Quick Review and Specifications of NETGEAR R7000 "Nighthawk" 802.11ac Wireless Router

The new Netgear R7000 is the latest in top end routers from Netgear. It combines the fastest WiFi currently available with ultimate range and three High-powered external antennas.

The R700 was designed for high performance to give for the best video streaming and online gaming experience.
Check out some of these features!
For Gamers
  • Extreme WiFi speed for gaming??up to 1900 Mbps
  • Dual Core 1GHz processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance
  • Automatic prioritization for XBox One/360 online gaming
  • Advanced QoS for lag free gaming
  • Extreme range with high power amplifiers & external antennas for best connectivity
  • Beamforming+ for improved WiFi range & performance across all devices??2.4 & 5GHz
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the faster WiFi connection
For Video Streaming
  • Uninterrupted video streaming with advanced QoS for applications like Netflix, YouTube, & Amazon
  • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for whole home HD coverage across all your devices
  • USB 3.0 for up to 10 times faster access to your stored media than USB 2.0
  • Free backup software for Windows PC and Time Machine for Macs to automatically safeguard your media files
  • DLNA server to find and play your media on TVs and game consoles
  • iTunes server to play your USB-stored music using iTunes or Apple Remote

For Faster Mobile Connections

  • Implicit Beamforming improves WiFi speed & range on all mobile devices like iPhone, iPad & Android
  • xplicit Beamforming boosts speed & range for the newest 802.11ac WiFi devices like Macbook Air & Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest connection for your mobile devices on 2.4 or 5 GHz WiFi
  • Airtime Fairness prevents network lag when slower devices connect
  • High powered amplifiers and external antennas increase range for whole-home mobility
  • Print from an iPad® or iPhone®??NETGEAR genie® makes any printer AirPrint® compatible
  • EZ Mobile Connect??Scan QR code on your smart-phone to connect to your home network
Physical Specifications  
  • Dimensions: 11.22 x 7.26 x 1.97 in (285 x 184.5 x 50 mm)
  • Weight: 1.65 lbs (750 g) Standards
  • Two (2) USB ports??one (1) USB 3.0 & one (1) USB 2.0 port
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps??(1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
Technical Specifications  
  • AC1900 (600 Mbps @ 2.4GHz with 256 bit QAM support + 1300 Mbps @ 5GHz 11ac)?
  • Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi??Tx/Rx 3x3 (2.4GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz)
  • Beamforming+??For more reliable connections
  • Powerful dual core 1GHz processor
  • High-power amplifiers??three (3) external antennas
  • Memory: 128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM
  • Downstream & upstream QoS??automatically recognizes & prioritizes applications
  • ReadySHARE® USB??Share your USB hard drive and printer
  • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6) Support
  • 24/7 basic technical phone support for 90 days from date of purchase



bigjohn's picture
A DUAL CORE router... wow.

A DUAL CORE router... wow. yeah, this thing looks AWESOME.

Shanty54's picture
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This Router is super.



I purchased it a few weeks ago and I could not be happier. Yes, 200 bucks is crazy, but I attribute that to the RAM and CPU being $100 of that:) It does it all, I mean all. I have not had one DNLA glitch. My S4 screams on the higher band. The signal is awesome, put bars to Five in places my other Netgear and Linksys products pushed 3, 400-800 feet away. It is true that the 5ghz or ac does not have the signal distance of the 2.4, but the speed is well worth it.

If you are thinking about it, stop. I thought about if for about 4 monthsand then faked my other router to be broken :) have a Linksys with that WW-DRT a 2,4 Yagi that I beamed Internet to the kid across the street. Not sure if I want to give up one of these three antenas, so will probably bridge (I have no idea what I am talking about) or make and AP and hope I can still do what I want to do.

VeryPleased. The reason I did not go with the Asus, very fine product, equal or maybe better features, Asus is aweful for tech support, trust me, it is the only laptop I will buy...Just do not expect them to move very fast on tickets when you are in need of help. BUY THIS ROUTER.

feilipu's picture
Do think twice before buying

Do think twice before buying this router.
Using Firmware Version V1.0.3.56_1.1.25

WiFi signals 10dB stronger than with my previous Billion Router AP.

No SSH console.
Reboots each time a configuration is changed.
Very limited configuration options.

If you need more than playing games.
Think twice, or get other firmware (which might negate other advantages).

jBen's picture
There a few of these showing

There a few of these showing up in the RepublicWireless.com community. (Hybrid WiFi-Cell). They (Republic)use a standard SIP, except use 5090 vs 5060, and for most routers SIP ALG(Application Level Gateway) has to be turned off (it's on by default)...you might try that.

Dookins23's picture
Love this router. My traffic

Love this router. My traffic speeds are blazing. I paired it up with an Eidimax range extender for my family upstairs. The only hitch I have had to this point was with my Eidimax AC1200 USB adapter on my laptop. The 5ghz would drop over and over and over. When it did work it was just stupid fast. But online games, torrents or opening up a bunch of internet pages would crash the connection to the router. So in the latest update everything was completely fixed. 5ghz now is solid when gaming and downloading all at once. Highly recommended.

phinn's picture
This seems to be an excellent

This seems to be an excellent router for many people but buyers should beware of USB 3.0 + NAS related issues. Some users are reporting corrupted data on the OEM firmware (possibly related to Netgear speed-up hacks for FAT32/NTFS), meanwhile it hasn't been working well on custom DD-WRT and Tomato builds either, much slower, drop outs, etc. It seems to be best with DD-WRT and an Ext4 formatted drive however that won't work well for Windows users.

I was personally hoping this would be a good USB 3.0 / NAS solution until I eventually get a separate NAS box, it's not looking to be good the case at least right now. I suppose this almost makes sense considering the idiocy of putting the USB 3.0 port on the front, it was almost as if they are saying "don't use often". Hopefully the situation improves.

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Annette's picture

I am VERY LIMITED in my knowledge about the Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router.
History: have Verizon as my carrier
keep dropping internet signal because Verizon's modem is not strong enough to handle the #
of items that are "pulling" on the signal
Suggested I get the Nighthawk because of the stronger signal
using the Verizon unit as a source to the internet and using the Nighthawk as being capable of
doing the faster and smarter device!(and the wireless signal has been turned off in Verizons
router so as not to have a conflict of the routers!!
But: it still keeps dropping the internet!!

SORRY I am so confused and hope someone can (come down to my level). and explain a way to solve this problem short of GIVING UP!!
Thank you very much in advance.
Annette (West Linn, OR)