Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router

802.11ac Tri-Band Gigabit

More WiFi for More Devices

There's never been WiFi like it. The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi 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 WiFi enabled, it’s X6 accelerated. A powerful combination of features —wireless speed of up to 3.2Gbps, 3 WiFi bands, Smart Connect intelligence, and Dynamic QoS— guarantees every device is assigned the fastest WiFi connection possible and optimized for maximum speed.

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  • Get the fastest WiFi speed available – up to 3.2Gbps
  • Tri-Band WiFi delivers more WiFi for more devices
  • Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization by application and device
  • 6 High performance antennas for maximum range
  • Smart-Connect designates slower and faster devices to separate WiFi bands
  • 1GHz dual core processor with 3 offload processors
  • Beamforming+ improves wireless range and reliability
  • USB 3.0 port offers high-speed, USB storage-ready access
  • Now with NETGEAR genie® with remote access

Tri-Band WiFi

Tri-Band WiFi with Smart Connect changes the game for today’s home WiFi networks. With one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz WiFi bands to work with, the X6 has the capacity, flexibility, and intelligence to assign each device to the WiFi band where it can connect at its maximum possible speed. The result is that faster devices can connect and perform unhindered by slower or older devices—meaning ALL devices load, stream, and game at their maximum speed.

More WiFi Range for More Devices

Keep your mobile device connected throughout your home with powerful amplifiers and 6 high performance external antennas. Roam freely and enjoy strong WiFi coverage and performance anywhere in your home. The 6 antennas deliver the breakthrough X6 Tri-Band WiFi and  Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals creating stronger and more reliable connections for all to enjoy.

ReadyShare® USB — Ready to Store and Share

ReadySHARE® USB opens up a powerful set of convenient features like USB storage access and streaming media. With the available USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports on the X6 you can connect the USB storage you already own and enjoy high-speed access via WiFi. 

And for your endless entertainment, ReadySHARE® USB lets you play, view, listen to, and share your videos, photos, and music on connected TVs, game consoles, or media players.

Safeguard your Files with No Worry Backups

FREE ReadyShare Vault PC software it there for you to schedule automatic hassle-free backups to safeguard precious photos and files from any PC directly to the connected USB storage. ReadyShare Vault is FREE to download and use with your Nighthawk X6.

Better Processors

What could you do with more speed? More power? With a 1GHz dual core processor and three offload processors, the Nighthawk X6 delivers faster WiFi speed, faster wired speed, faster USB access speed, and faster WAN-to-LAN speeds meaning faster overall network speeds than ever before. So go ahead and put this network to the test in your home.


Get more WiFi for more devices with the fastest combined WiFi speed currently available. Enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience - up to 3.2Gbps.

  • Fastest combined WiFi speed—Up to 3.2Gbps 600+1300+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Tri-Band WiFi—3 dedicated WiFi bands to optimize speeds for all WiFi devices

  • Gigabit wired—Ideal for HD gaming and video

  • Gigabit WiFi—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

  • Dual core processor—Dual Core 1GHz processor and 3 offload processors boost wireless, wired and WAN-to-LAN performance

WiFi Range

Homes come in all shapes and sizes and the Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router with 6 powerful high performance external antennas provides WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.

  • Ultimate range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

  • Antennas—High-powered amplifiers and 6 high-performance external antennas


There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections. With Nighthawk X6 advanced features and best-in-class WiFi technology, you’ll reduce interference and enjoy more reliable connections.

  • Simultaneous Tri-Band—More and faster WiFi connections to all devices

  • Dynamic QoS—Delivers bandwidth prioritization by application & device

  • Beamforming+ — Focuses WiFi signals for stronger more reliable connections on 2.4 and 5GHz bands


Sharing across your network is fun and easy. Anything from accessing stored photos and music to sharing a USB printer and keep everything safe by using the included FREE ReadySHARE Vault software for backing up Windows-based PCs.

  • DLNA®—Find and play your media on DLNA TVs, game consoles and media players

  • ReadySHARE® USB access—Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and printer via two USB ports

  • One super speed USB 3.0 port—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

  • ReadySHARE Printer—Wirelessly access and share a USB printer

  • ReadySHARE Vault—Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router

  • iTunes® compatible—Play your USB-stored music using AirPlay or Apple Remote

Ease of Use

Start enjoying your new X6 WiFi router faster than ever. NETGEAR makes sure installation and management is simple and easy, so you can connect quickly and stay that way.

  • Easy install—Easy setup for iPad®, tablets, smartphones and computers

  • NETGEAR genie® App—Personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network. Now includes remote access to manage your network away from home

  • Push ‘N’ Connect—Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)

  • WiFi and power on/off—Convenient power savings

  • LED on/off—Easily turn router LED lights on or off


The highest security across your network ensures your privacy and family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing and spyware or just limiting access for kids and household guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

  • VPN support—Secure access to your home network when away from home

  • Parental controls—Web filtering for all your connected devices

  • Guest network access—Separate and secure access for guests

  • Secure WiFi connections—Highest-level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

  • Open source support—Download open source firmware from

  • Personal FTP server—Customized free URL to create FTP server

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WiFi Technology
  • 802.11ac Tri-Band Gigabit
Speed and Range
WiFi Performance
  • AC3200 (600 + 1300 + 1300 Mbps)†
WiFi Range
  • Very large homes
WiFi Band
  • Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 3x3 (2.4GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz)
  • Beamforming+—Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the speed,reliability, and range of your WiFi connections
Number of Ethernet Ports
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
Number of USB Ports
  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
Key Features
  • AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi
  • WiFi Band 1: 600 Mbps @2.4GHz-256QAM
  • WiFi Band 2: 1300 Mbps @5GHz
  • WiFi Band 3: 1300 Mbps @5GHz
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi for every device
  • Dynamic QoS intelligently prioritizes video streaming & gaming
  • High powered amplifiers and six (6) high performance external antennas
  • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz
  • Now with NETGEAR genie® with remote access
  • Powerful Dual-Core 1GHz processor with 3 offload processors
  • Memory: 128 MB Flash and 256 MB RAM
  • Two (2) USB ports: (1) USB 3.0 & (1) USB 2.0 port
  • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
  • VPN support—secure remote access
  • Guest network access—separate & secure
  • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
  • 1GHz dual core porcessor with three offload processors
Processor Technology
  • 128 MB Flash and 256 MB RAM
Product Diagram
Physical Specifications
  • Dimensions: 11.63 x 8.92 x 2.14 in (295.5 x 226.8 x 54.5 mm)
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs (1.1 kg)
Package Content
  • Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter
  • Two (2) USB ports: 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 port
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz-256QAM support
  • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
System Requirements
  • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

†Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifi cations. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network trac, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps. 2.4GHz Performance Mode requires 256 QAM support on WiFi client. Up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices.

NETGEAR Warranty

  • This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty.
  • 24/7 basic technical support provided for 90 days from purchase date, when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller


Is your game fast enough to keep up?

No more excuses. You need the best when you’re taking on the online gaming world. The Nighthawk X6, with Tri-Band WiFi is the gamers choice for best in class WiFi with the latest AC3200 speed and performance. Powerful dual core 1GHz processor and three offload processors provide total WiFi speeds up to 3.2Gbps. Nighthawk’s Tri-Band WiFi ends game-lag delivers the intensity of immersive, uninterrupted, online gaming while Dynamic QoS prioritizes Internet traffic by application & device.

Go ahead, let everybody stream.

Nighthawk X6 multiplies the entertainment factor for everyone in your home. Seamless, simultaneous HD streaming  to multiple devices is now a reality thanks to powerful Tri-Band WiFi and features like Smart Connect and Beamforming+—it’s the end of buffering, jittery video, and lag as you know it. Dynamic QoS prioritizes your WiFi bandwidth by application, such as Netflix as well as by device for smoother streaming. A built-in DLNA-ready server and iTunes server add to your media enjoyment, allowing you to play and share your videos and music quickly and easily.



The more, the merrier.

Nighthawk X6's Tri-Band WiFi provides more WiFi for more devices while Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization optimizes your Internet speed for gaming and streaming. That means more range and reliabile connection for all your mobile devices. Nighthawk X6 automatically assigns every device to the fastest WiFi band available and offers key features to dramatically boost mobile connectivity and performance. High-powered amplifiers and 6 high-performance retractable antennas help extend WiFi coverage throughout large homes and even backyards, while Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals for stronger more reliable connections.

Network Control So Easy...It's Like Magic

NETGEAR genie makes getting the most out of your home network fun & easy. More than six million downloads of the genie App lets users easily monitor, connect & control their home network from a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. With NETGEAR genie you can share & stream music or videos, diagnose & repair network issues, set up parental controls & more.

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  • Home network manager
  • Makes any printer AirPrint® compatible to print from an iPad® or iPhone®
  • MyMedia—Find & play media files in your network
  • Parental controls—Manage web filtering and accessibility by profiles or devices
  • EZ Mobile connect—Scan QR code to connect to your home network
  • For PC, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, & Android devices
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