Netgear R6700 Nighthawk AC1750 Review
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 smart Wi-Fi router doesn’t disappoint with features, just like all the previous Netgear products we reviewed in this website. While it is a little expensive than competition (you can also buy cable modem router combo at the same or even lesser price), the performance it promises is good enough reason to choose it over many other smart Wi-Fi routers around.
We have already reviewed a couple of cable modem routers in this website, and no doubt those are one of the best in their respective segments. Some are priced a little higher, while some are cheaper but all give the same reliability. However, we are still yet to review a smart Wi-Fi from Netgear.
In today’s article, we take a look at Netgear AC1750 Nighthawk R6700 dual-band Smart Wi-Fi router and we think it will provide the same value for money and reliability as the other routers we have reviewed before.
Netgear R6700 Nighthawk AC1750 Review
|Wifi Technology||802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit|
|Number of Bands||Dual (2.4GHz & 5GHz)|
|Processor||Dual core 1GHz processor|
|Memory||128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM|
|Speed||Up to 450+1300Mbps|
|USB Ports||1 USB 3.0 port|
|Ethernet Ports||1 WAN & 4 LAN|
- Very easy to setup.
- Features 1GHz dual-core processor with a decent 256MB RAM, and 128MB flash storage.
- It features simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, up to 1750Mbps, great 802.11ac speeds.
- Impressive range and stability, thanks to Netgear’s Beamforming+ technology.
- Extensive use of LED panels for easier problem diagnosis, and troubleshooting.
- Can connect up to 12 devices at the same time.
- Includes 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 1 USB 3.0 ports for wired devices.
- Wireless connection can sometimes fail.
- Netgear should do a little work on their software.
- Microsoft Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP/2000, macOS, UNIX, or Linux
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, Google Chrome 11.0 or any browser higher
Unlike the previous Netgear products we reviewed in this website, the Netgear R6700 Nighthawk AC1750 is not a cable modem router combo. That means this is a completely standalone product. It means this is just a Wi-Fi router which Netgear calls “Smart”.
1. 1 GHz dual-core processor (256MB RAM, 128MB flash storage)
The Netgear AC1750 features a 1GHz processor with 256MB RAM and 128MB flash storage. While it seems lower than mobile devices, this specification is enough to promise great performance for a router device. This should allow for smooth video streaming, online gaming, and surfing. Of course, the speed also depends on your Internet service provider (ISP).
Since the Netgear Nighthawk R6700 also supports Ethernet and USB ports, a faster processor and enough memory will also allow for better performance with connected devices.
2. AC1750, dual-band Wi-Fi
The Netgear Nighthawk R6700 is an AC1750 Wi-Fi router, which means throughput can reach up to 1750Mbps. Since it is also a dual-band Wi-Fi router, the Netgear AC1750 can support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 2.4GHz can go up to 450Mbps, while the 5GHz Wi-Fi can support output up to 1300Mbps similar to its competitor Linksys EA7300.
The 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is slower than the 5GHz, but has a wider coverage area, whilst the 5GHz, although faster than 2.4GHz, can cover lesser area. It is one of the best AC1750 router but if you are looking for more speed and better coverage then you might have a look at Netgear Nighthawk Mesh WIFI 6 (MK62) and Asus RT-AC88U (AC3100).
3. 5x Gigabit ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
The Netgear AC1750 has 4 Gigabit ports and 1 USB 3.0 port. You can use these ports to connect to different devices like computer, game console, and smart TV using Ethernet cable. You can also use the USB 3.0 port to connect your hard drive and centralized USB printer.
4. 12x front LED panel
Netgear routers and modems are known for their extensive use of front LED panel. These front LED panels are used for quick diagnosis and troubleshooting. In the Netgear Nighthawk R6700, it is used effectively. This Netgear router has a total of 12 front LED panel, all with different purposes.
In case you are sleeping in the same room with your router, there is also an option to turn all the LED lights off. Follow the following instruction on how to do that on your Netgear AC1750 router.
- Connect your computer to your Nighthawk R6700 router, wired or wirelessly.
- Launch a web browser, and enter either routerlogin.com, or www.routerlogin.net.
- Login to your router using “admin” for login, and your password.
- Click on Advanced>Advanced Setup.
- Under Advanced Setup, click on LED Control Settings.
Enable blinking on Internet LED, LAN LED, Wireless LED, and USB LED when data traffic is detected – this option will enable the blinking or flashing of the LED lights on the router whenever there is connectivity or data transfer happening through the router.
Disable blinking on Internet LED, LAN LED, Wireless LED, and USB LED when data traffic is detected – this option will disable the blinking LED lights on your Netgear router, which means the LED panel will show solid lights all the time.
Turn off all LEDs except Power LED – this option will turn off all the other LEDs in the outer except the Power LED.
5. Beamforming+ technology
Just like any other Netgear products, the Nighthawk R6700 also features Beamforming+ technology. With standard Beamforming, the beamformer (router) transmits the signal in the direction of the beamformee (client) to create faster and more reliable wireless internet connection. Beamforming can extend Wi-Fi range, reduce dead spots, reduce unnecessary radio frequency interference, and stability to the wireless connection.
Netgear improves on this technology, implementing the same Beamforming standard with fine-tuned Wi-Fi design to further improve the Wi-Fi coverage and performance all across connected devices. This is especially helpful to 5GHz Wi-Fi which, as we said, is faster than 2.4GHz but has limited Wi-Fi coverage area.
6. Other features
The Nighthawk R6700 also has lot of other smart features to further improve the user experience on all connected devices.
The NETGEAR Armor which comes with premium routers like the Netgear Nighthawk X6S AC4000 (R8000P) is also included in this router. It will make sure that all your connected devices are safe and secure from cyber threats. It is powered by Bitdefender to protect your smart home devices by cyber threats and attacks including Trojan, spyware, ransomware, and many more. You can also check the security status of your devices and receive instant alerts whenever there are threats.
The router also includes Circle app for parents to help manage and control content and time online on any connected devices. You can set time limit on daily internet time for apps, and websites, and also pause Internet by device or user with just a click of a button. You can also set bed time for each of the family member to further control their time on the Internet.
The Netgear AC1750 also supports Google Assistant for hands-free interaction.
Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 Setup
As mentioned above, the Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi router is very easy to install. The box came with Ethernet cable (usually yellow), which you can connect to the modem.
Follow the following instructions:
Step 1. Unplug your modem, and connect the yellow Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port of the modem, and the other end to the Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi router.
Step 2. Plus the power to your router, and power on both the modem and router.
Step 3. The LED lights on the front will light up, this should indicate that the router is working. It’ll go into sequence, but then will turn white if it is all ready for use.
Step 4. Find the sticker on the box with QR code, Wi-Fi username and password. You can also find the same information at the bottom of the router.
Step 5. Connect to the router using your computer, available in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
Step 7. The page will ask you to setup your new admin password, and two security questions. After filling in the details, click next.
Step 8. The next page will confirm and show your new credentials, with the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wireless Settings below. Click next.
Step 9. Download the ReadySHARE Vault app for Windows to enable automatic backup of a Windows computer to a USB drive that is connected to the router. Click next again.
Step 10. This next page gives you an option to update the firmware of your Netgear AC1750 Nighthawk R6700. We advise that you do this to take advantage of bug fixes. When you click yes, the page will download and install the update to your Nighthawk device.
Step 11. Once done, type in routerlogin.net your web browser. The page will then give you option registering the Nighthawk R6700 to some additional features. You can decide to continue or not.
Step 12. Finally, enter again routerlogin.net to get you to the page where you can change the name and password for both 2.4Ghz, and 5Ghz wireless network. And that is pretty much it.
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 smart Wi-Fi router doesn’t disappoint with features, just like all the previous Netgear products we reviewed in this website. While it is a little expensive than competition (you can also buy cable modem router combo at the same or even lesser price), the performance it promises is good enough reason to choose it over many other smart Wi-Fi routers around. If you happen to already own or renting a modem from your Internet service provider, the Nighthawk R6700 is a very good buy.
The 1GHz dual-core processor with 256MB RAM and 128MB flash storage is fast enough to handle the data stream. Since it is a dual-band Wi-Fi router, it also supports both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz wireless network – up to 400Mbps for 2.4GHz, and up to 1300Mbps for 5Ghz. Netgear’s Beamforming+ technology will also make sure that both the bands will get a wider coverage and reliable internet connection.
The device also comes with other Netgear perks which will further improve user experience. Yes, it could be better, but it does the job well done.
Overall, we highly recommend you getting the Nighthawk R6700 if you have a modem already. If not, you can save a ton of money by buying cable modem router combos instead.