In the modern household, connectivity is important and our house is no exception. My oldest son is often online playing video games on the main desktop computer, my youngest son loves watching his favourite Netflix shows on the XBox 360, and I’m usually on my laptop working on my website from nine to five and sometimes longer. On top of that, my phone, the family tablet and Zackary’s Nintendo 3DS are connected to the WiFi network too. Needless to say, we want our router to provide a connection that’s strong and fast.
In my small town, the high-speed Internet options are not ideal. Because of that, I’m all the more passionate about ensuring that I’m using the best possible equipment so that I know I’m making the most of the speed I do have. And when it comes to providing superior speed and performance, NETGEAR prides itself on being a leader. I recently got the chance to review the new NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router to see for myself how the company’s products could help keep my family connected, and I couldn’t wait.
Now while I’m fairly proficient at working online, I’ve never had a whole lot of experience installing hardware, so I was a little nervous about installing the router. At first glance, the process seemed fairly straightforward; I just needed to unplug the cables from the current router, plug them into my new NETGEAR Nighthawk and power everything up. I soon learned that wasn’t quite the way the process went. Plugging everything into the router right away before it had been set up caused the router to fail to connect to the Internet, so I had to start by simply turning on the router’s power and then connecting it to the modem with the included Ethernet cable.
Once I had done that, the setup was a breeze. I turned on the desktop computer and connected to the router via WiFi. Doing so launched the NETGEAR genie, which walked me through the installation process. The setup took just minutes and once I was done, I was able to plug in my other wired connections, one to my VoiP phone and one to my printer, without any issue.
Just like that, my new router was installed! And when it comes to providing strong, fast service, there is simply nothing better than the NETGEAR Nighthawk. The router features a 1GHz dual core processor and three external antennas that help increase range, making it the perfect choice for a large home. And if you love your video games like my boys do, the extreme WiFi speed of up to 1900 Mbps will ensure that your games have the speed they need. Even better, the device features automatic prioritization for XBox One and XBox 360 gaming!
As a parent, I was happy to see that the router offered parental controls so that I could limit the content my boys could access. With the ability to block up to 50 categories of Internet content and customization options that let me exclude certain devices from filtering and even unblock content at certain times of the day, I loved the versatility of NETGEAR Live Parental Controls.
While I’ve only had the router installed for a week or so, I know that I’ll find much more to love about it as time goes by. Beamforming for whole-home HD coverage and advanced QoS to ensure uninterrupted video streaming make the router ideal for our weekly Netflix movie nights. Free backup software helps ensure that my files are safe and secure. EZ Mobile Connect lets me use my smartphone to connect to my home network simply by scanning a QR code. And the DLNA server is able to find and play my media on TVs and game consoles so that I’m connected to my content anywhere in the house.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router has gone above and beyond in keeping the entire family connected and I’m so impressed by how easy it was to set up and how effortless it is to connect new devices and adjust the settings so that the router is performing just as I want it to. For a large house or a busy family, this router is a must for maximum performance. Give it a try and experience the difference a top-of-the-line router can make!