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Netgear Nighthawk X4S (R7800) AC2600 MU-MIMO 160MHz Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 8:24 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: NETGEAR

Storage Performance

 

In our Storage Performance test, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash drive formatted with the EXT4 filesystem. I mount the volume as a network drive and test with NAS Performance Test 1.7.

 

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The performance of the X4S was almost the exact opposite of the R8000, reviewed just last month.

 

In read testing, this solution came in at 74 MB/s with the 100M file size while moving to 1000M performance dropped only slightly to 69 MB/s. Write performance, however, stayed at the same 38 MB/s, no matter the file size.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

It amazes me at every new launch of a wireless router, the level of technology vendors seems to be pushing these days. Just three years ago, we were talking AC1900 as the wave of the future, and now we have AC2600, AC3100, and even AC5300 pushing wireless tech to new heights. The X4S too has opened the consumer market to new technology. While it has been known for a while now that the 160MHz band would be the next wave in Wi-Fi, Netgear is futureproofing this solution with this technology.

 

Performance, while not top notch in the first three test scenarios, stepped up when we moved to 5GHz wireless testing. Here, I was able to dial in 406 Mbps peak while the lower two bands came in at 291 Mbps and 170 Mbps, respectively. With MU-MIMO testing, both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands performed as expected, with the 2.4GHz band producing 21 Mbps across all three devices, while the 5GHz band allowed 100 Mbps across all three.

 

In closing, the Netgear Nighthawk X4S is ahead of the curve, and while we can't fully take advantage of everything this router brings to the table right now, as fast as the market is moving, you never know what the next innovation will bring to the consumer market.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance85%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features93%
Bundle and Packaging89%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: Netgear's X4S is as far ahead of the curve as a router can get at this point. With 160MHz technology being the next full step ahead for large performance increases, this router is ready to handle whatever you throw at it.

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