When it comes to wireless routers, most of us just want something with ample performance that we don't have to constantly reset when network traffic gets a little heavy. For myself, I have been through many routers that have had this problem and--for the first few times at least--you think it's just a bug in the firmware that may go away and the router will live a happy life on your desk, shelf, or wherever. After a short while, the router may act up again leaving you looking for another solution that just works.
For the last few weeks, I have had the chance to use, and admittedly abuse, the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 wireless router. When I say abuse, I'm talking massive amounts of streaming to multiple devices at the same time, along with moving files back and forth between NAS appliances daily.
More onto the Nighthawk. It has the highest tier of wireless networking technology, including dual band capabilities of 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band via 256QAM modulation and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band. Being that this is the very first AC1900 router to make its way through the lab here at TweakTown, there was slightly more anticipation for this unit to make its way through testing.
Features of the Netgear Nighthawk include a 1GHz dual-core processor with 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash for the firmware. Open source firmware is supported with the router, so that should include DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and maybe even Tomato if development gets that far. For those that want an out of the box be-all-end-all solution, the Netgear may very well be that router.
It has two onboard USB ports for connecting printers or storage solutions. The Netgear Genie app for Android and iOS allows you to control the router configuration from your device. Netgear has also packed in one of the most well rounded QoS solutions I have seen in any router.
Pricing, Availability, and Specifications
MSRP of the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 wireless router is listed at $199.99 with a one-year warranty. Availability of the router is very high at this point with several retailers having it ready to ship at this point. Current market pricing for the Netgear R7000 can be found below.
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United States: The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 retails for $195.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 retails for CDN$222.99 at Amazon Canada.