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Pros: - Support for Dynamic DNS service (I use NO-IP)
- Leveraging VPN and have tested it out. Like it, however generated OpenVPN scripts did not work without modification
- I like the support for guest networks
- Range is slightly better but still had to use a range extender for a device that lives outside, but I'm not complaining there. (3300 square foot house)
- 18 devices and counting
- Traffic monitor
Cons: Biggest con first:
***- Increased my latency by 7-9ms to any server. (Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated)
- Once in awhile, I observe a fast disconnect and reconnect from my smart phone on the primary 5 ghz network.
- Very big device
- Mobile app could be better
Overall Review: I can not immediately recommend this router to any of my gamer friends on the basis of the latency increase without a way to fix it. Perhaps the latency increase is the cost of using the high end router and I need to explore using dd-wrt, but as a gamer, it's a huge con. Reluctantly considering putting my primary gaming computer between the modem and the router, or at least putting a lighter weight router between the modem and NX8.
I am very anxious to use some of the additional features that the router has like parental control, aggregate ports, and additional USB devices for storage and backup.
Jury is still out, but wanted to go ahead and write a review. I would upgrade this to 4 stars/eggs if I could figure out the latency issue. I think it's within the realm of possibility of even getting a 5 star/egg if they improve firmware and improve the mobile app.
Pros: - Large enough to be used as a boat anchor.
Cons: - Does not work, so quite literally all it's good for is being used as a boat anchor.
Overall Review: I would not recommend this product at all. I thought I was getting a deal on Black Friday, but really all I got was junk. I'm not sure what's going on with this model of Netgear router as I have had many other Netgear products in the past that have been great. I received my first NETGEAR R8500 Nighthawk X8 in a timely fashion, thank you Newegg. Unfortunately though, only a day after setting it up it lost internet connection, and upon resetting it I was never able to get it to restart. The only thing I did was do the requested firmware update and setup my SSID names, and bam, continuous reboot loop.
Ok, no big deal, stuff happens, I'll just exchange it. Yeah, well, the second NETGEAR R8500 Nighthawk X8 did the same exact thing in less than three hours. This time all I did was setup the SSID names, I skipped the firmware update just in case that was the issue. I looked around online and apparently this is a very common problem for this model. Too bad, if the router worked it would have been an awesome beast.
I must note that Newegg was very helpful when I called customer service and made the exchange without question and in a timely manner.
Pros: Unfortunately I had to upgrade my modem and router to keep up with the faster speeds being offered. I replaced my old Motorola with the MB8600 and this router. Unbelievably fast!!! I read a lot of bad reviews about this Netgear but for me they just weren't true! Worked right out of the box!!! Still there is a learning process with all the features it has to offer. But it wasn't
difficult to figure it all out. So far it is fantastic!!!
Pros: Great router fast, easy to setup, few dropped connections, and lots of setup options. I would have thought it was the best router that I have ever used. BUT!!!
Cons: It died after 1 year and 2 weeks. I would expect a $350+ to last longer than 54 weeks
Overall Review: I would tell people to look around Before purchasing this router.
Pros: Awesome, future proof hardware<br>Triple channels<br>Connection speed<br>Aesthetics<br>Stock firmware stability<br>Third party firmware capabilities and flexibility<br>MU-MIMO, beamforming, active antennas, smart connect, port aggregation (teaming)<br>Good range and speeds, but not great. This may be my fault, so no deducts.
Cons: All the firmware has issues.<br>Stock firmware is virtually identical to my WNDR4500, as well as other Netgear routers I have owned or seen. This is really inexcusible, as for this kind of price tag, you should receive a lot of bells and whistles. At this level, a purchaser is either utilizing this for an enterprise set up or is a consummate tinkerer, and the Netgear provided firmware should account for that. A couple thing that stock firmware have going for it are native ipv6 implementation, with no configuration or hair pulling required, and extreme stability.<br>The available third party firmware has been extremely unreliable. It has also been a bear (for me) to implement ipv6 over, but the extra options and functionality (for now) justify the lack of ipv6. Hopefully there is a remedy soon.
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Overall Review: So the loaded and updated Netgear firmware just doesn't do this router any justice. It's akin to buying a Mercedes with a Gremlin ECM installed (does anyone remember the Gremlin? I know, factually incorrect, but it is an accurate analogy...) For the money, Netgear really should have tried to appease professionals and power users instead of reissuing the same old firmware and GUI. <br>The first firmware I tried was the January Kong DD-WRT mod. This had a mind boggling array of options and enhancements, something on the order of 600. Virtually almost every conceivable option that a router can possibly handle. And some that I never could have conceived of. The problem I had was first, the ipv6 implementation is a nightmare, and I just didn't have time to figure it out. Mostly, the system was extremely unstable. The router never made it longer than 12 hours without restarting itself. It also would sporadically drop one of the wireless bands, which then led the others to drop. The wireless signal would start degrading from almost the time it was rebooted, so it just got progressively slower. As the router got "tired", it would start broadcasting WEP security instructions to devices that wanted to attach. This was quite perplexing, as it was, and still is, set for WPA2. The final odd occurrence was that about 30% of the time, trying to log into the router from the LAN caused it to have a stroke, lock up, and then reboot.<br>The next firmware I tried was the February Tathagata DD-WRT release. This had enough of the same issues that I didn't really bother with it.<br>Just a few days ago I started running the MyOpenRouter Team update of the Kong mod. This has been rock solid for about four days now. The router did go down last night, but I suspect that was Comcast, who seems to go down about once a week here. So far, so good, except for the ipv6 issue, which I don't see any improvements upon.<br>I have seen some development notes for what appears to be an OpenWRT firmware for this router. What I have read for the other Nighthawk series is that OpenWRT is extremely stable and easily implements ipv6. Just have to wait and hope.<br>The bottom line for this router is that the hardware is bulletproof and future proof (for now). If you want a plug and play router, this thing is amazing and you won't be disappointed. At this price point though, no one is interested in pnp. The Netgear firmware is severely lacking, and the third party packages are sporadically stable, but ipv6 is still an issue. The power and range of the router is really good, but not great. This may vary well just be an option or switch that I haven't toyed with yet, as the stock firmware did seem to have great wifi reach.
Not 30 minutes after submitting this review, the router once again became extremely unstable. It began some kind of a restart cycle and restarted about 5 times within the hour. As a last resort, I flashed back to the current version of the (boring) Netgear stock firmware. After a couple hours with no interruptions, it seemed that it had once again stabilized. Unfortunately, overnight it somehow lost ipv4, so the next morning, all I could either ping or browse to were ipv6 sites. This was just too much, so over the weekend I RMAd the router and mailed it back. Great and quick process from Newegg, included a prepaid shipping label.
I have deducted no stars for a few reasons:
- When you buy new and cutting edge toys, expect some problems
- In the past few years, I have had to return about 40% of my components, boards, and cards due to being DOA or only having limited functionality. My electronics tech told me that he doesn't even bother with custom builds or new toys anymore since a lot of manufacturing has moved from Taiwan to Mainland China, and the QC and overall quality has gone straight in the toilet because of it. I don't know for sure, but it seems like valid reasoning. So a return is almost expected, which is a pretty scathing indictment of the whole industry.
- The Newegg return process is as good as it can be under these circumstances. It was fast and easy. Overnight shipping would be preferred in order to expedite a return, or even an Advanced RMA like EVGA allows so a new unit could be shipped prior to returning the faulty one. But I don't think this would be feasible for a retailer, and can't begin to imagine the costs to Newegg. So that is why it is as good as it can be.
Pros: Absolutely ridiculous penetration of Wi-Fi signal. I have lots of wood all over my house and even dual band wouldn't do it. This seems to do the trick. I don't know if it's the tri band or the active antennas, but I'm amazed at the places I get signal on my property now. Also has options to turn off blinking leds... a nice touch.
logging into the router is a breeze and the range of options and ability to configure are top notch
Cons: It's frakking huge. Think last gen (ps3) console.
Pros: Long range, extreme bandwidth, great software
Cons: Stopped working after 4 months, odd ticking sound. Netgear, worst customer service ever for returns, waited on the phone 4 times for an hour each and only one time I spoke with someone. Their systems were malfunctioning so I couldn't even get an RMA to call back with or go online and complete the return. They said they would call me and send am email with the RMA and you guessed it, nothing. I'm willing to take the loss if only to learn a hard lesson. Don't respond Netgear the unit is in the trash with the other useless garbage. I'm a little salty, sorry.
Pros: really fast, really stable...
Cons: hum, none that I can tell
Overall Review: power supply pin was bent.. easy fix, no worries