Disclosure: We received a Nighthawk X6 Router as part of the Netgear ambassador program. This post represent my own experience and opinion on the product.
Being connected to the internet gone further and further away from the family desktop, with wireless being the way we most connect to the internet the router has become one of the most important items in the house. You plan for it when you build a house, you drill into wall and floors to install it and you rely on it to provide a constant signal (hopefully) throughout your house. This is extremely important considering how much we rely on wireless internet ranging from watching show, gaming and work. Therefore, it has become increasingly necessary to find the best router possible.
The Dancing Hotdogs family has received the Netgear Nighthawk X6. This is the top of Netgear’s router line and was just recently showcased at CE Week in New York City. Once we saw the processing power that it packed (1 GHZ dual Core processor and up to 3.2 Gbps of Wifi speed) I knew immediately that I needed to check it out myself.
The Nighthawk X6 looks like it is from the future. I was immediately reminded of Back to the Future Part II. It looked like Biff Tannen’s Pitbull Hover board: matte black and all sharp edges, but more importantly full of power.
Setup on the X6 was pretty quick. All that was required was plugging the router in to the modem and electrical outlet. Each X6 had its own unique name and password preprogrammed allowing instant security and access to the internet. In order to change the preset setting, all I had to do was download Net Gear Genie, a free app, which gave me access to the router. With the Genie I was able to change each of the wireless access points names and their passwords as well as set up a guess WIFI network.
Once set up the first thing I noticed was that I got much better WIFI reception in our house than our previous router. It had gotten so bad at one point that I had to get wireless extenders (from Netgear by the way), but that is all in the past. Our house is from the 1960 and certainly not built with WIFI in mind yet we were able to connect easily from our basement and even watch Netflix without any lag. Part of this was the X6’s ability to identify your device’s WIFI band and provide the right signal, on top of that is the fact that the X6 is also able focus the WIFI signal through Beamforming to provide a supper strong signal.
Other features that I loved was the ability to make any printer Airprint compatible and Turbo Transfer files from one device to another.
Check out my other thoughts on the Nighthawk X6 video:
My final thought is on price. The Nighthawk X6 cost around $300.00. This is an extreme investment on a router no matter who you are. With that said, the reason I would strongly recommend the X6 to anyone considering a new router is that for the power and the fact that you get wireless ac support (the latest WIFI protocol which hasn’t even rolled out to most electronics) you can sleep soundly knowing that the router will not all of a sudden become obsolete. Thefore, the cost you are paying for is basically not having to purchase another router in the next 2-4 years. Something you likely would be doing anyways if you purchased a less advanced model.