Tech Editorial: Technical Look at the Netgear Nighthawk D7800

A new router is coming onto the market, and with it a solution for a great number of gamers out there. A problem that younger gamers have always faced is simply that the range of wireless routers prevents them from streaming, and suffers from bad connections, despite having a reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP).

The issue is primarily due to the fact that many homes, businesses and apartment buildings are not set up to handle wireless signals; the walls tend to dampen connectivity. However, there are two ways to generally fix this. One is to tear apart your walls and rebuild with a more modern spec. The second option is to simply buy a really strong router that will unleash the full fury of the Internet into your home. One of these solutions is extremely expensive, and the other is the router.MUMIMO_Diagram

Luckily, Netgear has a solution in the form of the new Nighthawk. It looks something like a battleframe from the MMO Firefall. The Nighthawk boasts an impressive 2.5 GB/s in speed and a dual core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. To help give you an idea, Google Fiber offers an astounding 1 GB/s connection; enough not only to stream flawlessly, but also to upload YouTube videos with equal ease. Now for those who aren’t technical, I’ll simplify it. If you have a 1 GB/s rated connection, this router can easily give the FULL bandwidth that you are paying for (Hard cable). It should be noted however that for WiFi connections, the Nighthawk will only provide 800 MB/s to 1.7 GB/s; still very impressive and possibly the best on the market.Product_Diagram

A lot of people don’t realize that it’s the router’s internal specs that determine actual connection speeds, not the ISP. But anyway, I continue. The Netgear Nighthawk also doubles as a DSL modem. So instead of the more traditional approach of hooking up a modem and then attaching a router to it, you can now have a single device that will handle the Internet for the entire household! Another bonus is that you will no longer need to sync your router and modem, should your Internet go down.

Another feature of this router is that its security is designed to help stop a lot of newer hacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks. While this is a common problem for gamers running home servers, it can also happen to anyone at any time. The Nighthawk has many customizable features, and sports a double-firewall to help keep out intruders. Of course given time, like all firewalls, the Nighthawk will be out-classed. But it’s nice to see a company really trying.

-Daniel Clatworthy-