Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router

New generation of high speed wireless AC5300 router Netgear R8500 or Nighthawk X8, full features, high end wireless router.

Note: This product is discontinued, you may consider Netgear RAX120 wifi 6 ax6000 router.


When the wireless ac technology was introduced and some vendors offered some wireless router products with speeds of up to 1300Mbps on 5ghz band such as Airport extreme AC and Asus RT-AC66U that provide a total speeds of up to 1750Mbps, shortly after you can find in the market wireless AC router with a total bandwidth of up to 2400Mbps such as Linksys E8500, Asus RT-AC68U and Nighthawk X4.

The wifi technology does not stop here. After the wireless ac2400 routers available in the market you can find wireless AC3200 routers that can deliver total bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps from various vendors such as Netgear with Nighthawk X6, TP-link with Archer C3200 and also the D-link with its most popular DIR-890 routers. And now, even some people have not got to taste how the performance of wireless ac3200 router, come out of new products with wireless ac5300 technology that can deliver a total bandwidth of up to 5300Mbps theoretically. Netgear just released Nighthawk X8 or Netgear R8500 earlier than D-link that has the similar product but has not been released it to the market yet (Oct 2015).

What this product does

At the first glance at this product since its introduction to the market, the product design is less attractive given is designed with a rigid model lack of artistic touch unlike its predecessor the Netgear Nighthawk X6. But Nighthawk X8 is a premium product for home, designed for large home with more density of wifi and wired clients with high intensive bandwidth applications including streaming HD or 4K video, online gaming and voice applications. With the total bandwidth of up to 5300Mbps you can add more wifi clients to the network without lag and glitch even if all of them run time sensitive applications such as streaming video and online gaming.

Netgear R8500 AC5300 router


  • Based on wireless AC5300 – tree band wifi technology
  • Powered by dual core 1.4GHz processor for heavy duty processing
  • Delivering up to 5300Mbps with speeds of up to 1000Mbps in 2.4GHz band, and two 5GHz bands speeds up to 2.2Gbps each band
  • Quad data stream each band
  • comes with four active external antennas and four internal antennas
  • Smart connect technology and MU-MIMO technology
  • Dynamic QoS for bandwidth prioritization based on application and devices
  • 6x Gigabit Ethernet ports with two ports for aggregation
  • Comes with 2x USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Personal cloud storage feature with ReadyCloud USB Access

Besides the core wireless AC5300 technology, the addition of wired gigabit speeds of 6 Ethernet ports is new configuration compared with ordinary home wireless routers that mostly come with four Ethernet LAN ports.

port interface nighthawk x8

Comparison with D-link 895L

Nighthawk X8 is not the only product with AC5300 technology, so far you can find D-link with its DIR-895L AC5300 router. Unfortunately, D-link 895L is left one step behind since it is not released to the market yet even D-link introduced the product some time before X8 was released into the market.

So how spec comparison between the two products? Have a look at the following table that compares the two main specs of the two products. Actually D-link doesn’t release a more detail technical specs for DIR-895 product, but few features are shown.

Netgear R8500 Vs D-link 895L

 Nighthawk X8D-link DIR-895L
Wifi standardsWireless AC5300 with three bands, 1x 2.4GHz band and 2x 5GHz bandWireless AC5300 with three bands, 1x 2.4GHz band and 2x 5GHz band
Speeds1000Mbps (2.4GHz) + 2,166Mbps (5GHz) + 2,166 Mbps (5GHz)1000Mbps (2.4GHz) + 2,166Mbps (5GHz) + 2,166 Mbps (5GHz)
BeamformingImplicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bandsYes
Smart ConnectYesYes
Antennas8x external antennas (4x active external antennas; 4x internal antennas)8x external antennas
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit LAN ports plus 2x Gigabit LAN can be aggregated to single high speed gigabit LAN port; 1x Gigabit WAN port4x Gigabit LAN ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports1x USB 3.0 port;  1x USB 2.0 port1x USB 3.0 port;  1x USB 2.0 port
Processors1.4GHz dual core processor1.4GHz dual core processor
Other featuresReadyCLOUD USB Access and ReadySHARE Vaultmydlink Cloud; mydlinkR Lite Mobile App

Before D-link releases its complete features and technical specs, I guess that the above table is not so far with actual specs later.

The two gigabit Ethernet ports for aggregation port would be the main difference in hardware specs compared with other competing routers later. The gigabit WAN port is a must for high end products so you can optimally connect to high speed DOCSIS 3.0 Gigabit cable modem such as most wanted new Surfboard SB6183 or you may also like new Netgear CM500 cable modem.

Note that Netgear offers new DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem – the Netgear CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem, 10x faster than DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.

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