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NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review

Today’s review product is designed to appeal to consumers who consider themselves gamers and streamers. With interesting styling and impressive specifications it certainly stands out in the Netgear product range. Especially when we think back to the square, grey boxes they were producing just a few years ago. Welcome to our NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review.

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The Nighthawk X4 arrives in a box which gives us a nice clear view of what the product looks like as well as covering some of the key features/specifications on the front. Inside the box we find the router well protected in a cardboard tray, covered in protective plastic with the bundled items separated off. Those items are product documentation, RJ-45 cable, mains adapter and four chunky antenna.

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review – The R7500 Router


The Nighthawk X4 casing uses an angular design, thinnest at the front edge. The surfaces are matt black and along the front edge we find a large number of status LEDs covering items such as power, wifi status and port activity. Two of these double as buttons, one for Wi-Fi on/off and another for WPS Push N Connect. As far as dimensions go the unit measures 285×184.5x50mm and it weighs 750g.

Inside we have a 1.4GHz dual core CPU with 256MB of RAM and 128MB flash memory. A second 730Mhz packet processing engine is also present, handing the traditional network traffic while the 1.4Ghz CPU focuses on media/apps. The X4 is of course an 802.11ac dual band router and Netgear list it as supporting 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency with 1733Mbps available on 5GHz (with Beamforming). The X4 also supports IPv6, Dynamic QoS, Wave 2 Wi-Fi, VPN/FTP, guest networks, WPA/WPA2-PSK, SPI and NAT Firewall and DoS attack prevention.

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On the right side of the X4 we find an eSATA port along with the first of our antenna connectors (screw on). The left side has a second antenna connector and two USB 3.0 ports.


Flipping the device over we see that the base is perforated, like the sides, to allow air into the casing and there are four rubber feet which lift the unit off our desk a touch while still keeping it stable. Along the back of the X4 is the main connectivity, two more antenna connectors, four GB LAN ports, one WAN and power input. A power button is also present, as is reset and we also have on/off for the LEDs.

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review – Setup and Software

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Setup of the Nighthawk X4 is a very simple process. We connect it to our Cable/ADSL modem using the bundled cable and turn on. We can then connect to it using Wi-Fi or cable. Setup then occurs through our web browser with the router walking us through the steps to configure passwords, network names and the like.

Once this is complete (at most 5 minutes work) we are into the main admin panel for the device. This is split into two areas, basic and advanced. In the first we get all the key options such as the ability to configure guest access and USB printer sharing. In the second we can perform tasks such as upgrading the firmware and getting into the more expert network options.


Netgear also offer a desktop application called Genie which allows us to configure the router, including management of the Parental Controls.

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For those who want to monitor and tweak the Nighthawk X4 from a tablet or smartphone, the Genie app is also available for mobile operating systems and has all the functionality most consumers will need.

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 – AC2350 Review – Conclusion


Starting off with the build quality and design of the Nighthawk X4 we have a router which very much stands out in its marketplace. The angled design looks like some sort of spacecraft and the nice chunky antenna add an extra aesthetic appeal to it. We like that there are a decent amount of status LEDs … and that they can be disabled. We also feel that the port layout is good with the least accessed on the back and USB / eSATA on the sides where we can reach them easily. The use of matt plastic is also a good move, it hides dust much better than a glossy finish.

As far as setup and maintenance goes, no significant issues to report. Setup, as always with Netgear, is quick and easy. Just plug in the router, turn it on and follow the on-screen instructions. We can connect devices with the push of a button and having web, application and mobile access to the admin functions covers all the bases. It is also good to find that the firmware can be updated from within the panel, rather than needing to find a separate download as with some of the competition. If we had one complaint it would be that Netgear need to work on their interface, firstly making it a touch more responsive and it wouldn’t hurt to give it a more modern skin too.

On the performance front, again no issues to report. The router was completely stable during our testing. All devices we tested, both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, connected and operated without issue. The X4 was able to handle multiple users streaming video while others gamed and surfed. Signal strength was decent too, similar to other high end models from the likes of Linksys and TP-Link.

Given that the retail price is a competitive £169, down from over £200 at launch, the Nighhawk X4 (R7500) wins our recommended award.

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