NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router Reivew

The fast and reliable internet has become a necessity in our lives and electronics companies know this. 😉

With each passing day, we are advancing to devices which deliver greater than our expectations. 🙂

Netgear, an American global networking company, is putting some serious efforts to make way for uninterrupted network connectivity.

The company focuses on improving wireless technologies such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and LTE. 😉

Furthermore, they have also paved their way for hardware products regarding wireless technologies.

Producing wireless routers is part of this scheme and at this point, they are doing very well so far.

We are still in the development process but things have changed in many ways.

Let’s Review NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router:

One of the latest iteration by Netgear into wireless devices is Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wifi router which aims at reliability and ease of use.

These two factors play an important role in customer’s selection of the device. So Nighthawk AC1900 tries its best to fulfill these two demands.

To me, this router is a direct competitor to ASUS RT-AC88U which also comes packed with pretty many same features.

I will be comparing both of them at the end.

Point to be noted: This router is designed for home users so professional offices may not find it as entertaining as other options.

Okay, so first things first. We will go through some specification details:

  • Name: Nighthawk AC1900
  • Connectivity Technology: Wi-Fi
  • Total LAN ports: 4
  • Wireless Compatibility: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 1900 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 10.08 x 13.7 x 3.11 in
  • Wi-Fi Bands: Dual Band
  • No. of Antennas: 3
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core
  • Weight: 3.45 lbs.

Okay, that’s enough for specs detail. 😉

How about going through some design fine points.

Similar to most routers, this one is a black horse which is greater in width yet a little bit bulky as compared to Asus RT AC88U.

I don’t know why it weighs so much. 😀

Dimensions for this device are 10.08 x 13.7 x 3.11 in which makes it little wider in size.

The body of the router is tapered and on the back, three mighty antennas are fixed. These antennas power the Beamforming+ technology to deliver full signal power within specified range.

In the center, we have the mighty logo of Netgear.The front also features 11 status lights for the internet, WPS, USBs, Ethernet Ports and for bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

With so many light indicators, it is one of the widest routers yet.

On the back, we have series of ports. There are four LAN ports on the left along with one WAN port in the center.WPS button and reset button are also present.Moving on we have USB 3.0 port which is indeed a very good step.

From the back, antennas can be mounted to any angle. You can place it on your computer desk or hang it on the wall. The router comes packed with AC adapter which is also bigger in size.

Now I don’t know why Netgear is obsessed with large sizes when competitors are striving to make things smaller and smaller.

Setting and installation
Setting and installation of the router are simple. You just need to download compatible software for proper installation as it doesn’t come packed within the box. Plug in the router and enter IP address in your browser. You will get access to Genie software where you can configure the settings. Make all the customizations you want and after saving them, you will see the summary of changes made. You also access these settings in your smartphone thanks to Genie’s apps on Android and iOS devices. These apps have a better user interface for easy use.

The most interesting part is yet to be reviewed. This router is no less than any other router in terms of features and performance.

We know that most of the modern day routers are compatible with 802.11 which improves the traditional speed of routers to 600 Mbps as compared to 450 Mbps. This band technology can be availed only by those routers who possess Broadcom BCM4708A chipset.

Luckily, Nighthawk is one of them, giving it an upper hand over most of the traditional wireless devices. Netgear further enhances this speed by 1300 Mbps, taking this figure to astonishing 1900 Mbps. Not many devices in the market offer the same result (at least theoretical?).

Another feature which proves the performance of this router practically is its processors. Most routers find themselves restricted to 800MHz while Nighthawk is first one to take it to 1GHz which is indeed a great breakthrough.

Beamforming+ is another plus point which should be praised here. You see, this is a smart router. It recognizes your device and sends to it the enhanced signals for powerful connectivity instead of distributing signals in all directions. So basically it enriches the signal with strength for greater integration with the device.

So these are the prominent features of this device.

Nighthawk AC1900 vs Asus RT AC88U and Linksys EA6900:

Let’s head to the performance – the main reason why one should buy this one. Despite being a dual-band router, it shows some real guts in speed test among its competitors.

I have compared it with Asus RT AC88U and Linksys EA6900, both of them being the pioneers of their brands. There were no obstacles or walls between the router and the connected device. At the distance of 10 ft., Nighthawk took it to 356 Mbps whereas AC88U and EA6900 managed to grab the first position and third with 412 Mbps and 344 Mbps respectively. But that’s not the specialty of Nighthawk.

It is designed to give maximum output for long ranges. So when I tested it for 120 ft., the results were positive for Nighthawk as compared to other two. It attained first place with 223 Mbps while AC88U managed to grab second at 219 Mbps which is a close shot. Linksys EA6900 was the last one with 210 Mbps.

There are few flaws in this device too. First of all, it comes with only one year warranty as compared to its competitors were 2-3 years of warranty is a common thing. Furthermore, not both of USB ports are 3.0. There is no remote cloud access which is a negative point in the chart. Size is also something that most of you won’t appreciate. Installation can also be a problem for some of you.

Conclusion:

So in other words, Nighthawk isn’t the best thing you are going to find. But it isn’t intended either to be one. It’s a simple home router to provide uninterrupted connectivity for longest range under budget and as per tests, it really does its job.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router
9.4

Performance

10/10

Material

9/10

Lightweight

10/10

safety

9/10

Overall

9/10

Pros

  • Built for Gaming
  • Up to 100% Faster
  • Unlimited HD Streaming

Cons

  • Only one year warranty

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Written by Addison Aiken

Addison Aiken is a reporter at GadgetSkull focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice. He previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry. He is graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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