The Netgear Nighthawk is truly a feat of computer engineering. Among the best routers on the market today, the Nighthawk is optimized for a superior internet experience. Its dual band channels are capable of delivering speeds of 1,625 and 600 Mbps, so it is a great choice for those who play lots of games online and stream lots of video. It offers good connectivity options with two USB ports and 5 Ethernet jacks. The sleek black design looks great and fits easily on a shelf out of the way. A bright series of LED indicators on the front lets you know the specifics of your connection status.
The router automatically assigns devices to the correct Wi-Fi band based on their speed. Its Beamforming+ technology focuses Wi-Fi signals on 2.4 & 5GHz devices so your wireless signal stays clear and sharp. The powerful antenna makes the router useful for large homes with multiple floors. It is MU-MIMO compatible so it can support multiple users at the same time. The Nighthawk can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously, which means faster downloads and smoother streaming. The 1GHz dual-core processor is very powerful and has Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS) functionality. Dynamic QoS identifies your online applications and allocates more bandwidth to activities that require it, like gaming or streaming.
It is also very user-friendly. The free downloadable app makes setup and installation easy and comes loaded with features. You can check and change your password, update software, and set parental controls all from the app. There is even an option to run a speed test to check the status of your router connection. The advanced antivirus and ransomware protections keeps your network safe from any threats, viruses, spyware, hackers, etc. The vulnerability assessment protocol regularly scans your network and notifies you of any potential weaknesses that could lead to unauthorized access.
The cloud functionality is a nice touch as well. Just plug your USB drive into the router and you can create personal cloud storage with its lightning-fast USB 3.0. Along with the ReadyClOUD app or web portal, you can access information on your USB drive at anytime from anywhere.
All in all, the Nighthawk is a superior router for those who want a superior experience at an affordable price. At $174.99, it’s a good deal for power users who need some extra juice in their router.