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Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router Review

/ Oct 14th, 2015 No Comments

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Review

Wireless routers are seemingly a necessary evil. They’re typically bulky and unattractive, and they are pricey for a gadget that has no sex appeal. But let’s face it — you need a wireless router, and a good one will make your life a heck of a lot easier.

Upgrading your router could be the easiest way to boost your Internet speeds. But with a robust market of routers ranging in price from $50 to $300, picking the right router for your purposes can be a daunting task. Gamers with large homes may want to splurge on an expensive device, while occasional web-surfers won’t need to spend a small fortune on a router. Falling somewhere in the middle to high-end range is the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, a solid wireless router that will have your Internet performing at its peak.

Inside the Box

Out of the box, users will notice the R7000’s sleek black design and angled body. When it comes to router aesthetics, this is about as good as it gets for now, although the Nighthawk is fairly large for a router. Three antennae protrude from the back of the router, but subtle indicator lights on the front help maintain its simplistic look.

The router features five Ethernet ports (one to connect a modem) and two USB ports, including a USB 3.0 port on the front. During our testing, fast WiFi speeds made the Ethernet ports unnecessary, but it’s always nice to have the option of a hardwired connection. A hard drive can be attached to the USB ports (we recommend using the front-facing USB 3.0) to easily create an in-home cloud network.

Netgear R7000

The Netgear R7000 has five Ethernet ports and two USB ports.

Setup is very simple, but it does require the use of a computer. After attaching the antennae, you will need to connect your modem via Ethernet, then plug in the router. You will also need to visit to complete the setup, but this should automatically pop up the next time you turn on a computer. However, you may want to bookmark this site as it can be used to customize settings for the router.

Lastly, the Nighthawk should include a sticker with information regarding preset wireless settings. This will include the name of the WiFi and password in order to log in. Of course, this can be changed after the initial setup, but it is important to keep that sticker until you personalize those settings.

Soaring Like a Hawk

After setting up the Netgear router, it immediately performed at blazing fast speeds. Tests run throughout our review period indicated that wireless internet was running at peak speeds for the internet tier the router was attached to, even exceeding the advertised tier peak by about 2 Mbps. We experienced no connectivity issues or interruptions throughout the entire house and on outdoor patios, although some devices took a bit too long to connect to WiFi.

The router continued to send out equal speeds while running multiple devices. We had no issues connecting multiple smartphones, laptops and a game console at the same time. However, Netgear solves the bandwidth issue by allowing users to prioritize devices. By going back to, settings can be changed to ensure wireless connections to your most important devices aren’t interrupted. For instance, if you’re playing multiplayer games on your PlayStation 4, you can use QoS settings to make sure there aren’t any issues when multiple devices in the area are running WiFi.


The R7000 has fast speeds and excellent range.

Along those lines, the router sets up two wireless channels — one 2.4 GHz channel and one 5 GHz — so that neither is packed with traffic. This was never an issue for us but it gives users the ability to keep their devices running at peak speeds while guests crowd another channel. The router also gives owners the ability to set up a guest network so that all in-home devices are prioritized.

Additionally, the R7000 has excellent security features that keep unwanted users off your wireless network. Aside from parental controls and firewall settings, the simplest security system is how devices connect. Pressing an LED-lit button on the front of the router will briefly open up the network to connecting devices, but nothing can connect unless someone physically presses that button. It is a simple feature that goes a long way to securing your network.


The R7000’s $200 price tag may be discouraging to some, but its performance and range compete against more expensive models. Unfortunately, Netgear hasn’t discovered the secret to making routers that aren’t overly large eye-sores, and setup can be a bit unruly for those who aren’t tech-savvy. Overall though, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 delivers high speeds and an excellent set of features, and it is one of the best wireless routers currently available.

The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 was reviewed using a router supplied by Netgear.


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Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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Fast internet speeds reached our enitre house and outdoor areas with minimal slow down on a separate floor.


The sleek black look is impressive, but the router has a large footprint.


The R7000 delivered consistently fast wireless internet speeds, even reaching speeds a tick higher than our internet tier.


At around $200, the Nighthawk may seem expensive, but its performance rivals routers priced much higher.

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