NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router AC2300 R7000P Review

Editor rating

0/5 on July 16, 2019

User's rating

18,482 reviews

PROS

MU-MIMO Technology

Outstanding Wireless output when using the 5GHz Band

Simple to connect

Comprehensive web based Interface

Nice looking

Wide wireless coverage area

Amazon Alexa Compatible

Ample Gigabit Ethernet availability

CONS

Limited storage capacity

VERDICT

The Netgear Nighthawk R7000P is designed in a way that resembles a vanguardist airplane and with its great wireless output make us give to the product a positive feedback. Even though it seems to us that the product is a little overpriced, the quality of the service of the item gives, and its remarkable features like for example, the MU-MIMO technology or the beamforming capability makes many people think that the Netgear AC2300 worth every penny , that they spent when purchasing the item.

Another feature that calls our attention when comparing it to its predecessor the R7000 is the 1024 QAM Modulation.

The item  have some skeptics on the real value for money department, but as you will see in our NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router AC2300 R7000P review that the router have some remarkable features when compared with older models.

The router count with the support of the NETGEAR Armor™ which powered by BitDefender acts as protection for the networks that are used with the router, and also displays an effective parental control capability supported by Disney. The drawback is that the features has to be acquired by subscription, and at the beginning are available only as no payment trial for a limited period of time.

The main question that many people ask is if the Netgear R7000P can really overcame the old and great R7000. Unfortunately there is not only one answer to this question and while many persons feel that the routers isn’t a big improvement due to the complication that suppose the fact that if you want to use the router in its full potential, you are going to need to use WiFi adapters that are compatible with it.

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NETGEAR AC2300 R7000P Router Highlights

-Smart Connect—Designates slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands for best wireless speed.

-Up to 2.3Gbps Speeds.

-HD gaming & video: Gigabit wired for Video and Gaming.

-Gigabits speeds WiFi.

-MU-MIMO Technology or simultaneous streaming.

-Dual Core 1GHz processor for better wireless,WAN-to-LAN,  and wired performance.

-Wi-Fi Protected Access

Specifications Of The NETGEAR AC2300

  • AC2300 WiFi 1625 + 600 Mbps
  • Dual band 5GHz and 2.4 GHz
  • Multiple  Gigabit Ethernet ports (5)
  • Beamforming Technology to enhance reliability and speed of the connection.
  • 2 USB port(one 2.0, and other 3.0)
  • 1GHz dual-core
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz

Editor’s NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router AC2300 R7000P Review

Comes In The Package

  • Nighthawk AC2300 R2300P Smart WiFi Router

  • Install instructions Guide

  • Three detachable antennas

  • Power adapter

  • Ethernet cable

The Netgear (R7000P) Nighthawk AC2300 shows a three-stream 802.11ac and dual band  which is why the  device is considered for many their favorite router. The router automatically distributes the signal of the connected machines between both bands that the router comes with, using the “functional load-balancing band steering”, feature that makes all the users get a reliable and stable connection, with no one to be required to choose a band to use when connected.

The longer range compared to many other models not only from Netgear, but many companies in the market , have made the router without a doubt one of the best choices available for many years.

Set Up Of The NETGEAR AC2300 R700P

Attaching The Antennas Of the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300

First take out the antenna caps from the antenna poles on the device, then Aline the antennas poles with the antennas  router.After that Attach the antennas on the  antenna poles.

The next step is to position the antennas in a way that the WiFi connection reach the optimal performance and then position the antennas for the best WiFi performance.

NETGEAR advises that the antenna that is in the center should be in vertical position ,and the rest of them in 45 degree angle in an outside direction.

Antennas Recommended Positioning For The  NETGEAR AC2300

Positioning The Nighthawk AC2300

For the best performance of the R7000P, the device has to be located in a proper and right manner, meaning that this factor will be important when talking about the range of coverage that the router will reach. We have found that following the bellow listed advises will help you to get the best from your machine:

Power outlets and Ethernet cables should be within easy reach for the router and wired devices.

The ideal location for the router is the center of the area where the mobile and computer devices are used and also in view from the WiFi  users machines.

How To- Connect The NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router AC2300 R7000P to The WiFi

The first thing to do is to see if the power access is working, checking that the LED of the router is lit. Then look for the WiFi network in some of your devices and select it (look for the Network’s name and the WiFi password that is on the router’s Label), joining it and entering the WiFi password. After that your machine should be connected.

Connecting With The Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Read the instructions of the WPS on your devices, and then be sure that the Router is receiving power. After that the WPS button of the router should be pressed and after a couple of minutes your machine should connect to the network.

Video-How to: Remotely Managing the NETGEAR R7000P Using The Nighthawk App

How To Use Circle With Disney Smart Parental Controls On NETGEAR Routers

For starters to use Circle with Disney or the standard parental controls from NETGEAR is necessary to download the NETGEAR genie application on your smartphone or use the web interface. Using the app will allow you to apply the Disney smart parental control capability on all the devices that are connected to the network.

When you enable the feature you will be able to perform several task, like for example:

  • Apply different levels of filters for each person of your family.
  • Establish limits for the use of the internet at home.
  • Determine intervals of internet usage, setting up to pause at some time of the day.
  • Using Circle GO will allow you to manage the mobiles machines of the users of the network.
  • It is important to clarify that even though it is possible to enable the Circle with Disney using the device web interface, but to finish the setup is necessary to use the Circle Application.
  • Also is advisable to confirm that the router is working in user mode and also running the newest firmware available, because if using any kind of different mode enable the feature is not possible.

To Access the NETGEAR Precise instructions visit: http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/R7000P/R7000P_UM_EN.pdf

Recap Of The NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router AC2300 R7000P Review

Definitely the NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router AC2300 R7000P is an excellent upgrade from the previous R7000.We feel that the features that  we have mention previously well worth the increase in price that the product presents. There is no doubt that when talking about such a popular product like the R7000 many people will disagree and they will stick to the great old R7000, but we think that new users will also love the R7000P.