NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

  • Model #: R8500-100CNS
  • Web Code: 10397379
$499.99

Overview

Ready for the next wave in WiFi? Then you're ready for the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 AC5300 smart router. Tri-band WiFi and quad stream performance make for combined wireless speeds of up to 5.3Gbps, while 4 external active antennas along with 4 internal antennas provide extended WiFi range

More Information

  • 6 gigabit Ethernet ports allows you to connect even more wired devices
  • Port aggregation means 2 ports can be combined to double maximum wired speeds
  • Smart Connect chooses the quickest WiFi band for every device
  • Tri-band WiFi and quad stream performance allow for combined wireless speeds of up to 5.3Gbps
  • 4 external active antennas and 4 internal antennas give the WiFi range a serious boost
  • Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices, making sure both 5GHz WiFi bands are used
  • MU-MIMO capable so it allows for concurrent data streaming for multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application and device
  • ReadyCLOUD USB conveniently gives you personal and secure cloud access to USB storage whenever, wherever
  • ReadySHARE Vault allows for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
  • DLNA server lets you find and play media on your TV or gaming console
  • VPN support provides secure remote access to your home network and the internet
  • Equipped with enhanced parental controls so you can manage web filtering and accessibility by profile or device
  • NETGEAR genie home network manager allows you to remotely access your network so it can be managed while you're away from home

What's in the Box?

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

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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  • Wireless Networking Features
  • Wireless Standard
    802.11ac
  • Wireless Speed
    AC5300
  • Number of Bands
    3
  • Frequency Bands
    2.4GHz; 5Ghz
  • Maximum Data Rate - Per Band
    5 Ghz
  • Maximum Data Rate - Total
    5.3 Gbps
  • Wired Networking Features
  • Ethernet Speed
    10/100/1000
  • WAN Ports
    1
  • LAN Ports
    6
  • VPN
    Yes
  • Network Security / Management Features
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup
    Yes
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Controls
    Yes
  • Physical Features
  • Width
    26.4 cm
  • Height
    6.1 cm
  • Depth
    31.6 cm
  • Width (Inches)
    10.39 in
  • Height (Inches)
    2.40 in
  • Depth (Inches)
    12.44 in
  • Weight
    3380 g
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)


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Positive 84%

11 Reviews

Critical 15%

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  • from Hamilton, ON
5.0

netgear nighthawk 8

I have had this for a month now. easy to set up and every thing smart 4k TVs / x-box / phones / tablets / laptops. there are over 12 WiFi devices working without any dropped signals. i was using a d-link 868L dual-band router and was getting dropped WiFi and the constant circle on the 4ktv when we watched netflix movies or playing games online. so far no problems. the beam forming and dual core computer are controlling what each device needs and is capable of using instead of the old WiFi which just shoots out signals everywhere


  • from Calgary, AB
1.0

Good and fast... while it lasts

I used my entire life only Netgear routers, but this is the biggest disappointment Netgear delivered. It is a fast and powerful router, it delivers to each device the maximum speed it is capable to handle without slowing down the network if you have a slower device connected. BUT... it does not last too long, my first device died after 32 days. The power light remains amber which according to the book indicates a hardware problem. Luckily BestBuy replaced it with a new one, thank you BestBuy. I hope this one will last longer. Whoever wants to purchase this device, even at a discounted price like myself, I advice to look first at the Netgear support page to see how many problems this device has, and how poor are the manufaturer's support answers.


  • from Abbotsford, BC
5.0

Excellent

Mind you, you should know about their product or some general information about networking to get it to work. This is not for a average user but build for someone with more technical skills or a large home. If you're looking for a plug and play sort of device look elsewhere and find a cheaper option.


  • from Toronto, ON
4.0

Replacement Router

First thing I noticed is the weight and it sits flat (not going to be moved by accident). Over the years I've tried various other routers from the 5" wired to the first dual band then to the Archer series C7, C9 the last I had for over a year until I updated the firmware and was locked out of the router. Nevertheless I wanted something powerful and more than I had previously I thought about the Nighthawk X10 but I couldn't wait. For what I all my devices have strong signals anywhere in my place and the Tri band is a nice feature have yet to test the aggregated wired connection I'm looking forward to trying it. The price I believe was worth it considering all the features it has.


  • from Surrey, BC
4.0

Great router but watch for this time-consuming bug

If you like to assign network devices an IP range that is outside the DHCP scope, so that you can view a group of devices listed together, rather than sprinkled throughout the IPs of all guests and transient devices, you can't do that on this router, or on the R8000 X6. You are not warned that your IP reservations are outside the DHCP scope. The router randomly stops providing DNS queries for those devices whose IP is reserved and outside the DCHP scope. This appears as "No Internet connection" when Network & Sharing shows a good Internet connection. You can avoid this bug by making sure all your IP reservations are within the DHCP scope. This bug was introduced in a firmware upgrade a few months ago in the R8000 and is in the R8500 as well.


  • from Brampton, ON
4.0

Pricey but fast

I replaced an older model of Netgear router. This unit is a little large and heavy but I like it as I have several networks now for my devices and 6 gigabit ports are great for hard wiring printers. Over all great, wish it was bit cheaper


  • from North Bay, ON
4.0

Fast and Easy

I replaced a smaller N router. This unit is a little large but I like it as I have several networks now for my devices and 6 gigabit ports for hardwiring to which is what I wanted.


  • from Saint Catharines, ON
2.0

so so

Bought it to replace my older unit. Noticeable faster speed than any other units I ever had, easy set up, good signal strength. Then huge disappointment, when my smart TV couldn't see any of my network media storage drives, not the NAS or even USB attached drives. The tech support did everything they could to solve the problem, nothing worked. At the end, for this reason, the router was useless for me and I had to return it to the store. Too bad, such an advanced and expensive unit falls for such a small and simple demand.


  • from Victoria, BC
5.0

Growth for mobile devices

It can easily to have more than 10 mobile things added to access the router when a troop friends coming over, and ask to access to your network to stream move and play games. The tri band router handles this well and the active antenna really helps for speed accessing from the basement through layers of walls. All these triband router are huge in size comparing to any dual bands, probably there are so much electronic and have to leave much more space inside to eliminate the need of fan.to reduce heat thus noise. Originally I look for a triband with more than 8 ports as I still like using wired connection to heavy/stable devices in each room, and leave the wireless access for mobiles devices. There isn't only this one (6 ports) and Asus RTAC88U with 8 ports but dual band. The rectangular box is extremely helpful to place it vertically against the corner wall rather than those spider look ones lay flat that are not possible to switch position to fit space. The black plastic look cheap and bulky - which I wish could be improved using metal instead, yet the heavy performance matters after all, you would gradually like it over than a pretty look one but less prepared for the future growth.


  • from Vancouver,BC
3.0

Netgear Nighthawk X8

This router came with all the extras. The reason I purchased this router was because of the greater wireless range that was promised. I found that at times the signal in the room that was the furthest from the router was great but other times it hardly existed. My overall conclusion would be that the router is too expensive for the consistency it offered.


  • from Maple, ON
5.0

Best Router I've owned

I needed a new router badly and researched for several days. I ended up getting the D-Link 890L but found out there was major security issues and it's been six months or more since it came out and D-Link has yet to address them. So I returned it and kept looking. I was interested in a Tri-band router and the only other one was the Asus RT-5300 but that was more than the Netgear. So I knew about the Nighthawk X8 coming out, but couldn't find it locally and then I saw Bestbuy had it available for purchase online Purchased and haven't looked back . I get blazing wifi speeds on both AC (5ghz) bands and the N (2.4ghz), my network is all setup to gigabit and it runs extremely fast and it also has a gigabit WAN port, so I get killer speeds from my cable modem which is over 100mbit connection. As for range I get excellent range from the basement to the top floor. I don't get full signal strength on the top floor which is a bit disappointing but it could be the location of the router which is at the back wall of my basement so this could be causing the signal strength, however I do stay connected on the third floor no problem. Highly recommend this router worth the money.


  • from Langley, BC
5.0

Nighthawk X8 is the next generation in Wi-Fi

Nighthawk X8 is the next generation in Wi-Fi and is for people who crave to experience best networking was much as possible. Tri-band Wi-Fi helps provide sufficient bandwidth for the increasing number of devices in the home and cutting-edge Wave 2 AC provides the best Wi-Fi performance in my home. I switched from Netgear X6, even though it's pricey but it's still worth the amount paid for. Every networking issues are gone. This router has a whole bunch of really useful features. The most useful, to me, are the antenna beam forming, and the Smart Connect features, which sort out the different types of wireless connections to ensure the best connection for each device, and send the most signal possible towards your tech and every devices at home. I like this product itself, very solid and much more powerful comparing to the older version I used Netgear X6. It was a good buy from that perspective.


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