Peter Selmeczy

Peter Selmeczy

August 13, 2015


Price: $349.95
Frequency bands: Dual, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (simultaneous)
Wireless standards: IEEE 802.11 a/c/b/g/n
Wireless data rate: AC1900 (450+1450Mbps)
Ports: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps), 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
Antenna Type: 3 x external
Processor speed: 1000 MHz
Memory: 256 MB RAM, 128 MB Flash

(Full specs available at FlashRouters here)

We’ve tested powerful routers before, such as the AC66U, but none comes close to the beast that is the Nighthawk. During our Netgear R7000 review, we found that this router can and will do anything and everything you want it to. We received ours from FlashRouters. Therefore, we could run Tomato and DD-WRT firmware on it, which makes it that much better.

The main reason this router has so much power is due to it’s dual-core 1Ghz processor, which you can overclock to 1.4Ghz – this is more than some phones and computers (but it will void your warranty)! The advantage of this is that not only will you get faster transfer speeds, but also better VPN speeds, more on this later. With dual-frequency support and powerful external antennas, even its WiFi capabilities will impress you and cover your whole home, or office even.


R7000 Out of the box, with no antennas attached

Internet speeds are of course limited by your broadband availability and package, but with this router you can shuffle files around your home or office LAN ridiculously fast. If you are lucky enough to have ‘super broadband’ access,  then that will also benefit from the R7000’s super-fast connectivity.

The Netgear R7000 also comes with a USB2.0 port and a USB3.0 port. With these not only can you share printers but also use the router as a high-speed NAS (Network Attached Storage).


Despite its performance, the R7000 isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. While it’s not essential if you hide it away, we think the design of Asus routers or the Netgear R8000 are one of their selling points.


Getting the best coverage and network speeds do depend on some variables and vary from person to person and location so you will have to play around with not only your antenna settings but your network configuration. The default settings are however adequate for the average person. The router also has holes in the bottom of it, so that you can mount it vertically to the wall.


We received our router from FlashRouters, whose review you can read here. Initially, it came installed with Tomato but you can also get it with DD-WRT. The router came with an easy to follow setup guide, and we were up and running in settings.

Their guide also included information on setting up your VPN connection and their extremely high-quality support service even helped us optimize our speeds.


Because the R7000 is a dual-frequency router, you can essentially run two different networks, for different uses. It is also possible to set up a guest network, for any visitors that you have. While this is great if you are using this in your office, we recommend disabling it in residential areas, especially if you plan to leave it without a password.

Out of the box performance

We have a 30/3Mbps connection by default, and our router is connected directly to our modem. Unsurprisingly using Ethernet, 2.4GHz and 5GHz we were able to utilize all the of the speed provided to us by ISP.


Here at BestVPN the VPN client performance we can get. The best factor of using a custom firmware such as Tomato or DD-WRT is that these are optimized for VPN transfer speeds, and as we have shown before, this can count a lot.

Both firmware’s have their pros and cons, with relation to VPN; Tomato does provide better speeds, but it is slightly harder to set up. Just like with the stock firmware, you can configure both PPTP and OpenVPN connections. Should you choose to, you can also run the router as a VPN server instead of as a VPN Client.


We tested the performance of the router, and it was great. It was so great in fact that we were able to get our modem speed through Wifi and Ethernet even when running the VPN client. We carried out some research and found that with an overclocked router you will be able to achieve up to 42Mbps download speeds.

Netgear R7000 Review Conclusion

The Netgear R7000 is the best router we have tested so far. The addition of Tomato firmware meant that we were able to make this router even better, and you could also do the same. Further to this, with the help of FlashRouters we were able to optimize our connection and system settings even more. By the end of our Netgear R7000 review, we had a router that fully worth of its name as the Nighthawk – fast, silent and agile. We’d also recommend visit the best Netgear Open Source Community for more feedback, help and tips.

Peter Selmeczy

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Published on: August 13, 2015.

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3 responses to “Netgear R7000 Review (AC1900 Nighthawk)

  1. Have this router combined with the series modem for one of the greatest and most powerful gateways available today. Has exactly the same options/features as the new Comcast Gateway 3 rental unit (only available to X1 subscribers) but with a more powerful Wi-Fi range and no telephony hardware/software to deal with. Running stock for now as I just got it, but am thinking about running custom firmware in the near future.

  2. I recently purchased this router as I was making changes in my internet and TV. I changed to Comcast and paid for 50mbps down and 12 up. With my old Linksys wrtu54g I was getting 42mbps with the ISP provider change and was happy. I installed the Nighthawk and my speeds went immediately to 90+mbps. I assumed it was some freak reading and even duplicating it at the time I never dreams the speed test could stay that high. I am far from an expert computer nerd but I am not a beginner either. I did not think that is was possible — how could a router increase my internet speeds?? I have no explanation and I think the few people I ask about it think I made up the test. I am about 3 weeks into this and still have no explanation. I run 3 hard wired computers (one of those thur a second router) with what would be light internet use and 3 wireless devices that use extremely low bandwidth most of the time but two of those in part time (2-3 hours at a time) will run something like netflix. These devices are streaming video and I never miss a beat. I am impressed with the Nighthawk but still wonder why I am getting 90mpbs. Waiting for my Kids and grand kids to show up and for those 6 “connected” users to tryout my guest network. I would like to hear your thoughts about my internet speed

    1. Well that sounds odd. There are people who claim (and with good evidence) that ISPs do throttle your connection and you can actually overcome these by changing some settings and running a VPN. However, since this is mainly a US phenomenon we haven’t been able to verify this for ourselves. Otherwise, it might just be Comcast giving you a free upgrade that you weren’t aware of or having a glitch in their systems.

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