It seems NETGEAR is on a constant refresh loop with many of their product lineups. What started years ago as a single solution with the R7000 Nighthawk is now the name for an entire portfolio of products. With the R7000P taking advantage of the enclosure from the original Nighthawk, the aesthetics and build quality are top notch, as they were originally. The LEDs on the front are quite bright and even more so at night, but there are software controls for those in the WebGUI.
On the performance side of things, the R7000P does perform slightly better than most AC1900 class solutions in real-world testing. I was able to reach 940 Mbps in LAN and WAN throughput. 2.4GHz throughput topped 200 Mbps, and 5GHz was a touch over 800 Mbps. Mobile throughput hit 100 Mbps over 2.4GHz while 5GHz hit the performance limit of the iPhone's wireless chipset at 550 Mbps.
Looking at the range for the R7000P, it does well, and for the most part, it's on par with mid-range AC1900 class routers. On the 2.4GHz band, we see a good amount of throughput drop from 10 to 30Ft while the 5GHz band seemed to hold its performance from 10 through 20Ft only losing slightly at 30Ft.
Setup has gotten slightly easier with the addition of the NETGEAR Up application. Using it on iOS was straight forward with very little issue. I wouldn't say it's a full featured app as you will need to use the WebGUI to change settings after initial setup, but it is a quick and easy method of getting things set up and running.
In closing, the R7000P fills a gap in the midrange router market between the aging R7000 and Nighthawk X4. Does it offer enough performance to justify the price increase over a standard AC1900 solution? For me, No.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||84%|
The Bottom Line: NETGEAR's Nighthawk R7000P is a good mid-range routing solution with solid features, but for most, the added cost just isn't necessary for such small performance gains.
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