Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Wireless Router Review

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Netgear Nighthawk R7100: Power Consumption

Power consumption by your home’s electronic devices continues to be a very important issue so we have made an attempt to present some simple power consumption tests on the various routers that we had. To measure idle usage, we reset each wireless routers to the default settings and plugged them with no devices connected to them. We then measured the power draw from each router at the wall with our P3 International P4400 Kill-A-Watt electric usage monitor


Benchmark Results: The NetgearR7000 is one of the most cost effective routers we have tested. It is interesting that for a router with double the processing power and much faster speeds than other routers on the market, the power consumption at idle should be so low.  We even took a peek at the power consumption while we were testing our wireless speeds and the router didn’t really go past 11 Watts. Very impressive!


Since most people will have their routers turned on for 24-hour a day operation, we think that examining power usage is an important benchmark. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is an important financial estimate that helps consumer’s direct and indirect costs of a product. In our TCO calculation we will be figuring up how much it costs to have a wireless router running per year in an idle state with the unit being installed 24-hours a day. We will be using 12.7 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) based on the bureau of labor statistics report showing that amount as the national average.


Benchmark Results: More evidence that the Nighthawk R7000 router is cost efficient. After having the R7000 in your possession for a time, you can see how those savings add up to real money.


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  • Michael

    I bought this router 2 weeks ago and I’m very satisfied. Great speed, and I like that there’s an on/off button for the wireless signal, so you man turn it off manually too. I like to keep the radiation levels low at all times.
    I experimented a lot with the signal and radiation levels, and found that the router has great coverage and speed even without the antennas. speed+coverage+low radiation= just the right product for me. Thanks

  • AuckNZ

    Have had this router for about 6 months now. Easy to set up, Excellent signal. It has never failed me. Runs 24/7 without a problem. It sounds like others have had some issues here, but I cant recommend the Nighthawk highly enough. Easy to use interface (either browser based or Genie).

    I use it on a home network, streaming videos, radio, NAS, 2 x PC’s, laptop, phones and ipads, plus backup drives.

    Bottom line – Excellent product. It just works.

  • kmcghghy

    I’ve been
    reading reviews now after I tell Netgear that I’m going to write a crappy
    review on every review forum I can find because of my issues and it appears now
    that I’m reading them, that this is a known issue that they just refuse to fix. I’ve been an IT System Administrator for over
    20 years and I would not buy another Netgear product again after dealing with
    their support which doesn’t admit there is a known problem.

    I had the
    Netgear WNDR3400 and never had any trouble with it. I bought the Nighthawk R7000 and for $200 and
    my experience with other Netgear hardware I thought this unit would be great.

    I have had
    nothing but trouble with it. The
    Nighthawk r7000 is constantly going down. I upgrade firmware and it craps out
    and I have to redo the configuration. I get up in the morning and no wireless,
    I have to reboot it. Sometimes it goes
    down 2-3 times a day. The other day I got up and again no wireless, I rebooted
    and that didn’t fix it. I go into the configuration and it says the wireless is
    turned off. First time I had this issue
    and you have to hold the wireless button on the front for about 10 seconds to
    turn it back on.

    This is
    ridicules that this unit has so many issues. Of course it’s now out of the 90
    warranty and Netgear says as long as the correct lights are on it not a
    hardware issue so pay us to troubleshoot or fix it yourself. When the device is a lemon, you can’t fix



    • enterprise7

      Most reviews that I read, the IT gurus always have problems with the software/hardware at hand while the common user, the product works like a charm

      • kmcghghy

        That’s because you use right out of the box and hope it works on all your needs. Gurus tweet it to work as needed. After my replacement it started having issues again so this time I just trashed I and went and bought an ASUS.

        • enterprise7

          I just purchased the netgear Nighthawk ac5300; you are correct, right out of the box, so far, so good! Good luck with your ASUS!

        • VaultDweller73

          I cant run MS Live Meeting on the Asus RT-AC66U even with factory reset and no firewall. Direct connect to the ISP provided box and it would work but through the router it would not. Had to buy a Netgear just for that pos software to work. I work at home. How’s that for a ridiculous reason to have to buy a Netgear Router? Every other tech piece I own that can be Asus is Asus though.

    • Tommy

      I’m an IT person too Kat. I make a living installing wireless networks in small and medium sized businesses and also in residential homes (some quite large!). This is one of my go-to routers because it is so reliable and has such a long range. Quite a few useful features in it too!

      However, It sounds like the particular unit you had was broken and should’ve been immediately returned. If any of the 30 or 40 R7000 Netgear units I have installed in the past couple years did this (none have) I would’ve returned it. Not sure why you kept beating your head against the wall with a failing unit (until the warranty expired!).

      FYI: Almost all electronic devices have issues like you experienced from time to time. Failures are brand/model agnostic. Whether you talk about Dell, HP, Netgear, TP-Link, Toshiba, Cisco Linksys, Asus, Belkin, D-Link, Samsung, iPhone, LG, Motorola, Ford, Chevy, or whatever. Electronic things simply break. Failures are independent of brand/model and are due to things like power surges, lightning, bad internal electronic components (capacitors, etc.).

      My advice is not to beat your head against the wall with a bad unit for days on end. —> Tommy’s Rule is this: If a firmware upgrade and a ‘hard reset’ doesn’t fix it … it’s going back for replacement.

      • Kat

        I didn’t ‘beat my head against the wall” on this. As I said other users also have issues. Read the reviews. Best Buy, Amazon etc. It did actually go back to Netgear twice.
        Another issue with today’s routers which shouldn’t be an issue with Smart homes is that most routers only handle 32 connections.
        The issue is that it’s only a dual router which only handles a certain number of usable simultaneous connections.
        I had to buy a tri-band router with smart connect which will let me connect up to 96 wireless devices including 54 life bulbs, 8 cameras, 5 arlo’s etc.
        Not many routers will let you connect this many usable simultaneous connections at once. There was only 2 at Fry’s and that’s a complete network store.
        Bottom line network products need to catch up with supply and demand in today’s Smart home environment.

      • alcon04

        Hey Tommy I think Kat is right about the R7000

        some routers are good some are just bad.

        its hard to find a reliable router – if yours works lucky you
        mine worked good for about a year and 1/2 now out of warranty
        WiFi keeps disconnecting – however I have 2 more Wireless routers as access point – So I switch to either one immediately . (So nobody at home complains)

  • Tyson Tree

    I noticed under the specs-} Security section of the review it states it has WEP capable encryption; this is not true. Does not support WEP.

  • FeRaL

    Is this router wall mountable?

    • Digtial Puppy


      From Pg. 2: “You do have the ability to mount the router vertically on the
      wall, but Netgear doesn’t provide any sort of desk stand for vertical
      placing on your desk.”