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Wireless router winner

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900

Verdict

Outlandish design, but rip-roaring performance leads to a well-deserved A-List award for Netgear's flagship router

Review Date: 5 Jun 2014

Price when reviewed: £142

Full review

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

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D-Link DIR-868L

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Comparison

Product

R7000 Nighthawk AC1900

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900

Fritz!box 7490

AVM Fritz!Box 7490

Asus RT-AC68U

Asus RT-AC68U

DIR-868L

D-Link DIR-868L
Details
Part Code R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Fritz!box 7490 Asus RT-AC68U DIR-868L
Review Date 5 Jun 2014 18 Jun 2014 29 Nov 2013 18 Jun 2014
Price ex VAT £142 £205 £158 £97
Price inc VAT £170 £246 £190 £117
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Value for Money 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
WiFi standard 802.11ac 802.11acn 802.11ac 802.11ac
Modem type Cable Cable
Wireless standards
802.11a support yes yes
802.11b support yes yes
802.11g support yes yes
802.11 draft-n support yes yes yes yes
LAN ports
Gigabit LAN ports 4 4 4 4
10/100 LAN ports 0 0
Features
Wireless bridge (WDS) yes no
Interior antennae 0
Exterior antennae 3 0
802.11e QoS yes yes
User-configurable QoS yes yes yes yes
UPnP support yes yes
Dynamic DNS yes yes
Security
WEP support yes yes yes
WPA support yes yes yes yes
WPA Enterprise support yes yes yes
WPS (wireless protected setup) yes yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ support yes yes
VPN support yes
Port forwarding/virtual server yes yes
Web content filtering no no no
Dimensions
Dimensions 285 x 68 x 205mm (WDH) 243 x 177 x 55mm (WDH) 220 x 83 x 320mm (WDH) 98 x 117 x 215mm (WDH)
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