Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router by NetGear – Review
Disclaimer: I am a NETGEAR Ambassador and I received this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion and review
We have many devices in our house that use Wireless internet – four iPads, three smartphones, a Smart TV and a BlueRay Player just to name a few. I recently got a chace to put the Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi router to the test. The router uses a dual-core 1.4 GHz Processor and you can use it wired, WAN-to-LAN as well. It is designed for gaming and streaming which means that there is minimal if any lag when using the router. Our internet is not in an ideal location in our house – it’s on the second floor on the left hand side of the house. This unfortunately means that on the other side of the house on the first floor we often have #deadspots. I’m happy to report that this router helped to solve that problem. The router includes four high performance external antennas which meant I could even access my wireless on the front lawn! Huge win as I love to stream music or occasionally use my laptop outside. The Nighthawk X4 features Twin USB 3.0 and eSATA ports which makes external storage a snap and you can also install the NETGEAR Genie app on your devices to better manage your network as well as enable and disable guest access.
Setup was a snap, I simply pulled out my old router, plugged in the new with the included cords, screwed in the four antennas and we were online in about 10 minutes. I loved the WPS Push to Connect for some of my devices and how easy it as to get everything up and running quickly. Using the Genie app I can also monitor usage on the network and we decided to try to stream a number of things as well as do a download and run a movie on the BlueRay player. It worked like a champ. Our internet speed is fast – but we have often seen slowdowns which now seem to be addressed. The dynamic QOS recognizes different applications which means that you get the bandwith you need to stream or use your devices in the home for a seamless user experience. It is device aware and gives the right bandwith to both the TV and a tablet versus my previous router. My husband was amazed at how quickly the new router was up and running, especially since he had seen me tweak our old Netgear router to get the settings correct.
I loved that the wireless was fairly consistent throughout the house – and we that there were limited #deadspots which I was easily able to boost. We like to watch Netflix but have been having a problem where the show will stop and buffer on our BlueRay player. With our previous Netgear router, I was able to tweak the settings and mostly fix the problem, however, with the new Nighthawk X4 it was simply plug and play. I liked that I could also turn off the LED lights – I left them on and walked by the office where the internet is set up one night and was amazed at the amount of light they generated! I also liked that it included a guest network so I could securely have a network and then choose if I wanted to turn on the guest one for those visiting our home. I also liked how easy it was to change the guest access password using the Netgear Genie app. I also liked the customer service experience, I called in with a question about my connection and they were very helpful to make sure I had the network configured correctly. As a side note, using the Netgear Genie app I could configure parental controls and even say which devices could be on and off the network which meant that I could turn off “screen time” via internet for my son’s iPad without him being aware if he wasn’t supposed to be using it. I also loaded my media collection on and loved that I could stream it from my devices.
In terms of improvements, I do wish that the antennas were a bit more compact. Where I typically keep my router, I had to move the shelf in order to ensure it was on top and getting good signal. This was a minor annoyance given how much better the coverage was inside the house.
Overall, this is an awesome router which means that my devices work better and faster with no lags. I liked the QOS which was seamless and automatic and it meant that I didn’t have to configure anything out of the box other than setting up the admin password and adding in my devices.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612
Size: 106.67 MB
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
– Model #: R7500-100NAS
– AC2350 (600Mbps @ 2.4GHz – 256 QAM support + 1733 Mbps @ 5GHz 11ac)
– Powerful Dual-Core 1.4GHz processor
– Two (2) USB 3.0 ports
– One (1) eSATA port
– Four (4) high-performance external antennas
– Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN)
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