Nighthawk® X8 AC5000 Smart WiFi Router

The Next Wave in WiFi

802.11ac Tri-Band Quad Stream Gigabit

Nighthawk® X8—AC5000 Smart WiFi Router

Model: R8300

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The Next Wave in WiFi

802.11ac Tri-Band Quad Stream Gigabit

The Nighthawk X8 AC5000 Smart WiFi Router's Tri-Band WiFi and Quad Stream performance boosts its combined wireless speeds to up to 5 Gbps. Four external Active Antennas plus four internal antennas amplify WiFi range. Six Gigabit Ethernet ports means even more wired devices can connect and with Port Aggregation 2 ports can combine to double maximum wired speeds. Control your home network with voice commands using Amazon Alexa and the Google® Assistant.

Speed

Speed

Get the fastest combined WiFi currently available & enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing.

5 Gbps—The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming

Tri-Band WiFi—Up to 600+2166+2166†

Quad Stream—Up to four data streams per WiFi band maximizes connection speed

Smart Connect—Designates slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands for best wireless speed

MU-MIMO‡—Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices

Gigabit WIFI—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

Gigabit wired—Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with the ability to aggregate two ports for faster file transfers

Dynamic QoS—Intelligently prioritizes video streaming & gaming

WiFi Range

Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router's 4 external and 4 internal antennas provide WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.

Four Active Antennas —Enhance weak signal and reduce interference with a patent pending design

Ultimate range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

Reliable Connections

There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features & best-in-class technology, you’ll reduce interference & enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.

Simultaneous Tri-Band—More & faster WiFi connections for all devices

Beamforming+—Boosts speed, reliability, & range of WiFi connections for 2.4 & 5GHz

Sharing

With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is fun and easy, anything from accessing stored data, media, photos & music to wireless printing.

ReadyCLOUD® USB access—Enjoy personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere

ReadySHARE® USB access—Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive or printer via USB 3.0 port—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

ReadySHARE Vault—Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router

DLNA®—Find & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles

ReadySHARE Printer—Wirelessly access & share a USB printer

Ease of Use

Start enjoying your new device faster than ever. NETGEAR wants to make sure installation and management is simple & easy, so you can connect quickly & make sure you stay that way!

Easy install—Easy setup for iPad®, tablets, smartphones and computers

NETGEAR genie® App—Personal dashboard to monitor, control & repair your home network. Now includes remote access to manage your network away from home.

Push ‘N’ Connect—Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)

WiFi and power on/off—Convenient power savings

VPN support—OpenVPN Connect app on iOS and Android® allows remote secure access to the home network

LED on/off switch—Easily turn LEDs on or off

Voice Control - Control your home network with voice commands using Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant

Security

Maintain high security across your network to help ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

Enhanced parental controls—Manage website access by family member & device

Guest network access—Separate & secure access for guests

Secure WiFi connections—High level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

Personal FTP Server—Customized free URL to create FTP server

VPN support—OpenVPN Connect app on iOS and Android® allows remote secure access to the home network

  • Get fastest speeds available up to 5 Gbps
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands
  • 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas amplify and maximize range
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
  • NEW FEATURE: Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google® Assistant – Control your home network using voice commands

Fastest Tri-Band WiFi Router

Nighthawk X8 not only delivers the fastest total WiFi speeds of up to 5 Gbps, but also uses Smart Connect to ensure all of your WiFi devices like smart phones, tablets, and laptops connect at the fastest possible speed. Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices amongst the WiFi bands for the most effective use of the 5GHz WiFi bands.

Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS)

Reduce buffering and lag while gaming or streaming. Dynamic QoS automatically recognizes different applications and devices and intelligently allocates bandwidth to the most important activities in your home.

Industry’s First Active Antennas

Nighthawk X8 is the first to introduce Active Antennas. With four internal antennas and four external antennas, the X8 will enhance weak signals and reduce interference. Active Antennas help improve WiFi performance by amplifying WiFi signals in the antenna itself, this avoids signal loss during transmission and noise insertion from the router board. Enjoy better WiFi range, performance and fewer dead-spots with this patent pending Active Antenna technology.

Twice the Wired Speed

Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports allows you to connect even more wired devices. Two of six Gigabit Ethernet ports can be aggregated to double the connection speed to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for 4K HD streaming or fast backups of multiple WiFi devices simultaneously.

Powerful Dual Core 1.4GHz Processor

Basic WiFi routers use simple single core processors to connect WiFi devices to the Internet.

Nighthawk X8 delivers Tri-band WiFi, quad-stream performance on each band, Multi-User MIMO capable, has 6 Gigabit LAN ports with Port Aggregation, and dual USB interfaces to connect external USB storage. Using a single core processor would cause severe performance issues as various processes compete for CPU power. That's why the X8 utilizes a powerful 1.4GHz dual core processor to separate processes and prioritize high-performance WiFi connections to get maximum combined WiFi speeds of up to 5 Gbps.

Quad Stream WiFi with Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)

Fastest WiFi for all devices! Quad Stream on all three WiFi bands gives you the fastest WiFi speeds combined with MU-MIMO capability allows you to simultaneously stream to multiple devices at the same time. Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads and smoother streaming for your devices.

Technical Specifications

  • WiFi Technology

    • 802.11ac

  • Speed and Range

  • WiFi Performance

    • AC5000† WiFi (600 + 2166 + 2166)

  • WiFi Range

    • Very large homes

  • WiFi Band

    • Simultaneous TriBand WiFi Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz)

  • Beamforming

    • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands

  • Number of Ethernet Ports

    • Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN

    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation

  • Number of USB Ports

    • One (1) USB 3.0 port

  • Key Features

    • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device

    • Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands

    • MU-MIMO ‡—simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices

    • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device

    • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere

    • ReadySHARE® Vault—PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router

    • DLNA® server to find & play your media on TVs & game consoles

    • VPN support – OpenVPN® Connect app on iOS and Android® to allow remote secure access to the home network

    • Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices

    • Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant – Control your home network using voice commands

    • Quad-Stream for faster speeds

    • NETGEAR® genie® home network manager includes remote access to manage your network away from home

    • On/Off LED light switch

  • Security

    • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server

    • VPN support – OpenVPN® Connect app on iOS and Android® to allow remote secure access to the home network

    • Guest network access—separate & secure

    • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)

    • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)

    • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

  • Processor

    • Powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor

  • Memory

    • 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM

  • Physical Specifications

    • Dimensions: 12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40 in (316 x 264 x 61 mm)

    • Weight: 3.70 lb (1680 g)

  • Product Diagram

  • Package Content

    • Nighthawk X8 AC5000 Router (R8300)

    • Ethernet cable

    • Quick install guide

    • Power adapter

  • Standards

    • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 64QAM support

    • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support

  • System Requirements

    • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®

    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

This product comes with a limited warranty that is valid only if purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller.

* 90-day complimentary technical support following purchase from a NETGEAR authorized reseller.

† Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary and may be lowered by network and environmental conditions, including network traffic volume and building construction.

‡ MU-MIMO capability requires both router and client device to support MU-MIMO.

NETGEAR makes no representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with future standards. Performance Mode requires 1024QAM support on WiFi client for 5GHz. Up to 2166/600 Mbps wireless speeds possible when connecting to other 2166 @5GHz 802.11ac/600 @2.4GHz Mbps devices.Intended for indoor use only.

NETGEAR, the NETGEAR Logo, ReadySHARE, ReadyCLOUD, and NETGEAR genie, are trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. Any other trademarks on this package are for reference purposes only. ©2016 NETGEAR, Inc.

Ideal Uses

Extreme Gaming

With combined WiFi speeds up to 5 Gbps and advanced features like MU-MIMO, Smart Connect and Dynamic QoS, which helps prioritize your gaming activity on the network, you'll have the advantage when taking on your gaming foes. Gigabit Ethernet ports let you connect your device via a wired connection to ensure you stay connected at top speeds. Game on with Nighthawk X8.

Go ahead, let everybody stream.

Nighthawk X8 provides seamless, simultaneous HD streaming to multiple devices. Tri-Band WiFi, and MU-MIMO help reduce buffering and jittery video. And now with port aggregation, you can double the connection speed for 4K HD streaming. A built-in DLNA-ready server and ReadyCLOUD add to your media enjoyment, allowing you to play and share your videos and music quickly and access your data easily.

Ultimate Range and Mobility

With all your mobile devices, you have the freedom to move about your home and yard, and now with Nighthawk X8, you can maintain your connection even in the largest of homes. Powerful, patent-pending Active Antennas, help improve WiFi performance by amplifying WiFi signals in the antenna itself, which helps avoid signal loss during transmission as well as reduce noise, so you can enjoy better range and coverage.

NETGEAR genie App

Easily monitor, connect, and control your home network from a tablet or smartphone. With NETGEAR genie you can share and stream music or videos, diagnose and repair network issues, set up parental controls and more.

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NETGEAR Warranty

This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty.

24/7 basic technical support provided for 90 days from purchase date, when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller