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With simultaneous tri-band functionality the AC5300 Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router from Netgear offers total bandwidth of up to 5.3 Gbps. With the ability to simultaneously support a single 2.4 GHz frequency and two 5 GHz frequencies users benefit from enhanced data transfer rates making is easy to stream multimedia content, transfer large files, game online, and more all at the same time with little to no lag.
The Nighthawk X8 features MU-MIMO (multiple user-multiple input multiple output) and beamforming technologies offering multiple data streams beamed directly to connected devices. As a result, each user has their own direct link to the router for a more stable and reliable connection. When numerous devices are connected to the Nighthawk X8 at the same time it becomes necessary to prioritize data streams to ensure things like online gaming and streaming multimedia content have the bandwidth needed to function smoothly. In order to accomplish this Netgear has implemented dynamic QoS (quality of service) functionality which automatically allocates bandwidth resources to latency sensitive applications.
On the outside of the Nighthawk X8 you will find 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports offering a fast reliable network connection to Ethernet enabled devices such as smart TVs, computers, game consoles, and more. In addition to Ethernet connectivity, you can plug in USB storage devices to either of the two USB ports and take advantage of Netgear's own ReadyCLOUD software to easily create your own personalized cloud storage service.
Fast Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router with Tri-Band Wi-Fi technology delivers a combined wireless speed of up to 5.3 Gbps. The X8 uses Smart Connect to optimize Wi-Fi performance by intelligently assigning every device to the fastest Wi-Fi band possible and doing so allows devices to connect at their maximum speed. Load Balancing distributes Wi-Fi devices ensuring usage of both the 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands.
Dynamic Quality of Service
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.
Each generation of routers grows more powerful than the last, delivering stronger Wi-Fi signals with greater range. At the same time, the Wi-Fi signals on mobile devices are not getting more powerful. This difference in Wi-Fi performance reduces overall Wi-Fi range and speed.
To meet this challenge, NETGEAR developed Active Antennas technology. NETGEAR moved the Wi-Fi amplifiers from their usual location, on the router's motherboard, to the top of the antennas. These Active Antennas help improve Wi-Fi 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.
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 Wi-Fi devices simultaneously.
Powerful Dual-Core 1.4 GHz Processor
Basic Wi-Fi routers use simple single core processors to connect Wi-Fi devices to the Internet.
Nighthawk X8 delivers Tri-band Wi-Fi, 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 Wi-Fi connections to get maximum combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps.
Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)
Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your Wi-Fi 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
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 Wi-Fi 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.
Implicit and explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5 GHz bands
Number of Ethernet Ports
7 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 1 WAN and 6 LAN
Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
Number of USB Ports
2 x USB ports (1 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0 port)
8 x high performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
4 x external active antennas enhance weak signals and reduce interference for enhanced Wi-Fi performance
Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
VPN support-secure remote access
Guest network access-separate and secure
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2-PSK)
Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
Powerful dual core 1.4 GHz processor
128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
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