NETGEAR R8000 NIGHTHAWK X6 TRI-BAND ROUTER REVIEW

today I’m going to talk about the hardware and the network that keep streamer house running live 24 hours a day seven days a week so if you didn’t know we’re group of five gamers who both stream and live here at the house so our network stability is extremely important to the operation especially when we have over 50 devices registered to our network so now you’re asking how do you have 50 network devices with only 5 people so let’s break it down first of all we have 12 desktop computers those are mostly hardwired then we have 5 laptop computers that are used pretty regularly.

NETGEAR R8000 NIGHTHAWK X6 TRI-BAND ROUTER REVIEW

NETGEAR R8000 NIGHTHAWK X6 TRI-BAND ROUTER REVIEW

I know I use mine every day 6 smartphones that are connected 24/7 you know 11 gaming consoles Xbox one’s ps4 we use we have tons of gaming consoles for tablets which are used for books or streaming video 5 Smart TVs or network enabled TVs one Netgear network access storage for all of our videos and of course the six IP cameras all around the house so as you can imagine what that mean devices running simultaneously and an additional 10 to 20 devices when we have company over our network was having issues we’d have signal drops buffering all sorts of problems and Nick you’re actually reached out and offered us a solution and that is the net gear Nighthawk x6 tri-band Wi-Fi router it’s unique angular design not only looks really cool but it’s completely functional all your status LEDs are right up front for easy monitoring and the six high powered antennas allow each of the three radios to support individual transmit and receive streams now the back of the unit looks much more familiar with the legacy USB port an on/off switch for the LEDs for Gigabit LAN ports with a v port for your internet uplink a high speed USB port for network storage of backup a reset button a power outlet and a power on an off switch so the next thing I’d like to show you is the Netgear genie platform which is what you use to control and monitor this device now first we’re going to show you it on a browser you can pull it up on your browser just like any router configuration page and there’s a basic and advanced tab on the basic tab that shows you your internet health status your wireless networks information how many devices you have parental controls guests network information all of that you switch over to the Advanced tab and it gives you a little bit more advanced information about your internet connection your wireless settings for your different networks both 2.4 gigahertz and your 5 gigahertz and as you go through the Netgear genie on your browser it’s a lot like any router configuration page everything is pretty easy to get to and easy to figure out but what I think is really cool is the Netgear genie platform on your iOS or Android device so I’m gonna go ahead and show it to you installed on my note 4 and as you see right from the beginning you have two options for logging in remote access which if you set up through the neck gaiter website you can controller monitor your router from anywhere in the world or home access which is what we’re going to be doing here so as soon as you log in you’ll see familiar wireless settings guest access network map parental controls it’s the same features that you’d be able to control to your browser just now accessible on your mobile device on the second page turbo transfer Wi-Fi analytics ready share router rebou and your QR codes are all available there as well we’re gonna go ahead and start right from the beginning and show wireless settings this is really simple you can select your 2.4 gigahertz or your 5 gigahertz Network and it shows you your signal strength and your link rate and what channel you have selected and your key and then you also have a QR code there to access the network do that for the guest network works the exact same way the only difference is now you also have a time period option if you want to restrict your guests to certain times for internet access next up is the network map and this will show you about I think eight devices per page and I’ll show you all the devices connecting to your network both wired and wireless Li and you can just scroll through the pages there kind of helps you get an idea of who’s on your network and what they’re doing next is my media control now this one I had to do kind of some strange cropping to show you what’s going on so bear with me here but basically at the bottom you have options source player playing and options and here the first source is my phone and I’ll show me all the videos or audio files that I have on my phone and from there I can actually select them and go to player and stream to different devices on the network so as you saw there showed my phone and crews chromecast I can select that chromecast and it’ll instantly start playing it on his television next up is Wi-Fi analytics and this is my favorite part of the Jeannie app and it’s actually its own separate app it’s so good we’re gonna start off showing you the signal strength which is really simple it just gives you a little meter you can kind of walk around and find the sweet spot for the best signal in your room next is home signal testing this is a really powerful tool you can take it around your house label the different rooms and test signal strength and then you can move your router your access point and go around the test again and see if it’s going up or down and find the best spot for you to get access to all over those Nexus network status really simple just Scrolls down shows you the channels and Macanese of all the networks and their strengths and this one’s really nice channel interference it shows you the current channel you’re on how many networks are on that channel recommends other channels for you and how many networks are on all the different channels so if you have a lot of issues with interference that’s awesome for you and finally we have channel graphs now this lets you select which networks you’d like to include in the graph you could go ahead and hit OK and scan and it’s gonna create little peak graphs of all the different networks signal strengths around you and finally we have signal graphs which same things select the networks you want to show hit scan and you’ll see they’ll start going across the screen every couple of seconds updating and showing you those network signal strength so those are all really useful tools and I’d highly recommend the Netgear Genie app even if you don’t use this router to configure and optimize your own home network and so now that we got all that out of the way I want to get to what we’re really here for and that’s the true real-world bandwidth testing so to drive the true selling point of this router for us home what we’re doing here is taking the two gaming laptops putting them on the same 5 gigahertz network they both have integrated 802 11 AC cards in these tests are being run at the same time or as close to as I could and as you see first results 114 and 84 versus 111 and 86 with a latency between 29 and 28 milliseconds so not the best results but not too bad we’re gonna go ahead and run this again the exact same setup just so we can get a second set of data to compare against and as you can see the results are pretty much the same as the first time download speeds are a little over a hundred and upload speeds or a little below two hundred 110 182 versus 106 184 with the latency between 31 and 29 milliseconds so not a bad connection speed but I know that we can do better so for this next test we’re gonna switch these two laptops to separate 5 gigahertz Network and as you can see right off the bat there’s a considerable increase in speed we’re looking at over 250 megabits per second down to 35 on the second one and well over 200 megabits up to 15 vs. to 10 latency has also reduced down to 23 milliseconds and just like the first time I’m gonna run the test again this is on two separate 5 gigahertz networks two laptops with their integrated cards and these tests are being run at the time and once again the results are really similar to the previous time our pings have gone down even further looking at 21 milliseconds in 24 milliseconds and well over 240 megabits down to 27 on the other one to 16 versus 213 on the upload so this is a way to show you how having multiple radios even if they’re on the same band can be a huge benefit for you and if you use the NIC your smart connect software will actually load balanced everything for you and you never have to worry about its overall I want to say thumbs up for the Nighthawk x6 router it’s been great we’ve been using it for about a month and I really appreciate Netgear reaching out and giving us this solution to our issues I hope you all enjoyed the video hit that subscribe button hit the like button comment below let us know what you think and we have a lot more coming for you so please do stay tuned

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