Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router - R8500-100CNS

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Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router - R8500-100CNS

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The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router is the next wave in WiFi. Tri-Band WiFi and Quad Stream performance boosts X8's combined wireless speeds to up to 5.3Gbps. Four external Active Antennas plus four internal antennas amplify WiFi range. Six gigabit Ethernet ports means even more wired devices can connect and with port aggregation 2 ports can combine to double maximum wired speeds. Nighthawk X8 is performance perfected.

Fastest Tri-Band WiFi Router
Nighthawk X8 not only delivers the fastest total WiFi speeds of up to 5.3Gbps, but also uses Smart Connect to ensure all of your WiFi devices like smart phones, tablets, and laptops connect at the fastest possible speed. Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices amongst the WiFi bands for the most effective use of the 5GHz WiFi bands.

Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS)
Reduce buffering and lag while gaming or streaming. Dynamic QoS automatically recognizes different applications and devices and intelligently allocates bandwidth to the most important activities in your home.

Industry’s First Active Antennas

Nighthawk X8 is the first to introduce Active Antennas. With four internal antennas and four external antennas, the X8 will enhance weak signals and reduce interference. Active Antennas help improve  WiFi performance by amplifying WiFi signals in the antenna itself, this avoids signal loss during transmission and noise insertion from the router board. Enjoy better WiFi range, performance and fewer dead-spots with this patent pending Active Antenna technology.

Twice the Wired Speed
Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports allows you to connect even more wired devices. Two of six Gigabit Ethernet ports can be aggregated to double the connection speed to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for 4K HD streaming or fast backups of multiple WiFi devices simultaneously.

Quad Stream WiFi with Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)

Fastest WiFi for all devices! Quad Stream on all three WiFi bands gives you the fastest WiFi speeds combined with MU-MIMO capability allows you to simultaneously stream to multiple devices at the same time.

Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands
MU-MIMO capable-simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices
Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
ReadyCLOUD® USB Access-Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
ReadySHARE® Vault-PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
DLNA® server to find & play your media on TVs & game consoles
VPN support-secure remote access to your home network & Internet
Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices
NETGEAR® genie® home network manager includes remote access to manage your network away from home
  • Band 1: 1000 Mbps @2.4GHz 1024QAM
  • Band 2: 2166 Mbps @5GHz - 1024QAM
  • Band 3: 2166 Mbps @5GHz - 1024QAM
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Compliant Standards
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support
  • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support
Dimensions (WxDxH)
12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40inch
Ports Qty
  • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
Powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor
Memory: 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
System Requirements
  • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, Google Chrome™ 11.0 browsers or higher
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