NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S AC2600 (R7800) 2020 Review.
NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S AC2600 (R7800) Review: Whether you’re at home or in the office, having a reliable network connection with fast speeds, reliability, and advanced security is a huge importance.
If you’re looking to improve your network and provide all connected devices with a huge increase in performance, an upgrade like this shouldn’t be put off.
Bulky Design, Powerful Hardware
The X4S shares the same bulky design as the X4, with four detachable antennae, five network ports (four LAN ports and one WAN/Internet port), and three peripheral ports (two USB 3.0, one eSATA).
It also has quad-stream support (4×4) with a top speed of 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 800Mbps on 2.4GHz, compared to 600Mbps of the X4. Combining the two bands, the router has a top Wi-Fi bandwidth of 2,553Mbps, meaning it earns the AC2600 designation.
The router sports the most powerful hardware on the market, running a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash memory.
In my experience, powerful hardware doesn’t always translate into fast performance, which was the case with the X4. But the X4S, for the most part, delivered in my testing. More on this below.
Easy Setup, Confusing Web Interface
Similar to most Netgear routers, the R7800 is basically ready to use right out of the box. It’s preconfigured with a Wi-Fi network the information for which (that is, its name and password) is printed on the underside of the device.
Using this information, all you have to do is plug the router into power and connect its WAN (Internet) port to a broadband modem, and you’re done.
(Overall, like all routers with a Web interface, the setup process of the X4S is rather standard. More information on how to set up a home router can be found here.)
As an 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, the Netgear X4S excelled in testing.
Right out of the box, it’s obvious that this router is for speed and performance ease. With the NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S (D7800), you can achieve the world’s fastest WiFi at up to 2.53 Gigabits per second.
It can offer such speeds since it uses 160 Mhz bandwidth support and simultaneous Dual Band WiFi to deliver the latest 802.11ac connection.
Built with 4 long-range external antennas, the X4S is designed to use in large homes with multiple stories and several walls.
The high-performance antennas are paired with high powered amplifiers to reach every nook and cranny of your home or office workplace.
Also, Netgear equipped it with Multi-User MIMO WiFi technology that offers much improvement over traditional WiFi.
We all know how important it can be to have the latest and greatest encryption protecting your network. The X4S does a great job to ensure privacy and protection for your family while they’re online.
Built to prevent spyware, malware, phishing, and hackers, it comes included with several secure features to do it all.
You’re ensured the highest level of wireless security with WPA/WPA2, and you even have the ability to adjust parental controls to manage website access by specific devices or members of the network.
Additionally, there’s a guest network setup for separate and secure access for your visiting friends.
Easy to Use
Even with very little to no experience, the Nighthawk X4S is very easy to set up and configure right out of the box. We highly recommend using the free Netgear genie app that gives you a personalized dashboard on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
This gives you access to monitor, control, and repair your network from anywhere with a connection.
- Good port selection.
- Lots of management settings.
- Solid 5GHz and Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) throughput in testing.
- Middling file-transfer speeds in our tests.
The Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi Router R7800 is a capable choice for users who are ready to take advantage of MU-MIMO data-streaming technology and require a comprehensive set of management settings with a user-friendly interface.
it also has one of the fastest broadband seen.
It delivered the fastest MU-MIMO performance we’ve seen in our testing, Its file-transfer speeds were merely adequate.