Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router Review – A Very Capable Device at a High Price

Published: 5 November 2015Updated: 6 November 2015

The Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is able to support the latest standards in Wi-Fi technology, which is AC5300. It is able to deliver outstanding Wi-Fi performance and has more than satisfying signal stability. This device has six LAN ports, which is better since most routers have the standard four LAN ports. It is also able to deliver super-fast wired connections. Perhaps the only thing that would make this an all-time best-seller is its high price tag.

Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router Review - A Very Capable Device at a High Price

The Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is a Router for Savvy Users with a High-End Server

For a fee that surpasses other routers by an insanely large amount, the Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 leads the pack as one of the costliest devices when it comes to Wi-Fi technology. So you may be wondering right off the bat if the router is worth getting for standard home use with its steep asking price? The short answer is no.

If you want a longer answer, then maybe in the future you might need the Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router as part of your ranks of tech within your home. But if you do not want to waste a lot of cash for basically a device that sends of Wi-Fi signals to multiple devices in your home, then you’re better off with standard router models that will cost far, far less.

But without looking at its steep price tag (which is a bit hard), the X8 is the first router to support the AC5300 standard. This standard means Wi-Fi connectivity speeds of up to 2,166Mbps. Another problem here is that laptops or tablets could not support these fast Wi-Fi speeds. Hence, a bottleneck will occur and the feature will become nothing but wasteful efforts. Hence, if you plan on getting the X8, make sure that you also have other devices that can take full advantage of these speeds.

This is also the first router to support six Gigabit LAN ports. Two of those ports can be combined into a single, extremely fast wired connection. Hence, if you have a high-end NAS server that has multiple LAN ports, then the X8 will unleash the full capacity of the server’s data rate and bring it to a new level.

So the bottom line is that the Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 is not made for normal home usage but for those who have high-end servers, and we might not be seeing such high-tech home devices in the near future.


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