NETGEAR R8500 Nighthawk X8 Quad-Stream Wi-Fi Router

Highlights

  • Get fastest speeds available up to 5.3Gbps
  • Tri-band WiFi delivers more WiFi to more devices
  • Quad Stream delivers up to four data streams per WiFi band
  • 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas amplify and maximize range
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports-aggregate two ports for faster file transfers
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device
  • ReadyCLOUD USB Access – Secure personal access to USB storage from anywhere

The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router is the next wave in WiFi. Tri-Band WiFi and Quad Stream performance boosts X8’s combined wireless speeds to up to 5.3Gbps. Four external Active Antennas plus four internal antennas amplify WiFi range.

Six gigabit Ethernet ports means even more wired devices can connect and with port aggregation 2 ports can combine to double maximum wired speeds. Nighthawk X8 is the next wave in WiFi.

WiFi Technology

  • 802.11ac

Speed and Range

WiFi Performance

  • AC5300 (1000 + 2166 + 2166 Mbps)

WiFi Range

  • Very large homes

WiFi Band

  • Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi – Tx/Rx 4×4 (2.4GHz) + 4×4 (5GHz) + 4×4 (5GHz)

Beamforming

  • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands

Number of Ethernet Ports

  • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation

Number of USB Ports

  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port

Key Features

  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands
  • MU-MIMO capable simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices
  • Eight (8) high performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
  • Four (4) external Active Antennas enhance weak signals and reduce interference for best WiFi performance (patent pending)
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
  • ReadyCLOUD USB Access Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
  • ReadySHARE Vault-PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
  • DLNA server to find & play your media on TVs & game consoles
  • VPN support-secure remote access to your home network & Internet
  • Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices
  • NETGEAR genie home network manager includes remote access to manage your network away from home

Security

  • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
  • VPN support-secure remote access
  • Guest network access-separate & secure
  • WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2-PSK)
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

Processor

  • Powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor

Memory

  • 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40 in (316 x 264 x 61 mm)
  • Weight: 3.70 lb (1680 g)

Package Content

  • Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router (R8500)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter

Standards

  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support
  • IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support
  • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary and may be lowered by network and environmental conditions, including network traffic volume and building construction.

MU-MIMO feature requires firmware upgrade. MU-MIMO firmware upgrade not currently available for this product, but currently anticipated to be released before the end of 2015. MU-MIMO capability requires both router and client device to support MU-MIMO. Please see www.netgear.com/mumimo for more details.

NETGEAR makes no representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with future standards. Performance Mode requires 1024QAM support on WiFi client for 2.4/5GHz. Up to 2166/1000 Mbps wireless speeds possible when connecting to other 2166 @5GHz 802.11ac/1000 @2.4GHz Mbps devices

 

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