Netgear’s R9000 Nighthawk X10 is a needy Wi-Fi router.
In order to experience its superfast local Wi-Fi speed, you first need an 802.11ad-enabled laptop and a high-end 10Gbps server. Chances are good you have neither. But even if you do, you will then need to place the laptop right next to the X10 at all times for the fast connection to work. As soon as you move it a few feet away, its speed will reduce to no better than that of a regular quad-stream (4×4) 802.11ac router, such as the Netgear R7500 or the Asus RT-AC87U.
In short, the X10 is like a race car. It’s powerful and exciting but ultimately its performance won’t necessarily fit in with your daily habits. And at $500, it’s hella expensive, too.
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