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Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router
At a glance  Performance
June 2015
ProductNETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router   
SummarySecond generation Broadcom 802.11ac AC1900 router with storage sharing USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports and OpenDNS based parental controls
Pros• Has WDS, Client Bridge and AP modes
• USB 3.0 port
• Fast file transfers for both FAT32 & NTFS formats
Cons• No site survey in client bridge mode
• 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz will rarely be experienced
• Not Wi-Fi Certified
• Can't adjust transmit power

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About This Class

AC1900 class is the go-to router class for most buyers. The main reason to choose an AC1900 class router vs. AC1750 is their more powerful processors. This can improve performance in busy wireless networks. However, keep in mind that most Wi-Fi devices are only 1x1 or 2x2 designs, so will not achieve the maximum link rates that AC1900 class routers can provide.

AC1900 3x3 designs differ from AC1750 class by using a non-standard mode on the 2.4 GHz band radio to increase maximum link rates from 450 Mbps to 600 Mbps only when used with 3x3 AC class devices that support this special mode (256 QAM). Devices that do not support 256 QAM produce maximum link rates of 450 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band when used with 3x3 or higher N or AC devices. However, most users will see only 217 Mbps maximum link rates in 2.4 GHz because routers must fall back to 20 MHz bandwidth mode if nearby networks are detected.

In the 5 GHz band, they can produce maximum link rates of 450 Mbps when used with 3x3 or higher N class devices and 1300 Mbps when used with 3x3 or higher AC devices.

Our tests have measured maximum wireless throughput of 96 - 160 Mbps in 2.4 GHz (20 MHz bandwidth mode) with 130 Mbps typical performance and 379 - 625 Mbps in 5 GHz using a 3x3 AC class device.

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