Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless News

NETGEAR logoNETGEAR has announced the first AC3200 router.

The R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router is no longer a rumor. It's the first router based on Broadcom's XStream platform announced only in two months ago, beating ASUS' RT-AC3200 announced a few weeks ago at Computex.

The "Tri-Band" branding refers to the three radios in the XStream architecture; one covers the 2.4 GHz band, while the second radio covers the low 5 GHz band (Channels 36 - 48) and the third radio covers the high band (Channels 149 - 165).

NETGEAR R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router

NETGEAR R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router

A total of six non-upgradeable antennas are configured as three dual-band for the 2.4 and 5 GHz low band radios and three single-band for the high-band 5 GHz. The router comes configured with a single 5 GHz SSID with the router automatically assigning devices to one of the two radios based on actual connect rate. (For more on XStream see MU-MIMO vs. XStream: The Coming Battle For Wi-Fi Airtime.)

NETGEAR R8000 feature callouts

NETGEAR R8000 feature callouts

NETGEAR's specs say the R8000 supports alternative distros that will be available from MyOpenRouter.com. Other features include:

  • Dual-core 1 GHz Broadcom BCM4709 CPU
  • Beamforming support
  • IPv6 support
  • Open VPN server
  • Gigabit WAN (1) and switched LAN (4) ports
  • One each USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports for storage and printer sharing

Not among the R8000's features is Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) support. That requires a "Wave 2" 802.11ac chipset, which Broadcom's XStream architecture doesn't have. The first MU-MIMO capable routers will be based on either Quantenna or Qualcomm Atheros silicon and require client devices also supporting MU-MIMO.

ASUS announced its Quantenna-based RT-AC87U at CES and recent Forum posts indicate that engineering samples are in the field. But no firm ship date has been announced. It is unclear whether the RT-AC87U will support MU-MIMO when it starts shipping. NETGEAR's outed R7500 X4 Nighthawk presentation material clearly states that it will be "MU-MIMO Ready".

The R8000 is available for pre-order today at an MSRP of $299.99, with shipments starting July 11 .

More Wireless

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I noticed the following in my log for my RT-AC86U (Latest FW 384_45717). Seems to be happening intermittently. I have a Trendnet TEG-S50g switch ho...
I've moved to a new apartment. Unfortunately I have to change some bits of my network setup and I want to improve the network (in regards of isolation...
Hi all,New here but hopefully, some of you folks can assist.I've got a 3 router set up (all AX88U) using AI Mesh. 1 is backhauled and 1 is currently w...
Does anyone have the defualt NTP and Network Monitoring settings to hand?I was bored yesterday and had a play with these settings only to realise when...
I know that for 99% of the people on this forum that this question is very simple but not for meI know that DHCP has something to do with allocating I...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3