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Netgear’s Nighthawk X4 router is a powerhouse in a tiny frame

In August we reviewed the mighty Nighthawk X6 Wireless router, giving it 5/5 stars and were amazed by the features and power that it offered. Now Netgear has introduced the Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart WiFi Router (R7500) that also supports a Quad-stream WiFi Architecture, and the fastest dual-band 802.11ac speed and performance in its class.

The Nighthawk X4 is capable of 2.33 Gbps combined network speed (up to 1733 Mbps on the 5.0 GHz band + 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band). It has a powerful 1.4 GHz dual core processor, based on the Qualcomm Internet Processor for better multi-tasking performance and is powered by the Quantenna 802.11ac Wave 2, 4×4, MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) WiFi solution to maximize wireless performance.

The Nighthawk X4 also offers a unique Dynamic QoS prioritization capability. Netgear details the service stating, “Instead of treating all devices and applications as the same, Dynamic QoS recognizes each individual application — gaming, streaming, file transfers, web browsing, etc. — and prioritizes them accordingly.”

“The Nighthawk X4 is designed for gamers and people who do a lot of video streaming,” said Sandeep Harpalani, NETGEAR’s director of product marketing for Retail Network Products. “We are excited to leverage the best in processing power, Dynamic Quality of Service, and dual-band WiFi technology to exceed the expectations of these demanding consumers.”

Technical Benefits of Nighthawk X4 (as detailed by Netgear)

  • Quad-stream X4 Architecture delivers AC2350 WiFi for a combined speed of 2.33 Gbps (1733 Mbps* + 600 Mbps*), the fastest available dual-band 802.11ac WiFi connection to any one device.
  • The 1.4GHz dual core processor delivers 40 percent faster speed for improved WiFi, wired, and WAN-to-LAN performance.
  • 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi technology is designed to deliver faster WiFi to multiple devices.
  • Application-aware and device-aware Dynamic QoS technology optimizes your connection speed for reduced lag and buffering.
  • Beamforming+ improves WiFi coverage and reliability by focusing WiFi directly at connected devices.
  • Powerful amplifiers and four high-performance external antennas increase range for whole-home mobility.
  • Security features include VPN support for secure remote access, customized free URL, SPI and NAT double firewall, separate guest network access, and parental controls.
  • Five Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN and 4 LAN) offer fast wired connections.
  • One eSATA port and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports offer high-speed, storage-ready access that is significantly faster than USB 2.0.
  • ReadySHARE Vault, a free software application, automatically backs up Windows-based PCs to a USB hard drive connected to Nighthawk X4.
  • NETGEAR MyMedia™ enables you to find and play your stored media from anywhere on your network to your DLNA-ready TVs and music system.
  • iTunes server support enables you to play music on AirPlay-compatible devices using iTunes or Apple Remote™.
  • NETGEAR genie is a personal dashboard that makes it easy to install, monitor, control and repair your home network from PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Pricing and Availability

Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart WiFi Router (R7500) is available immediately at an MSRP of $279.99 in the U.S.