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Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives
Netgear Nighthawk AC1900
Routers are something that are often taken for granted by the average consumer. Did you know that the routers supplied by most ISPs worldwide are severely substandard and you could get so much more? Did you also know that routers are your first line of defense against hacking? Netgear is a household (if you're an IT guy) name in the industry and has supplied reliable, and affordable routers throughout. Lets see if the Netgear Nighthawk AC 1900, also known as the R7000 is just as good as its heavyweights.
Measuring 11.2 x 7.3 x 2.0 inches, the black, angular R7000 looks like a little brother to the R8000. It can be wall mounted or shelved, its AC adapter is a little too large at 3.5 x 2.8 x 1.1-inches. In the front you have 12 indicator lights, and a USB 3.0 port. The back of has 4-gigabit Ethernet ports, unfortunately it doesn't have the higher-speed ports that some models in the same price range have. There's a USB 2.0 port in there as well. Three antennas at the back use beam-forming technology to capture and boost the signal. And these can be unscrewed and replaced with specialized, third-party antennas.
This router setup is a little odd, without a CD installer along with it you'll have to download this online yourself and the booklet will tell you the rest. But after setting this up the router can work with everything from WEP to WPA2 encryption techniques, has Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewalls, and can protect against a Denial of Service attack (DDOS). The Genie software app for IOS, Android, PC, and Macs can make the editing of the router settings a breeze. The Wi-Fi range is good at close ranges but sharply declines the further you get, not making this ideal for large houses. And the R7000's 91 Mbps of 2.4-GHz bandwidth is good enough for gaming and general use. The warranty is a bit disappointing with only one year of coverage.
If you are looking for a fairly affordable router that performs well beyond its price range this is ideal for you. But if you have a big house, and more intensive data traffic, especially those that are wireless going on this might disappoint you. But at just in the $190.00 range you indeed get what you pay for and the a bit more.
- Overall good performance
- Genie software
- Detachable antennas
- Open - source firmware
- Weak warranty
- Inferior range
- Awkwardly large AC adapter
- Odd setup
- Two-in One DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + WiFi Router
- 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
- 1 USB 2.0 port
- Up to 960Mbps modem speed
- Dual-Band AC1900 (2.4GHz & 5GHz) WiFi speed
- 24x8 channel bonding
Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 is a top selling and one of the most expensive options. It's a #1 bestseller in modems category and has many popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Arris Touchstone TM822 or NETGEAR D7000-100NAS .
Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 is $103.11 more expensive than an average modem ($96.88).
- Compatible with Xfinity from Comcast.
- Two-in-one DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + AC1900 WiFi Router
- Up to 960Mbps modem speed and Dual-Band AC1900 (2.4GHz & 5GHz) WiFi speed. 24x8 channel bonding
- DOCSIS 3.0 unleashes 8x faster download speeds than DOCSIS 2.0
- Ideal for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming
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