If I list off some gadgets like these - smart phones, smart TVs, tablets, computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Playstation you probably think, wow, those are some cool gadgets.
On the other hand if I list off a cable modem and router, well you probably fell asleep when I said cable modem.
The thing is, if you want all those cool gadgets to be their coolest, they need a fast connection to your ISP and that starts with your boring cable modem and WiFi Router.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Line, Bringing The Razzle Dazzle to The Mundane
The NETGEAR Nighthawk line is looking to bring some impressive technology and design to the normally boring world of routers and modems. The key question is, do these Nighthawk products really increase your internet speed and coverage?
To find out we put the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Cable Modem Router (model C7000) and the Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band WiFi Router (model R8500) to the test. NETGEAR provided both products for us to do an honest review, no other compensation was provided.
Please watch our full video review -
It's Not Cheap, But You Can Have Much Faster Internet
As the video shows, we saw a very dramatic increase in both speed and coverage area with the Nighthawk modem and router. While the Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Cable Modem Router costs about $210, it does allow you to return the cable modem you are renting from Xfinity or Time Warner, probably saving you $10 a month.
The much larger cost to swallow is the Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band WiFi Router. At about $350, this is probably 4 to 5 times more than you are used to paying for a router. The thing is, this really is a case where you get what you pay for.
We went from 25 Mbps to about 170 Mbps. In addition, we got strong coverage in every corner of our house. Of course your mileage will vary based on your specific situation, but there is no doubt that the NETGEAR Nighthawk products deliver exceptional speed and coverage.
If coverage range is not a big concern, I would go with the Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Cable Modem Router. If you have the budget and want to bump up the speed even further and expand the range, the Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band WiFi Router is a super impressive piece of technology.