Product Comparison: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S (R8000P) vs NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 (R8500)

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General Specifications
Nighthawk X6S (R8000P)
Nighthawk X8 (R8500)
About the Product
Nighthawk X6S AC4000 Tri-Band-WLAN-Gigabit Ethernet Black wireless router. Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your Wi-Fi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device.
The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router is the next wave in Wi-Fi. Tri-Band Wi-Fi and Quad Stream performance boosts X8’s combined wireless speeds to up to 5.3 Gbps. Four external Active Antennas plus four internal antennas amplify Wi-Fi range. Six gigabit ethernet ports means even more wired devices can connect.
Key Specs
Wi-Fi Speed
4000 Mbps
5332 Mbps
Number Of LAN Ports
Frequency Band
5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S (R8000P) Smart Wifi Router
  • Great WiFi range and super fast internet speeds.
  • My WiFi & internet speeds have dramatically increased. Prior to this I a download speed of 37mbps now I am never below 60mbps.
  • Blazing fast even 50 feet away. Got 250 Mbps on my 300 speed Virgin line wirelessly.
  • If you're looking to drastically improve speed and stability of your wireless network I recommend you purchase this.
  • Speed is superb and after two months of continuous use I’ve had zero issues. Highly recommended if you’ve got the budget.
NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 (R8500) Tri-Band AC5300 (5.3 Gbps) Smart Wi-Fi Router - Alexa enabled
  • Router works extremely well.. easy to setup, strong coverage, amazing speed.
  • It has been a great choice as WiFi no longer drops out and speeds observed are faster than before. Very happy.
  • Really good product. Increased my internet speed from 4mb/s to 40mb/s or more.
  • The speed is quite good, at least it puts through the max 250 Mbps my ISP has here with ease.
  • All the connected devices worked well but there was no significant increase in overall speed.
Size & Weight
2.14 in.
2.4 in.
11.63 in.
12.44 in.
8.92 in.
10.39 in.
2.43 lbs.
3.7 lbs.
QoS Traffic Prioritization
Auto Speed Sensing
Number Of WAN Ports
Wireless Standard
Wireless - AC
Wireless-AC, Wireless-N
Ethernet Standard
Number of Antennas
Ethernet Switch
What customers say about "Network"
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S (R8000P) Smart Wifi Router
  • I have spent no end on powerline adapters, range extenders, external Wi-Fi adapters and switching providers but this trumps them all in a single purchase.
  • Range is hugely increased, wow! Highly recommended!
  • Would highly reccomend, great range and no connection drops.
  • Easy to install and great range without additional repeaters throughout our 2 story house.
  • The wifi range is terrible, even devices the other side of the house that could see the superhub can't see this.
NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 (R8500) Tri-Band AC5300 (5.3 Gbps) Smart Wi-Fi Router - Alexa enabled
  • 20-30% better coverage in the house through solid walls and even to the bottom of a 100ft garden. Signal strength better on all bands and mostly 5 bars anywhere in 4 bedroom house.
  • It gives you is the additional range which may have take care of any dead spots in the house. Recommended!
  • I sit two rooms away with multiple brick walls in between and I still have the whole 250 Mbps, such a good speed and range!
  • Easy to configure, QoS works well!
  • If you are looking to increase the range of your network, then you may be better off researcing mesh networks instead.
Data Encryption
Encryption Type
Parental Controls
Security Features
Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server, VPN support, Guest network access, SPI and NAT firewall, DoS
Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server, VPN support, Guest network access, SPI and NAT firewall, DoS
What customers say about "Security"
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S (R8000P) Smart Wifi Router
  • Security is at a good level, I understand this well, I can recommend!
  • I use parental control and VPN without problems, good quality.
  • Decent quality and a good set of security!
  • I had lots of trouble with the Parental Controls and DNS which stopped it working until netgear support helped.
  • The speed is impressive, but I have problems with vpn.
NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 (R8500) Tri-Band AC5300 (5.3 Gbps) Smart Wi-Fi Router - Alexa enabled
  • Flexible, secure, impressive coverage; and simple to set up.
  • I have had the opportunity to use this unit for a while now and have found it to be very stable, fast and secure.
  • Huge plus is the fact that this router has a built in VPN, which was not difficult to set up and is a really cool feature.
  • There are lots of setting to tweak QoS and set of parental controls of schedules of access for certain devices i.e. blocking an xbox from being online during certain hours etc.
  • Good design and nice coverage. Decent secure and so fast, recommended!
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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