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Net­gear Nighthawk R7000

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Az­izul Rah­man Ismail

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.

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