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Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

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• Wireless-AC5300 Gigabit WiFi
• 1.4 GHz Broadcom Router
• 6 Gigabit Wired Ports
• DD-WRT Firmware Installed More Info

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Reg. Price $649.99

SALE PRICE $529.99

Reg. Price $649.99

SALE PRICE $529.99

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NOTE: If you plan to use the Netgear R8500 FlashRouter outside of the USA then you must add on the international power supply for 100-240V worldwide power compatibility.

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.

  • Broadcom 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz) Dual Core Processor
  • 6 gigabit ports versus the standard 4
  • 8 Combined Powerful External & Internal Antennas
  • Triband Wireless Speed up to AC5300
  • Best-in-Class RAM/Flash Memory (512/128 MB)

Recommended For: Gamers and users looking to the best quality streaming 4K video.

How Does DD-WRT Firmware Upgrade the Netgear R8500?

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!

Full OpenVPN & PPTP Integration

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.

Netgear R8500 Specifications

Broadcom 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz) Dual Core Processor

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.

8 Powerful Antennas - 4 External, 4 Internal

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.

Want more insight into all DD-WRT firmware offers & how it differs from Tomato?

Review the basics of DD-WRT firmware or watch our DD-WRT info video:

DD-WRT BASICS GO WATCH DD-WRT VIDEO ?

Additional Information

Firmware Upgrade
DD-WRT
Wireless Frequency Band(s)
Tri-Band (2.4/ 5/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates
AC5300 (1000+2165+2165 Mbps)
Wireless Standards
IEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/n
Ethernet Port Type
Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
Ethernet Ports
6
USB Ports
2
Antenna Type:
External
Number of Antennas
8 (4 External/4 Internal)
Wireless Security
WPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2 Personal Mixed, WPA2 Enterprise Mixed, RADIUS, WEP
Processor Brand:
Broadcom
Processor Model:
BCM47094
Processor Speed
Dual Core 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz)
RAM (MB)
512
Flash Memory (MB)
128
Power Adapter
100v-120v ~50-60Hz (US Only)
Volt Input
19V 3.16A
Brand
Netgear
FCC ID:
PY315200309
Hardware Version
No
Product Condition
New
Serial Port(s)
1
Package Contents
A/C Power Supply, Customized Setup Guide, Ethernet Cable
Warranty
90 Day Limited Warranty
Choose VPN Service
None Required
Firmware Upgrade
Wireless Frequency Band(s)
Wireless Data Rates
Ethernet Port Type
Ethernet Ports
USB Ports
Antenna Type:
Number of Antennas
Processor Brand:
Processor Speed
RAM (MB)
Flash Memory (MB)
Volt Input
FCC ID:
Warranty
Included Support Plan
Reviews
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Reg. Price $499.99

Sale price $399.99

Firmware Upgrade: DD-WRT
Wireless Frequency Band(s): Tri-Band (2.4/ 5/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates: AC3200 (600+1300+1300 Mbps)
Ethernet Port Type: Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
Ethernet Ports: 4 LAN 1 WAN
USB Ports: 2 (1 3.0 & 1 2.0)
Antenna Type:: External
Number of Antennas: 6
Processor Brand:: Broadcom
Processor Speed: Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz)
RAM (MB): 256
Flash Memory (MB): 128
Volt Input: 19V 1.75A
FCC ID:: PY314200264
Warranty: 1 Year Limited
Included Support Plan: 3 Months Support Plan +
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT Router Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Reg. Price $649.99

Sale price $599.99

Firmware Upgrade: DD-WRT
Wireless Frequency Band(s): Tri-Band (2.4/ 5/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates: AC5300 (1000+2165+2165 Mbps)
Ethernet Port Type: Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
Ethernet Ports: 4 LAN 1 WAN
USB Ports: 2 (1 3.0 & 1 2.0)
Antenna Type:: External
Number of Antennas: 8
Processor Brand:: Broadcom
Processor Speed: Dual Core 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz)
RAM (MB): 512
Flash Memory (MB): 128
Volt Input: 19V 3.42A
FCC ID:: MSQ-RTGZ00
Warranty: 90 Day Limited Warranty
Included Support Plan: 3 Months Support Plan +
Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 DD-WRT Installed - Front Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Reg. Price $649.99

Sale price $529.99

Firmware Upgrade: DD-WRT
Wireless Frequency Band(s): Tri-Band (2.4/ 5/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates: AC5300 (1000+2165+2165 Mbps)
Ethernet Port Type: Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
Ethernet Ports: 6
USB Ports: 2
Antenna Type:: External
Number of Antennas: 8 (4 External/4 Internal)
Processor Brand:: Broadcom
Processor Speed: Dual Core 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz)
RAM (MB): 512
Flash Memory (MB): 128
Volt Input: 19V 3.16A
FCC ID:: PY315200309
Warranty: 90 Day Limited Warranty
Included Support Plan: 3 Months Support Plan +
  1. great product review by mark on 1/4/2017
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    Quality

    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

  2. Great decision review by Robert on 12/19/2016
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    Support

    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.

  3. A Dream Come True review by Mike E. on 11/25/2016
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    This router is a dream come true. Finally, my network is safe. The guys at flash routers have been helpful through the whole process.

  4. Top shelf experience review by Martyn on 7/5/2016
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    Quality

    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.

  5. Huge Time Saver review by William on 6/6/2016
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    Quality

    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.

  6. Recommended Service review by Ron on 5/13/2016
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    Support

    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.

  7. A Great Experience review by Mary on 5/2/2016
    Quality
    Support

    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.

  8. Great product, easy to configure. review by John B. on 1/29/2016
    Quality
    Support

    Just a note – I received my Nighthawk x8 and it was amazingly easy to configure. Thanks very much for the great product.

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What Makes A FlashRouterDifferent?

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.

  • DD-WRT OR TOMATO PREINSTALLED: A tested and stable firmware build with enhanced security by one of our customization experts.
  • FREE PLUG AND PLAY VPN SERVICE PRE-CONFIGURATION: Enter your VPN username, password and preferred server location in final step of checkout.
  • CUSTOM CONFIGURATION & SETUP GUIDE INCLUDED
  • FREE ONLINE TECH SUPPORT: E-mail & remote Teamviewer included.
  • WORLDWIDE SHIPPING VIA USPS & FEDEX
  • DD-WRT & TOMATO WARRANTY: We include our own open-source firmware warranty.
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