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Netgear Nighthawk X10: Laboratory test of the router with WLAN ad

Netgears Nighthawk X10 has two special features: a 10 Gigabit LAN connection and a 60 Gigahertz radio module, which no end device can handle so far. It transmits rapidly, but cannot do band steering. The high speed when connecting hard drives is great. The router is anything but a bargain - if you spend a good 330 euros (as of October 30, 2017) on the device, you should really want to use all of its functions.

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  • Fast 2.4 and 5 gigahertz WLAN
  • Long range
  • Fast USB connections
  • WLAN ad
  • 10 Gigabit LAN connection
  • 60 gigahertz radio module
  • No modem
  • Does not provide band steering
  • Operation complicated
With the Nighthawk X10, Netgear has a high-tech router in its range that primarily relies on high speed: It supports the new standard WLAN-ad, bundles LAN connections and even has a 10 gigabit fiber optic port. Thus, on paper, it is armed for the future of fast connections with and without cables. But what about the here and now? COMPUTER BILD has checked whether users with ac and n devices also benefit from the expensive investment - and whether the operation is too complicated for beginners.

Overview: Tested WLAN routers without modem

WLAN router for the study


The Netgear Nighthawk X10 is already visually a very nice technology monster: The housing with the four external antennas is huge, through the ventilation slots you can see circuit boards, springs and other innards. The router is therefore only partially suitable for the mahogany shelf in the living room, but in addition to a high-performance PC, the Nighthawk X10 is much better. Many lights on the front provide information about the status of the router, next to it are the buttons for switching the WLAN on and off and for activating the WPS encryption. Since the Nighthawk X10 is a pure WLAN router, it does not have a modem - accordingly there are also no connections for telephones and ISDN systems. An external modem can be connected to the rear. There are also six LAN ports with gigabit speeds and a fiber optic LAN connection with a speed of 10 gigabits. Two of the LAN ports support link aggregation - with end devices that also master this standard, file transfers should run significantly faster through connection bundling, according to Netgear. Lastly, there are two USB 3.0 ports on the left side of the case.

The fiber optic port (10G LAN SFP +) is located to the right of the six gigabit-speed LAN connections. It offers a speed of 10 gigabits per second.

WLAN-ad, MU-MIMO, beamforming


Netgear specifies the high speed class of 7,200 megabits per second (Mbps) for the Nighthawk X10. This value is made up of up to 800 Mbps in the n standard (2.4 gigahertz band), up to 1,733 Mbps in the ac standard (5 gigahertz band) and up to 4,600 Mbps in the ad standard (60 -Gigahertz band). The latter enables very fast wireless transmissions, but only has a short range. At the moment, only a few routers are able to use the fresh WLAN-ad - which is not so bad, as there are no corresponding end devices with ad support yet. Currently, however, practical: the Nighthawk X10 supplies up to three suitable devices with data in parallel via multi-user MIMO. In addition, thanks to beamforming, it recognizes in which direction the end device is - which should reduce the susceptibility to interference. Unlike many other devices in this price range, the router does not support band steering.

No radar detection


For the 5 gigahertz band, only the lower channels 36 to 48 are available because the router has no radar detection. Therefore, he may not use the higher (and possibly less busy) channels - because if a radar is transmitting here, the router has to switch to another channel. In addition, there is no auto channel setting for the 5 gigahertz band, so the router does not automatically change the channel in the event of a malfunction.

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The laboratory measurement


When measuring the speed of all streams in the laboratory, the Netgear Nighthawk X10 showed what it can do. In the n standard on the 2.4 gigahertz band, it impressed at close range with up to 452 Mbps when sending and up to 585 Mbps when receiving. On the 5 gigahertz band in the ac standard, the router turned on turbo, transmitted at 920 Mbps and received at 923 Mbps. The Nighthawk X10 also scored points in terms of range: halfway along the measuring course, up to 399 Mbps were received in the n standard and up to 421 Mbps in the ac standard. The device thus offered the best ac performance in the current comparison test of routers without a modem. The Nighthawk X10 was also the absolute front runner in terms of USB speed. It managed an average of 63 megabytes per second (MB / s) via WLAN and a sensational 100 MB / s via LAN - and is thus clearly out of the competition. However, the router draws a lot of electricity: it consumes 14.8 watts.

Overview: Tested WLAN routers with modems

Setup, operation, child safety


Setting up the Netgear Nighthawk X10 is very easy: When you first connect to the router via WLAN, the browser automatically displays the menu after opening. If an external modem is connected, the device automatically detects the Internet connection. If this is not the case, the extended menu offers a setup wizard. Operation is not so easy for beginners and can be a test of patience, because changing settings can lead to very long waiting times. A bit cumbersome: To use parental controls, users need the additional application “Netgear Genie” (available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS) and an account with OpenDNS. Access to websites can also be blocked without parental controls by keyword or domain name. This then applies to all users and is possible with a schedule on request. Services such as file sharing can also be blocked. A guest network can also be set up via the router. Other great functions: The Nighthawk X10 works as a media server ("Plex") for photos, music and videos; Local content can be saved as a backup on Amazon Drive.

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Price and availability


Netgears Nighthawk X10 is already available and hikes for a good 330 euros (as of October 30, 2017) over the counter.

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