Nighthawk X4S

Boost your net­work’s band­width

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£270 Man­u­fac­turer Net­gear, net­gear.co.uk Con­nec­tiv­ity Dual-band 802.11ac ADSL mo­dem-router Ports 2x USB 3.0, 4x Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, 1x Gi­ga­bit WAN (for ca­ble mo­dem) Fea­tures Printer and stor­age shar­ing, Time Ma­chine, iTunes server, AirPrint

Most Ap­ple prod­ucts now sup­port 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but many of us still have older routers that use the slower 802.11n stan­dard. That’s fine for ba­sic web brows­ing and stream­ing video, but for band­width-in­ten­sive ac­tiv­i­ties such as stream­ing HD video, you’ll want the fastest net­work pos­si­ble.

Net­gear’s Nighthawk X4S router has a hefty price tag, but it’s packed with all the lat­est tech to pro­vide max­i­mum per­for­mance for your net­work. Along with dual-band 802.11ac, four sep­a­rate aeri­als en­able the Nighthawk to trans­mit ‘quadstream Wi-Fi’ with four sep­a­rate sig­nals that pro­vide a to­tal speed of 2.5 gi­ga­bits per sec­ond. That’s a the­o­ret­i­cal max­i­mum, but even 4K video only re­quires speeds of 13-15Mbps, so – as long as your broad­band is fast enough – the Nighthawk should cope with 4K video from Net­flix or BT’s Sport Ul­tra ser­vice with­out break­ing a sweat.

Net­gear’s cross-plat­form Ge­nie app pro­vides sim­ple op­tions for mon­i­tor­ing your net­work, parental con­trols, and shar­ing prin­ters or stor­age on your net­work. It even sup­ports Ap­ple’s AirPrint, so you can print from your iOS de­vices to old prin­ters that lack this tech­nol­ogy.

Not ev­ery­one will need such a high-end router, yet the Nighthawk’s sheer speed and its well-de­signed Ge­nie app make it ideal for gam­ing and stream­ing HD video, or sim­ply for house­holds that have lots of dif­fer­ent de­vices con­nected to the in­ter­net at once. Cliff Joseph

There are cheaper routers avail­able, but the Nighthawk X4S can han­dle even 4K video stream­ing with ease.

High-per­for­mance 802.11ac

Built-in ADSL/VDSL mo­dem

Ge­nie app for OS X and iOS

Ex­pen­sive

It may not look el­e­gant, but the Nighthawk is one of the fastest routers you can buy.

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