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NETGEAR Nighthawk R7300 AC1900 DST Router Review (Page 1)

NETGEAR Nighthawk R7300 AC1900 DST Router Review

We check out the Best Buy exclusive NETGEAR Nighthawk R7300 AC1900 DST router to see how it performs and if you should buy it or not.

By Tyler Bernath on Feb 2, 2016 12:11 pm CST
Rating: 82%Manufacturer: NETGEAR



Like many of you, I enjoy the latest technology, and like most when, I'm using the latest technology, I just want it to work as intended. Over the last few years, we have watched as 802.11ac technology has grown from initial AC1200 routers to the latest solutions including AC2400, 3200 and now 5300.

Over the last few years, AC1900 has been the most popular as it provides a path forward with this technology integrated into many motherboards, smartphones, and notebooks. With this, Netgear went to work creating a new series of wireless platforms called the Dead Spot Terminator Series or DST. The first of these solutions is the Nighthawk R7300, which is based on the R7000 with added features. The power supply has been moved internal and, in turn, powerline technology has been added that is compatible with HomePlugAV.


Specifications of the Nighthawk DST start with a dual-band gigabit platform featuring 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band. At the heart of this router, we have a 1GHz dual-core processor sitting next to 256MB of DRAM and 128MB of flash.

Connectivity of this solution includes two USB port with one supporting the USB 3.0 standard along with five Gigabit Ethernet ports - four for LAN and one for WAN. With this unit being part of the DST family, included you will find the DST adapter. This adapter supports the AC650 standard putting out 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and 350 on the 5GHz along with added functionality of being powerline networking infused and compatible with HomePlugAV standard.

MSRP of the Netgear Nighthawk DST R7300 sits at $249.99 with a one-year warranty.

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Tyler Bernath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tyler Bernath

Growing up in a small farm town in northern Ohio, technology was never around unless it was in a tractor. At the early age of nine years old, my parents brought home our very first PC and I was instantly hooked and quickly learned what it meant to format a hard drive, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95 as my parents slept. As I grew up, many things changed around me, but my love and enthusiast nature always kept my PC at my side. Eager to get deeper into technology, I started reviewing products.

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