New Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 Wireless AC3200 Router
About 10 months since the launching of Netgear R7000 which was considered to be the fastest router (1900Mbps) at that time, Netgear has launched a new router with the speeds of up to 3200Mbps totally – this is the Netgear R8000 Nughthawk X6. This is the first router that is packed with 3 bands technology.
What this product does?
Netgear R8000 Nughthawk X6 is the first three band consumer router launched into the market with total bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps, ideal for uninterrupted bandwidth demand applications such as for smooth Ultra HD (4K) video streaming. More wifi devices can be accommodated simultaneously without degrading the performance. High performance dual core processor and three offload processors embedded in this router will assure delivering maximum range throughout your large home with backyard.
- Based on wireless ac3200 technology with three band wifi -Tx/Rx 3×3 (2.4GHz) + 3×3 (5GHz) + 3×3 (5GHz)
- Equipped with 6x external antennas with powerful amplifiers with Beamforming technology for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
- Powerful 1GHz dual core processor with three offload processors and 128 MB Flash and 256 MB RAM memory
- Smart connect wifi feature to select the best wifi for each device automatically
- Gigabit interfaces both LAN and WAN and 2x USB ports (1xUSB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0)
- IPV6 and VPN support
- FREE ReadyShare Vault PC software
Click here for more spec details (Nighthawk X6)
Soon you also have the option of Asus RT-AC3200 which will be released to the market in the near future. Both routers are claimed to be the fastest routers with three band technology ever made.
Have a watch at the following introduction video for better understanding the Netgear X6 product (courtesy of YouTube and Netgear).
Update: Asus RT-AC3200 has been released to market, and the other competing router is D-link DIR890L which is also a three band router.
What’s the great thing with this 3 band technology? Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 has the capacity and intelligence that can flexibility assign the wifi band automatically to each device with a maximum possible speed your device can connect.
All the legacy wifi devices can connect to legacy 2.4GHz band without having to hindrance the other devices that can connect with their maximum speed. All other high speed 5GHz-based wifi devices (wireless N devices) can be assigned to different 5GHz band. And other new wireless AC-based adapters can be assigned to the fastest lane – wireless AC 5GHz band. All of those devices are assigned the wifi band automatically and intelligently.
All wireless AC3200 routers are designed with three band including Asus AC3200 router and Linksys EA9200.
Smart Connect technology
Smart Connect Technology is very fantastic, the router system will automatically group the clients based on the speed, signal strength and off course the how crowded the available band is. And then connect each of the clients to best three available band the client can connect optimally possible.
With the addition of Beamforming technology, the router provides solid connection to the wifi clients following wherever they roam within the house. Six External high power antennas assure ultimate signal strength covering large area and eliminating dead zones. Asus AC3200 has also been equipped with six external antennas too, but Linksys EA9200 comes with three external and three internal antennas.
ReadyShare Vault PC software
One feature which is a free software that offers added value of Nighthawk X6 is ReadyShare Vault PC software that lets you perform automatic backups of your data to the atacched storage in the router’s USB port. This is a free software you can download to the computers. This feature is similar to those offered by Apple Airport Time Capsule with Time Machine feature addressed to Mac Users to perform scheduled data backups automatically.
This feature is different from that offered by Netgear R7000 that provides backup solution with Time Machine compatible that is meant to influencing Mac users who are loyal to Apple products to choose Netgear R7000 rather than choosing the Apple Airport Extreme. See also Apple Extreme Vs R7000.
ReadySHARE Vault app is beneficial value for Nighthawk X6 compared to Asus AC3200 and EA9200. However, Asus offers added value with AiCloud 2.0 feature that allows you to access, sync, share and stream your files anywhere from your mobile devices with internet connection.
So far, customer rating for X6 is 4.2 out of 5 in Amazon – very good enough even though it is not as good as the previous flagship Netgear R7000 which receives better rating 4.3 out of 5. It is still better than Asus which receives 3.8 out of 5 rating so far.
To extend the wireless coverage eliminating the dead zones you may consider new model of Netgear mesh wifi extender – the Nighthawk X6s three band mesh wifi extender ideal for three band wireless ac router.
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