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Features

The R7800 supports NETGEAR's standard genie feature set and user interface, as shown below. As far as I could tell, all the usual features were there, including OpenVPN support.

R7800 Home screen

R7800 Home screen

Both AP and Wireless Bridge modes are supported. The latter doesn't rely on WDS; the R7800 will form a wireless bridge with any router.

R7800 Home screen

R7800 Home screen

Storage Performance

The Router Charts contain benchmarks for FAT32 and NTFS volume formats with USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections (as applicable). But since we know USB 2.0 is slower and FAT32 has volume and file size limitations, we focus on comparing NTFS format with USB 3.0 connection performance.

The charts below show only AC2600 class routers tested with the latest process. The R7800 is pretty quick, coming in just behind Linksys' EA8500 for both write and read. The two products perform similarly enough that you'd be hard-pressed to see a difference in normal use.

Storage Performance - NTFS & USB 3.0

Storage Performance - NTFS & USB 3.0

Routing Performance

Routing throughput was measured using our standard router test process with the router using 1.0.0.40 firmware. Table 2 summarizes the results and includes the TP-LINK Archer C2600 and TRENDnet TEW-827DRU for comparison. All three routers perform about the same.

Test Description NETGEAR R7800 TP-LINK Archer C600 TRENDnet TEW-827DRU
WAN - LAN (Mbps) 765 757 716
LAN - WAN (Mbps) 782 800 792
Total Simultaneous (Mbps) 1366 1416 1431
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 45,544 31,784 27,421
Firmware Version 1.0.0.40 1.1.2 Build 20150924 Rel. 66045 1.00b011 (1.00 17 Nov 2015)
Table 2: Routing throughput

The IxChariot unidirectional composite plot shows higher average LAN - WAN throughput. The cyclical between the baseline and maximum values is typical of this test.

NETGEAR R7800 routing throughput unidirectional summary

NETGEAR R7800 routing throughput unidirectional summary

The simultaneous up/downlink benchmark plot shows relatively stable throughput after things settle down 10 seconds into the test run. The lack of "battling" between up and download traffic indicates the CPU was handling the load pretty well.

NETGEAR R7800 routing throughput bidirectional summary

NETGEAR R7800 routing throughput bidirectional summary

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