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Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200

Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 might be more expensive than the average router but, as a tri-band device that supports the 802.11ac standard, it's flexible enough to accommodate all your devices and their varying connection needs.

Getting the X6 AC3200 up and running is a "no-brainer" according to PC Mag, and TweakTown says that the "basic menu system for the X6 lays everything out in a simple manner," though Gizmodo Australia feels it might be "a little simplistic for the power users." Once you've got it set up, the X6 is ready to handle your various needs, with TweakTown calling it "a transition router, with legacy 2.4GHz devices having their very own band, and then having two separate 5GHz bands" to handle newer devices. But, though they say it allows you to use 802.11n "without bottlenecking the AC devices," CNET notes that you'll only really notice the advantage if "you have a lot of 802.11ac clients -- like a dozen of them or more."

In action, Gizmodo Australia says it "clocks great Wi-Fi transfer rates," with TweakTown saying the X6 AC3200 "performed quite well" at 2.4GHz and "pretty well" at 5GHz. CNET calls it "one of the fastest I've seen." However, CNET also had some problems with "random disconnections," and noted that at a distance of 100 feet, "it registered just 242Mbps, noticeably slower than 295Mbps of its predecessor." On the other hand, PC Mag actually noticed "increased signal strength" at 30 feet compared to 5 feet, "a rarity well worth noting," though it "lost range at 30 feet in 2.4GHz mode."

While it exhibits some inconsistent results across distances, you can count on the Nitehawk X6 AC3200 to connect to all your devices no matter their age, making it an ideal buy for users looking to make the leap to 802.11ac without leaving their older a/b/g/n devices behind.

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Key Specs

Type
Wireless router
WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Integrated switch
5 ports
USB
Yes
Type
WiFi
Ethernet
Integrated switch
USB
Wireless router
Yes
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
5 ports
Yes

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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