Industry's First Active Antennas
Each new generation of routers grows more powerful than the last, delivering stronger WiFi signals with greater range. At the same time, the WiFi signals on mobile devices are not getting more powerful. This difference in WiFi performance reduces overall WiFi range and speed.
To meet this challenge, NETGEAR developed the industry’s first Active Antennas technology. NETGEAR moved the WiFi amplifiers from their usual location, on the router’s motherboard, to the top of the antennas. These Active Antennas help improve WiFi performance by amplifying signal in the antenna itself. This allows the router to receive cleaner and stronger signals from your mobile devices, avoiding signal degradation between the antennas and motherboard..
Ultimate Range and Mobility
With all your mobile devices, you have the freedom to move about your home and yard, and now with Nighthawk X8, you can maintain your connection even in the largest of homes. Powerful, patent-pending Active Antennas, help improve WiFi performance by amplifying WiFi signals in the antenna itself, which helps avoid signal loss during transmission as well as reduce noise, so you can enjoy better range and coverage.
Get the fastest combined WiFi currently available and enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing - up to 5.3Gbps.
5.3Gbps-The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming
Tri-Band WiFi-Up to 1000 + 2166 + 2166Mbps†
Quad Stream-Up to four data streams per WiFi band maximizes connection speed
Smart Connect-Designates slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands for best wireless speed
MU-MIMO capable‡-Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices
Gigabit WiFi-Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds
Gigabit wired-Six Ethernet LAN ports - ability to aggregate two ports for faster file transfers
Dynamic QoS-Intelligently prioritizes video streaming and gaming
Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router's 4 external and 4 internal antennas provide WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.
There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features and best-in-class technology, you’ll reduce interference and enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.
Simultaneous Tri-Band-More and faster WiFi connections to all devices
Beamforming+ - Boosts speed, reliability, and range of WiFi connections on 2.4 and 5GHz bands
With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is fun and easy, anything from accessing stored photos & music to wireless printing. And make sure you keep it safe by using the included ReadySHARE Vault application for backing up Windows-based PCs. For Mac OS® users, back-up using Apple® Time Machine.
ReadyCLOUD® USB access-Enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
ReadySHARE® USB access -Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and printer
One super speed USB 3.0 port-Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
DLNA®-Find and play your media on DLNA TVs, game consoles and media players
ReadySHARE Vault-Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router
ReadySHARE Printer-Wirelessly access and share a USB printer
Ease of Use
Start enjoying your new device faster than ever. NETGEAR wants to make sure installation and management is simple and easy, so you can connect quickly and make sure you stay that way!
Easy install—Easy setup for iPad®, tablets, smartphones and computers
NETGEAR genie® App—Personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network. Now includes remote access to manage your network away from home.
Push ‘N’ Connect—Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)
WiFi and power on/off—Convenient power savings
VPN support—Secure access to your home network when away from home
LED on/off—Easily turn router LED lights on or off
Maintain the highest security across your network to ensure your privacy and family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing and spyware or just limiting access for kids and guests, NETGEAR has you covered.
Netgear R8500 Specifications
|Speed and Range
||AC5300 (1000 + 2166 + 2166 Mbps)†
||Very large homes
||Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz)
||Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands
|Number of Ethernet Ports
Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
|Number of USB Ports
||Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both 5GHz WiFi bands
MU-MIMO capable‡—simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices
Eight (8) high performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
Four (4) external Active Antennas enhance weak signals and reduce interference for best WiFi performance (patent pending)
Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application & device
ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
ReadySHARE® Vault—PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
DLNA® server to find & play your media on TVs & game consoles
VPN support—secure remote access to your home network & Internet
Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices
NETGEAR® genie® home network manager includes remote access to manage your network away from home
Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
VPN support—secure remote access
Guest network access—separate & secure
WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
||Powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor
||128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
||Dimensions: 12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40 in (316 x 264 x 61 mm)
Weight: 3.70 lb (1680 g)
Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router (R8500)
Quick install guide
Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support
IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support
Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, Google Chrome™ 11.0 browsers or higher
†Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary and may be lowered by network and environmental conditions, including network traffic volume and building construction.
‡MU-MIMO feature requires firmware upgrade. MU-MIMO firmware upgrade not currently available for this product, but currently anticipated to be released before the end of 2015. MU-MIMO capability requires both router and client device to support MU-MIMO. Please see www.netgear.com/mumimo for more details.
NETGEAR makes no representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with future standards. Performance Mode requires 1024QAM support on WiFi client for 2.4/5GHz. Up to 2166/1000 Mbps wireless speeds possible when connecting to other 2166 @5GHz 802.11ac/1000 @2.4GHz Mbps devices.
†Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network trac, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps. 2.4GHz Performance Mode requires 256 QAM support on WiFi client. Up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices.
The Innovation Design and Engineering Award is based upon descriptive materials submitted to the judges
- This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty.
- 24/7 basic technical support provided for 90 days from purchase date, when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller