Quick Review and Specs: NETGEAR AC5300 Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router

NETGEAR has set new expectations of WiFi speed with their Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router.  This Tri-Band WiFi with Quad Stream performance gives the X8’s combined wireless speeds up to 5.3Gbps.  Along with the increased speeds the X8 is able to amplify its WiFi range allowing you greater distance without loss of speed.  The X8 has the industries first 4 external active antennas which are also combined with 4 internal antennas give the X8 a range that is matched by only few.  With built in Quad Stream MU-MIMO technology, simultaneous device streaming becomes a breeze and can even allow full 4K video to be streamed with out loss of performance to other devices.  Finally, with Smart Connect the X8 can intelligently select the fastest WiFi band for each device on your network, insuring the fastest speeds for all the devices in your home.

 

 

AC5300 Specifications

Key Features

  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands
  • MU-MIMO capable‡—simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices
  • Eight (8) high performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
  • Four (4) external Active Antennas enhance weak signals and reduce interference for best WiFi performance (patent pending)
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
  • ReadySHARE® Vault—PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
  • DLNA® server to find & play your media on TVs & game consoles
  • VPN support—secure remote access to your home network & Internet
  • Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices
  • NETGEAR® genie® home network manager includes remote access to manage your network away from home

Package Content

  • Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router (R8500)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter

NETGEAR Warranty

  • This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty.
  • 24/7 basic technical support provided for 90 days form purchase date, when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller.

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, Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

Standards

  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support
  • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support
  • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN

Performance

  • AC5300 (1000 + 2166 + 2166 Mbps)

Security

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

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40 in (316 x 264 x 61 mm)
  • Weight: 3.70 lb (1680 g)

[More Information at NETGEAR's offical site]

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tal69
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Kong has a build for the

Kong has a build for the R8500 X8:

 

http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/

 

 

Talmage D. Holt