Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Wireless Router Review

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Netgear Nighthawk R7000: Conclusions and Final Thoughts

R7000-bI have to say working with the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Dual-Band 802.11 has been a real eye-opener.  We really had the bar set high – especially comparing it to our favorite router the Netgear R6300.  Netgear changed the entire package in this flagship upgrade.  We now have external antennas and a “sit-flat” design.  The colors and LED lighting are even different.  In fact, Netgear went with a totally different look than any of their previous router series.

The Nighthawk sounds like a superhero and it certainly performed like one smoking anything that we had in our WiFi-AC arsenal.  When compared to our previous champion R6300, we saw a pretty consistent step up in wireless performance, around ~20% over all distances.  At first we were a bit concerned that our speeds tests in the same room resulted in slower speed on average than in room tests farther away.  I think this might be because of the way the R7000 external antennas have been designed.


The R7000 802.11n channel can now reach up to 600Mbps which is faster than most WiFi-n receivers on the market today.  For instance, our Alienware M17XR4 laptop contains a leading-edge Qualcomm Antheros Killer Wireless-N 1103 Network Adapter card.  This card is a three-antenna card which is capable of up to 450Mbps.  One of the reasons we didn’t spend a bunch of time testing the 2.4GHz channel is that to max out the N600 speeds, we would need a 4-antenna transceiver which we don’t have and didn’t think the majority of our readers had either.  

The Nighthawk R7000 is Netgear’s latest flagship and as such carries Netgear’s highest price.  The dual-band router can be found for around $194.99 shipped.  You can pick up the older Netgear R6300 v2 for around $148.99 shipped.  Competing routers would be the ASUS RT-AC68U ($219.99) and Linksys EA6900 ($187.99), so the Netgear R7000 is competitively priced.

We definitely think the upgrade from anything older than an WiFi-AC will be worth it.  The speed increases that we saw from AC1750 were not small. One of the interesting things we saw was that we got better speeds on average when the router was in our “second room” during our speed tests.  We think this is a result of Netgear’s Beamforming technology that helps to lock in the signal from clients.

R7000_Front-2For those who are familiar with the Netgear GUI, the R7000 will not disappoint you.  Even for those who have never used a Netgear product, the set-up and interface are robust and straightforward.  Following the simple steps from Netgear, you will up and running very quickly and making modifications to your network with ease.  We have been fans of Netgear’s GUI for many years and have yet to see one that is better laid out.

Netgear ships the Nighthawk R7000 with an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty on parts and labor.  It’s been a while, but I think we finally have a worthy replacement to our R6300.  We have to tip our hat to Netgear for responding to the market and other manufacturers as they vie for king of the AC routers.  With the dual-core 1GHz process and redesigned external beamforming antennas, Netgear has raised their game tremendously.  


Legit Bottom Line:
Netgear’s R7000 Nighthawk Dual-Band AC router delivers everything that a flagship router is supposed to.  Cutting-edge speeds, user-friendly GUI and a competitive price




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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.

  • 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.”