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The internet modem/router that is provided by ISP’s (internet service providers) is always of low quality. They are not designed for streaming, rather to get you online with simple internet use such as web browsing. We always praise the NETGEAR brand, and have now decided to stock them ourselves. 

Below are a few things to note:

  1. If you find that your internet tends to stop working and you frequently have to restart your internet modem/router > this is a sign of your internet modem/router not being able to keep up with the pressure of your home network. This can be due to various reasons, such as; the modem has low specs and locks up under load (similar to an old PC or laptop freezing when you do too many things at the same time), the modem is not designed for heavy use, the modem is faulty &/or more. In reality if a modem requires restarting its not fit for the job.
  2. If you find that your internet speeds are inconsistent and there are no faults with the line to your home, this is a sign that it may be time to update your modem/router.
  3. If you are not getting close to the advertised internet speeds that you are paying for, this can be due to your modem/router not having the best hardware to push those figures, especially on WiFi. The modem/router plays a huge role in terms of network performance and internet speed – you’ll be surprised.

Case Study:

We finally had NBN available in our area – so we made the switch. We are very familiar with all the devices on our network, aswell as the speeds they receive on average using our Netgear router. Signing up to NBN, we received a ‘Sagemcom’ f@st branded modem (Sagemcom’ NBN modems are provided by many ISP’s such as Belong, Optus & Telstra for NBN) – so we plugged it into the new NBN box and off we go. Our RK3188 android dongle had full WiFi reception, but the speed was so slow (1.5mbps), while other devices on the network (such as laptops and phones) were getting approx 21mbps. This was really strange, so we tried to make some configuration changes, including; changing the WiFi channel, changing WiFi width 20 40, resetting the NBN box & resetting the router we gave up. The highest speed we got it too was 3.5mbps. It was impossible for there to be an ‘incompatibility’ issue as the android dongle uses the wireless N network which is fully compatible with the Sagemcom router, and this is what most devices in people’s homes use. After switching the router to a Netgear branded one, the speed literally went from approx 3mbps to 16mbps instantly. This is one example, of many, which we have seen &/or experienced when it comes to modems/routers. This is not a marketing gimmick, you can purchase a quality router from the store of your choice – just don’t make the mistake of using the ISP provided one, if you wish to stream with ease.

ADSL / ADSL2+ Internet Connection Information for this specific router:

This router does not have a built-in DSL modem. You will need to have an additional modem to connect it too (you can ofcourse use your original ADSL / ADSL2+ modem as the modem – so you don’t need to buy additional hardware). For more information about compatibility and setting this up with an ADSL / ADSL2+ internet connection, please contact your ISP (internet service provider) who can talk you through it.

Cable Internet Connection Information for this specific router:

Please note that this model is also compatible with Cable Broadband internet. You will need to connect this router to your original Cable modem via the Gigabit Ethernet WAN port of this device (all ports are labelled). For more information about setting this up with a Cable internet connection, please contact your ISP (internet service provider) who can talk you through it.

NBN Internet Connection Information for this specific router:

Easy automated setup with the Netgear Genie – on this specific model it auto detects and configures all the settings by itself! No manual configuration required.

The only requirement for NBN Fibre is a Gigabit WAN port on the router (which this router does have). Although there are various types of NBN connections so please check with your service provider for configuring/setting this up if you are not sure.

In general: if you have an NBN box installed at your house you simply plug any router such as this one into the UNI-D1 port of the NBN box and that’s it. This all depends on the type of NBN connection which you have. Please check with your service provider about what kind of NBN connection you have, and what is the correct way of installing an aftermarket router. Also note that if you would like to use a VoIP telephone (if your connection supports it) you will need to buy a VoIP adapter (this router does not have VoIP built-in). VoIP is a system which allows you to make telephone (landline) calls via the internet.

We do not provide any technical support or installation support with modem setup or configuration. Please contact your Internet Service Provider who are readily available to assist should you require assistance – alternatively, get a professional to install it for you.


Quick Specs:

RRP $399 @ Officeworks

The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router has high performance Tri-Band WiFi technology that enhances gaming, streaming and mobile use and allows wireless speeds of up to 3.2Gbps. The R8000 operates 3 independent WiFi Networks simultaneously. X6 cleverly assigns each device to its optimal WiFi band so that it can reach its maximum speed.

    • The Nighthawk’s Tri-Band WiFi technology offers super fast combined speeds of 3.2Gbps for uninterrupted streaming.
    • The Smart Connect feature makes sure that each device is connected to the fastest WiFi band possible.
    • There are six high performance antennas and powerful amplifiers to maximize range.
    • The Nighthawk has a high-speed USB 3.0 port and offers storage-ready access.
    • The Nighthawk allows internet streaming, gaming, updating and social media on different devices all at the same time with seamless clarity and zero lag.
    • The implicit and explicit beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals and delivers stronger connections with your devices.
    • The Nighthawk offers high performance lag-free gaming thanks to its 1GHz dual core processor.
    • It comes with the free ReadySHARE® Vault app which provides automatic continuous and scheduled backup for your Windows PCs on your home network.
    • It’s easy to manage your home network with the Netgear genie.




802.11ac Tri-Band Gigabit

More WiFi for More Devices

There’s never been WiFi like it. The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi technology was built to connect to each and every device in your home—automatically and simultaneously. Laptops, tablets, phones, TVs, game consoles, music streamers, cameras – if it’s WiFi enabled, it’s X6 accelerated. A powerful combination of features —wireless speed of up to 3.2Gbps, 3 WiFi bands, Smart Connect intelligence, and Dynamic QoS— guarantees every device is assigned the fastest WiFi connection possible and optimized for maximum speed.

Multiply your WiFi

Nighthawk X6 takes your WiFi experience to another level with Tri-Band WiFi and 6 high-performance antennas

More WiFi for More Devices

See the eye-opening, multiple-device-connecting prowess of the Nighthawk X6—with speeds up to 3.2Gbps and a 1 GHz dual core processor with 3 offload processors.

  • Get the fastest WiFi speed available – up to 3.2Gbps
  • Tri-Band WiFi delivers more WiFi for more devices
  • Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization by application and device
  • 6 High performance antennas for maximum range
  • Smart-Connect designates slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands
  • 1GHz dual core processor with 3 offload processors
  • Beamforming+ improves wireless range and reliability
  • USB 3.0 port offers high-speed, USB storage-ready access
  • Now with NETGEAR genie® with remote access

Best Tri-Band WiFi

Tri-Band WiFi with Smart Connect changes the game for today’s home WiFi networks. With one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz WiFi bands to work with, the X6 has the capacity, flexibility, and intelligence to assign each device to the WiFi band where it can connect at its maximum possible speed. The result is that faster devices can connect and perform unhindered by slower or older devices—meaning ALL devices load, stream, and game at their maximum speed.

Tri-Band WiFi router antennas

Boost Wifi Range for More Devices

Keep your mobile device connected throughout your home with powerful amplifiers and 6 high performance external antennas. Roam freely and enjoy strong WiFi coverage and performance anywhere in your home. The 6 antennas deliver the breakthrough X6 Tri-Band WiFi and  Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals creating stronger and more reliable connections for all to enjoy.

ReadyShare® USB — Ready to Store and Share

ReadySHARE® USB opens up a powerful set of convenient features like USB storage access and streaming media. With the available USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports on the X6 you can connect the USB storage you already own and enjoy high-speed access via WiFi.

And for your endless entertainment, ReadySHARE® USB lets you play, view, listen to, and share your videos, photos, and music on connected TVs, game consoles, or media players.

Safeguard your Files with No Worry Backups

FREE ReadyShare Vault PC software it there for you to schedule automatic hassle-free backups to safeguard precious photos and files from any PC directly to the connected USB storage. ReadyShare Vault is FREE to download and use with your Nighthawk X6.

Better Router Processors

What could you do with more speed? More power? With a 1GHz dual core processor and three offload processors, the Nighthawk X6 delivers faster WiFi speed, faster wired speed, faster USB access speed, and faster WAN-to-LAN speeds meaning faster overall network speeds than ever before. So go ahead and put this network to the test in your home.


Get more WiFi for more devices with the fastest combined WiFi speed currently available. Enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience – up to 3.2Gbps.

  • Fastest combined WiFi speed—Up to 3.2Gbps 600+1300+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Tri-Band WiFi—3 dedicated WiFi bands to optimize speeds for all WiFi devices

  • Gigabit wired—Ideal for HD gaming and video

  • Gigabit WiFi—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

  • Dual core processor—Dual Core 1GHz processor and 3 offload processors boost wireless, wired and WAN-to-LAN performance

WiFi Range

Homes come in all shapes and sizes and the Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router with 6 powerful high performance external antennas provides WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.

  • Ultimate range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

  • Antennas—High-powered amplifiers and 6 high-performance external antennas


There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections. With Nighthawk X6 advanced features and best-in-class WiFi technology, you’ll reduce interference and enjoy more reliable connections.

  • Simultaneous Tri-Band—More and faster WiFi connections to all devices

  • Dynamic QoS—Delivers bandwidth prioritization by application & device

  • Beamforming+ — Focuses WiFi signals for stronger more reliable connections on 2.4 and 5GHz bands


    Sharing across your network is fun and easy. Anything from accessing stored photos and music to sharing a USB printer and keep everything safe by using the included FREE ReadySHARE Vault software for backing up Windows-based PCs.

    • DLNA®—Find and play your media on DLNA TVs, game consoles and media players

    • ReadySHARE® USB access—Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and printer via two USB ports

    • One super speed USB 3.0 port—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

    • ReadySHARE Printer—Wirelessly access and share a USB printer

    • ReadySHARE Vault—Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router

    • iTunes® compatible—Play your USB-stored music using AirPlay or Apple Remote

    Ease of Use

    Start enjoying your new X6 WiFi router faster than ever. NETGEAR makes sure installation and management is simple and easy, so you can connect quickly and stay that way.

    • Easy install—Easy setup for iPad®, tablets, smartphones and computers

    • NETGEAR genie® App—Personal dashboard to monitor, control and 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 and power on/off—Convenient power savings

    • LED on/off—Easily turn router LED lights on or off


    Maintain high security across your network to help ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

    • VPN support—Secure access to your home network when away from home

    • Parental controls—Web filtering for all your connected devices

    • Guest network access—Separate and secure access for guests

    • Secure WiFi connections—High level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

    • Open source support—Download open source firmware from

    • Personal FTP server—Customized free URL to create FTP server

Tech Specs:

  • WiFi Technology

    • 802.11ac Tri-Band Gigabit

    Speed and Range
    WiFi Performance
    • AC3200 (600 + 1300 + 1300 Mbps)†
    WiFi Range
    • Very large homes
    WiFi Band
    • Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi – Tx/Rx 3×3 (2.4GHz) + 3×3 (5GHz) + 3×3 (5GHz)
    • Beamforming+—Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the speed,reliability, and range of your WiFi connections
    Number of Ethernet Ports
    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
    Number of USB Ports
    • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
    Key Features
    • AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi
    • WiFi Band 1: 600 Mbps @2.4GHz-256QAM
    • WiFi Band 2: 1300 Mbps @5GHz
    • WiFi Band 3: 1300 Mbps @5GHz
    • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi for every device
    • Dynamic QoS intelligently prioritizes video streaming & gaming
    • High powered amplifiers and six (6) high performance external antennas
    • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz
    • Now with NETGEAR genie® with remote access
    • Powerful Dual-Core 1GHz processor with 3 offload processors
    • Memory: 128 MB Flash and 256 MB RAM
    • Two (2) USB ports: (1) USB 3.0 & (1) USB 2.0 port
    • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
    • VPN support—secure remote access
    • Guest network access—separate & secure
    • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
    • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
    • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
    • 1GHz dual core porcessor with three offload processors
    Processor Technology
    • 128 MB Flash and 256 MB RAM
    Product Diagram
    Physical Specifications
    • Dimensions: 11.63 x 8.92 x 2.14 in (295.5 x 226.8 x 54.5 mm)
    • Weight: 2.43 lbs (1.1 kg)
    Package Content
    • Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000)
    • Ethernet cable
    • Quick install guide
    • Power adapter
    • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
    • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz-256QAM support
    • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz
    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports