Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 WiFi Router Review – Quad-Stream X4 Architecture

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Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 WiFi Router with Quad-Stream X4 Architecture

Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 R7500

Today we are evaluating the newest Netgear 802.11ac router, the Nighthawk X4 R7500 that is the first high-end Netgear router to feature Quantenna’s QSR1000 4×4 chipset for MU-MIMO support to help boost performance for multiple users of the same router.  The R7500 is an Dual-Band AC2350 which means it can produce speed up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz channel and 1733 Mbps on the 5.0 GHz channel.  The Netgear R7500 is priced at $249 shipped and is designed for users who spend time gaming and streaming multimedia content.

Before we get too far into the R7500, let’s pause for a second and take a look back to last year when Netgear first announced their new Nighthawk series of routers.  No longer was the Broadcom-powered R6300v2 the king of the hill, Netgear had announced no less than three new routers to hit the market in 2014– all powered by faster CPUs with expanded Wi-Fi speeds and features.  The first one out of the gate was the $195 AC1900 R7000 which was a step up in Wi-Fi speeds over the R6300.  Next out of the gate was our current “head of class” the $299 AC3200 R8000 boasting three separate radios for 5G redundancy.  This router showed us speed and usefulness for households and offices that had a multitude of wireless devices.

Now on deck is Netgear’s Quad-Stream Nighthawk X4 AC2350 R7500.  Don’t be fooled by the model number though, on paper these three Nighthawk editions occupy very different space.  With an update processor and super-fast radio, the Nighthawk X4 is designed to give the fastest WiFi speeds for households that both gamers and streamers.  For anyone who has encountered lag or choppiness while playing their favorite console or computer game while other parts of the house want to utilize their favorite media streaming such as Netflix or Hulu. The X4 architecture is designed to optimize the bandwidth that you via beamforming and processing to help deliver connection speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps on the 5 GHz channel which is by far the fastest (theoretical) speed in any router we have seen.

Unlike the other two Nighthawk models, the Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500 features a Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8064 dual-core SoC running at 1.4 GHz – 40% faster than the R7000 and R8000 using Broadcomm’s BCM4709A0 CPU.

The router has four external antennas and Dynamic QoS to help with beamforming and wife signal range. Even though the router has only two radios (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz), the Dynamic QoS still allows the router to automatically direct traffic and prioritize signals based on the type of information being transmitted.  For instance, if you want to make sure you have enough bandwidth to stream your HD video to two rooms simultaneously, you would allocate Netflix with a higher priority than World of Warcraft.

We will look at more of the R7500 features a bit later, but here is an overview of the Nighthawk X4 features:

 

Nighthawk X4 R7500 Featured Specifications:

 

Product Number – R7500

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WiFi Technology

  • 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit

Speed and Range

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WiFi Performance

  • AC2350 (600 + 1733 Mbps)

WiFi Range

  • Very large homes

WiFi Band

  • Simultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz

Beamforming

  • Beamforming+—Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the speed, reliability, and range of your WiFi connections

Number of Ethernet Ports

  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN)

Number of USB Ports

  • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports

Number of eSATA Ports

  • One (1) eSATA port

Key Features

  • Quad-Stream AC2350 WiFi – up to 2.33Gbps (600 + 1733 Mbps)
  • Next generation Wave 2 WiFi
  • Fastest available 1.4GHz dual core processor
  • Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization by application and device
  • Twin USB 3.0 and eSATA ports for external storage
  • Four high-performance external antennas
  • Beamforming+ for more reliable connections
  • Memory: 128MB flash and 256MB RAM
  • ReadySHARE USB to share your USB hard drive and printer
  • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
  • On/off LED light switch

Security

  • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
  • VPN support—secure remote access
  • Guest network access—separate and secure
  • WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

Processor

  • 1.4GHz dual-core

Processor Technology

  • Qualcomm Internet Processor delivers unprecedented processing power enables better multi-tasking performance to support the growing number of connected devices, content, apps and services.
  • Dual-core 1.4GHz processor is manages advanced apps and media content, leaving the traditional network functions to the dual-core 730 MHz packet processing engine.
  • Faster media and storage –Supports the latest media and storage interfaces for enhanced network services.

Memory

  • 128MB flash and 256MB RAM

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11.22 x 7.26 x 1.97 in (285 x 184.5 x 50 mm)
  • Weight: 1.65 lb (750 g)

Product Diagram

Package Content

  • Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart WiFi Router (R7500)
  • Four (4) detachable antennas
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter

Standards

  • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports
  • One (1) eSATA port
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN)

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

Now let’s take a look inside the box to see what Netgear has equipped the X4 with.

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  • Tony

    after buying this modem a few months ago I had it installed in windows 8.1 I decided to install win 7 again, I found I need help getting net genie back, a part of net gear, only to fined they were only interested in trying to charge me more money to help, the fix was very simple but I could not get the help, I will never by a nether net gear.

    • Abhi

      You probably ran into a fake support group. They exist for other brands as well, be careful.

  • Emme

    Used this to replace my Verizon FiOS router. The 5Ghz band on this router has great range and the 2.4Ghz band has even more. I was running into issues with the FiOS router just not functioning because of wireless interference, moving everything over to the 5Ghz band has solved all my issues and now allows me to use my internet connection to it’s fullest even on WiFi. The setup was very very simple and if needed still allows for all the advanced settings technical users are accustomed to. So final verdict, yes this router is worth it. With streaming becoming more prevalent (not just on mobile devices but now even to your TV’s if you are uing vpn http://mcaf.ee/7c1ya ) investing in a solid wireless network is definitely a wise decision.