Netgear is releasing the Nighthawk X8, a Wi-Fi router supporting up to 5.3Gbps

netgear nighthawk x8 might be fastest router
Netgear revealed to us in a press release that it’s putting out a high-end smart router starting today. Officially dubbed the Nighthawk X8 AC5300, Netgear’s latest smart Wi-Fi router supports speeds up to 5.3Gbps over a wireless signal, allegedly making it the fastest on the market.

It’s a quad-stream, tri-band router and, according to Netgear, it’s designed for home use with families in mind. Since it uses 802.11ac Wave 2 networking specifications, the Nighthawk X8 is clearly focused on large households who are constantly using the Internet on multiple devices simultaneously. And, the whole thing is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the industry’s first active antennas, used to improve quality of range, and three quad-stream Wi-Fi bands. It bears an impressive 1024 QAM and is capable of transmitting multi-user MIMO — or multiple input/multiple output — connections. Interestingly enough, the X8 even bolsters six gigabit Ethernet ports, two of which can be combines for even faster network speeds.

Netgear even included a statistic in its press release, explaining that the average household has more than twelve Wi-Fi devices connected to its network. This information comes from market research company MarketLab, but also goes on to say that it’s only a matter of years before the IoT smart home comes to fruition, speculating that most of our household utilities will soon be Wi-Fi-enabled. That’s the demographic Netgear is preemptively targeting with the Nighthawk X8, and it certainly seems to be worthy of your consideration at some point down the road.

“Nighthawk X8 is the next wave in Wi-Fi and is for people who crave the absolute best networking experience possible today,” writes Netgear senior director Sandeep Harpalani. “Tri-band Wi-Fi helps provide sufficient bandwidth for the increasing number of devices in the home and cutting-edge Wave 2 AC provides the best Wi-Fi performance.”

Confidently, he believes that the X8’s Active Antennas, Gigabit ports, and port aggregation “outpaces any other router in the market today.” But, while that very well may be true, consumers worried about price might want to look away from the next bit of information. That’s because Netgear’s Nighthawk X8, at $400, is a lot of things, but affordable is not one of them.

Nonetheless, if you’re in the market for the absolute best in the market with no concern for price, this may very well be your best bet. Additional features of the Nighthawk X8 include application/device-aware Dynamic QoS tech, Beamforming+ to improve coverage and reliability, access to files and media over cloud, VPN support, and two onboard USB 3.0 ports. If you’re in the United States, you can purchase the router now, either at the store or online.

Amazon

Smart Home

Qualcomm goes all-in on Amazon Alexa voice control with a new development kit

Qualcomm is releasing an early valentine for smart home device manufacturers. The new development kit for its Wi-Fi networks integrates the Amazon Alexa Voice Service to enable voice control in more devices.
Computing

Lost your router? Here's how to find its IP address to help track it down

Changing the login information for your router isn't always easy, that's why so many have that little card on the back. But in order to use it, you need to know where to go. Here's how to find the IP address of your router.
Smart Home

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents’ Day sale

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents' Day sale. Whether you're taking your first step in configuring a smart home or expanding to every room, Walmart has excellent sale prices for all the key components.
Deals

Take a gander at the best deals on 4K TVs for February 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Computing

Microsoft could be planning a laptop with foldable screen, hints patent filing

Filed in late 2017 and titled "Bendable device with Display in Movable Connection With Body," the patent filing explains a new mechanism for laptops which can eliminate a hinge and allow the screen to fold shut from the inside,
Deals

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for February 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Computing

With no plans for merging operating systems, Apple opts to combine apps instead

Apple is working on combining all of the the apps it offers to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users by 2021. App developers will soon be able to build and submit one version of their apps to be used by Apple product users.
Computing

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

AMD's Navi graphics cards could be available as soon as July 2019 — as long as it's not delayed by stock problems. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.
Deals

Here are the best Chromebook deals available in February 2019

Whether you want a compact laptop to enjoy some entertainment on the go, or you need a no-nonsense machine for school or work, we've smoked out the best cheap Chromebook deals -- from full-sized laptops to 2-in-1 convertibles -- that won't…
Computing

RTX might be expensive, but the 16 series could have the best Nvidia Turing GPUs

Set to debut at a step below the RTX 2060 on the price and performance spectrums, the GTX 1660 Ti and its other 16-series brethren could be Nvidia's killer mid-range cards of 2019 — especially with Tensor Core-powered DLSS.
Computing

Ryzen 3000 chips will be powerful, and they might be launched as early as July

AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 generation of CPUs could be the most powerful processors we've ever seen, with higher core counts, greater clock speeds, and competitive pricing. Here's what we know so far, based on both leaks and the recent…
Gaming

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.
Computing

Amazon takes $200 off Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air with retina display

Amazon is taking $200 off Apple's latest MacBook Air. This MacBook Air has 13-inch retina display, a built-in FaceTime HD camera, and that classic lightweight wedge shape the Air is loved and known for.
Deals

Samsung drops a solid $100 discount on the Chromebook Pro

If you're in the market for a new laptop, but can't afford to drop $1,000 on one of the best models out there, Chromebooks are an excellent option. Right now, Samsung is offering $100 off the Samsung Chromebook Pro.