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NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart Wi-Fi Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 6:51 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: NETGEAR

Sessions

 

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Basically, with this test, I'm looking to see if the router will lock up if enough sessions are pushed through the hardware. We start at 32 sessions and 924 Mbps as we increase the number of sessions throughput decreases all the way down to 377 Mbps at 1024 connections.

 

At this point, you can see the Tenda router crashed and had to be reset, but the X10 kept going fine, albeit slower.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The Nighthawk X10 is one beast of a router. NETGEAR has pulled out everything they had and put it into one device that can download, stream, and store your data. They gathered up and support some of the richest features I have seen in a router including Plex and Amazon cloud backup. ReadyShare keeps to the tradition of solid performance in onboard USB 3.0 storage. Build quality is that of a tank, like the R7000, this router keeps the traditional dark fighter jet appearance with its full set of LEDs and mesh to allow heat to pass through.

 

 

On the performance side, we have a little bit of information to go through. 2.4GHz and 5GHz performance was solid; the highest I have seen on the 5GHz side. Wired throughput met all expectations hovering around 940 Mbps. I wasn't able to test the 60GHz band without the appropriate equipment, but I do assume similar performance to the Talon AD7200.

 

Plex worked well without issue, although some high-resolution files, when transcoded, can warm the X10 up. The Genie platform as a whole is one of my personal favorites as the layout and ease of navigation makes the experience that much better.

 

In closing, with its MSRP coming in at $499.99, this router isn't for everyone, that is obvious. It will be up to you to decide if WiGig / 802.11ad is for you or not.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance99%
Quality100%
Features99%
Value90%
Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: There's no denying the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 its glory. It is easily the highest performing single base solution for today's wireless networks and it just so happens to have a tons of extra features that just top the whole package off.

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