Netgear Nighthawk X6S R8000P Router 2020 Latest Updated Review

Netgear Nighthawk X6S R8000P Router 2020 Latest Updated Review

The Netgear Nighthawk X6S R8000P is a multi-band router that offers a wealth of management settings and solid throughput to  enjoy fastest WiFi speed throughout your home

The Nighthawk  Router, with breakthrough Tri-band WiFi and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), is ideal for simultaneous streaming to many WiFi devices in your home.

Overview

Access and control your router from anywhere using features such as NETGEAR Nighthawk App, Ready cloud  and Open VPN. Control your home network with voice commands using Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.

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Design and Features

The R8000P  uses the same black enclosure as the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router we reviewed back in 2014.

It measures 2.1 by 11.6 by 8.9 inches (HWD) and has six retractable antennas (three on each side) that fold outward from the center of the box.

The top of the router has a strip with LED indicators for power, internet activity, Wi-Fi activity, USB activity, and LAN activity.

There’s also a WPS button and a button to turn Wi-Fi on and off.

The back of the router holds four Gigabit LAN ports (two of which support link aggregation), a WAN port, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, and a power button.

Pros

  • Easy to install.
  • Loads of settings.
  • Good throughput in testing.

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Parental controls require third-party account
  • 90-day support included

Installation and Performance

Installing the R8000p was easy for me.

Once the router was connected to my desktop PC and powered up, it automatically launched the Netgear genie web console and gave me a choice to use the wizard or to configure the router manually.

I chose manually and was given the choice to have the device operate as a router or an access point.

Chose router and proceeded to the Admin Settings page, where I answered two security questions and created a password.

I updated the firmware, which took around two minutes, created security passwords, and was ready to go.

A Router for Multi-Device Homes

The Netgear Nighthawk X6S AC4000 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router with MU-MIMO (R8000P) is a good choice for homes with numerous wireless devices.

Its three individual radio bands let you balance network traffic to reduce interference due to overcrowding on the widely used 2.4GHz band, and it offers plenty of configuration settings, including third-party parental controls that will help keep your network free from malicious websites .

Whats More

  • Good performance without any lags
  • Feature packed Beam-forming
  • support MU- MIMO for smoother simultaneous streaming
  • Compatibility with digital voice assistant

Software

The X6S includes Netgear’s Dynamic Quality of Service software to apportion the home’s bandwidth among its users.

This software concentrates first on satisfying data-hungry applications, like video and gaming.

By trying to satisfy all family members, this can improve domestic tranquility for those with low-speed connections.

To streamline data delivery, the X6S also optimizes how it sends data among the three available broadcast channels. Essentially, it decides the best path for the data from router to client.

Performance

Performance

The X6S hits its stride when other routers start to peter out. Overall, it turned in a good performance, but it excelled at midrange distances.

Based on Broadcom’s BCM4365E Wi-Fi chip, the device sets up a tri-band 802.11ac network that has an AC4000 rating.

We used Ixia’s IxChariot software to monitor network performance at our Utah testing facility.

While the X6S was able to deliver 571.2 and 628.7 Mbps at 5 and 15 feet, it hit its peak at an unusual distance of 50 feet, moving 661.5 Mbps.

That’s 6 percent above the EA8300’s maximum of 626.5 Mbps at 5 feet and 21 percent ahead of the WRT32X’s 544.5 Mbps at 15 feet. Still, the X6S was slightly behind the No. 1-performing router, Norton Core and its 672.2 Mbps at 5 feet

Setup

To get the X6S online and distributing data, you need to connect to the router via Wi-Fi or a LAN cable.

This is a good time to change the semirandom name and passwords that come printed underneath the router.

After a restart, the router displays a printable confirmation of your settings.

Be careful where you put this printout, because it has the passwords as well as other details of your network.

Configuration

While many of the newer mesh kits allow configuration only via a phone or tablet, the X6S router gives you three ways in.

To start, you can continue using the browser interface and Netgear’s Genie interface.

It starts with large boxes that show the internet’s status, the Wi-Fi setup, Parental Controls, External Storage

There are similar entry points on the left for everything from the Wi-Fi settings to the setup for the Guest Network.

The Advanced section includes things like Access Control, Security settings, and the setup of a networked printer or storage device.

Good for those who don’t let their phones get too far from their hands, there’s also the Genie app for iOS and Android tablets and phones.

Like with other Netgear routers, you have access to the same variety of customization as in the browser

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