Five-hundred bucks is a lot for most common-folk to just hand over. Especially for a router. But if you’re a gamer, a VR-enthusiast, stream aggregate you can, or accepting a jumpstart on the looming IoT invasion, conceivably you’ll want to get your hands on NETGEAR’s Nighthawk X10 AD7200 smart router.

Touted as the world’s fastest router, it’s packed with aggregate but the kitchen sink… unless one day your kitchen sink becomes smart.

Specs to note:

  • 1.7GHz quad-core processor
  • 802.11ac quad-stream Wave2 WiFi
  • 60 GHz 802.11ad WiFi
  • 7200 Mbps Wireless Data Throughput
  • 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz / 60 GHz Frequencies
  • Four active antennas with high powered amplifiers
  • Built-in Plex Media Server
  • Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with dual ports
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • 10Gbps fiber port 
  • Multi-user MIMO

Hardware

Let’s get one thing out of the way – this router is a beast. The four antennas look absolutely space-age, and feel rather plastic-y. That said, the body itself feels hardy.

Unfortunately, 802.11ad is a short-range line-of-sight technology – acceptation any AD7200 router on the market can’t simply be hidden out of sight. So unless your decor is so ultra-modern it looks as though Spock is your roommate, this model-monstrosity may look out of place. But in the end, it’s well worth it.
webrokAround back, the Nighthawk X10 has every port you could possibly want – six gigabit LAN ports, a 10Gbps fiber port to boost backups and streaming, and two USB 3.0 ports. And inside, NETGEAR didn’t leave annihilation out either.

The Nighthawk X10 supports multi-user MIMO technology – a key affection all -to-be annoyed routers need – complete with channels operating up to 160 MHz, 4×4 spatial streams, and continued 5 GHz abundance support.

Other appearance accommodate 512MB of NAND flash memory, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, congenital Beamforming , and a deluge of other  tech appearance you’ve come to expect.

Performance

Basic setup is crazily easy. With NETGEAR’s Up app for Android and iOS, I was up and active in under 10 account – which included rearranging of some other accessories for said line-of-sight allowance.

And unlike archetypal routers that just spray WiFi, the Beamforming allows the Nighthawk X10 to directly, well, beam signals directly to devices. This after-effects in a stronger, more reliable affiliation that’s locked in even if the device is moved (or in my case, falls of the ambiguous shelf I had it on…).

The signal backbone also translates to mobile devices.

Is it for you?

This is not for the boilerplate chump – price range and specs can tell you that.

But for people attractive to advancement their home office, are determined gamers, or just – like me – go ga-ga for the latest and greatest (with a good chunk of change laying around… so not like me at all…) this is a great router that will go with you well into the future.