Netgear Nighthawk R7000
bright, cool white indicator LEDs and among them, to the right, hides the WPS and wireless on/off buttons.
The Nighthawk R7000 is fitted with a 1GHz dual-core processor, which affords it a guided user interface that is above and beyond what we've seen before it. We were very impressed with the initial setup. The wizard guides users to set up their whole network using best practices for them to get the best out of the router.
We appreciate how the process includes wireless network migration and a firmware check, which is a practice that is often overlooked. Also, the guest network is set to off by default. However, passwords are left at default and the interface is still crowded and very menu driven.
Netgear did not waste all that processing power on the interface either, the Nighthawk R7000 features ReadyCLOUD USB Access, which turns any USB device into your personal remotely-accessible cloud storage, and ReadySHARE Vault PC, which schedules automatic backups to safeguard files from any PC directly to the connected USB storage. The R7000 gets extra points for setting up these features as part of the router's initial setup process.
For the power user, the most notable feature of this router is that it offers QoS for both upstream and downstream. In short, it is excellent at optimizing streaming media and gaming over other routers.