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conclusion:We like it

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When you want the best and fastest WiFi speeds from a router it usually means shelling out serious dough, but in the case of Netgear's Nighthawk R7000 the high price might be more than worth it.

While some routers are very user friendly, the R7000 confounded some critics, with Hardware.info finding it "disorganized." But once the R7000 is set up it's smoother sailing, with performance that TweakTown calls "stunning" and PC World says is "very fast." Even better, the R7000 doesn't skimp on range, which PC Mag finds "excellent."

The speed and reliability of AC come at a steep price -- even more if you need to buy adapters -- but the Netgear R7000's performance justifies its big price tag.

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Critic reviews

8.5
6 reviews
  • Ease of use
    6.7
  • Speed / throughput
    9.1
  • Configurability / networking features
    9.2
  • Reliability
  • Range
    10
  • Durability
    8.8

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User reviews

7.8
4 reviews
9.0
PC World Dec 27, 2013

Netgear's Nighthawk 802.11ac router boasts a strong feature set, delivers exceptional range, and is reasonably priced. It's the best Wi-Fi router on the market, at least for now.

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8.0
CNET Apr 23, 2014

The Netgear is expensive, but earns its $200 asking price with incredibly fast speeds and useful features.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 25, 2013

Excellent throughput and range at the 5GHz band, lots of features (including full VPN) plus a cool name all make the Nighthawk one of the best routers we've seen from Netgear in a while, despite a few annoyances.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Apr 2, 2014

The Netgear R7000 Nighthawk has the fastest peak throughput of any router we’ve ever tested and its USB performance blows even its AC1900 rivals away.

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9.0
TweakTown Mar 22, 2014

Netgear has successfully launched the best router I have ever had the chance to test. The 5GHz throughput was simply amazing and real world transfers chart leading. An all around top choice for those that want stability and performance in a single solution.

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8.0
Hardware.Info Mar 1, 2014

As far as we're concerned, if we put everything together, Netgear provides one of the better routers currently available with the R7000 Nighthawk. It especially performs exceptionally well on 802.11ac and when under heavy loads, The other tests show it performs well in other areas too.

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7.0
Neutrinoz Neutrinoz

I've owned many of routers and never seen a $190 unit break an antenna off after a minor fall off a counter. Opening the case the large mount is only soldered on the board by 4 small gold pins even though the connector is about a quarter inch square. They could have mounted it better and more...

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5.0
Watdawg Watdawg

*Disclaimer* The initial firmware update kind of bricked the router until I was able to ftp the firmware again. It is possible that I had a defective unit and I understand that other users love this router. I found it unreliable and clunky. The advanced settings were lacking in my opinion.

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