The Nighthawk X10 router sounds like it has everything you could want in a router.
Netgear says that the Nighthawk X10 the world’s fastest router, but it’s also the first geared toward media streaming.
Under the hood lives a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture, supporting 802.11ad WiFi at 60Hz. That all should translate in to greatly enhanced performance when transferring large amounts of data.
802.11ad also provides approximately one-tenth the latency as compared to 802.11ac.
Through that Quad-Stream Wave 2 tech, Netgear says the router is capable of reaching download speeds up to 7.9 Gbps.
Simultaneous streaming to multiple devices will be achieved through MU-MIMO smarts, and four external active antennas. This should all add up to impressive signal strength.
See also: TP-Link Archer C9 router review
Nighthawk X10 Plex server
Perhaps the neatest addition to the Nighthawk X10 is that it’s capable of doubling as a Plex server without the need for a computer. You also get three months of Plex Pass for free in with the bundle.
The Nighthawk’s 10 Gbps Ethernet port supports a fiber connection, and the router itself is compatible with network attached storage (NAS) solutions. This allows users to quickly back up to and stream media from their own on-site storage.
The Nighthawk ships with six Gigabit ethernet LAN ports and two USB 3.0 ports. A pair of those ports can be used in aggregate – very useful with compatible NAS such as the QNAP TS-251 that I use.
Hook up additional storage using the USB 3.0 ports and you’ll be able to remotely manage it using Netgear’s ReadyCLOUD app.
If you’re more of a cloud person, Netgear has you covered there too, offering six months of unlimited Amazon Drive storage as a perk for buying the Nighthawk X10.