Nighthawk C7000 Best Modem Router Combo

Netgear releases new Nighthawk C7000 Wireless AC1900 cable modem – one of best wireless cable modems in the market. This is one of the the best modem router combo products in the market – a high speed wireless AC1900 router with built-in DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.


Internet shares the line, and of course during rush hour the lane shared by many users. The more users access the internet the slower internet speed. In the cable internet technology there is a term ‘channel bonding’ where each channel is like a highway lane. The more channels the more internet lanes available, thus the more internet bandwidth rate can go through the lanes. This is also applicable to cable modem, the more channel bonding supported by the modem the wider bandwidth is available to pass through the internet provided by broadband cable provider.

Netgear introduces new high speed DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem router combo the ‘Nighthawk C7000’ which is one of the best DOCSIS 3.0 wireless cable modem products available in the market with 24 channel bonding for downstream.

What this product does

Like Surfboard series including best seller SB6141 cable modem, Netgear offers various models of DOCSIS 3 cable modems including the new model CM500 DOCSIS 3 cable modem. And many wireless cable modems are also introduced to compete with other existing products have been around in the market today. Nighthawk C7000 is a cable modem router combo that integrates DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with wireless AC1900 router. Not so many high speed products with AC1900 in the market and so far C7000 and Zoom 5363 are two products have been around in some retail stores.

Note that Arris introduces new Surfboard SBG6900 wireless AC1900 cable modem

C7000 is engineered based on wireless AC1900 wifi technology with built-in DOCSIS 3 cable modem delivering wifi speeds of up to 1900Mbps total bandwidth for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands that run simultaneously. And what makes this product different is that it comes with 24×8 channel bonding DOCSIS 3 cable modem, meaning it can deliver up to 960Mbps downstream and up to 300Mbps upstream. This is the fastest and the best modem router combo so far with 24 channel bonding downstream compared with other products currently at the market.

Nighthawk C7000 best router modem combo

Main features

  • Wireless AC1900 router with built-in DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem
  • Simultaneous dual band delivering speeds up to 1300Mbps 5GHz wireless AC and up to 600Mbps 2.4GHz wireless N
  • Simultaneous dual band WiFi Tx/Rx 3×3 (2.4GHz) + 3×3 (5GHz)3×3 high power internal antennas
  • Beamforming technology for solid wireless client connections
  • 24 x 8 Channel bonding delivering downstream speeds of up to 960Mbps
  • Powered by 1.6GHz processor with 128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM
  • 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connection to Ethernet-based devices including DVR; Blu-Ray; game console and more devices.
  • 1x USB 2.0 port with ReadyShare technology to allow you share the printer or storage.

Following its success with Netgear C6300 DOCSIS 3 cable modem with 16×4 channel bonding, Nighthawk C7000 featuring 24 channel bonding downstream with the addition of wireless AC1900 router could be the first product in wireless cable modems in the market with 24 channel bonding, and is the best modem router combo in DOCSIS 3 cable modem.

Have a look at the following video introduction for Netgear Nighthawk C7000 wireless AC1900 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem (courtesy by Netgear and YouTube).

To learn more Click here for C7000 spec details or Buy from Amazon

Comparison with Zoom

Zoom Technology offers various models of cable modem as well with affordable price compare with other vendors. Zoom doesn’t want to be left behind in wireless cable modems industry with high speed wireless ac technology, and it offers you Zoom 5363 wireless AC1900 cable modem router combo.

So what are the differences between the two products?

Both wireless cable modems offer high speed wireless network based on the same wireless AC1900 technology that can technically deliver total bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps (1300Mbps wireless AC in 5 GHZ band + 600Mbps wireless N in 2.4GHz band). However there is an apparent difference between the two products, it’s about the channel bonding features.

Zoom 5363 cable modem router combo

Channel bonding

The table 1 shows you the comparison – showing only main features between C7000 and Zoom 5363, each of them is a modem router combo.

You can read that the main difference is about the total channel bonding both for downstream and upstream each of the modem. Nighthawk C7000 comes with fastest model with 24x channel bonding downstream delivering data rate throughput of up to 960Mbps from the provider to your modem. This is ideal solution for most today demanding high intensive bandwidth applications including 4K streaming video, online gaming and more apps in the net. On the other hand, Zoom 5363 offers you only 8x channel bonding downstream. Zoom has the same feature in regards of channel bonding as Surfboard SBG6782 which offers 8×4 channel bonding cable modem.

USB port

Another port interface that Netgear Nighthawk C7000 offers is the inclusion of USB 2.0 port with ReadyShare technology to allow you share either printer or disk external storage. But Zoom 5363 (and Surfboard SBG6782) doesn’t have USB port, this is the drawback.

Table 1. C7000 Vs Zoom 5363

 Nighthawk C7000Zoom 5363
Cable modem24 x 8 channel bonding delivering up to 960Mbps downstream8 x 4 channel bonding delivering up to 343Mbps downstream
Wifi technologyWireless AC1900

High-powered amplifiers & three dual band internal antennas

Beamforming technology
Wireless AC1900

Three dual band internal antennasBeamforming technology8x SSIDs per band / 16 SSIDs

Ethernet ports4x Gigabit4x Gigabit
USB Port1x USB 2.0 port with ReadyShare for sharing printer or storageN/A

Click here for Zoom 5363 spec details and current price in Amazon.

Nighthawk C7000 is ideal for high speed cable internet subscription such as Comcast XFINITY Blast or Comcast XFINITY Extreme. For standard Cable internet subscription, Zoom 5363 is sufficient.

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2 Responses

  1. Dahita says:

    Thanks for the article,

    I would have liked a test of the modem and especially the latency compared to other ones. Yes, the bandwidth it can manage is high, but who has 1gbits of download speed in the US? almost no one, so I don’t feel like this is the important part.

    Does it make any difference with other cheaper modems regarding latency? Fiber optics is not available anywhere or maybe for a very few thanks to google. Comcast and Verizon both use HFC, so our ping is stuck to a minimum orf 12/13ms at best (instead of 1 for fiber optics). Does this modem make any kind of difference?

    • Ki Gr says:

      Many people received free of this device as Netgear’s Beta Program.Among the 36 people that perform the test they all provide a full 5 star rating to this device in Amazon, hope that this is not bias testimony since it is a free device for testing.

      No one with 1GB ds speed, xfinity extreme offers 150Mbps, and Blast offers 105Mbps. So will it perform better with the modem that capable of downstreaming up 900mbps? I noticed one person with a relevance testimony regarding this matter, from D. Lew:

      comment cut ….

      “The gateway is capable of bonding 24 downstream channels and 8 upstream channels with Xfinity/Comcast’s internet service, which this cable modem has been tested and certified for so far, is able to bond 16 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels. What does this means? People with Xfinity’s performance package may see a slight bump in their download speed but customers in the Blast tier and beyond will be able to fully take advantage of the 16 to 24 bonded downstream channels. I’m subscribing to Blast and I can easily reach 165Mbps down and 12 Mbps up using whereas before when I was using my Motorola SB6141 (8ds/4us channels) and Netgear’s WNDR4500 I was getting about 115Mbps and 12 Mbps.”

      comment cut here …..

      Each of channel bonding delivers slice of bandwidth from the provider, the more channel bonding should gather slices of bandwidth from the provider.

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