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Comparison of Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 and Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000

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)
Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 (R8300)
Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 (R8300)
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Launch 2015 2014
Dimensions 316 x 264 x 61 mm 316 x 264 x 61 mm
Weight 1.68 kg 1.68 kg
Chipset Broadcom BCM47094 @ 1.4 GHz Broadcom BCM4709C0 @ 1.4 GHz
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
Flash 128 MB 128 MB
OS Netgear Netgear
Alternative OS
Power supply 19 V / 3.16 A 12 V / 3 A
Protocols IPv4
LAN ports 6 x 10/100/1000 Mbps 6 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
WAN ports 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
Mobile network no no
VPN support OpenVPN OpenVPN
Antennas 4 x 2 dBi (internal)
4 x 3 dBi (external)
4 x external
4 x internal
2.4 GHz yes yes
5 GHz yes yes
60 GHz no no
Standards IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Class AC5300 AC5000
Speed 1000 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps 600 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps
Transmit power 20 dBm 20 dBm
Security WEP
Guest network yes yes
USB ports 1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.0
Print server yes yes
File server yes yes
Default IP
Default username admin admin
Default password password password

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