Netgear R6700 Nighthawk AC1750 Smart WiFi Router Review
The Netgear R6700 is one of the most popular routers from Netgear. It is an under $100 router and holding the 2nd position on the 2021 router’s list. It is indeed a smart WiFi router.
The Netgear R6700 is a dual-band smart WiFi router. It provides maximum WiFI speeds up to 1750Mbs ( 450Mbps using 2.4Ghz and 1300 using 5Ghz). It runs on a powerful 1GHz dual-core processor. It comes with high-powered amplifiers with three external antennas for range and home mobility.
- Max speeds up to 1750
- Dual-Core Processor
- Beamforming Technology
- Advanced QoS
Pros and Cons of Netgear R6700
- The Advanced QoS lets us prioritize bandwidth of our connected devices.
- Parental controls allow limiting the internet time.
- USB 3.0 ensures the fastest access to media files.
- Beamforming technology for better coverage and range.
- It can handle a large number of connected devices with ease.
- The single SSID is very useful for multi-users.
- Performance of NAS Storage is top of the line.
I don’t like:
- Reboot and startup time is slow.
- A little bit heavy.
No doubt! The Netgear R6700 is fast and reliable WiFI router. If you are looking for a router for home use, then R6700 is for you. It can handle multiple devices at the same time without any hassle as it features advanced QoS for lag-free gaming and HD video streaming.
What do you get inside the box:
The box contains four following items.
- Of course, The router itself.
- A Cat6 Ethernet cable (yellow).
- Three detachable antennas.
- The power adapter.
- A resource CD but only in some regions.
The Netgear R6700 looks the same if the design is concerned. Previously launched R6400 and upgraded one R7000 (big brother) are identical in design. You can go through a comparison of Netgear R6300v2 vs. R6400 vs. R6700 vs. R7000.
The status LEDs can be seen on the top of the router which indicates the router’s activity. These LEDs include Power, Internet, 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz, Guest, USB 3.0, 1 to 4 Ethernet Ports, Wifi On/Off, WPS. Moreover, it houses two physical buttons for WiFi On/Off and WPS.
On the rear panel, you see the following connections and button:
- A Reset Button
- 1-4 Ethernet Ports
- A WAN Port
- Power On/Off Button
- A Power Connector
It comes with three external detachable antennas; they are bulky and makes the router much heavier. Unfortunately, It is not a wall-mountable router unlike R6300. It is made of plastic, yet feels sturdy and stable.
It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, which Netgear uses in the Nighthawk’s series. However, Netgear Nighthawk X4 and X6 use 1.4GHz processor instead.
The R6700 has 256MB of RAM with 128Mb of flash memory. It delivers fast combined speeds up to 1750Mbps (450 Mbps + 1300Mbps).
It is a lastest AC supported router with beamforming and upstream Quality of Service (QoS). The QoS helps in optimization for gaming ( Xbox, PlayStation, or gaming consoles) and prioritizing traffic.
Key Features With Some Premium:
- QoS (Prioritize Gaming and Video Streaming)
- ReadySHARE Vault App
- Netgear Genie App
Gaming and videos streaming become lag-free because of QoS feature as you can prioritize bandwidth them with Quality of Service.
It can be set up by enabling Downstream QoS and UpsTream QoS after login.
Let’s understand how these two streams work:
a) DownStream QoS:
The DownStream is used to prioritize internet traffic from the web to your network. It works while streaming videos or watching youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Etc.
b). UpStream QoS:
The UpStream is used to prioritize network traffic from devices that are connected to it like Xbox and PlayStation, or any other gaming console. In other words, by enabling it, you can enjoy the lag-free gaming.
The USB 3.0 port for sharing media content is quite fast. The 3.0 port makes sharing much quicker if compared to USB 2.0, which you see in the previous model R6400.
Although Netgear has created a great app for this called “ReadySHARE.” It lets you share the USB drive.
Note: Make sure your USB doesn’t require individual drivers; otherwise it won’t be shareable.
Using the USB 3.0 port, you can even share your USB printer. For that, you have to connect it to the port, that’s it. You’re ready to print wirelessly.
ReadySHARE Vault Backup App:
It’s a backup software app and comes with the router. You just need to connect any USB storage drives (like Hard disk) to the USB port for automatic backup.
Netgear Genie App:
The Netgear Genie app is very handy; it allows you to monitor and control your network using any windows or Mac and smartphones.
Let’s see at what this app lets you do:
- We can share and stream videos and music.
- Using an Ipad or iPhone, we can make a printer AirPrint Compatible.
- It has a MyMedia option which lets us find media in our network.
- Parental controls feature can be set up with this app.
- Scanning the QR code of the WiFI lets us connect our devices to the network.
Here is the link of the Genie app, you can download it and enjoy. Netgear Genie App
Some Premium Features:
The following are some premium features which this Netgear R6700 lets you do.
It is for playing videos and music using iTunes available for both Windows and Mac users. It also allows us to use Apple’s remote app to play music on AirPlay supported devices.
A secure VPN Service
It is for remote access to our home network. To use it, we need to set up a VPN service. After doing so, we can easily access our router’s USB drive, media, and other internet services from anywhere in the world. You can read about how to set up VPN service here. http://downloadcenter.netgear.com
A personal FTP Server
The FTP server allows us to access our network using Dynamic DNS. If you want to use it, just follow simple steps:
- First, We need to register for a free (DDNS) Dynamic DNS service account.
- Second, We need to provide the account settings to our router.
- Third and last, Now We connect any USB hard disk and set up FTP access.
You can find these steps in the user’s manual of the Netgear R6700 router. Here is the link
you can also download Warranty, Users Manual, Specification Sheet, and Guide here.
If your connection is slow because of the router, then you need to consider The R6700. Under $100, you get high speeds and reliability. It is easy to use and provides high-level security which prevents you access unauthorized and risky websites as it has web filters.
The Readyshare vault application is incredible when it comes to sharing data across your network with lightning-fast access to media files