No matter the speed of your ISP (internet service provider), it all boils down to the wireless router you have installed. Well, it turns out that FiOS Quantum in NYC comes with a mediocre dual-band router, and as a result, was not only resulting in high pings for my League of Legends sessions, but made working and watching HD and 4K content an unsavory process. Enter, Netgear’s R7000 smart router — dubbed Nighthawk or “the Batmobile router” — with enough specs to deliver high speeds throughout a three-level home.
Let’s continue, shall we?
Price as reviewed: $180 at Amazon
A mixture of plastics constitute the R7000’s form. After all, it is a router and needs to utilize materials that assist with the deliverance of WiFi signals (avoiding metals when possible). It’s edgy and sports several air vents to expel warm air. Oh, that’s right: this router has a dual-core 1GHz processor and is actively working on the dual-band: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Netgear advertises 600 or 1300 Mbps speeds on respective bands. Also, a USB 3.0 port adorns the front.
Notification lights are aligned in a row, indicating the activated bands, internet access, and ports used. It’s the run-of-the-mill system, basically.
So, how does the router help with distributing FiOS Quantum internet in a three-level home in Brooklyn? Well, it’s awesome, really. Average download speeds at 70MBps and 60MBps on the uploads from a dual-band 802.11ac WiFi card. Ping in a League of Legends or Battlefield 4 multiplayer fight stays at a sound 80-120 millisecond ping, Netflix seeking stays in HD, and YouTube videos default to high-def as well. Watching 4K content isn’t too hard either, although the lack of support from operating systems and apps in Windows makes for a harrowing user experience.
“In short, the R7000 has resolved all of my WiFi woes, while also looking svelte.”
The R7000 makes the best of the network that it’s Ethernet cable is attached to, but then the question becomes: why isn’t there faster internet in the Untied States? Even narrowing down the question further: why is Verizon Wireless’ FiOS Quantum the fastest option in New York City — when in comparison to Norway and South Korea, pales in speeds and ping? These are infrastructure, economic and even political issues that intertwine to reveal one thing: it took quite a bit of effort for me to not lag playing League of Legends. ‘Tis a daft nuisance.
- Fast speeds
- Excellent range
- That design is quite unique
- NetGear GEnie app could be a little cleaner