NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000, high performance home router

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As I discussed in our recent podcast, the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 wifi router has completely rejuvenated my home network. Transfers that were below 2 Mbit/s are now at my theoretical 7Mbit/s maximum.

The R7000s top data rates are clearly overpowered for my rural, co-operatively managed connection but when it comes to increasing range, as well as device to device transfers, this router is a champ. I've long been plagued by my 1st generation Apple Time Capsule's insanely limited range. Using a series of Airport Express units and the base station, I'd cobbled together a network that covered the house back in 2008 but have never been happy before now. The Nighthawk was my answer.

Simple to work with, I simply swapped out the entire old series of router and repeaters with the one NETGEAR unit. Three medium sized antenna on a bulky and slightly odd shaped box is all it takes, I guess. The upgrades in processor and transmitter/receiver allow this single device to cover a 3 story, 2000 sqft home from the bottom floor (I wish I could move my access point but it is too much trouble.)

The Netgear is easy to use. Configuration via the web interface is straightforward. You have control over everything, if you dig deep in the menus. I don't need much of it, but I'm glad it is there.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R7000)

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  1. I don't understand how home wifi connection devices keep getting more expensive. Where is Moore's law when you need it!?

  2. jlw says:

    This replaced around $600 of Apple Airports and Expresses. Several Expresses also passed away over time. I'd say my experiential AE MTBF is 3 years.

  3. I'm about to set up a new townhouse, and this is on my equipment list after a bunch of research over at http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/ (if you don't have this bookmarked, and you ever need to upgrade parts of your home LAN, keep it handy).

    I would love to know if Jason has playing with its VPN clients at all? I'm going to need VPN at my new place (zero options besides Comcast) and have been pondering whether to set it up at the device level or just throw my whole network inside PIA.

  4. 7Mbps still sounds a bit slow when my wired home broadband connection consistently delivers 7M**B**ps.

    Is there anything significantly faster out there? If LTE can deliver 20Mbps on up for mobile users, surely a home-based solution should be able to compete, right?

  5. Simple to work with, I simply swapped out the entire old series of router and repeaters

    Good to know that Jason is simple to work with. smile

    Gotta watch those bloody introductory participial phrases - they can make your sentences mean things you don't mean.

    Now, when will we see something like this that's open source, so we can be reasonably sure it doesn't have any back doors for spooks, or other security leaks?

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