NETGEAR Nighthawk® X8—AC5300 Smart WiFi Router
The Next Wave in WiFi
The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router is the
next wave in WiFi. Tri-Band WiFi and Quad Stream
performance boosts X8's combined wireless speeds
to up to 5.3Gbps. Four external Active Antennas plus
four internal antennas amplify WiFi range. Six gigabit
Ethernet ports means even more wired devices
can connect and with port aggregation 2 ports
can combine to double maximum wired speeds.
Fastest Tri-Band WiFi Router
Nighthawk X8 not only delivers the fastest total WiFi speeds of up to 5.3Gbps, but also uses Smart Connect
to ensure all of your WiFi devices like smart phones, tablets, and laptops connect at the fastest possible
speed. Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices amongst the WiFi bands for the most effective use of the
5GHz WiFi bands.
Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS)
Reduce buffering and lag while gaming or streaming. Dynamic QoS automatically recognizes different
applications and devices and intelligently allocates bandwidth to the most important activities in your home
Industry's First Active Antennas
Nighthawk X8 is the first to introduce Active Antennas. With four internal antennas and four external
antennas, the X8 will enhance weak signals and reduce interference. Active Antennas help improve WiFi
performance by amplifying WiFi signals in the antenna itself, this avoids signal loss during transmission and
noise insertion from the router board. Enjoy better WiFi range, performance and fewer dead-spots with this
patent pending Active Antenna technology.
Twice the Wired Speed
Six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports allows you to connect even more wired devices. Two of six Gigabit Ethernet
ports can be aggregated to double the connection speed to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for
4K HD streaming or fast backups of multiple WiFi devices simultaneously.
Quad Stream WiFi with Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)
Fastest WiFi for all devices! Quad Stream on all three WiFi bands gives you the fastest WiFi speeds combined
with MU-MIMO capability allows you to simultaneously stream to multiple devices at the same time.
Features & Benefits
Get the fastest combined WiFi currently available & enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing.
5.3Gbps—The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming
TRI-BAND WIFI—Up to 1000 + 2166 + 2166†
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 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with the ability to
aggregate two ports for faster file transfers
DYNAMIC QoS—Intelligently prioritizes video streaming & 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.
FOUR ACTIVE ANTENNAS—Enhance weak signal and reduce
interference with a patent pending design
ULTIMATE RANGE—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes
With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is
fun and easy, anything from accessing stored data,
media, photos & music to wireless printing.
READYCLOUDÂ® USB ACCESS—Enjoy personal & secure cloud access
to USB storage anytime, anywhere
READYSHAREÂ® USB ACCESS—Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive
& printer via two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
ONE SUPERSPEED USB 3.0 PORT—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
READYSHARE VAULT—Free software for automatic PC
backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router
DLNAÂ®—Find & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles
READYSHARE PRINTER—Wirelessly access & share a USB printer
There's nothing more frustrating than lost
connections! With NETGEAR's advanced features &
best-in-class technology, you'll reduce interference
& enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.
SIMULTANEOUS TRI-BAND—More & faster WiFi connections
for all devices
BEAMFORMING+—Boosts speed, reliability, & range of WiFi
connections for 2.4 & 5GHz
Ease Of Use
Start enjoying your new device faster than ever.
NETGEAR wants to make sure installation and
management is simple & easy, so you can connect
quickly & make sure you stay that way!
EASY INSTALL—Easy setup for iPadÂ®, tablets, smartphones
NETGEAR GENIEÂ® APP—Personal dashboard to monitor, control
& 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 & POWER ON/OFF—
Convenient power savings
VPN SUPPORT—Secure access to your home network
when away from home
LED ON/OFF Button—Easily turn LEDs on or off
Maintain the highest security across your network
to ensure your privacy & family is safe while
online. Whether it's preventing phishing & spyware
or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR
has you covered.
ENHANCED PARENTAL CONTROLS—Manage web site access by
family member & device
GUEST NETWORK ACCESS—Separate & secure access for guests
SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS—Highest level wireless security
OPEN SOURCE SUPPORT—Download open source firmware from myopenrouter website.
PERSONAL FTP SERVER—Customized free URL to create FTP server
VPN SUPPORT—Secure access to your home network
when away from home
Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO‡)
Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi
network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads and smoother streaming
for your devices.
Enjoy simultaneous streaming with MU-MIMO
The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi technology delivers a massive combined wireless
speed of up to 5.3Gbps. X8 optimizes WiFi performance by intelligently assigning every device to the fastest WiFi band possible and
doing so allows devices to connect at their maximum speed. Load Balancing distributes WiFi devices ensuring usage of both the 5GHz
WiFi bands. Even if everyone and everything in the home that's connected to the Internet is streaming, gaming, working, playing,
socializing or updating at the same time, the X8 won't miss a beat—you'll enjoy seamless clarity and zero lag.
Tri-Band WiFi provides 3 dedicated WiFi Bands
Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS)
If you like gaming and streaming videos, then you can benefit from Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS).
Dynamic QoS automatically prioritizes bandwidth to latency sensitive applications like online gaming and video streaming by
recognizing application and device information as well as bandwidth needs. Dynamic QoS will also ensure that lower priority
applications like file downloads will never get completely stopped.
Powerful Dual Core 1.4GHz processor for faster processing
Basic WiFi routers use simple single core processors to connect WiFi devices to the Internet.
Nighthawk X8 delivers Tri-band WiFi, quad-stream performance on each band, Multi-User MIMO capable, has 6 Gigabit LAN ports
with Port Aggregation, and dual USB interfaces to connect external USB storage. Using a single core processor would cause severe
performance issues as various processes compete for CPU power.
That's why the X8 utilizes a powerful 1.4GHz dual-core processor to separate processes and prioritize high performance WiFi
connections to get maximum combined WiFi speeds of up to 5.3Gbps.
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 – a strong WiFi signal from the router and weaker ones from mobile
devices – 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, up to the top of the antennas.
Active antennas help improve WiFi performance by amplifying signals in the
antenna itself. Thereby avoiding any signal loss during transmission between
antenna and router board, as well as avoiding any noise insertion from the
router board components. This provides cleaner and stronger receive signals
for amplification from your mobile devices.
Traditional WiFi router has harder time receiving weaker mobile device signals.
Nighthawk X8 Active antennas compensate for weaker mobile device signals
and effectively improve signal strength.
Beamforming+—For More Reliable Connections
Unlike typical WiFi routers that just blast the WiFi signals in all directions, with
Beamforming+ the router & device communicate with each other, so the router
can directly beam the WiFi signal to the device. The result is a stronger, faster,
more reliable connection that is locked in even when the device is moved
around the home.
- Focuses WiFi signals from the wireless router to WiFi devices
like smartphones, tablets & laptops
- Automatic signal management checks with your device to keep
WiFi signal at its optimal strength
- Designed for home environments to support multiple WiFi
device connections for highest quality
- Extends WiFi coverage, reduces deadpots, & boosts signal strength
- Implicit & Explicit Beamforming boosts speed, reliability & range
for both 2.4 & 5GHz WiFi devices
NETGEAR genie-HOME NETWORKING SIMPLIFIED
NETGEAR genie makes getting the most out of your home network fun & easy.
Installation is almost effortless - just by opening a browser, genie helps you
setup your NETGEAR WiFi Router & connect all of your WiFi devices. Genie also
allows you to easily monitor, connect & control your home network from a PC,
Mac, tablet or smartphone. With NETGEAR genie you can share & stream music
or videos, diagnose & repair network issues, set up parental controls & more.
- Home network manager
- Makes any printer AirPrintÂ® compatible to print from an iPadÂ® or iPhoneÂ®
- MyMediaâ„¢—Find & play media files in your network
- EZ Mobile Connect—Scan QR code to connect to your home network
- Turbo Transfer—Quickly transfer files within your home network
across various devices 40% faster than normal file transfers
- For PC, MacÂ®, iPhoneÂ®, iPadÂ®, & Androidâ„¢ devices
- Now with remote access to manage your network away from
home. View the network map, block WiFi devices, set up guest
WiFi & manage Parental Controls—anytime, anywhere.
ReadySHAREÂ® Vault—Automatic backup for Window PCs
ReadyShare Vault is a free app that provides automatic, continuous backup
of Windows PCs to the USB hard drive connected to the Nighthawk X6.
The app has a wonderfully simple interface with intuitive backup settings—
simply setup and forget and be assured that all your data on various home
PCs in the home network is being continuously backed up. Never worry
about losing your data again.
- Easy single click setup to back up the Window PCs on the
- Automatic, continuous incremental backup of all the changes
- Easily restore deleted files by going back to older snapshots
- Safeguard all your precious data, photos, videos
ReadySHARE Vault: Free software for automatic incremental backup for all Windows PC in your home.
ReadyCLOUDÂ® USB Access—Access Your Files Wherever, Whenever
Access and share your files via secure, personal cloud storage with NETGEAR ReadyCLOUDÂ® USB Access. Once you've connected your
USB drive to your NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 and uploaded all your favorite files, you can enjoy the convenience and accessibility anytime
& anywhere you have an Internet connection. No fees, storage limitations, or privacy concerns of cloud storage services. Using the
ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal, you'll now have anytime, anywhere access to your USB drive at home… it's that easy!
With ReadyCloud, remotely access your files stored at home through the browser or smartphone app.
Nighthawkâ„¢ X8 Specifications
- 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
- Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by
application & device
- ReadyCLOUDÂ® USB Access—Personal & secure
cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
- ReadySHAREÂ® Vault—PC software for
automatic backup to USB hard drive connected
to the router
- DLNAÂ® 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
- NETGEARÂ® genieÂ® home network manager
includes remote access to manage your
network away from home
- MicrosoftÂ® Windows 7, 8, VistaÂ®, XPÂ®, 2000,
Mac OSÂ®, UNIXÂ®, or LinuxÂ®
- MicrosoftÂ® Internet ExplorerÂ® 5.0, FirefoxÂ® 2.0,
SafariÂ® 1.4, Google Chromeâ„¢ 11.0 browsers
Minimum System Requirements
- Microsoft 8,7, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher
- Customized free URL to set up personal FTP
- VPN support—secure remote access
- Guest network access—separate & secure
- WiFi Protected AccessÂ® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
- Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
- Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
- please see Netgear website
- 24/7 basic technical phone support for
90 days from date of purchase
- AC5300† WiFi
- Band 1: 1000 Mbps @2.4GHz 1024QAM
- Band 2: 2166 Mbps @5GHz - 1024QAM
- Band 3: 2166 Mbps @5GHz - 1024QAM
- Simultaneous TriBand WiFi Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz)
+ 4x4 (5GHz) + 4x4 (5GHz)
- IEEEÂ® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support
- IEEEÂ® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz1024QAM support
- Powerful dual core 1.4GHz processor
- Memory: 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
- Eight (8) high performance antennas with
- Four (4) external Active Antennas enhance
weak signals and reduce interference for best
WiFi performance (patent pending)
- 4 internal antennas
- Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 &
- Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit
Ethernet ports: 1 WAN & 6 LAN
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
- Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
- IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
- On/Off LED light switch
- Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router (R8500)
- Ethernet cable
- Quick start guide
- Power adapter
- Dimensions: 12.44 x 10.39 x 2.40 in
(316 x 264 x 61 mm)
- Weight: 3.70 lb (1680 g)
‡ 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.