Netgear R7000-100PAS Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router Review

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Accelerate your WiFi with NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900! Enjoy fast WiFi speeds up to 1900 Mbps and a powerful dual core 1GHz processor for extreme performance.

The Netgear R7000 is a new router from Netgear in more ways than one, and is the best Netgear has made for home users, to date.

Indeed, it offers quite a lot for the price. It’s powered by a dual-core processor that runs at 1GHz, which makes it the fastest 802.11ac router from Netgear and among the fastest on the market. On top of that, the R7000 also offers a few unique features not available in Netgear home routers before, including a built-in OpenVPN server, the support for Broadcom TurboQAM for a faster Wi-Fi speed cap of up to 600Mbps, and the official support for third-party firmware, such as DD-WRT. And when coupled with an external storage device, the router is also Time Machine backup-ready.

Yet, the biggest caveat here (pun intended) is that the R7000 is the bulkiest Wi-Fi router I’ve seen. You’ll need a lot of space for it — and a clear wall-socket for its equally large power adapter — and the Web interface and mobile app aren’t as useful as they could be. Still, at the current price of $200/AU$319, it’s a great deal when compared with the similarly configured and recently reviewed Asus RT-AC68U. Some $20 cheaper, it makes a formidable contender to the Asus counterpart, and it’s definitely a much better deal than the new AirPort Extreme for Mac users.


Netgear R7000 Nighthawk – Features

The R7000 isn’t short on features either. The obvious talking point is the ‘AC1900’ branding which – like the EA6900 and RT-AC68U – means it is fitted with the Broadcom BCM4708A chipset. The big news about this chipset is it brings ‘Turbo QAM’ – a proprietary technology that boosts 802.11n 2.4GHz speeds from a previous theoretical maximum of 450Mbps to 600Mbps. When combined with the 1300Mbps theoretical maximum of 802.11ac you get the 1900Mbps figure only this trio of routers can claim.

Netgear isn’t prepared to just match its rivals on theory though. More practically it raises the bar on their dual core 800MHz ARM Cortex A9 processors clocking its own pair at 1GHz, making it the first router to break this milestone. Meanwhile it packs the same 128MB of native flash memory and 256MB of RAM.

1GHz Dual Core Processor and AC1900 WiFi: 600+1300 Mbps Speed. WiFi Technology : 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit

Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device for the best gaming and streaming experience

Beamforming+ improves range & performance plus High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your WiFi coverage

Works with Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant – Control your home network using voice commands;

System Requirements: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

Includes Circle with Disney Smart Parental Controls to manage your family’s internet use.Security Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

Nighthawk App – Easily setup your router. Limit online content and screen time using Circle Smart Parental Controls.

Netgear R7000

Impressive hardware

The R7000 offers everything found in the previous model, the R6300, and a whole lot more. This is a true dual-band router that supports all existing Wi-Fi clients on the market, regardless of their Wi-Fi standard. On the 5GHz band, when working with 802.11ac clients, it offers up to 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi speed, which is already what the R6300 offers. But on the 2.4GHz band, the R7000 offers up to 600Mbps of wireless speed, instead of the old 450Mbps.

This is because it’s the second on the market (the first being the Asus RT-AC68U) that uses the new Broadcom BCM4709 Wi-Fi chip, which includes the proprietary TurboQAM technology. With TurboQAM, each 2.4GHz spatial stream can deliver up to 200Mbps instead of 150Mbps. (Read more about Wi-Fi standards here.) Needless to say, this chip offers more benefits to the now-aging 2.4GHz Wi-Fi than the newer 5GHz Wi-Fi, though you need a TurboQAM-compatible wireless client to really take advantage of it. In my testing, however, I found that legacy clients also saw better performance, though not as significant.

On top of that the R7000 comes with other impressive hardware components, including dual-core CPU that runs at 1,000MHz, 128GB of flash memory as storage space, and 256MB of DDR RAM. The router also now supports USB 3.0, with one port on the front.


  • Fastest peak throughput yet
  • Slick design
  • Front mounted USB port
  • Class leading USB network performance


  • Loses out at range to AC1900 rivals
  • Asus & Linksys rivals offer easier setup
  • Premium pricing

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