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NETGEAR Nighthawk R7300 AC1900 DST Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Feb 2, 2016 6:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: NETGEAR

Multi User Throughput


In our Multi-User test, we use three identical smartphones with the latest MU-MIMO chipset. This test requires the router to handle three simultaneous throughput streams with the results below for each band.





As you can see our initial testing includes just three solutions but above all the Nighthawk DST comes in as our quickest at 57 Mbps in our 2.4GHz testing. On 5GHz, the ASRock G10 took top honors, but the DST wasn't far behind at 256 Mbps.



Final Thoughts




After seeing so many routers come through the lab, it's always refreshing to get one that thinks outside the box. With the Nighthawk DST, we have a hybrid solution that along with being a solid AC1900 solution uses the built-in power supply along with an adapter to extend the wireless network further than it could ever go. With that said, this solution is catered to users with very large homes, so it could be a little too much for some. On the plus side, the R7300 is built like a tank, and since it's built on the original Nighthawk platform, it does have a good amount of weight and a large footprint.


The performance of the Nighthawk DST was quite good and as expected the wired LAN speeds ran at full capacity while WAN performance was right behind it at 909 Mbps. Wireless performance was pretty good and on par with most AC1900 solutions I have seen. With 2.4GHz the DST was the fourth quickest router while on 5GHz this solution landed as the third quickest router using the 80MHz band.


Like many solutions from Netgear, this router too uses the Genie platform, which in my eyes has the best implementation of QoS to date with its continuously updated database of streaming and protocols. Added value with this solution comes with the DST adapter as it allows an integrated extension of your network, and for those that often need assistance setting up networks, Geek Squad backs this solution with free support for one year.


The MSRP of the Netgear Nighthawk DST R7300 sits at $249.99 with a one-year warranty, which makes it one of the more expensive AC1900 solutions on the market.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build87%
General Features88%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money76%
Overall TweakTown Rating82%

The Bottom Line: The Nighthawk DST is a great router for those needing 802.11ac and powerline capabilities in one solution, but limiting the release to Best Buy only hurts the consumer with the high pricing.

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