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Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band Quad Stream Wi-Fi Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 3:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: NETGEAR

Netgear Nighthawk X8 Wireless Router

 

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Product packaging for the Nighthawk X8 is as much presentation as I have seen for a wireless router. On the front, we have a large image of the router with very little regarding marketing on the front.

 

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Opening the box, you straight away see just how large this solution is as it completely fills the entire box.

 

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Pulling the router from the box, we get a glimpse of the scope of delivery. As you can see above, we have the power adapter, Ethernet cable, and reading materials.

 

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Hiding on the right-hand side of the router were both USB ports.

 

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Right around the corner on the back of the unit, we have seven Gbe ports - one for WAN and six for LAN - the first two capable of Link Aggregation. To the far right the reset, power input and switch are located.

 

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As I have been doing as of late, I opened up the R8500 to see what makes it tick. As you can see, most of the components are covered by a large heat sink with the USB ports exposed to the right.

 

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The large heat sink didn't stop me and after a few screws and popping the lids on the EMI shields, we get a good look at the main components. As I mentioned in the specifications, this router is a Broadcom platform featuring a BCM47094 and three BCM4366 radios these can be seen in orange and red above. In blue is the 512MB of Samsung DDR3 while purple outlines the 128MB of NAND from Spansion.

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