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

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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.

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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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  • 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
    that!

    WELL NOW THAT
    I’M WRITING THESE REVIEW, ON EVERY SINGLE SITE. I FIND THAT USERS HAVE THE SAME
    ISSUES I’M HAVING. THEY HAVE ALSO
    CONTACTED NETGEAR TO NO AVAIL.

    BOTTOM LINE,
    BUY ANOTHER PRODUCT.

  • 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

      Yup!

      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.”