Best Buy Review by Srupimoo
Extreme Performance Modem/Router From NETGEAR.
Ive received this item to review and test the NETGEAR AC1900 Nighthawk Cable Modem Router, thanks to being part of the NETGEAR Friends & Family Test & Review Program. Im very happy to be part of this Program and will be giving all honest reviews throughout my participation with this program.
I received this modem within three business days straight from NETGEAR, upon receiving the box I immediately opened the product to expect and review the condition I received the item in just in case there was an issue but I didnt find one besides that the item seems to have been previously used (Very Lightly) due to the NETGEAR sticker being broken.
Ive heard of the Nighthawk Routers that you can find though Newegg, Amazon, BestBuy and all other websites that you can buy them from. I enjoy the great reviews from those products it has always made me want to own one but I have never had the chance to get one.
This is the first time that Ive heard about the Nighthawk Cable Modem/Router that seems to have been released this year so being able to test this item and review it has been a privilege and honor.
The setup for this modem was very easy and straight forward process. I did currently own a NETGEAR modem the CM500 that I bought this year at $120 so I had to swap out modems with Comcast which was a bit of a process due to Comcast out sourcing their Customer Care Service.
Setting up the Wi-Fi for this modem is easy too thanks to the NETGEAR Genie, Ive had pass experience with NETGEAR Modems & Routers so using the NETGEAR Genie was a breeze and almost any user that is new with any product that NETGEAR produces will have a very fast setup process.
The features of this modem are awesome with it being a 2-1 Modem I am able to remove the middle man that Ive always had on my desk (i.e. standalone router) that has always plagued all mankind since its existence.
Beamforming that this modem includes is an awesome feature to have, before with my standalone router I always had so little distance that I could go before losing my connection with the router while being on my phone so now I am covered all over my house. I have never experience this before and I believe that it only works on the 5GHz channel.
Another neat little thing is now I can see what 2.4GHz & 5GHz Wi-Fi networks that are cluttering the surrounding area that I live in and being able to see this I am able to figure out what channel to move too for a better signal if needed.
24x8 Channel Bonding thats 24 Downstream channels and 8 Upstream channels allowing for a better connection. This means Ill enjoy full connection with the Comcast Servers while at high peak usage hours in my town when everyone is connected.
Right out of the box the performance with this Nighthawk Modem is amazing Im reaching the max that my connection is allowed in my area until I upgrade my package at a later time but right now Im on the Blast 93Mbps/12Mbps speeds.
The 24 Downstream bonding channels will future proof myself until Comcast deploys the 24 channels in my area currently its 16x4 bonding and with this modem allowing me to have 8 upstream channels that will also help out a lot when they implement these bonding channels.
Downloading huge files within Steam-Game Client have never been faster before at 12MB/s giving me the chance to enjoy my games better within a less time frame with downloading them to my computer. Ping has been a problem for a while for me but now thats better too thanks to everything being a 2-1 Modem.
~Did Product meet my expectation?~
Im really enjoying this modem because of everything that it has to offer and feeling a bit future proof for now thanks to it having the 24x8 downstream channels, beamforming for Wi-Fi , and for it being a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem.
I do hope they release a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem soon within the next year.
The price on this modem is a bit pricey at the moment in time with its price tag at $279.99 so Im not sure if everyone would jump out and grab this modem at this full price range so I hope over some time that the price on it does go down so all end users can enjoy this great modem.
~Would I recommend this modem to my friends and or a family member?~
Another yes from me due to its extreme performance and punishment that it can take while being connected to one or more computers even with all the wireless devices that are connected to it right now.