NETGEAR’s Nighthawk X10 AD7200 smart wireless router is the cream of the crop when it comes to home Wi-Fi networking performance and features.
There’s no denying the Nighthawk X10 AD7200 its glory. It is easily the highest performing single base solution for today’s wireless networks and it just so happens to have a tons of extra features that just top the whole package off
Overview of the Nighthawk X10 AD7200
Netgear has knocked it out of the park with the Nighthawk X10 router. It delivers consistent speed and coverage across your entire home and it can reliably handle our modern needs when it comes to streaming content and connecting multiple wi-fi devices at once..
Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi router is industry’s fastest router for media streaming with Plex media server. Nighthawk X10 WiFi technology delivers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, VR gaming and instant downloads.
With a powerful 1.7GHz Quad-Core Processor and Quad-Stream architecture, you can enjoy combined wireless speeds of up to 7.2Gbps†. MU-MIMO supports simultaneous streaming, while 160 MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices.
Four patent pending external active antennas amplify WiFi signals to maximize efficiency
- Speedy 60GHz throughput.
- Excellent 5GHz performance.
- Very fast file-transfer speeds.
- Supports Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), 802.11ad, and 160MHz networking technologies.
- Very expensive.
- So-so MU-MIMO throughput in testing.
- Lacks detailed Quality of Service (QoS) settings.
The Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is the second 802.11ad router we’ve tested.
Designed for large homes, this gargantuan router is chock-full of networking goodness, including Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming, circuitry for networking, and 160MHz Wi-Fi technology.
In fact, it’s the only one we’ve reviewed so far to have all three, as well as a 10G SPF+ LAN port, more commonly seen on enterprise-level routers.
Design and Features
The R9000 has four adjustable antennas, which contain blue LEDs that light up when the Wi-Fi radios are active, and there’s a long line of LED indicators positioned along the front edge of the router for power
Here, you’ll also find a WPS button and a Wi-Fi On/Off button.
Installation and Performance
Like the Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7800) , the R9000 is easy to install. Once it’s connected to your PC and internet service, you open a browser and type www.routerlogin.net to access the Setup Wizard, which walks you through the basic internet and wireless network settings.
The R9000 turned in very impressive scores in our throughput performance tests. Its score of 558Mbps in our 5GHz close-proximity (same-room) test beat the D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router, both also top picks, and was just a tad slower than the Linksys WRT3200ACM.
At a distance of 30 feet, the R9000’s score of 392Mbps was the highest we’ve seen from any router, beating out the D-Link DIR-895L/R (324Mbps), the TP-Link Talon (237Mbps), and the Linksys WRT3200ACM (238Mbps).
Test System Setup & Benchmark Throughput Tests
Tyler’s Router Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Hero (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Hybrid (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Intel 730 480GB SSD (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Secondary Storage: MyDigitalSSD BP5 512GB SSD (buy from Amazon)
- Case: EVGA DG-86 (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 (buy from Amazon)
The Nighthawk X10 is one beast of a router. NETGEAR has pulled out everything they had and put it into one device that can download, stream, and store your data.
They gathered up and support some of the richest features I have seen in a router including Plex and Amazon cloud backup.
ReadyShare keeps to the tradition of solid performance in onboard USB 3.0 storage. Build quality is that of a tank, like the R7000, this router keeps the traditional dark fighter jet appearance with its full set of LEDs and mesh to allow heat to pass through.