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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

Wired Throughput




To begin testing, we set up the router for LAN throughput. Coming in at 931 Mbps, the R8500 did quite well here considering it's only 20 Mbps shy of the highest numbers we have seen.





WAN to LAN came in at 884 Mbps, slightly quicker than the C2600 and G10 from ASRock.



Wireless Throughput




Switching to wireless throughput, I found the R8500 was not fairing very well with 102 Mbps on the 20MHz band and 119 Mbps on the 40MHz band.




In testing 5GHz throughput, I had to add another data point to our chart as this solution is the first to support 1024QAM, allowing higher throughput on the 80MHz band.


As you can see in our standard testing, the R8500 reached 144 Mbps, 151 Mbps and 421 Mbps respectively but kicking it into high gear with 1024QAM we hit an astonishing 920 Mbps wirelessly, and I'm 99% sure it is bottlenecked by our gigabit port doing the testing.



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.




Starting with the 2.4GHz band, the Nighthawk was able to produce 56 Mbps over all three devices.




5GHz MU-MIMO performance came in at 292 Mbps.

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