The real world tests used in this review deliver results that fall short of the manufacturer’s claims, however the bandwidth with a Mac Pro 2013 was very good. On our PC, the Netgear A6100 USB adapter undoubtedly plays its part with the slightly disappointing performance results. We would suggest a laptop with Intel Wireless-AC 7260 or a Mac with AirPort Extreme if you want to take full advantage of 802.11ac performance.
On the other hand, even with a crippled mini USB adapter, we were still able to transfer a 2GB file over Wi-Fi at short range in 30 seconds. That’s neat but the more impressive test was downloading the same file in two minutes 20 seconds and uploading in three minutes at a range of ten metres through two solid walls. That is impressively fast under conditions where it seemed fortunate to merely have a Wi-Fi connection, let alone one so speedy.
The Netgear Genie set-up screen/firmware is fully featured and works very well. The only downside is that it takes a few seconds to save any changes that you make. The QoS is impressive and offers distinct benefits for gamers and the poor, long-suffering adults who pay for
Netflix and want their movie to start streaming NOW.
The option of adding storage through the USB 3.0 port and a printer over USB 2.0 are welcome. The need to use Netgear utilities is a small price to pay for these features.
It is a small thing however Netgear has arranged the lights and buttons on the Nighthawk R7000 in such a manner that the router is a pleasure to use.
Putting all that to one side, the way the Nighthawk R7000 simply blasts its 802.11ac Wi-Fi through solid walls makes this router well worth the asking price.
Buy from Amazon for £149.99 inc vat.
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- High 802.11ac transfer speeds.
- Simultaneous 5GHz+2.4GHz.
- Easy set-up.
- USB 3.0 port for add-in storage.
- USB 2.0 printer support.
- Impressive QoS options for consumer market.
- Decent set-up software with heaps of options.
- Weird and wonderful styling (if you like that sort of thing).
- Poor 2.4GHz 802.11n performance, mainly because of the tiny A6100 USB adapter.
- Takes a while to save changes in set-up.
- Limited appeal for professional market.
- Weird and wonderful styling (if you have conventional tastes).