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Netgear Nighthawk review: One of the best 802.11ac routers you can buy

At a Glance

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  • Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router
    4.5/5
    $200.00 (When Rated) via Dell Home
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    Netgear's Nighthawk 802.11ac router boasts a strong feature set, delivers exceptional range, and is reasonably priced. It's the best Wi-Fi router on the market, at least for now.

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At a Glance

Netgear's Nighthawk 802.11ac router boasts a strong feature set, delivers exceptional range, and is reasonably priced. It's the best Wi-Fi router on the market, at least for now.

Price when rated: $200
Lowest price: $200.00 via Dell Home
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Pros

  • Excellent range
  • Extremely fast file transfers from USB 3.0 storage devices
  • Compelling feature set, including downstream QoS

Cons

  • Requires second Nighthawk configured as 802.11ac bridge for top performance
  • Exceedingly large wall wart
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