Product Comparison: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 (R8000) vs Linksys WRT3200ACM

General Specifications
Nighthawk X6 (R8000)
About the Product
The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router with breakthrough Tri-Band Wi-Fi technology was built to connect to each and every device in your home automatically and simultaneously. Laptops, tablets, phones, TVs, game consoles, music streamers, cameras if it’s Wi-Fi enabled, it’s X6 accelerated.
Add enterprise-grade Wi-Fi to your home with the Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. Equipped with Tri-Stream 160 and MU-MIMO technology, this Wi-Fi router can deliver blazing-fast Wi-Fi performance to multiple devices simultaneously. This dramatically expands the router's speeds, so you’ll enjoy high-speed, responsive performance even when your home Wi-Fi is under heavy usage.
Key Specs
Wi-Fi Speed
3200 Mbps
3200 Mbps
Number Of LAN Ports
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 (R8000) Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • I now get full internet bandwidth, or close to, on mobile devices, and the stability is absolutely rock solid.
  • With the new R8000 and the PS4 connected via 5Ghz I am getting a consistent download speed of 67Mbps.
  • Streaming is a dream! I can happily game in one room, whilst HD films are being streamed in multiple others with no buffering.
  • I would happily recommend this to anyone wanting a high end router with great performance.
  • The speed this thing connects is amazing. I am really happy!
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO eSATA/USB 3.0 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router with Open Source
  • Fast file transfer speeds, no complains!
  • I bought the ac1200 to install my vpn on but wasnt fast enough for 3 kids to use,this one theyre gettin 3x the speed,well worth the money.
  • Good range, speed and bootup speed, recommended!
  • Slow download speed. I am angry!
  • Wireless performance (speed and range) is no better or worse than the Hub 3, I was hoping it would be better.
Size & Weight
2.14 in.
2.04 in.
11.63 in.
9.68 in.
8.92 in.
7.63 in.
2.43 lbs.
1.76 lbs.
QoS Traffic Prioritization
Auto Speed Sensing
Number Of WAN Ports
Wireless Standard
Wireless-AC, Wireless-N
Wireless-AC, Wireless-N
Ethernet Standard
Number of Antennas
Ethernet Switch
What customers say about "Network"
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 (R8000) Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • The antennas are easy to open up and it's straight forward plugging it in.
  • This is a superb router. Multiple fast wireless channels and six antennae to reach all corners of a very large house.
  • The unit itself is sleek and looks quite modern with easy to see indicator lights, it also comes with 6 fold out antennas to help maximise range. Good design and decent range!
  • The range is surprisingly much lower than I expected.
  • Unbelievably the BT hub provided a stronger signal than the nighthawk even though it’s got 6 antennas sticking out of it.
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO eSATA/USB 3.0 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router with Open Source
  • It's easy to set up and use, and the range is good.
  • Very good value for money and it allows you to cover different rooms by angling the antennas.
  • The antennae work well and we get a long range, basically all the way to the end of garden.
  • To get the router setup, I simply ran a network cable to my modem using the labelled 'Internet/WAN' port, before powering up the WRT3200. Once connected, I fired it up, easy for use and such a nice speed!
  • Was expecting a little bit more from the range - old dlink router with 6 internal antennas was provoding almost the same range.
Data Encryption
Encryption Type
WPA/WPA2—PSK, SPI and NAT firewall
WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA/WPA2
Parental Controls
Security Features
Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server, VPN support, Guest network access, DoS protection
128 bit AES link encryption, PPTP, IPSec pass-through
What customers say about "Security"
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 (R8000) Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • The VPN service is pretty wonderful, not too tricky to set up and gives a bit of piece of mind when using public hotspots out and about.
  • The VPN function is really useful and it is quite pricey but so far, so good.
  • Amazing router with with useful features, the VPN works great, and I would recommend this router highly.
  • A bunch of security features such as VPN support, being able to separate secure and guest network access, SPI & NAT firewall protection and preventing Denial-of-Service (DOS) attacks. Decent router!
  • Minus for me is the VPN capabillities... It only support up to 4-5 connections and the auto config file export does not work for me.
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO eSATA/USB 3.0 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router with Open Source
  • The security is top notch with many options. Good router!
  • VPN passthrough, Firewall, Internet filters, DMZ, DDNS, port forwarding. Decent security package!
  • I got the WRT3200ACM router to replace my Cisco Linksys E4200 router because it had a more powerful processor for VPN encryption out of the box.
  • Parental controls possibility is a little bit weak.
  • Parental Controls are still flakey at best, although a common quality of this router is decent!
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
249.99 $

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