NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (my Amazon Review)

My Experience: 19 years in the IT industry as a Systems Administrator. I have worked for the largest companies on the planet (IBM, HP, Intel) and then did 10 years in the start-up world. I know how to put a network together. I know what works and I know when it doesn't.

Like a lot of the reviewers here, most of us seem to be coming from either older routers or replacing Asus routers (at an alarming rate I might add from what I have been reading.)

Like a lot of you, I am ALSO replacing an ASUS Router I have had for about a year now. It's not that I wasn't okay with the Asus router I just needed more from the router!

I live on the East Coast and I have a tri-tiered house and getting a signal to the basement has been a challenge. I ended up having to put in a powerline Network (el-sucko when it comes to speed) and wanted to improve that throughput several times over. I also have, at times 3 kids who LOVE (and I mean LOVE) videos and online gaming over a wireless connection. I needed a router that could keep up and going from a single core CPU router to a dual core with TWICE the throughput sounded like what I needed as my house has the following (all talking to my router):

- 4 Roku's (HD)
- 4-6 phones
- 6 tablets
- 4 DVR's
- 4 TV's (wireless and LAN)
- 4 Blu Ray players (firmware updates)
- 2 Surround Sound systems (firmware updates)
- 2 gaming systems (if you have teenagers, you have gaming systems): 1 - XBOX 360 and One PS3. Both wirless connections.
- 3-4 laptops (depends on which kids happen to be home)
- 1 Desktop machine (mine, multiple NIC's and active connections)
... and I believe a Partridge in a pear tree (up in the attic!)

Bottom line... I have a hell of a lot of things that have to talk to the router who are constantly chewing data. I needed more and I needed more fast!

For me to purchase a new Netgear router took A LOT! I have been VERY disappointed with Netgears offerings as of late as prior to my Asus router purchase I had Netgears 'other' TOTL router, the R6250 Smart WiFi Router. That router was so bad, I had to take it back to the store once AND had to return the router to Netgear once (so x2 total) because it kept dropping connections and rebooting... all on its own. I had (up until that point) never had a router perform that bad. It blew...

That said, it looks like Netgear has FINALLY listened to me! I wanted router that had a dual core processor and could cover my ENTIRE house or at least "talk" to my access point consistently without 'losing the connection' every time the wind blew.

I do want to say upfront, I did look at the new Asus "super router" which also sports a dual core processor but I read a few reviews over on Newegg and it just doesn't seem like it's as good as what Netgear is offering (I know... mind blown also!) - [...] - so I decided to give this spaceship a try.

I bought this from my local Best Buy store as if it sucked I wanted to be able to take it back and not have to mess with the shipping.

Like a lot of people state here this router is twice the size of any router out there (but looks really cool!). I honestly like it better since the cooling of the router seems to be much better especially when we're cranking multiple video streams to multiple devices throughout my house. I can also tell you that after getting it hooked up and set up on the 'inter-tubes' I've noticed that even my wired LAN speed seems to be much smoother (not necessarily faster but smoother) than it was on my top-tier Asus router.

Setup of this device was ridiculously easy. Actually easier than most other routers that I've set up over the years. I changed a IP addressing range and subnet, change the password, plug it in, and off I went.

So far this has been an absolute pleasure to work with! That said I'll see how it is in a couple of weeks but the smoothness of this router and the wireless speed I now get throughout the house is better than anything I'd had before.

I'm not getting rid of my Asus router just yet. What I'm going to do is actually use it as an AP point in the basement after purchasing some very large antenna extenders so that I can get rid of the powerline adapter that I have down there. I believe any kind of wireless connection is going to be 10 times faster than the powerline adapter that I have down there right now.

The only word of caution I have for Netgear is don't screw up the firmware updates! Netgear has a tendency of putting out updates that actually cause the router to become unstable over a period of time. I just want any Netgear folks who happen to be reading this review to 'take note' of that. You put out a really nice product, probably the best product you have put out in several years... Don't screw it up!

Again, if you're looking for a router that can handle all the devices that you have in your house especially when it comes to mobile and video you need to pull out your Visa and get this baby in your home. Going to Best Buy and purchasing a $30 router and then hooking up 20 to 30 devices to it just doesn't cut it.

So far... A pleasure.

If you're in the market for a new router or you just need more than your current router can provide, so far, I have to recommend this router. I'm actually stunned it's this good.

//Digital

Last modified on Sunday, 20 October 2013 03:42

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