Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
My family has been using NetGear for our Wi-Fi for years now and never once changed brands. Even with three inhabitants and many guests frequently streaming television, music and other media files and playing constant online games we almost never experience any errors or stutters in service.
Netgear AC1900 with DST
I’m an avid gamer and so is my dad. Competitive online shooter games and MMORPG raiding environments demand as little lag as possible to respond to intense, fast-paced situations where a few milliseconds of delay could spell team death. Even with both of us gaming at once – or several people simultaneously when I host gaming parties, on computers and consoles with wireless controllers – there’s no slowdown even when we’re in different rooms of a multi-story home.
We used to use a single-antenna NetGear device and upgrading to this device with three antennae makes an awesome difference. I’ve never lost the signal anywhere in or near the house. This is easily the most powerful router and adapter I’ve ever used. I’m glad I stuck with the NetGear brand and upgraded to the Nighthawk.
The whole family loves watching TV and videos too. With one person streaming Netflix on the big screen and the rest of us watching YouTube on our laptops or tablets lag is still practically nonexistent. Guests can come over and enjoy streaming video on their phones too, and they’ve never complained about service. It’s easy to set up guest access to make sure our friends can do what they want while still keeping out neighbors or strangers from unauthorized use and eating up any bandwidth. We can monitor exactly how many devices or machines are connected, too.
The router and adapter is easy to install. We weren’t especially tech savvy when we first bought it but setting it up and troubleshooting is a cinch. We didn’t have to fiddle around with complicated software configuration and we could plug it in anywhere in the house, which is handy when we need to free up an outlet for a new gadget. It’s good to know that even if we do have problems (which we haven’t so far) we’ll have access to year-round tech support and GeekSquad on-call.