Best Netgear Wireless Routers

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 10, 2018
If you would like to secure a reliable wireless access to the Internet for every member of your family or even for an entire office, these five wireless routers from Netgear will be able to accommodate every single one of your connection needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

By utilizing two 3.0 USB and one eSata ports you will be able to connect external storage devices for quick access to the stored data.

CONS

It takes a significant amount of time to set up a router.

OUR VERDICT

Many professional gamers are using NIGHTHAWK X4S because it is able to transfer data via WiFi with minimal latency. Moreover, a powerful dual-core processor excludes disconnection risks, which can be crucial during important game matches.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Very large houses, large offices

Antennas

4 external antennas

Ports

2 x 3.0 USB ports, 1 x eSATA port, 1 x WAN (RJ45) port, 4 x LAN (RJ45) ports

Network Standarts

802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

2600 Mbps (2.4 GHz - 800 Mbps + 5 GHz - 1733 Mbps)

Access and Data Protection

WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2-PSK)

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the Channel Bonding technology and 24 channels (16 downstream and 4 upstream), this router is capable of reaching the maximum speed of up to 680 Mbps.

CONS

Genie App for this model is rarely being updated.

OUR VERDICT

If you have plenty of wireless gadgets, this router is for you: it provides a stable connection to more than 10 wireless devices simultaneously and ensures a high speed for their comfortable use.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium to large houses, offices

Antennas

2 internal antennas

Ports

1 x 2.0 USB port, 1 x WAN (coaxial) port, 2 x LAN (RJ45) ports

Network Standarts

802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

1600 Mbps (2.4 GHz - 300 Mbps + 5Ghz - 1300 Mbps)

Access and Data Protection

WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2-PSK) and WEP

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Android-App Genie for this router model is compatible with the Google® Asstistant - that allows an easy voice control over your wireless network.

CONS

Some customers remark that the device overheats during a prolonged use.

OUR VERDICT

3 external antennas and the maximum speed of 1750 Mbps make this model one of the best to date for big offices and houses: you can share internet with many devices and not be concerned of the lag.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, offices

Antennas

3 external antennas

Ports

1 x 3.0 USB port, 1 x WAN (RJ45) port, 4 x LAN (RJ45) ports

Network Standarts

802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

1750 Mbps (2.4 GHz - 450 Mbps + 5 Ghz - 1300 Mbps)

Access and Data Protection

WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2-PSK)

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The compatibility with Apple Time Machine™ makes creating of backup data on devices with Mac OS X 10.5 and above significantly easier.

CONS

Tiresome setup of the wireless print via printer that was connected to a USB port.

OUR VERDICT

This router offers high speed and low price, which makes it a great choice for small to medium-sized dwellings. Moreover, its rich functionality allows personalized setup.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium to large houses, offices.

Antennas

2 internal antennas

Ports

1 x 2.0 USB port, 1 x WAN (RJ45) port, 4 x LAN (RJ45) ports

Network Standarts

802.11b/g/n

Speed

750 Mbps (2.4 GHz - 300 Mbps + 5 GHz - 450 Mbps)

Access and Data Protection

WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2-PSK) and WEP

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The setup menu offers a simple and intuitive interface that everyone can easily understand. The device is compatible with almost all operating systems including popular Android and iOS. 

CONS

Relatively low WiFi connection speed (up to only 300 Mbps).

OUR VERDICT

This affordable model can be used not only as a WiFi router but also as a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem that supports the internet speed of up to 340 Mbps. It is a great alternative to rentable devices from Internet Service Providers.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Small to medium houses

Antennas

1 internal antenna

Ports

1 x 2.0 USB port, 1 x WAN (coaxial) port, 2 x LAN (RJ45) ports

Network Standarts

802.11b/g/n

Speed

2.4 GHz - 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2-PSK) and WEP

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

NETGEAR R7800

NOT THAT TOUGH OF A CROWD

Even if you have never been on the other side of a consumer experience, there's a good chance you have a pretty good idea about how difficult it can often be to satisfy a client, to say nothing of the IT industry with its tech-savvy customers and gamers. Like no other customers, these people usually know the subject as well as the back of their hand so tricking and baiting them with cheap marketing schemes and lofty promises is quite a tall order. People behind Netgear are aware of that, which is why they do their best, providing the kind of products that would meet the expectations of the most demanding gamers.

Suffice it to say, gamers do not care about design and other unnecessary elements when it comes to their data networking hardware solutions. With these individuals, it's all about reliability, security, and, above everything else, performance. And that is where the model shines, offering enough firepower to support even the most intense gaming sessions.

Review of NETGEAR R7800 AC2600 Smart WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Gaming Router

READY PLAYER ONE

To start with, we would be remiss not to point out the fact that this Netgear router utilises the MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) technology. And that means that the system will be able to distribute the signal in the most effective way possible, avoiding that obnoxious experience where one person receives most of the data and the others are left with virtually nothing. In addition to that, the model also comes equipped with a top-notch Dual Core 1.7 GHz processor and a dynamic Quality of Service setup, the latter being there in order to automatically recognise and prioritise applications, while the former is crucial in terms of making sure that the router has enough processing power to handle everything that the user might throw its way.

Now, we have been rambling about the gaming crowd for quite some time at this point, but that doesn't even remotely mean that this is a device that was strictly devised with gamers in mind. On the contrary, thanks to a set of 4 external powerful antennas, the majority of regular offices and just about any household will be able to appreciate the kind of coverage this model provides. That's not to mention the Quad-Stream X4 architecture that, with the help of the Beamforming technology, will be able to ensure that every user receives a reliable connection regardless of their location and device of choice. Add to that the connection speed of up to 2600 Mbps and what you're left with is enough to support a whole array of people executing a number of different tasks and applications, all at the same time. Bringing this review to an end, we could safely say that the "gaming" part in the NETGEAR R7800 Smart WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Gaming Router's name isn't there just for show. And since this particular model meets the demands of gamers in terms of speed and security, it will definitely not disappoint the rest of the potential customers.

NETGEAR R7800 AC2600 Smart WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Gaming Router in the use

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NETGEAR C6250-100NAS

FAST AND RELIABLE

The NETGEAR C6250-100NAS is a two-in-one device that includes a Wi-Fi router and an integrated DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. Thanks to the Channel Bonding Technology and 24 channels (16 downstream and 4 upstream) this router is capable of reaching the maximum speed of up to 680 Mbps while maintaining a reliable, fast broadband connection. When you share cable internet bandwidth with cable company suppliers, the performance of your network can decrease during peak usage times. But with the NETGEAR technology of channel bonding, you will not be bothered with bandwidth usage anymore. Bonded channels are ideal for streaming HD content, fast downloads, and high-speed online gaming.

Designated for medium to large houses and offices, the operational range of this router ensures a strong and fast signal everywhere within its space. Let’s assume you are having a big party, or you are managing a fairly big office with lots of employees, or maybe your family members have a multitude of wireless gadgets and use them all the time. This router will be your go-to-pick if you want a stable high-speed connection for more than 10 simultaneously connected wireless devices and at the same time wish to reduce interferences between them. Additionally, you can turn it off when you do not need it from a Genie App, to save energy. As this model’s slogan says, you can eliminate your monthly rent completely, by purchasing this product you will be able to trim your provider bill significantly. This cost-effective combination will pay off rather quickly, so you do not have to pay your ISP a monthly fee for an average quality modem or router.

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SECURE CONNECTION

The option of assigning connected devices to groups and then sharing fast and secure access to your home network with your guests and relatives is a much better alternative than giving away WiFi password each time when somebody comes around. The NETGEAR C6250-100NAS uses the Push ‘N’ Connect technology that allows you to share your network with other people by pressing a single button or simply by scanning a QR code.

The NETGEAR C6250-100NAS is very simple to set up. All you will need to do is download a NETGEAR Genie App that has all essential features needed for router installation as well as controling and managing your network. One small caveat of the app is that it's being rarely updated but it's a minor gripe considering that it's compatible with both iOS and Mac devices and that it eliminates a lot of hassle.

All in all, the NETGEAR C6250-100NAS is a great option for anyone who wants to establish a wireless Internet connection in moderate and big-sized areas. It will provide a reliable and stable connection for up to 10 digital devices and ensure that you get a strong wireless signal without any lag and slowdown.

NETGEAR C6250-100NAS AC1600 Combo Wireless Modem Router in the use

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NETGEAR R6700-100NAS

ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE FROM NETGEAR

The Nighthawk series by NETGEAR offers a wide range of expert solutions to provide reliable performance for users who need speed, versatility, and customization. The AC1750 Nighthawk wireless router can reach an impressive connection speed up to 1,750 Mbps. Geared to provide reliable and fast connection to multiple devices in your home, this particular router comes with a simultaneous dual band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), two USB ports (3.0 and 2.0), and Airtime Fairness that prevents connection lags if slower devices are connected. Also, NETGEAR provides its customers with ReadyCLOUD and ReadySHARE USB, making it possible not only to store gigabytes of media files online but also access other devices wirelessly as well as use Google Drive and Dropbox without fees and limitations. The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 boasts flexibility and ultimate performance. It is fitted with a powerful dual-core processor that works at 1GHz speed. To enhance the coverage area and magnify the signal, the router has been additionally equipped with powerful amplifiers and three external detachable antennas. This made it possible to provide up to 12 devices, actively used within the same area, with robust WiFi connection.

With the option to access and configure the settings via the NETGEAR genie application, compatible with both iOS and Android devices, setting up a home network is a real breeze. It will become your personal WiFi manager, with the AirPrint compatibility, that will let you quickly transfer all of your media files to other devices connected to the same point as well as provide the access to a number of other features on a dashboard. Using this app, you will not need to be at home to share the access with other users or block some websites from your kids. The convenience of using the app is that you can be anywhere in the world and still be able to manage your network.

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NOW FASTER AND BETTER

Aside from the Airtime Fairness technology used to prevent the network slowing down, the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 boasts both implicit and explicit beamforming that direct the beam width towards a physical location of a user rather than sending it all around the entire place and thus, provide a better range across a bigger space. Gamers should also appreciate the advanced QoS, specially optimized for gaming and HD streaming. Unlike many other devices that use only Gigabit WiFi standard with an outdated wiring, the Gigabit Ethernet chip works at its full speed thanks to the high-quality Gigabit wiring. What else is good about this router is that it can be connected to other devices that have no WiFi. Besides the main WAN Ethernet port, it has 4 LAN ports with auto-sensing technology.

With the AC1750 router, you will not need to worry about unauthorized access to your data while surfing the web. This router enables you to secure your data using WPA/WPA2 protocols. Besides, you can create your personal FTP service, separate guest networks as well as establish web filtering to avoid any potential threat of hackers or/and computer viruses. To help users maintain a high level of security when browsing web pages on their PC, Mac, and other gadgets, the router offers VPN support, SPI and NAT firewall protection, and DoS (denial-of-service) attack prevention. Basically, all you need to be able to enjoy a secure experience of WiFi connection is included in this router.

NETGEAR R6700-100NAS AC1750 Smart Dual Band WiFi Router in the use

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NETGEAR WNDR4300

IF YOU WANT SPEED - YOU GOT IT

When it comes to the performance of wireless routers you definitely need one of the best products out there and the NETGEAR WNDR4300 N750 router is one of them. At the first glance we noticed that it does not have external antennas, instead, it has 2 internal antennas and we were absolutely stunned to see that this little router can offer a remarkable internet speed cap of up to 750 Mbps.

Your friends will not have to know your WiFi password to access it, thanks to Guest Mode feature that allows an easy connection to a separate network. If you have a big apartment with various devices that need a constant and fast connection to the internet this device would be a perfect addition to your home network. Regardless of the distance from the router, it allows you to play multiplayer games with minimal latency and stream videos in High Definition from multiple devices simultaneously.

Anywhere you need speed you got it with dual band. The range of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless connections is absolutely breathtaking, while the latter is faster for newer devices, the 2.4 GHz WLAN shows WiFi bars even if you are outside the house. But what if you have various mobile devices, game consoles, PCs or TVs? With the robust wireless connection, the NETGEAR N750 offers, they all will stay connected and the internet will flow day by day without issues. Moreover, with ReadyShare USB access, you can easily share and transfer data between your devices and a hard drive connected to the router via USB at a remarkably high speed.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF INNOVATION

As the Internet Provider Companies slowly but steadily upgrading their systems from the old IPv4 to new IPv6 protocols so are the routers needed for internet access. With an integrated IPv6 compatibility this router will future-proof your network and will let you use the wide range of possibilities this new version of internet protocols can offer.

This version of the N750 has a 2.0 USB port, WAN port, and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, it is also supplied with a stand so you can install it either vertically or horizontally. The only hassle we had with this model is a somewhat tiresome setup of the wireless print via printer that was connected to a USB. But once we configured it via a NETGEAR application it was no longer an issue. The convenient design includes front LED lights that indicate the status of the connected USB devices and when it is safe to remove them. In conclusion, the N750 is a solid router that should be able to satisfy everyone who wants to find a device to connect a sizeable house or an office.

NETGEAR WNDR4300 Wireless Router in the use

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NETGEAR C3000-100NAS

CONVENIENCE IS THE KEY

The C3000-100NAS NETGEAR is a three-in-one device that includes a router, modem and a Gigabit Wired Switch. It offers a NETGEAR Genie App that runs across all of the company’s modern network devices, which you can use to get content filtering Parental Controls and ReadyNAS for USB drives management. Also, since C3000-100NAS performs the functions of a cable modem as well, the Genie UI has additional cable connection settings. All of this allows setting up and configuring the device in mere minutes without you having to call to a local ISP asking for help.

Ever had a dilemma what to buy first: a router or a modem? Maybe both? With this model from NETGEAR, you will get both a modem and a router of remarkable quality. Moreover, if you invest in this router now it will save you up a significant sum of yearly rental fees from your provider (if you have any) and make your network future-proof because it is IPv6 compatible.

Review of NETGEAR C3000-100NAS N300 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Modem Router

SURPRISING SPEED

Let’s check the numbers, the C3000 has a 2.0 USB port for an external hard drive, a coaxial cable connector, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Albeit its modest specifications, the router reaches the speed of up to 300 Mbps which makes it a fairly speedy single banded (2.4 GHz) router. The cable modem is made according to a DOCSIS 3.0 technology which unleashes 8 times faster download speeds compared to DOCSIS 2.0 devices. The modem is capable of reaching the internet speed of up to 340 Mbps when using a cable. On top of that, the NETGEAR C3000 is compatible with the majority of U.S. cable internet providers such as Charter, Cox, Time Warner Cable, XFINITY and more.

It can become annoying when your neighbors are trying to use your wireless network without your permission. With WiFi Protected Access® that includes multiple levels of security including WPA, WPA2, and PSK you can be assured that even during peak usage hours your network is protected. This will come in handy for gamers and other power users who put serious demands on their network. To add more convenience, the NETGEAR C3000 can serve as a Gigabit Ethernet switch so you do not have to purchase additional hardware if you need to connect a TV, PC or a Mac using a cable. The device’s design is clean and user-friendly and will be a good looking addition to any room or office. Designated for small to medium housings and offices this model provides a robust fidelity of wireless connection. To sum up, the NETGEAR C3000 is a great alternative to any rentable device that Internet Service Providers can offer today.

NETGEAR C3000-100NAS N300 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Modem Router in the use

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What Is a Netgear Router?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade or so, there's a good chance that you don't need an introduction when it comes to the Wi-Fi technology. Though the technology itself has been popularised somewhat recently, it is already hard to imagine any modern household or an office without a Wi-Fi connection that will allow any of your mobile devices, your laptop, or your desktop computer to access the limitless world of the World Wide Web. Of course, in order to secure that connection, you will need to acquire and set up a wireless router. The latter, as you might imagine, is the device that grants wireless access to the Internet to a variety of different users. Aside from a set of different features and aspects that we will dive into in a moment, what you want is a model that will be able to secure a fast and reliable connection to the Internet for as many people as you need. And as far as the question of reliability is concerned, there are very few companies out there that could rival Netgear.

Naturally, even the best routers out there do not offer a limitless range, so if you'd like to have a perfect connection to the Internet even in your backyard, you might want to look into Wi-Fi extenders or Wi-Fi boosters.

What Features to Compare

Though Netgear is one of the premier manufacturers and distributors of networking solutions, a Netgear router is still a wireless router, so the things you ought to consider before buying one of them aren't necessarily different compared to the majority of devices out there. Now, there are quite a few elements you should pay attention to when looking for a router, but we will try our best to point out and describe the most important ones for your convenience.

With that in mind, the first thing you have to put into consideration before actually acquiring a wireless router is the location where you're looking to place the device. If you need a router for a large office or if you happen to live in a really spacious house, then you should look for a device that provides enough range to support that much space. Generally speaking, you'll be able to tell if the model is capable of meeting your needs by the number of antennas that it comes with. If the previously mentioned scenario sounds all too familiar to you, you should look for a router that comes with 4 antennas. Three will suffice if your place of business isn't particularly sizable or if your place of residency is larger than average. And if you happen to live in a relatively small to average house, a couple of antennas should be able to do the trick.

After that, you might want to make sure that the model you're interested in features the right number of ports for you. As a rule of thumb, most wireless routers offer a single WAN connection and up to four LAN ports, but some may offer you an ADSL interface since the model also serves as a modem while others could come with a USB port for some additional capabilities.

The last couple of things that you definitely shouldn't overlook are the network standards that the device supports and the kind of connection speed it is capable of offering you. Though most Netgear routers support all of the latest network standards, you should still make sure that the device in question works with the kind of standard you're looking for. And as far as the connection speed is concerned, all you have to do is simply consider the number of people that are going to use the router and the kind of connection that you receive from your Internet provider. With all of this in mind, you'll be able to find the model that best suits your needs and the one that will faithfully serve you for a very long time.

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Why Innovation Is Important

The advantages of the new technologies cannot be underestimated. As more and more people are using the internet, the need for new IP addresses grows and their availability diminishes. Right now, the IPv4 technology allows having only around 4 billion addresses. More and more addresses are needed every day to satisfy large networks and big Internet Service Providers. With a new IPv6 technology, soon it will not be a problem to have much more addresses available. Its 128-bit architecture will allow internet provider companies to build a much more powerful Internet with up to 340 trillions addresses. As well as increasing the address space, this new technology allows any IPv6 compatible device to generate an address as soon as it is given power. So there will be no need for any other infrastructure to allow that device to begin communicating and access the wider Internet. In case of development of the current networks, IPv6 has enormous cost advantages, even though the industry may face significant challenges.

How WiFi Has Changed The World

Since the internet was introduced to the public back in the 90's there was no going back. As love for the internet was slowly surpassing our love for the television, the demand for an easier, better and improved way to connect to world wide web increased. During the past two decades, the internet has revolutionized our lives, since the access to a whole new world was easy as a click of the mouse. The next step after a dial-up and wired connection was a more convenient Wireless update. At first, it was not a common thing at the start of the 2000’s, however, as more and more devices started supporting WiFi it slowly but steadily has integrated into our lives. Because of its convenience, almost every aspect of our daily life is connected to it. Healthcare system, for example, has seen a variety of advances using WiFi. The use of location services and pathfinding tools to get equipment to the right location. What is more, many healthcare services rely on WiFi such as a variety of monitoring devices, smart beds, real-time access to X-rays and MRI scans, and many more. Today, as the majority of Americans (86% of the US population) are using online services, even politicians and workers of the emergency services are interacting with people on social media. Which is amazing, when you look back just 20 years back when computers connected to the internet via phone cable were a novelty.

Protect Your Connection

Nowadays, it does not take a top-notch programmer to hack into your smartphone or tablet and using the camera of the device take a picture of you. Some hackers are setting their own WiFi hotspots near public WiFi spots using the same name as one of the legitimate shops or businesses in the area. If you are using such a network, the attacker would be able to monitor all the traffic that goes through. There are a few ways in which you can prevent that and protect your data while using WiFi. Make sure to always use VPN (virtual private network). Even though your connection speed may drop, you will be sure that your data will be encrypted. Never share passwords or your login information with people you don’t trust, when using a home network, many router manufacturers provide their devices with convenient push-to-connect buttons for people to connect wirelessly without using a password. Never ever share data when using public WiFi hotspots without any encryption or a VPN. Although these easy steps can’t make your devices invincible to hacker attacks it will make their day significantly harder and as experience shows they usually avoid attacking secured devices.

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Publish Date: 2018-03-16 09:55:56