Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Triband-WLAN Router
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With the kind support of Netgear I was allowed to test the Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Triband WLAN router. The router came in a rather large, heavy packaging with the following contents: Router, LAN cable, power plug, manuals in different languages and a resource CD
The router itself is quite large and heavy, but looks pretty good for it:
295.5 x 226.8 x 54.5 mm
(11.63 x 8.92 x 2.14 inches)
- Weight: 1.1 kg (2.43 lbs)
So completely different from the WLAN amplifier for the socket, which I was already allowed to test (click).
However, the AC3200 convinces with a multitude of possibilities of use, which go beyond the pure Internet amplification, for example
- Free individual URL to set up a personal FTP server
- VPN support for secure remote access
- Shared access to a USB device on the network
Thanks to the 6 antennas, the router promises a very good and strong WLAN coverage even in a large apartment or a large house.
The full technical specifications of the Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Triband Wireless router can be found here.
The setup and the start-up of the router are actually totally simple, if one is not exactly like we customer with cable bw and got the cheapest modem that there is. But we stand with cable bw (or Unitymedia, as they are now called) anyway on war (paid performance is regularly not provided, Internet crashes, the Odyssey until we could have gotten our modem to fill books…).
Connection and start-up
You switch off your modem completely, wait a bit, switch it on again and connect the modem to the router. For this purpose, the supplied yellow LAN cable (or another LAN cable) is simply plugged into one of the LAN outputs of the modem and into the yellow input of the router. Then connect the router to the power supply and switch it on. A PC or laptop is then connected via a network cable or WLAN to set up the router via the browser. Finished. The WLAN data can be found on the sticker on the router, the address for setting up is in the manual. Now all devices in the house can be connected to the router.
So far, so simple. However, if you are a customer of cable bw, you may need a little patience. Only after I turned on my PC the firewall and tested various LAN ports of the modem, I have succeeded after pressing F5 several times (Reload page) and can successfully connect the router to our modem.
Unfortunately, I cannot say what caused the problems and how I could have avoided them. Since the router once had a stable internet connection, there are absolutely no problems anymore.
Then it was a good thing to test the performance of the router in general:
To check if there is a performance loss, I first made a Speedtest (for example on www.wieistmeineip.de) and found that we received just 20% of the promised performance from cable bw. A call showed that the problem is known with cables, it's working on it, blah. The mood was over again!
At the very least, routers and modems provide the same performance, so there is no speed loss when using the router.
In the WLAN range test in the bathroom (the room with the worst connection), I have not noticed any difference to our modem. To test whether it sends more than the modem, I have placed them both next to each other but could not find any difference.
Luckily, with a weak reception, the already presented Netgear N300 WLAN-Repester helps.
Other features of the Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Triband Wireless Router
But the router can do even more:
First it delivers stronger WLAN, the speed depends on the respective terminal.
In addition, more WLAN devices can be used at the same time. So while the kids are playing PlayStation or Xbox, Dad can stream his favorite series and let Mom surf the tablet at the same time without losing speed. We are only two and have no TV, so I can not say how well it works in reality.
ReadyShare ® USB – for shared USB memory access is another feature that the router provides. You simply connect a USB stick or external hard drive to the router and access it from two PCs at the same time. Or you can stream your pictures to the TV or watch movies. I have tested the function (access multiple PCs to a USB memory) and it works very well. For the small home network a very good thing that has convinced me too.
What might be interesting for many, the router is itunes compatible. This means that USB playback of a USB-stored music archive with airplay or Apple Remote ™ is possible.
You can also backup your PC to a USB hard drive connected to the router. It is also possible to access USB printers wirelessly. Here too I have to fit, because unfortunately we still do not have a printer.
The WLAN of the router can be switched off at the touch of a button to save power. Or you can use this function to finally get the children to bed.
Very good device for households with many WLAN users or anyone who likes to stream to the TV
The commissioning is very
Simple and well explained in the manual, you don't need any
Network knowledge to connect the router to the modem or terminals with the
Router. The antennas seem a bit fragile, you should be careful here and do not turn, pull or press too hard. Otherwise, the device makes a very solid impression and also looks extremely good. The functions are also explained very well in the manual, so that the entry and use of any problem succeed.
Overall I find the device not bad, with a price from €275 it would be too expensive for us, because we would not use most of the functions. For families or shared flats that use many Wi-Fi terminals or people who often stream from the PC to the TV and use the manifold possibilities that this router offers also regularly, it is certainly worth its money. By the way, you can buy it here, among other things: Amazon *
Note: The device was kindly provided to us by Netgear free of charge for honest evaluation. The recommendations made here are based solely on my personal opinion and are not influenced by Netgear.
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