Netgear launches Nighthawk X4 7500

Expanding its line of high-performance Wi-Fi routers, Netgear's Nighthawk X4 7500, which was released today, promises several stand-out features to lure consumers to its $280 Wi-Fi router.

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Touting the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, the Nighthawk X4 offers dual band speeds of 2.4 and 5 GHz, which translate to maximum speeds of 600 Mbps and 1.73 Gbps respectively. Do note, however, that to take advantage of these faster speeds, your computer must be outfitted with a client device that supports the new standard.

Adorning the Nighthawk X4 are four external antennas that boast extended range and beamforming, a broadcasting technique used to find the optimal transmission path between the router and the device. Another broadcasting feature is the integrated dynamic QoS (quality of service) technology that prioritizes time-sensitive traffic like streaming video and online gaming over other content traffic.

For fans of personal clouds, the Nighthawk X4 features two USB 3.0 pports and one eSATA port that you can plug external hard drives into for on-demand access at home through the Wi-Fi network or on the move via a remote connection.

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Other features include:

  • A speedy 1.4 GHz dual core processor
  • Five Gigabit Ethernet ports (one WAN and four LAN)
  • Genie app for mobile connectivity
  • A free URL for setting up a personal FTP server

Setting the standard for next-generation Wi-Fi, the Nighthawk X4 7500 holds a lot of promise for those looking to upgrade their Wi-Fi routers to include faster speeds, remote storage, and smarter streaming.