We already reviewed a lot of routers but the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router gets the top vote for cyber threat protection and security. It has its downsides like all other routers we reviewed but its features overshadow all these. Manage the content for your child’s browsing, monitor the sites they visit, and track their whereabouts at the convenience of a click on your smartphone. Protect your data and information from cyber thieves with advanced protection from third-party providers.
With extensive experience in making routers, modems, range extenders, and mobile hotspots since 1996 and already serving 25 countries, Netgear continues to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions for your businesses and homes.
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Main Features and Benefits
With its 3.2Gbps combined internet speed and 1GHz dual-core processor, the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (R8000) lets you enjoy worry-free gaming and streaming whenever you like. Each band in the tri-band can be manually set up to serve the devices with the specific internet speed it needs.
Advanced Security from Cyber Threats
The Netgear X6 R8000 router added a layer of security from cyber threats with the Netgear Armor powered by BitDefender, the global security leader in cyber protection working with more than 500 million systems in over 150 countries.
The BitDefender VPN continues to protect your network even if you connect your devices to unsecured public networks. It remotely wipes out the data in your device if it gets stolen and tracks your device if you misplace it. Meanwhile, the Netgear Armor is optional at a very affordable annual subscription. Learn more about Netgear Armor here.
Seamless Connectivity Between Devices
Connect multiple devices to your Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router and get the best quality with its MU-MIMO and QoS. These features give a priority connection to data-hungry apps for seamless gaming and streaming.
The DoS protection feature also cuts out disruptive attempts to flood your internet traffic with malicious packets so you get the internet connection you paid for.
Beamforming also boosts speed and range so you can enjoy your lag-free connection even when having a movie marathon with friends or chatting online while enjoying the afternoon sun in the backyard.
Ease of Installation and Management
Manage your network remotely from your Android or iOS device with the Nighthawk app. Turn on or off your router with a voice command from Alexa. All the convenience you need from a single router is right at your fingertips.
Fast Cloud Transfer of Data
The Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router also lets you access your data or print documents and photos remotely through the ReadyCLOUD USB access. It has one of the fastest data transfer capacities as a NAS server.
Enhanced Parental Control and Tracking
Add a layer of protection for your kids by setting up their profile in the Circle App. It is not free but you get worry-free convenience. With just a click on your smartphone, you can set age-appropriate filters to the websites your kids’ visit, pause or turn off their connection at bedtime, and reward them with extra time or late bedtime on weekends.
The feature we love most about the Circle app is its tracking capability. Check on your kid’s location on your phone without annoying them so you can concentrate on the tasks you have at hand. It’s like having a personal nanny without the additional expense.
Manual Setup of Channels
The Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router does not have an Auto setting for channel selection. If you are not a techy person, you might need an IT professional to set up the channels for each 5GHz access point. Each access point also has specific channels they can only connect to and it can pose issues with a newbie router user.
This Netgear router constantly drops internet connection and periodically reboots which can be annoying. Netgear only provides 90-day tech support and you need to pay up for 24/7 tech support which you cannot reach at times.
Because of the additional features of this router, it costs more than its less advanced competitors. However, it gives you more value compared to buying a less expensive router that won’t serve its purpose. Unless you only use the internet for browsing and social media connections, then you’re on the right track when you get routers like the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router.
What is the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router Best For?
The Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router is best for those who need advanced security features. Having your information stolen by hackers can be expensive, so invest in a router that not only protects your network but keeps your family safe as well.
What Buyers Have To Say
Here’s what satisfied buyers have to say about the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router.
We got this router to replace our first Netgear wireless router (10+- years old). Our first router was great, but the Nighthawk is outstanding. In fairness, we did reposition the Nighthawk to a better location, but the speed difference is astounding. It was easy to set up, the Nighthawk app is a pleasure to use. Additional multiple features make this a “highly recommended” product!
After 10 years of having an old router and starting to get frustrated with how many streaming devices we had in the home, it was time to get with this century. The Nighthawk AC3200 is AWESOME! I have three levels in my home so I needed a router that would provide speed across a wide range and this does it! I could see the gains immediately. Also, the phone app and setup were incredibly efficient and easy. I recommend you spend the extra money to get the most out of the monthly payments you make to your ISP. Note, we have had roughly 12 devices going at once and I have not noticed degraded internet speed or connectivity.
Before getting a pricey router, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I need it for?
- What is my desired range?
- How many devices will connect to it?
If your topmost need is security, then go for the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router. Its safety measures are on par with top-notch service providers not just for your network but for your kids as well. If you have a large home and a wide yard and you want to stay connected even when outdoors, this router makes it easier for you. It also works with a Wi-Fi mesh system so if you want to add a node, this will operate well.
Lastly, if you have more than 20 devices at home (there are more than you think, actually), get this router. With its MU-MIMO features, everyone can enjoy the same internet speed and range.