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The Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 is the next wave in WiFi, using four powerful external antennas alongside four internal antennas. With this, the R8500 takes advantage of Tri-Band WiFi while maintaining the appearance of a normal router. Harnessing the power of a 1.4 GHz processor with AC wireless speeds of up to 5300 Mbps, the R8500 is a top of the line device, perfect for anyone looking to stream in high quality, or get the most out of their setup.
Recommended For: Gamers and users looking to the best quality streaming 4K video.
The Netgear R8500 FlashRouter is the premiere choice for users who want top-notch, high-definition video streaming quality for your favorite services: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC iPlayer, WatchESPN, and Hulu, among others.
Tired of buffering? Choose the premium router hardware that features a hand-crafted firmware upgrade with the stability, improved security, and full customizability of the open source DD-WRT Linux kernel!
Using DD-WRT firmware can make a wireless or wired network infinitely more stable and easier to tweak.
We upgrade the R8500 to DDWRT, thereby integrating advanced network security options including VPN connectivity. Using VPN allows you to create a secure tunnel for connected devices just by connecting to the router; giving you an additional layer of encryption & personal privacy from prying government eyes, and allowing you to mask your location for additional security.
The R8500 model bumps the internal processor to a DD-WRT-leading 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz) Broadcom CPU. This is the one of the best dual core routers we offer with DD-WRT support.
Processing is the key to high performance routing, and this one has room to burn and grow as streaming video demands become increasingly more intensive. For VPN users, having a large processor is imperative to streamline the constant encryption and decryption the router will need perform in the process. The better the processor, the faster the VPN-encrypted information can get to you.
The Netgear R8500 integrates four high-powered external antennas for maximum wireless reach and performance. Since they are external, they are easily upgradable to even more powerful antennas for extended reach if you so desire.
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I purchased this product and it arrived a few days later. it came configured for my VPN service. it worked straight out of the box. I made some minor changes (network names and passwords), but that is it. I also have a work laptop running Cisco AnyConnect. I was concerned that I would have issues running a VPN connection within a VPN connection. It worked just fine! I have had no issues. if it didn't work, I was going to sign on to my guest network that wouldn't be going through the router VPN. All in all it was a great experience.....Thanks Alex
This was a great decision. I love this router. It was easy to set up. The guide was easy to follow. Flashrouters is a great company. They make everything as easy as possible. The Support Team was super helpful, as was the Sales Team.
This router is a dream come true. Finally, my network is safe. The guys at flash routers have been helpful through the whole process.
From first contact to installation, I couldn't be happier with this Netgear router. Glad I bought it instead of trying to flash it myself. Reliable, very good service.
I'll be honest with you, I know I could do this on my own: I just don't have the time. I don't have the time to research which firmware to use. I don't have the time to test the firmwares on the router. I don't have the time to learn how to flash a router properly. I don't have the time to scour message boards looking for troubleshooting help. I do have the time to throw FlashRouters a few dollars, and yes, is worth it.
You guys have been a great help. I have been impressed with your service through and through. I will be recommending FlashRouters to my friends and others into security.
The FlashRouters Sales team walked me through a great experience before purchasing the router. I had a lot of questions and was a bit nervous that I wasn't going to have all of them answered, but the team responded with patience and gave each and every one of the questions I had a thorough and thought out answer.
Just a note – I received my Nighthawk x8 and it was amazingly easy to configure. Thanks very much for the great product.
Forget spending hours deciphering and testing the DD-WRT forums/website/Wiki for the correct hardware version and proper build only to discover that you've improperly flashed your device and bricked it.
FlashRouters offers what many router manufacturers won't: better firmware plus basic network and VPN service configuration assistance from responsive and highly trained USA tech support that will actually answer your questions.