Editor’s Note: As of Dec. 12, 2016, several Netgear routers, including the Nighthawk X6 AC3200, have been shown to have serious security flaws. We recommend not using the Nighthawk X6 AC3200until the issue has been resolved. Please click here for more information.
If you thought three or four antennas would help boost 802.11ac wireless networking performance, Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 AC3200 router has six and makes the most of them with excellent range. At $300, this is one of the most expensive routers on the market, but worth it if you want wireless data everywhere.
Also known as the R8000, Netgear’s all-black router’s design is sharply angular with a geometrically patterned grille that makes it look like a spaceship. At 11.5 x 8.8 x 2.2 inches, the R8000 is one of the biggest Wi-Fi routers around, and unlike many of its peers, it needs to be set up horizontally or screwed into a wall.
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