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Comparison of Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 and Linksys WRT54G2

The side-by-side comparison of the routers’ specifications. The comparison table below makes it easier to choose the most fitting router.

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Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 (R8500)
Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 (R8500)
Linksys WRT54G2 (WRT54G2)
Linksys WRT54G2 (WRT54G2)
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Launch 2015 2008
Body
Dimensions 316 x 264 x 61 mm 203 x 35 x 160 mm
Weight 1.68 kg 280 g
System
Chipset Broadcom BCM47094 @ 1.4 GHz Broadcom BCM5354 @ 240 MHz
RAM 512 MB 16 MB
Flash 128 MB 2 MB
OS Netgear Linksys
Alternative OS
Power supply 19 V / 3.16 A 12 V / 0.5 A
Network
Protocols IPv4
IPv6
IPv4
LAN ports 6 x 10/100/1000 Mbps 4 x 10/100 Mbps
WAN ports 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps 1 x 10/100 Mbps
Mobile network no no
VPN support OpenVPN no
Wireless
Antennas 4 x 2 dBi (internal)
4 x 3 dBi (external)
2 x 2 dBi
internal
2.4 GHz yes yes
5 GHz yes no
60 GHz no no
Standards IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac IEEE 802.11b/g
Class AC5300 G54
Speed 1000 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps 54 Mbps
Transmit power 20 dBm 18 dBm
Security WEP
WPA
WPA2
WEP. WPA
Guest network yes no
Connectivity
USB ports 1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
no
Print server yes no
File server yes no
Features
Specials
Administration
Default IP 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.1
Default username admin [blank]
Default password password admin

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