I think that Netgear should’ve released Nighthawk X4 earlier than the X6 since X4 delivers lower speeds than X6. Total bandwidth X6 can deliver is up to 3200Mbps while X4 is up to 2350Mbps. However there is something special, a newer technology applied to X4 that X6 is absent.
What this product does
Nighthawk X4 (aka Netgear R7500) is a new wireless AC2350 smart wifi router with the next generation of wave 2 quad stream wifi technology. The original 802.11ac delivers theoretical speeds of up to 3.47Gbps. And in this wave 2 wifi technology is the advancements of the original wireless ac technology that can double the bandwidth of up to 6.93 Gbps theoretically by utilizing MU-MIMO technology and other technologies to increase the original wireless ac theoretical speeds. Netgear Nighthawk X4 is based on this quad stream wafe 2 wifi technology delivering single speed up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band wireless ac plus speeds of up to 600Mbps wireless N in 2.4GHz band.
- Based on future Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi technology
- Total bandwidth up to 2.33Gbps (600+1733)
- High speed 1.4GHz dual core processor
- Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization by application and device
- 2x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports plus e-SATA for external storage
- 4x External antennas with Beamforming technology
- Netgear Genie
As I mention above that this router has something special that make it different than the Nighthawk X6 R8000. To understand what the main differences between Nighthawk X4 and X6 the following table helps you understand the differences.
Table Nighthawk X4 Vs X6
|Nighthawk X4 (R7500)||Nighthawk X6 (R8000)|
|Total bandwidth||(600 + 1733)Mbps||(600 + 1300 + 1300)Mbps|
|Processor||1.4GHz Dual Core Processor with 1 Dual Core Offload Processor||1.0GHz Dual Core Processor with 3 Offload Processor|
|Antenna||4X External||6x External|
|USB ports||2x USB 3.0||1x USB 3.0 plus 1x USB 2.0|
Nighthawk X6 or R8000 is a three-band wireless ac router delivering total bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps (600 + 1300 + 1300), on the other hand X4 is dual band based on wafe 2 wifi technology delivering speeds of up to 2.330Mbps (600 + 1733).
Netgear X4 is powered by 1.4GHz dual core processor with 1 dual core offload processor, a bit more powerful main processor than its rival Asus RT-AC87U that is powered by 1GHz dual core main processor in addition of dual core processor that’s dedicated solely to 5GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi related tasks. On the other hand Netgear X6 is powered by 1GHz dual core main processor with the additions of four offload processors.
Unlike Asus RT-AC87U which is featured standard QoS, the Netgear R7500 is feature dynamic QoS. What is dynamic QoS? Normally a wireless router without QoS, when a user is downloading a huge HD movies from the net than the available bandwidth is hogged while other users with apps will be affected when they connects to the router. With Dynamic QoS the router recognizes each of the applications and allocates each of them they need dynamically. Any of time-sensitive applications will be recognized and is then allocated the bandwidth it needs with priority.
Moreover, the router with dynamic QoS can also differentiate any types of video streaming and then manage the stream by allocating appropriate bandwidth they need so that the quality of the video is much better, no lag. Different types of traffic based on different devices that connects to the router can also be detected either desktop, smart TV, mobile devices and any other laptops.
To understand how the dynamic QoS is all about, have a watch at the following video introduction about this Netgear Nighthawk X4 router (courtesy of Netgear and YouTube).
2x USB 3.0 ports
Netgear offers redundant ports for attacking storage to this Nighthawk X4 router, you have two high speed USB 3.0 ports and one e-SATA ports for external storage. I have no idea why they come with two USB 3.0 ports instead of two different USB ports, one port with USB 2.0 and the other port with USB 3.0 port like it is in Nighthawk X6.
Asus RT-AC87U also comes with different types of USB ports. Normally you attach a printer with USB 2.0 port and other USB 3.0 port is used for attaching high speed USB 3.0 disk storage. Actually this does not matter since UBS 3.0 port is backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices. Unlike Netgear X4, with RT-AC87U you can use the USB port to share the 3G/4G modem in case the wired broadband Internet is not available.
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