Video-NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router Review
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 stands out from other routers thanks to its unique yet subtle design.
Looking at the Netgear R700 , the first things you’ll likely to notice are the three external antennas. Other than making this router look like a mini space ship, the antennas also allow you to control the wireless signal’s direction. The black body of the router has a somewhat hexagonal shape, weighs 1.65 pounds, with dimensions measuring 11.2 * 7.3 * 2 inches.
According to Netgear, they built this router with streaming, mobile devices, and gaming in mind.Also Netgear claims rightly, that the Nighthawk AC1900 can afford to manage all the activities that are performed at home or the office at high velocity, no matter how high is the bandwidth usage of the devices. The prioritization feature that comes with it is designed to give preference to the activities that require more usage of the bandwidth that is available. Beamforming+, and the Antennas make you have a reliable and stable connection in every area of your place.
Features of the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900
The front of the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 features a single USB (3.0) port for connecting external hard drives and shared printers. Netgear placed this port specifically at the front to curb wireless signal interferences. At the back of the router, there’s one USB 2.0 port and four gigabit LAN ports.
The LAN ports are excellent for connecting HD video-streaming devices and gaming consoles since they offer a fast and stable internet connection.
Other features of this Netgear router are:
I. Impressive Hardware
The Nighthawk AC1900 R7000 is one of the best among all Netgear routers. This dual-band router supports virtually all WIFI clients, regardless of their WI-FI standards. Also, it has a dual-core CPU running at 1,000 MHz, with 256 MB of DDR RAM, plus a storage space of 128 GB as flash memory.
When it comes to speed, the Nighthawk AC1900(R7000) offers about 600 Mbps of wireless speed.
Why is it so rapid?
Netgear installed a new WI-FI chip- the Broadcom BCM4709 chip. It employs TurboQAM technology, which increases the router’s spatial stream capacity. The chip also enhance the performance of the router.
II. Smart Parental Controls
The router is compatible with the Circle With Disney App, which is one of the smartest ways for families to manage time and content online.
If you’ve kids, the Nighthawk AC1900 puts you in control by offering smart parental controls that manage any connected device. You can set websites and apps time limits, pause the internet for a user/ device, and even set bedtimes for your family members. Most importantly, you can filter content to protect the young ones from harmful material.
III. Dynamic Quality of Service
This feature makes streaming videos and gaming outstanding on the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900. The Dynamic QoS (Quality of Service) resolves internet congestion issues in an environment of competing internet demands. It identifies your household’s online activity by device and application, then utilizes traffic prioritization as well as bandwidth allocation techniques to automatically allocate extra bandwidth to sensitive latency applications such as video streaming plus online gaming.
IV. Cloud Storage
You can pair up your USB Drive and router via NETGEAR ReadyCloud USB Access. All you need to do is plug the USB hard drive into the router and create your secure personal cloud storage. Once you’ve got the cloud storage in place, you can enjoy the accessibility and convenience of Dropbox and Google Drive without any charges, security concerns, or storage limitations.
V. Gaming capabilities
The company had built a device that guarantee that no freezing characters occurred when you are executing your game, and also enhance it with the acceleration that is given thanks to the priority that the gaming activities have over another that can be completed at the same time.
Video-Unboxing the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wireless Router (R7000)
Highlights of the Nighthawk AC1900
1 GHz Dual Core Processor
Compatible with Amazon Alexa/ Echo– Allows you to use voice commands when controlling your home network.
OpenVPN Connect App- Offers remote access to your network using your PC or mobile device.
Compatible with all operating systems- Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1), XP, Vista, Linux, Mac OS, etc.
Powerful antennas and amplifiers will add to the coverage of all the devices at home, especially mobile ones that will enhance the speed of their connection up to 100% due to the high performance of the nighthawk feature.
Uses 1 AAA batteries.
Video-Netgear R7000 set up
The NETGEAR Up app changed its name, becoming the NETGEAR Nighthawk App which is a tool that allows you to set up easily your router in a way that you can get the most of it. The App is an intuitive one, and using your smartphone to connect to the router network you will be able to set up the device in a couple of phases, guided by the instructions that the application will give you in each step of the process.
Price Range and Shipping of the AC1900 From Netgear
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 will cost you between $130 and $160 and most shops and ships all around the globe. If you want voice control, the Alexa device will increase the final cost up to $30. Furthermore, each product purchase comes with Amazon tech support.
The tech support provides free over-the-phone tech support in case your device fails to work correctly, within the first 90 days of purchase. Also, this product has a return policy for devices that are ead on arrival.’ Netgear promises to a full refund as long as it’s within thirty days of purchase.
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router Manual
Netgear AC1900 Warranty
NETGEAR is notorious by its reliable warranty, and this product is not an exception to the rule.
The warranty of the hardware is limited and valid for 1 year, and the technical support is available 24 hours every day for 3 months from the day of the transaction in the case that the router was bought from an authorized dealer.
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 has received many reviews. In the reports, most buyers show gratitude for receiving the package just like they ordered it. For example, Matt Sayer rated this router 5/ 5 for providing an excellent home internet connection for Netflix and Chrome browsing.
Another unnamed reviewer rated the Nighthawk AC1900 for quadrupling his/ her home’s internet speed. Still, not all reviews are as promising. Jim gives the router a 1/ 5 for failing in one week.
All in all, most of the reviews are positive. By feature, the Nighthawk, AC 1900 scores 4.6 on WIFI signal, 4.5 in the user interface, 4.4 in material quality, 4.3 in versatility, 4.2 in durability and tech support. Not bad.
Netgear R 7000 upgrade firmware recommendations:
NETGEAR says that the best way to avoid wireless disconnection issues during the firmware upgrade download process is using a wired connected computer.
The following are the instructions to install it:
1.- It is important to keep records of the settings and its values that are changed from the preexisting, due that probably you will added them later manually.
2.- Download and extract the firmware using the following link: http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/R7000/R7000-V220.127.116.11_1.2.3.zip
3.- Browse to the URL http://www.routerlogin.net and log in to the router.
Follow the pass ADVANCED tab > Administration > Firmware Upgrade
Find the file that has been previously downloaded by clicking on Browse.
It is basic that the following step is executed without interruption. The upgrade will start after you click on Upload.
Click Upload. Do not interrupt the upgrade while the router does this step.
If the on screen progress bar is completed, it means that the upgrade has been finished.
It is extraordinarily important to keep the device on, until the whole process has been completed