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Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200

Netgear nighthawk x10

Netgear released a new generation of wireless ADrouter – the Nighthawk X10 wireless AD7200 multi band router delivering total bandwidth of up to 7200Mbps with three distinct bands. It was powered by high end 1.7GHz dual core processor.

What this product does

You’ll be surprised how the wifi technology is evolving so fast in wireless AD based router if you haven’t taste how the speed of wireless AC router when your current aging wifi router is still based on wireless G or wireless N150 technology. Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 and TP-link Talon AD7200 are both new generation of wireless routers based on the next generation of wireless 802.11AD technology.

Multi band

Nighthawk X10 is designed with the three distinct bands, like the most crowded 2.4GHz band with speed up to 800Mbps, the clean 5GHz band with the speed up to 1733Mbps and the high frequency 60GHz band.

We know that the current AC5300 routers such as Linksys EA9500 and Netgear R8500 and AC3200 routers such as TP-link Archer C3200 or Linksys EA9200, they are also three band routers, the 2.4GHz band and two separate 5GHz bands.

Up to 4600Mbps @60GHz

Routers based on wireless AD technology delivers ultra fast wifi speeds up to 4600Mbps in 60GHz band, high frequency band. The bad thing is that this 60GHz band cannot penetrate the wall, it must be in a line of sight between the router and the wifi compatible clients. So far, there are couple of clients that work in 60GHz band such as new Acer TMP648 laptop.

Aggregation Ethernet ports

Like the previous AC5300 model – the Netgear Nighthawk X8, Netgear Nighthawk X10 is also equipped with dual aggregation port to deliver 2Gbps data rate throughput. This is ideal for connecting to something like high speed NAS storage.

netgear nighthawk x10

Main features

  • Next generation of wireless AD7200 technology based on 802.11ad, 802.11ac
  • Multi band router speeds up to 4600Mbps @60GHz; up to 1733Mbps @5GHz and up to 800Mbps @2.4GHz band
  • Plex media server and Amazon drive cloud backup
  • Beamforming for 2.4GHz and 5GHz band
  • MU-MIMO ready
  • ReadyCloud and ReadyShare vault
  • 6x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port
  • Dual port aggregation
  • Powered by 1.7GHz dual core processor with 512Mbps NAND Flash and 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports

Many people are wondering that this model of wireless AD-based router is beneficial at a moment particularly with the 60GHz band, at least lack of the wireless client adapter based on wireless AD standard and the shortage of the range distance.

Comparison X10 Vs Talon

Talon AD7200 was introduced and released earlier than Nighthawk X10, and generally the product that comes later is featured richer than the first model. X10 is designed with richer features than Talon as you can see from the following spec comparison table.

Antennas

Talon model is similar like its TP-link Archer C5400 wireless AC5300 model, designed with eight external antennas. On the other hand, Nighthawk X10 is designed with 4x active external antennas like its predecessor model Nighthawk X8 to deliver more powerful signal strength and longer distance coverage.

Processor

Nighthawk X10 is powered by high speed 1.7GHz dual core processor as opposed to only 1.4GHz dual core processor in Talon. As comparison, you can find Linksys WRT AC3200 is powered by the fastest dual core processor – 1.8GHz dual core processor for its DD-WRT firmware router, the fastest dual band router in the market today.

Take a look at the following comparison table for easy to read spec comparison between the routers.

Table 1 Netgear Nighthawk X10 Vs TP-link Talon AD7200

Nighthawk X10 Talon AD7200
Wifi technology Wireless 802.11ad/ac Wireless 802.11ad/ac
Wifi speeds 4600Mbps @60GHz; 1733Mbps @5GHz and 800Mbps @2.4GHz 4600Mbps @60GHz; 1733Mbps @5GHz and 800Mbps @2.4GHz
Beamforming technology Yes Yes
MU-MIMO Yes Yes
Antenna 4x active external antenna4x internal antennas 8 external antennas, 1 internal antenna
Ethernet Ports 6x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port

Dual Gigabit Ethernet port aggregation

4 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port
USB Ports 2x USB 3.0 ports 2x USB 3.0 ports
Processor 1.7GHz dual core processor 1.4GHz dual core processor
Price $499.99 $349.95

 

Summary

Netgear Nighthawk X10 is new multi band router based on next generation wireless AD technology delivering total bandwidth of up to 7200Mbps for its three distinct bands. Compared with Talon AD7200, Nighthawk is more superior regarding the processor speed, the active antenna and dual aggregation Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Netgear, is now on board with their own system: provides some big-time competition for those two companies

One of the market leaders in that space, Netgear, is now on board with their own system, which not only validates the concept provided by eero and Luma, but now provides some big-time competition for those two companies.

The devices come pre-paired together, so there’s no need to go through a setup process indicating which one is used for which scenario (the ‘router’ label connects to the broadband device, and the ‘satellite’ unit goes in the other part of the house – Netgear recommends putting it as close to the ‘center’ of the house as possible).Netgear yesterday announced its Orbi WiFi System ($399.99, available in September), a two-device system consisting of a “router” and “satellite” that customers can connect to their broadband modem (cable, DSL or other connection).

Over the past few weeks I’ve written about Wi-Fi startups eero and Luma and how their new wireless mesh systems are changing the home network wireless market with easier setup and larger coverage than compared with traditional Wi-Fi routers and range extenders.

 

Netgear Orbi router satellite NETGEAR
The Orbi system from Netgear includes a pre-paired and labeled ‘router’ and ‘satellite’ device.

 Netgear officials say this method provides for higher bandwidth (it uses about 1.7Gbps of that frequency band) than other wireless mesh systems, especially when more client devices (tablets, phones, TVs, etc.) are all competing for wireless network access.The Orbi system utilizes so-called “Tri-band Wi-Fi”, taking one of the bands within the 5 GHz frequency to provide a dedicated channel between the router device and the satellite.

Other technical details of the Orbi system include:

* Coverage up to 4,000 square feet

* A single Wi-Fi network name (SSID) for the entire network – 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands (other routers include separate names for those bands)

* Four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a single USB 2.0 port on the back of the ‘router’ and ‘satellite’ units.

* Advanced router features, including  IPv6 support, dynamic DNS, port forwarding and parental controls.

* Security support for 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA-2 PSK and WPA/WPA-2 Enterprise.

Once I get my hands on a couple of the Orbi devices I’ll let you know how it compares with the eero and Luma. When I talked with Netgear about the system, I was encouraged that setup can be done via a browser in addition to the smartphone/tablet app, as old fogies like me still prefer doing setup via their notebook. In addition, the ability to tweak advanced settings is something that older guys like me (or network pros) would appreciate.

Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 AC2200 : the best range extender products introduced by Netgear

Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 AC2200 dual band wifi range extender is of the best range extender products introduced by Netgear in high end network class with Multi User MIMO technology.

 

What this product does

Never been this fast before a wireless range extender offered by Netgear  with wall-plug design, one of top 10 best wifi range extender in the market today. Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 AC2200 wireless range extender is the fastest wifi extender introduced by Netgear with wall-plug design. Even the desktop model of high speed Nighthawk EX7000 is still based on wireless AC1900 technology.

MU-MIMO

The best thing is that it comes with MU-MIMO technology you can pair it with high end wireless AC routers with MU-MIMO ready for delivering multiple data streams in one go to multiple wifi clients, assuring no lag HD video streaming and online gaming by multiple users simultaneously.It’s a dual band wireless range extender delivering speeds of up to 2200Mbps total bandwidth at both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz band.

Universal extender

You can pair with high speed Nighthawk X4S AC2600, pair with high end Nighthawk X8 AC5400 router and even pair it with other wireless routers from other vendor such as high end Asus RT-AC5400 router or any other best dual band routers because it’s a universal range extender.

High end smart-phone devices today come with built-in wireless AC adapter such as Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 6S, Sony Xperia X and still more. Adding wireless range extender to your existing wireless AC network to go further to the dead zones will take advantage of your high end mobile devices to roam within the household with solid wifi signal.

You may also pair it with high speed USB adapters based on high speed AC technology, see also top 5 wireless AC USB adapters.

Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 wireless AC2200 range extender is one of best range extender with wall-plug design available on the market today.

nighthawk-x4-range-extender

Netgear EX7300 range extender

Main features

  • Based on dual band AC2200 speeds of up to 450Mbps @2.4GHz band and up to 1733Mbps@5GHz band
  • High power amplifiers of internal antenna array
  • Ready with MU-MIMO technology
  • Comes with Beamforming technology
  • Netgear FastLane technology
  • Range extender mode or wireless Access point mode

The best thing with FastLane technolog is to allow you use both 2.4 and 5GHz band to establish a single high speed connection for 4K video streaming and online gaming.

Click here to learn more EX7000 spec details

Nighthawk EX7300 Vs Linksys RE7000

There are lots of wall-plug model wireless range extender available on the market today from various vendors including Linksys RE7000, TP-link RE450 and still more. Linksys RE7000 is one of Linksys flagship product in high speed range extender, one of best range extender in AC1900 segment with wall-plug design.

Table 1 shows you specs and features comparison table between Netgear Nighthawk X4 and Linksys RE7000 range extender. You can see that not many significant differences between the two products.

linksys-re7000

Linksys RE7000 AC1900 range extender

Speeds

Speeds must be different since each of the product based on different network segment. Speeds in 5GHz band with AC-based devices are the same, up to 1733Mbps technically. While @2.4GHz band Nighthawk X4 is faster.

In additions of both MU-MIMO and Beamforming technologies, both products are ready for solid and high speed connection with most high end wireless AC routers which are ready with those two technologies. See also touch screen model extender – TP-link RE590T touch screen range extender.

Operation modes

Both products offer dual operation modes you can configure either to work as range extender or wireless AP mode. However, with Nighthawk X4 you need to manually switch the modes by sliding the mode switch while with Linksys you just connect the Ethernet port to the wired network the system will work as the wireless AP automatically.

Take a look at the following spec comparison table to see how they are different.

Table 1. Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 Vs Linksys RE7000

Netgear Nighthawk X4 Linksys RE7000
Wifi segment AC2200 dual band 2.2Gbps AC1900 dual band
Speeds 450 Mbps @2.4GHz band

1733Mbps @5GHz band

300 Mbps @2.4GHz band

1733Mbps @5GHz band

Antennas High power amplifiers and internal antenna array Internal antennas
Beamforming Yes Yes
MU-MIMO Yes Yes
Ethernet Port 1x Gigabit Ethernet 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Range Coverage 930 sqm. / 10,000 sqf. 930 sqm. / 10,000 sqf.
USB Port N/A N/A
WPS Yes Yes
Operating modes Range extender or WAP with manual switch mode Range extender or WAP modes automatically
Power On-Off button Yes N/A
Spot finder N/A Yes
Price $161.99 $130

To learn more details about spec and manufacturer’s description to help you make up your mind which one is the best range extender to meet your need, click the following links.

  • Click here for Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 range extender
  • Click here for Linksys RE7000 range extender

Both products can work as WAP, however for businesses when requirement for large number of AP devices exist you may consider business class AP products. See also business class Ubiquiti vs Linksys vs TP-link Wireless AC AP.

 

Summary

Netgear EX7300 is one of best wifi range extender with wall-plug model, dual band range extender wit MU-MIMO and Beamforming technology. EX7300 is slightly faster speed @2.4GHz band compared with Linksys RE7000. However both products offer nearly similar features and specs.