Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 (2014) review

600 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Broadcom BCM4709C0 @ 1.4 GHz
512 MB / 128 MB

The Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 (R8300) router released in 2014. It is powered by Broadcom BCM4709C0 @ 1.4 GHz chipset, 512 MB RAM and 128 MB flash. The AC5000 router is compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards, and the maximum speed that you can get with Nighthawk X8 AC5000 is 600 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps.

The Guest network is a useful feature of the Nighthawk X8 AC5000 router that creates a separate network for guests. It has 1 x USB 3.0 port(s).

The Nighthawk X8 AC5000 router has 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN and 6 x 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports.

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Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 (R8300) specifications

NameNighthawk X8 AC5000
Rated 4/5 based on 1066 user votes.


Dimensions316 x 264 x 61 mm
Weight1.68 kg


The router's memory (RAM) cannot be expanded. By default, the router's flash memory is used to store the Netgear operating system.

ChipsetBroadcom BCM4709C0 @ 1.4 GHz
Flash128 MB
Power supply12 V / 3 A


The latest firmware supports IPv6 protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet. The Nighthawk X8 AC5000 comes with OpenVPN support. OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN solution which implements OSI layer 2 or 3 secure network extension using the industry standard SSL/TLS protocol.

LAN ports6 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
WAN ports1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
Mobile networkno
VPN supportOpenVPN


The Nighthawk X8 AC5000 is compatible with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks. 2.4 GHz is the most widely used frequency and in some cases may be overcrowded. The Nighthawk X8 AC5000 supports the 5 GHz band. The 5 GHz band offers better noise immunity, less interference, and more available channels.

Antennas4 x external
4 x internal
2.4 GHzyes
5 GHzyes
60 GHzno
StandardsIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Speed600 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps
Transmit power20 dBm
Guest networkyes


The USB 3.0 ports provide a fast interface for external storage with data transfer rates of up to 4.8 Gbps. You can attach a compatible USB printer to the Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 device. It has built-in NAS functionality.

USB ports1 x USB 3.0
Print serveryes
File serveryes


The default IP addresses of the Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000 device is These address allows you to access the router's console login page.

Default IP192.168.1.1
Default usernameadmin
Default passwordpassword

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5000, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

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