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Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Sep 18, 2014 9:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Netgear

File Transfer Speeds


In our file transfer test, we use a single 4GB ISO file and transfer it from test system one to our second test system via the network. To eliminate any bottlenecks, each system is utilizing a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.




File transfer testing went quite well for the Nighthawk X6.


LAN-to-LAN transfers came in at 111 MB/s, while the 2.4GHz band was able to produce 15 MB/s and 28 MB/s, respectively. Over on the 5GHz band, we touched 85 MB/s with 802.11ac, while the 20 and 40 MHz bands came in at 26 MB/s and 48.7 MB/s, respectively.



Final Thoughts




The Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 wireless router is quite a beast. In fact, the normal shelf I set my router on didn't have enough room to deploy the antennas fully when setting it up. Not that it's a bad thing, but do make sure you have enough room wherever you plan to setup the X6.


Build quality of the X6 was fantastic, and like the R7000, it's quite heavy. All the plastic feel strong and the activity LEDs, while being a bit bright at night can be shutoff via a switch on the back of the unit.


Performance of the router was on par with expectations, in most of our testing the router performed right with solutions tested previously, while being a step ahead of the previous R7000 in most situations. LAN to LAN and LAN to WAN allowed the router to reach full potential of gigabit Ethernet, while 2.4GHz wireless carried a good amount of range, while besting the performance of the original Nighthawk.


5GHz while having two bands performed great, we had range on par with most routers on the market, and throughput was right with the top routers in our charts.


Perhaps the best feature of the X6 is the dual 5GHz bands. While most of us enjoy having legacy devices, it's great to know your network won't have to suffer. The Nighthawk X6 is what I call a transition router, with legacy 2.4GHz devices having their very own band, and then having two separate 5GHz bands, allowing you to use 5GHz 802.11n, at the same time with 802.11ac, without bottlenecking the AC devices.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money80%
Overall TweakTown Rating86%

The Bottom Line: Netgear's Nighthawk X6 is a great solution for users with many devices, each using different wireless technologies. This router will give you the best of all worlds in one package, without sacrificing performance.

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