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NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 - R8500 AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router

Model: R8500-100AUS / Item No: 480579

NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 - R8500 AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router

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  • Get fastest speeds available up to 5.3Gbps
  • Tri-band WiFi delivers more WiFi to more devices
  • Quad Stream delivers up to four data streams per WiFi band
  • 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas amplify and maximize range
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports—aggregate two ports for faster file transfers
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access — Secure personal access to USB storage from anywhere

Fastest Tri-Band WiFi Router

The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi technology delivers a massive combined wireless speed of up to 5.3Gbps. X8 uses Smart Connect to optimize WiFi performance by intelligently assigning every device to the fastest WiFi band possible and doing so allows devices to connect at their maximum speed. Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both the 5GHz WiFi bands. Even if everyone and everything in the home that’s connected to the Internet is streaming, gaming, working, playing, socializing or updating at the same time, the X8 won’t miss a beat—you’ll enjoy seamless clarity and zero lag.

Dynamic Quality of Service

If you like gaming and streaming videos, then you'll benefit from Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS). Dynamic QoS resolves Internet traffic congestion when you have competing Internet demands at home. Dynamic QoS identifies your online activities by application and device, and then utilizes bandwidth allocation, and traffic prioritization techniques, to automatically allocate more bandwidth to latency sensitive applications like online gaming and video streaming, while ensuring that lower priority applications continue to work.

Industry's First Active Antennas

Each new generation of routers grows more powerful than the last, delivering stronger WiFi signals with greater range. At the same time, the WiFi signals on mobile devices are not getting more powerful. This difference in WiFi performance reduces overall WiFi range and speed.

To meet this challenge, NETGEAR developed the industry’s first Active Antennas technology. NETGEAR moved the WiFi amplifiers from their usual location, on the router’s motherboard, to the top of the antennas. These Active Antennas help improve WiFi performance by amplifying signal in the antenna itself. This allows the router to receive cleaner and stronger signals from your mobile devices, avoiding signal degradation between the antennas and motherboard.

Connect More

Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports allows you to connect even more wired devices. Two of six Gigabit Ethernet ports can be aggregated to double the connection speed to a Network Attached Storage device for 4K HD streaming or fast backups of multiple WiFi devices simultaneously.

Powerful Dual Core 1.4GHz Router Processor

Basic WiFi routers use simple single core processors to connect WiFi devices to the Internet.

Nighthawk X8 delivers Tri-band WiFi, quad-stream performance on each band, Multi-User MIMO capable, has 6 Gigabit LAN ports with Port Aggregation, and dual USB interfaces to connect external USB storage. Using a single core processor would cause severe performance issues as various processes compete for CPU power.

That's why the X8 utilizes a powerful 1.4GHz dual-core processor to separate processes and prioritize high performance WiFi connections to get maximum combined WiFi speeds of up to 5.3Gbps.

Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)

Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads and smoother streaming for your devices.

Simple and Secure Cloud Storage via USB

Access and share your files stored on a USB Drive through NETGEAR ReadyCLOUD® USB Access. Simply plug your USB hard drive into your NETGEAR® Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router to create secure personal cloud storage. Enjoy the convenience and accessibility of Google Drive and Dropbox® without the fees, storage limitations, or privacy concerns. Using the ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal, you’ll now have anytime, anywhere access to your USB drive at home… it’s that easy!

Speed

Get the fastest combined WiFi currently available and enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing - up to 5.3Gbps.

  • 5.3Gbps—The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming

  • Tri-Band WiFi—Up to 1000 + 2166 + 2166Mbps†

  • Quad Stream—Up to four data streams per WiFi band maximizes connection speed

  • Smart Connect—Designates slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands for best wireless speed

  • MU-MIMO capable—Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices

  • Gigabit WiFi—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

  • Gigabit wired—Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with the ability to aggregate two ports for faster file transfers

  • Dynamic QoS—Intelligently prioritizes video streaming and gaming

WiFi Range

Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router's 4 external and 4 internal antennas provide WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.

  • Four Active Antennas —Enhance weak signal and reduce interference with a patent pending design

  • Ultimate range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

Reliability

There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features and best-in-class technology, you’ll reduce interference and enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.

  • Simultaneous Tri-Band—More and faster WiFi connections to all devices

  • Beamforming+ — Focuses WiFi signals for stronger more reliable connections on 2.4 and 5GHz bands

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Product Number
R8500
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NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band WiFi Router AC5300 (R8500)
WiFi Technology
  • 802.11ac
Speed and Range
WiFi Performance
  • AC5300 (1000 + 2166 + 2166 Mbps)†
WiFi Range
  • Very large homes
WiFi Band
  • Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz)
Beamforming
  • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands
Number of Ethernet Ports
  • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
Number of USB Ports
  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
Key Features
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands
  • MU-MIMO capable—simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices
  • Eight (8) high performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
  • Four (4) external Active Antennas enhance weak signals and reduce interference for best WiFi performance (patent pending)
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
  • ReadySHARE® Vault—PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
  • DLNA® server to find & play your media on TVs & game consoles
  • VPN support—secure remote access to your home network & Internet
  • Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices
  • NETGEAR® genie® home network manager includes remote access to manage your network away from home
Security
  • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
  • VPN support—secure remote access
  • Guest network access—separate & secure
  • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
Processor
  • Powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor
Memory
  • 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
Physical Specifications
  • Dimensions: 12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40 in (316 x 264 x 61 mm)
  • Weight: 3.70 lb (1680 g)
Product Diagram
Package Content
  • Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router (R8500)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter
Standards
  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support
  • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support
  • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
System Requirements
  • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

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