NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500) Review

The NETGEAR NightHawk X8 router has several features that make it a great option for someone looking for an advanced wireless router. It offers speeds up to 5.3 Gpbs. It also has Tri-band WiFi and Quad Stream technology. The NETGEAR nighthawk has 4 active antennas along with 4 internal antennas to help give you the best range possible. It also has an Ethernet port to allow for faster file transfers.

Features and Specifications

  • Speeds up to 5.3Gbps
  • It has a powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor for faster processing
  • Comes with Tri-band Wi-Fi
  • Features Quad Stream to allows you to experience up to four data streams per Wi-Fi band
  • Equipped with 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas for amplifying and maximizing range
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports-aggregate two for faster file transfers
  • Features Smart Connect to designate slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands for best wireless speeds
  • The MU-MIMO feature makes it possible for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • The Dynamic QoS features prioritize bandwidth by application and device

Quad Stream

The Quad-Stream with MU-MIMO support allows the user to have simultaneous streaming to several devices at once. This can provide speeds up to 4 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi.Quad Stream also helps to maximize your overall connection speed allowing up to 4 data streams per WiFi.

Tri-Band Wifi

The Tri-Band Wifi feature allows the user 3 dedicated WiFi bands. WiFi band one is for all legacy WiFi devices. Band two is for dual band WiFi devices. Band three is dedicated to newer dual band AC WiFi devices. The Tri-Band feature ensures that the user has a dedicated Wifi band for each device which in turn helps speed up the overall performance.

Active Antennas

The NightHawk router has 4 active antennas along with the 4 internal antennas. Active antennas allow for an improved WiFi performance. The active antenna technology provides an amplified signal in the antenna itself. NETGEAR has moved the amplifiers from their usual location on the motherboard to top of the antennas to provide a way to transmit cleaner and stronger signals to all your devices.

All in all, the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 Wi-Fi Router has advanced technology to make it a great, high performance wireless router. It offers speeds of up to 5.3 Gpbs. With a powerful 1.4 Ghz processor, the user can expect quick processing within the unit. It also comes with NETGEAR genie which makes installation almost effortless. Considering the Quad Stream technology and Tri-Band WiFi features, this router is a great option for someone looking for a fast, hardworking router.