Net­gear R7800 Nighthawk X4S

Su­per-speedy per­for­mance

Mac Format - - AP­PLE CHOICE - Dan Grab­ham

£177 from Net­gear, net­ fea­tures 802.11ac (Wave 2) Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO, traf­fic pri­ori­ti­sa­tion

Any router that ap­proaches the £200 mark has to be a pre­mium choice. This one is in­tended for large homes with many de­vices.

It’s a re­place­ment router for any­one fed up with the free one from their ISP, or if you want to up­grade to the lat­est, speedy 802.11ac Wi-Fi stan­dard. It doesn’t have a built-in modem; the more ex­pen­sive D7800 ver­sion is avail­able if you need that. As with many (but not all) routers around its price, the R8700 fea­tures MU-MIMO and beam­form­ing, which en­able it to broad­cast to mul­ti­ple de­vices at once and ‘sense’ where your wire­less de­vices are lo­cated to di­rect wire­less sig­nals ac­cord­ingly. Its wire­less through­put speeds are some of the best we’ve seen. We clocked it at over 400Mbps be­tween two Macs in the same room.

The R7800’s par­tic­u­larly geared to­wards gamers and stream­ers; it’s de­signed to There are two USB ports for con­nect­ing de­vices such as a printer. pri­ori­tise gam­ing and me­dia traf­fic, and boasts a 1.7GHz pro­ces­sor to en­sure there’s no traf­fic lag. The other main ben­e­fit of the tech in­side it is that it will pro­vide com­plete home cov­er­age; we had no prob­lems pick­ing up sig­nal pretty much ev­ery­where, even in our gar­den. So, if you are look­ing for a high-speed router, al­beit at a hefty price, this is a great choice.

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