Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300

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  • Multiple LAN ports
  • amplified antennas
  • excellent speed and customization options
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  • Big and bullying looking
  • the interface seems dated and the price is expensive

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Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Review

Key features

Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is large in size and packs a punch with its range of features including inbuilt amplified antennas and MU-MIMO compatibility. It delivers excellent web transmission through the six LAN ports that it has. It is a tri-band router with a long reach and is considered ideal for homes and offices with multiple users. It also has a separate WAN port that you can use for a compatible NAS or switch or for Link Aggregation. The X8 AC5300 gives you access to ReadyCLOUD USB so that you can access stored data in a connected USB device irrespective of the internet connection in use.

Introduction

Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is a tri-band router with excellent wireless reach. It is one of the biggest routers you will come across and is also the most expensive in its category. This router is not meant for homes and offices with one or two users because its dazzling speed befits multiple usage where everyone wants high internet speeds. It has the latest technologies in place and MU-MIMO compatibility means it can manage web traffic in a more efficient manner.

What is its performance?

Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is easily able to deliver 600Mbps to 650Mbps without a sweat and this figure puts it comfortably over some of the other highly popular routers. The file transfer speed of this router is also on the higher side but here it falls slightly behind some of its competitors. The fact that it allows multiple devices to connect through a single 2.4GHz and two 5GHz channels, allows it to theoretically hit a throughput peak of 5.3Gbps. This clearly tells you that it is the perfect router to have when you have multiple users and all of them eat up bandwidth fast. Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 supports beam-forming technology and MU-MIMO so that you get the best transmission speeds possible. Its load balancing software puts the slower devices like IP cameras and printers on a 5GHz channel so that the other channel can be used for accessing the web.

Is Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 easy to set-up?

Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 doesn’t have a routine setup procedure in the sense you don’t see the installation wizard once you connect the router and power-cycle the modem. Here you get the internet access instantly – like a plug and play device. The router can be accessed through the URL routerlogin.net. Once you log in, you get to see the dashboard where you can change the security and the configurations etc. From the packed box to web surfing, you will probably need 3 minutes tops.

Conclusion: Should I buy it?

The tri-band Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 with its amplified antennas and six LAN and one WAN ports is clearly meant for those who crave for fast internet speeds. The throughput from this router is extremely fast and remains consistent and reliable. It is an expensive router but it does deliver speeds that are incredibly fast.

  • The Good :
    Multiple LAN ports, amplified antennas, excellent speed and customization options
  • The Bad :
    Big and bullying looking, the interface seems dated and the price is expensive
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is manufactured by Netgear and was added in November 2015 in the Routers section
  • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5

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