Closing this out, many of you are already thinking what I ran through my head many times. What's the difference between the R7000p and RS400? Especially since the R7000p is much cheaper to purchase and has the exact firmware loaded on the unit.
The TLDR is this; the Netgear Armor Subscription. The RS400 is the only unit offering a free three-year sub to Netgear Armor, something they charge $70 a year for if you buy in. This makes the RS400 MSRP of $299.99 come into focus even with the R7000p at $219.99.
As stated the hardware is nearly identical between the 7000p and RS400, so its only natural to expect performance to match. With this I wasn't disappointed as the 400 was able to reach 949Mbps in LAN testing, 100Mbps with 2.4GHz and 530Mbps in 5GHz. As for range, 2.4GHz was amazing holding its performance past 30ft and 5GHz, started at 530Mbps and lost only 100Mbps at 30ft.
There are also quite a few value-added features to this router, including the basic "Genie" features such as traffic monitor, where you can set your monthly limits and have the router LED change color when you encroach those. You can also have the router shutdown internet access after you reach that limit. Of course, we have access to Disney Circle for advanced parental controls and Netgear Armor with Bitdefender available for all systems on your network.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line
If you are a parent or concerned about your security on the internet, the NETGEAR Nighthawk RS400 AC2300 Cyber-Security wireless router is a solid solution that offers the performance of a Nighthawk router and the security of Bitdefender.