband speeds equipped with Wifi AC wave 2 160hz band standards, which is theoreoticaly doubling the possible bandwidth. Check Qualcomm's website for chips supporting this technology (gadget manufacturers sometimes do no pass on these capabilities like my Samsung A9 Pro with Snapdragon 652).
-4x4 MIMO means easy handling of multiple devices in each band assuming sufficient bandwidth throughput
-Beam forming is not a trick as I thought. Signal gets a boost once you initiate a task.
- Stellar performance on 5ghz band with excellent banwidth availability through a typical 2bhk (2 to 3 brick wall penetration significantly curbs signal strength n bandwidth) in Mumbai. Even very expensive 5ghz band AC routers are severely crippled due to poor transmission efficiency over line of sight distances and more affected with obstacles like our brick walls, cupboards.
- Though signal strength drops, bandwidth drop is not so significant.
The other comparable 5ghz models in the current price band are Asus 68U AC1900, newer Asus 87U AC2400.
I tested the wifi performance with Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro using Speedtest.net as well as wifi analyzer app, separately for 2.4ghz and 5ghz (AC) bands. My fiber to home broadband plan is rated for peak 100mbps down link and 40mbps uplink. For each band, I checked wifi signal quality over 1 feet and then farther end of my bed room separated by a wall and a wooden wardrobe. Distance could be about 30 feet apart. I analysed the downlink and uplink speed only for 5ghz frequency as this is ONLY where this router excels and have paid a premium to upgrade. Speed on 2.4ghz over same distance as of 5ghz was not so great and was found to be about 10dbm weaker at times. Please have a look at the attached screenshot of test results to understand the only area where this router shines.
I get about 95mbps down link on LAN ethernet by bypassing the R7800 on the laptop. On wifi 5ghz channel 36, I got 95 mbps within 1 feet and lost ONLY about 1mbps at 30 feet away with a wall and wardrobe in between. Signal strength at 5ghz, 1feet away was about -20dbm and at the 30 feet test point, dropped to about -60dbm which was quite impressive.
Router comes pre configured with two SSIDs and common password affixed on it (for 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands). Virtually, no configuration was required as the router auto detected and set up the configuration after detecting the signal and I was good to fly after unboxing the device.
Two Guest SSIDs are further possible on each of the bands (in all, 4 SSIDs).
Have not yet tested the USB 3 or eSATA functionalities and may never as I am not too sure if Netgear has the most secure firmware on the product to keep our privacy safe.
So far used upto 5 devices together but all well and router is quite rock solid.
Trust this helps you guys to decide between a ugly UI, an outdated buggy firmware versus a great hardware performance for your next upgrade....Happy surfing!
Update- 🌟🌟🌟 to 🌟🌟downgrade
After almost 3 weeks of lodging complaint regarding the buggy firmware, 1970 date issue Netgear replaced my R7800 with R7800- 100 INS version. The new device has the same above mentioned issues and offered no respite. Are you guys facing the same issues? Moreover, the radio on-off scheduling option too is turned off by default as the date and time is not syncronised or cannot be manually set even after latest firmware update.
In less than 90 days after installing it, the NTP time server settings started having problems. It would fail to connect to any time server to update its time. Not only that, it also refused to let my other routers, connected behind this one, to connect to the time servers. The only solution to it was to restart the router, which I had to do every 24-48 hrs.
Their L1 technical support is the worst. If you call them with a problem, they just read out from their dated support manuals. Then the L2 support team took two months to work on my problem. They eventually could not figure out how to fix it. So, they told me that it's a hardware problem and asked me file for RMA. Still waiting for a replacement.
The only thing which worked for me was the range. It was able sufficiently cover my 3000 sq ft home. Other than that, it was big dud. Better to use this router as an Access Point rather than as your main router.
So, here is my advice. Don't buy from Netgear but if you do, pray that everything works fine without your intervention. Anybody looking to buy R7800 will be better off with Asus RT-68U or TP-Link routers in their price range.