NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wi-Fi Router – MU-MIMO Dual Band Gigabit (R7000P-100NAS) Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa
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376 of 398 people found the following review helpful.
Quadrupled my speed
Quadrupled my speed at home. There are 4 important 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 get 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 cables (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/or 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 like 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 check box 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.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful.
the router of today for the home OF THE FUTURE
By J. Frank
What's a "tri-band" router? In extremely rudimentary, lay terms, the Nighthawk has the strength of three routers. It can handle three times the number of connections a single-band router ever could (presumably), yet all the devices are able to "see" one another and play nice together. So, yeah, it's expensive. It's quite possible, in fact, that you don't really even need a tri-band router.
And then there's us.
I just walked through our apartment; between my husband and me, I count 25 web-enabled devices. That number doesn't include light bulbs. Most of these gadgets are connected to the Internet *at this moment.*
Our friends make fun of us because we have totally embraced the concept of the "Internet of Things." Besides the usual gadgets (iPads, phones, game consoles), we use a Nest thermostat, a Nest Cam, Philips Hue bulbs, an Amazon Echo on our kitchen countertop, and a Sonos.
Far from automating our home, we've instead created a TON of headaches for ourselves. We live in a waking nightmare. The "Internet of Things" is here, and it's miserable.
But by far the biggest hassle has been the simple fact that our trusty old Linksys router just could not handle the workload. When you have this many gadgets and gizmos connected to the 'net, it's pretty easy to bring the whole home infrastructure down. And when the wireless is down, there goes your fancy Sonos-equipped stereo, your home security, your thermostat.
After a couple years of frustration, my husband and I agreed to go with a beefier router. At that point, we didn't care if we paid through the nose for one. Initially we went with a top pick from Wirecutter (which is a tech review site that is almost always right about everything). And, not to disparage Wirecutter here, but the router we ended up with was EVEN MORE MISERABLE. Maybe we just had too much stuff connected to it? We tweaked the router's settings, upgraded its firmware, downgraded it again, and ultimately returned it after maybe a week—and we rarely return anything, okay.
Desperate, I took to the Internet for advice. About a jillion of my friends (all of whom work in tech) endorsed the Netgear Nighthawk without reservation. It was almost unanimous. A lot of folks were really passionate about this! So I overnighted one.
Twenty-five devices connected simultaneously? No problem. In the month+ that we've had a Nighthawk, it hasn't needed to be restarted once. It lives in a closet. I never look at it. I don't even know it's here. I'm sure the UI is terrible but I've rarely needed to use it, since it worked out-of-the-box. We live in a city, halfway up a high-rise building, and we can still get a signal from downstairs on the street. Beat that.
Sitting here, I just ran a speed test, and on my wireless connection I'm getting 58.37 Mbps download speeds—not too shabby, considering we pay for 50. (Never mind there are literally 200 other wireless routers in our building!) I barely remember that Netflix and Hulu used to stutter and stagger. Multiplayer gaming connections don't drop or lag. Great stuff.
Anything more than $100 is a HUGE investment in a router, I feel; anything non-commercial over $200 is probably criminal. But the Netgear Nighthawk really works for us, especially when literally nothing else would do. For that alone, it's worth it.
I hope I don't need to buy another router for many years.
898 of 990 people found the following review helpful.
Incredible in the beginning, completely disappointing 4 months later
By Enzo C
I purchased this with high hopes based on the stellar reviews I found for it when researching for a new router. I work from home a lot and with my line of web development work I certainly would classify myself as a power user. Further more I work in a house hold with numerous roommates and I really wanted something that could handle at minimum a dozen wireless connections at once.
When I first hooked up this router I was frankly surprised at how well it handled everything I threw at it in terms of connections and constant use. Then 4 short months later I started noticing as some other reviewers have pointed out that the connections would slow to crawl. Suddenly I sporadically started seen my 5GHz connections go from 110Mbps to a consistent .8Mbps (yes thats not a typo, less than 1Mbps). Initially I sent my internet service provider my full ire thinking that there is no way my relatively new router could be the issue. Time warner understandably does not have the best reputation. They came in found no real issues other than old cabling. They replaced all cables even those outside my home going to the power poles on my block. Nothing changed. Sometimes a reboot of both the router would help, other times it did nothing. Sometimes it would be good for a week or several days but it would start working fine eventually. Then I started seeing this issues happen more frequently until finally at the end of December it was an everyday thing. I then noticed that when I swapped out the router with a borrowed one, or when I bypassed it completely and connected directly to my modem I had no issues at all.
This is what brought me to the really diving into the router itself. To date, dozens of reboots later, several firmware updates, and even just reverting the entire damn thing to it's default setup with the oldest firmware available only provided me with a couple of days AT BEST with a working router.
Since I am no longer within their 90 complimentary support window I get no help over phone unless I pay. Email support as a lot of others have pointed out takes an eternity to get any sort of response from.
I cannot tell you how disappointed I am with this product and it's customer support.