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Amazon has the NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router (R7800) - AC2600 Wireless Speed (up to 2600 Mbps) | Up to 2500 sq ft Coverage & 45 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet, 2 x 3.0 USB, and 1 x eSATA ports for $130.99 + applicable tax [amazon.com] which appears to be a historically low price for this model. Shipping is free.
This is a highly rated model and superior to Costco's X6S (a common comparison), even though the model number is "smaller."
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Also eligible for 15% cash back if you have an Amazon credit card.
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This or the R8000?
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Why does it say only 45 devices?
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This is a highly rated model and superior to Costco's X6S (a common comparison), even though the model number is "smaller."
How is it superior if it's an AC2600 compared to an AC3200? I'm not insinuating that you're wrong, I'm genuinely curious what makes this one better. Thanks!
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How is it superior if it's an AC2600 compared to an AC3200? I'm not insinuating that you're wrong, I'm genuinely curious what makes this one better. Thanks!
Some good info here:

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/t...outer/view
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How is it superior if it's an AC2600 compared to an AC3200? I'm not insinuating that you're wrong, I'm genuinely curious what makes this one better. Thanks!
X6S and X4S are not even model numbers and do not refer to any one specific product, but from what I can see the former are tri-band and superior in pretty much every way, as one would expect from "higher" numbers, contrary to OP.
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How is it superior if it's an AC2600 compared to an AC3200? I'm not insinuating that you're wrong, I'm genuinely curious what makes this one better. Thanks!
I have been doing a lot of router research over the past month or so. If you read any of the networking blogs or reddit, you'll see that the internals of the x4s are newer and more advanced than the x6s. They also agreed that the naming convention doesn't make any sense.

Additionally, and this may be important to people that have households with lots of high bandwidth streaming (and gaming), the x4s has the ability to use QoS whereas the x6s doesn't. Since not dealing with bufferbloat is paramount for gamers, I quickly realized that the x6s would not serve my needs.

I recently bought the 2 pack of Eero Pros from Costco during their $50 manufacturer discount/sale ($220). So far, it has been an ideal solution for my space. I've only had it up and running for a day, but it's a night and day difference than my prior Frankenstein setup with the Asus 66u (Sprint version).
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Some good info here:

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/t...outer/view
Thanks! So is there a router out there that can do gig speeds over wifi? I'm not talking 2000 feet away gig speeds, but nearby the router.
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i can't add it to the cart!


I can add it now
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Already out of stock from Amazon

...and back in stock. Weird
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I have been doing a lot of router research over the past month or so. If you read any of the networking blogs or reddit, you'll see that the internals of the x4s are newer and more advanced than the x6s. They also agreed that the naming convention doesn't make any sense.

Additionally, and this may be important to people that have households with lots of high bandwidth streaming (and gaming), the x4s has the ability to use QoS whereas the x6s doesn't. Since not dealing with bufferbloat is paramount for gamers, I quickly realized that the x6s would not serve my needs.

I recently bought the 2 pack of Eero Pros from Costco during their $50 manufacturer discount/sale ($220). So far, it has been an ideal solution for my space. I've only had it up and running for a day, but it's a night and day difference than my prior Frankenstein setup with the Asus 66u (Sprint version).
Thanks for the info! The X6S has dynamic QoS -- I guess that's a little different than the QoS that you're talking about?
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Thanks for the info! The X6S has dynamic QoS -- I guess that's a little different than the QoS that you're talking about?
Not sure--but I've read complaints about the x6s (at least, the Costco version). Lots of forums indicate the x4s is better, such as this one [snbforums.com] due to the more powerful CPU and wifi chipset (granted, it is not triband).

Pretty much all of reddit's home networking subs agree with the sentiment, but I am not an expert in any way.
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X6S and X4S are not even model numbers and do not refer to any one specific product, but from what I can see the former are tri-band and superior in pretty much every way, as one would expect from "higher" numbers, contrary to OP.
If you can make use of the two 5GHz network offered by x6s then it surely can offer more bandwidth overall. For a single network throughout, x4s is better.
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How does this compare to the $99 router [walmart.com] sold at Walmart?

Also, what is the maximum speed this can deliver on WiFI? I have a 500 Mbps connection but am struggling to find a reasonable router than can transmit that much or nearly that speed over WiFi
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