|At a glance|| Performance|
|Product||NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router|
|Summary||Second 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
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.
V9 process firmware tested: V126.96.36.199_1.1.67
V8 process firmware tested: 1.03.60
|2.4 GHz Downlink Profile||87|
|2.4 GHz Uplink Profile||81|
|2.4 GHz UpDown Throughput||135.7|
|5 GHz Downlink Profile||309|
|5 GHz Uplink Profile||258|
|5 GHz UpDown Throughput||574.6|
|FAT32 Write - USB 2.0||24.8|
|FAT32 Read - USB 2.0||27.8|
|NTFS Write - USB 2.0||27.9|
|NTFS Read - USB 2.0||27.9|
|FAT32 Write - USB 3.0||33.4|
|FAT32 Read - USB 3.0||57.4|
|NTFS Write - USB 3.0||36.8|
|NTFS Read - USB 3.0||57.7|
|WAN to LAN Throughput||931.4|
|LAN to WAN Throughput||941.7|
|Total Simultaneous Throughput||1,378.3|
|Maximum Simultaneous Connections||38,793|
|Switch||in Broadcom BCM4709A|
|Notes||- One each USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 ports|
- SMB, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP storage sharing
- DLNA server w/ Tivo support
- OpenDNS based parental controls
|Radio 1||2.4 GHz: Broadcom BCM4360 3x3 802.11a/b/g/n/ac w/ Skyworks SE2623L 2.4 GHz Power Amp (x3)|
|Radio 2||5 GHz: Broadcom BCM4360 3x3 802.11a/b/g/n/ac w/ Skyworks SE5003L1 5 GHz Power Amp (x3)|
|Antenna||External dual-band dipole|
|Notes||- Supports 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz only with Broadcom TurboQAM-enabled adapters|
- Supports client bridge and AP modes
- Not Wi-Fi Certified
Wi-Fi performance is a complex subject. We can't explain it all there, but here are a few important things to be aware of when shopping for a new router.
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