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NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500) Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Dec 24 . Rating: 4.5 NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500) The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router is the next wave in Wi-Fi. With Tri-Band Quad Stream performance, delivers combined wireless speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps. Four external Active Antennas combined with four internal antennas amplify and maximize Wi-Fi range. X8′s Powerful 1.4GHz Dual […]

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


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


The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router is the next wave in Wi-Fi. With Tri-Band Quad Stream performance, delivers combined wireless speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps. Four external Active Antennas combined with four internal antennas amplify and maximize Wi-Fi range. X8′s Powerful 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor gives you a high-performance networking engine for faster connections. Aggregate 2 of the 6 Gigabit ports to double your wired speeds to network attached storage. Quad-Stream with MU-MIMO support allows you to enjoy simultaneous streaming to your devices for speeds up to 4x faster than traditional Wi-Fi.

  • Get fastest speeds available up to 5.3Gbps
  • Tri-band Wi-Fi delivers more Wi-Fi to more devices
  • Quad Stream delivers up to four data streams per Wi-Fi band
  • 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas to amplify and maximize range
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports-aggregate two for faster file transfers
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fast Wi-Fi band for every device
  • MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device



What customers say about NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500)?

  • 70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid Router, October 17, 2015
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    This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500) (Personal Computers)
    I paid full price ($399) for this router, no NETGEAR friends and family program, or whatever…

    At the time of writing this, I’ve had it installed for 3 days.

    I LOVE this router. I switched over from the latest Apple AirPort Extreme (the tall one), and every single one of my networking issues has gone away! I’m not an expert on networking, but I know my way around, and I could not get my Apple network to run stably.

    This router has a bunch of really useful features. The most useful, to me, are the antenna beam forming, and the Smart Connect features, which sort out the different types of wireless connections to ensure the best connection for each device, and send the most signal possible towards your device (as opposed to omnidirectional signal, sort of…).

    I have amazingly quick wifi speeds now, and I’m finally able to use the full bandwidth of my internet connection I’m paying for. I currently pay for 200dn/20up, and I usually got around 70dn/15up on a good day with the AirPort. All I did was change out the router, and I’m now clocking 235dn/24up at peak use times.

    Couldn’t be happier. You get what you pay for!

    Other things I like – this guy has 6 LAN ports plus a WAN port. That’s 2 – 3 more ports than any other standard consumer level router. Also like the fact that 2 of the ports can link together to double the available bandwidth. Awesome for a heavily used NAS server, etc… Last little thing – it has holes to mount it on the wall. Why is this so difficult for manufacturers to include? It’s just 2 little changes in the plastic mold – no extra parts, yet so incredibly useful. Thankfully, NETGEAR knows what’s up. It’s the little things…

    Setup is easy, firmware interface is intuitive. All around awesome.

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  • 19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I have the nighthawk X6 and love it. Figured I would upgrade to the X8 …, November 14, 2015
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    MBA grad (Portland) –

    This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500) (Personal Computers)
    I have the nighthawk X6 and love it. Figured I would upgrade to the X8 for more speed and higher bandwidth with both the 2.4 and 5ghz bands. Netgear software is easy to use, firmware upgrade was so easy with the X8. My connections throughout the house were solid and I had excellent coverage. The cons are that this router is HUGE and even more noticeable with those big antennas. Nice positive is that you can turn off the LEDs.
    To my most important criteria is network speeds. I turned on the smart connect which I think is an excellent feature for automatically handling / assinging your device to the 5ghz band that is less loaded. Worked like a charm. But I docked 1 star because in my testing speeds I noticed a small increase in speeds over my 2.4GHZ bands (but not enough to notice the difference and certainly not enough for the price). 5 GHZ was also a slight to often no increase over the measured speeds I had with my X6. So this router works great but……my x6 also worked great and in hindsight, I would choose the x6 again over buying the X8 and save the $$$. Also check out the CNET review which also notices the same thing with the speeds.

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  • The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid product but lack of customer support, November 14, 2015
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    SwitchHitter (USA) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 – AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router (R8500) (Personal Computers)
    11/25 Update: Indeed the e-mail connection worked, and after several round of back and forth the problem (due to a simple setup complication) is resolved. I appreciate the responsiveness of Netgear to this earlier comment of mine, although I still wish there is a telephone# where a live tech could be reached… Nevertheless, I change my rating to 4-star.
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    I like the product itself, very solid and much more powerful comparing to the older version I used. It was a good buy from that perspective.

    However, accessibility to a live tech support is terrible, basically non-exist. Unfortunately for someone like me who is not very tech savvy, what appears to be a very simple question or a quick fix has become a huge waste of time and source of frustration (after all the hours thrown in for nothing)… For some reason, some of the basic functions, like VPN, that come with the product just do not seem to be available or accessible in my system (could very well be due to some simple setup or network conflict).

    In any case, the inaccessibility of live tech support, in my opinion, really renders this otherwise wonderful product much less valuable. I start to wonder if it’s really worth it…

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    Nov 16, 2015 5:17:44 AM PST

    Hey SwitchHitter,

    We’d like to investigate the way support handled your case– if you have any case numbers or links please email them to us at netgearteam@netgear.com.

    We also want to help you with any get your problem fixed along with any further issues! All that you need to do is email(netgearteam@netgear.com) with a link to this review, your ISP, current firmware, serial number, and zip code.

    Regards,

    NETGEAR Team

     
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