- AC1900: 600+1300 Mbps
- First to market: 1GHz Dual Core Processor
- 256MB RAM & 128MB Flash
- 256 QAM Support for 2.4 GHz WiFi
- USB 3.0
- Beamforming+ improves range & performance
- VPN Support
- $199.99 –
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Fast, great range, support from open source firmware!!! 02/26/2014
This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
Incredible range! Router is on the first floor of the far north side of the house, my office is on the second floor on the far south side of the house (it's a 2,600 sq. ft. house). There is literally no place in the house where I am not getting 4/4 bars signal strength on 2.4GHz, and it hovers between 3-4 bars on 5GHz in my office. My old router (Linksys E3000) didn't even get 1 bar of 5GHz upstairs.
Other than the excellent hardware in this router, I cannot say much more about it here as I'm not running the stock firmware, so the Pros are continued in Other Thoughts!!
UI in the stock firmware is a joke. Drop-down menus are annoying. It won't let you keep all the menus expanded. When you click to expand a different menu the one you previously had expanded retracts. Not as many advanced options as competitors like Asus.
I think a lot of the complaints people are having about this router with stability issues is the fault of unstable firmware more than it is hardware.
It is INCREDIBLY easy to flash DD-WRT to this router. It literally takes 3-4 minutes before it's installed and you're tweaking all the advanced settings to your heart's content. I've previously installed DD-WRT on 2 Linksys routers and the process was long and painful, so I was very pleasantly surprised by how easy it was on this router. The DD-WRT build for this router is very stable and constantly updated with 4-6 updates per month.
This router is an excellent piece of hardware, so why would you not want to complement it with excellent firmware?! Get this router and flash it with DD-WRT!
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